Recycled water is a vital, drought-proof source of water that has been safely treated for reuse after going down the drain. While it is not used for drinking, it is an abundant, affordable and reliable part of IRWD's diverse water supply portfolio. It is used for watering shared community spaces, cooling office buildings, flushing toilets, mixing concrete, industrial uses and fighting regional wildfires. Recycled water helps us prepare responsibly for the future as demand for drinking water is growing, droughts are more common and recurring, and wildfires are becoming bigger and more frequent. That’s why it is important that we increase our recycled water supply and ability to store it for times of high demand.
The Syphon Reservoir Improvement Project is an investment to expand the existing recycled water storage reservoir. The project will help to reduce our dependence on costly imported water, making us more self-sufficient by allowing us to swap out an expensive source of water for one that is less expensive and more reliable, ensuring we use the right water for the right purpose.