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Recycled Water

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Recycled Water Filling Station NOW OPEN!

Marin Water has partnered with the County of Marin to open a recycled water filling station on Armory Drive in San Rafael, across from the Civic Center. The filling station is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. through the fall. Days and hours of operation may be adjusted depending on demand.

  • Please print and fill out this application form and bring it with you to the filling station on your first visit. You will then be issued an ID card to present at the filling station on subsequent visits. You may also obtain an application at the filling station.

Recycled water is exempt from the water use restrictions.

Acceptable Containers to Bring to the Filling Station

Customers are asked to bring their own container to the filling station that can hold at least 5 gallons. A number of local retailers offer 5, 6 and 7-gallon containers.

What is recycled water?

Recycled water is highly-treated wastewater that is safe to use for irrigation and other outdoor uses. Recycled water is not intended for drinking or cooking. Recycled water must meet strict standards set by the California State Water Resources Control Board.

What can I use recycled water for?

You can use recycled water outdoors to water your trees, gardens, vegetables and lawn. You can also use recycled water to wash your outdoor furniture or other hard surfaces such as paths, walls, windows, driveways and sidewalks.

Can I water my plants with recycled water?

Yes, all plants can be watered with recycled water. This includes edible plants such as fruit trees, vegetables and herbs. Just remember to wash all fruits, vegetables and herbs with drinking water prior to consumption. Recycled water tends to have a higher salt content than drinking water, so we advise that you water the roots of the plants instead of the foliage to protect against leaf burn.

What can I NOT use recycled water for?

Recycled water CANNOT be used for: drinking, cooking (or use in the kitchen), bathing or showering, filling swimming pools or spas, children’s water toys, or hooking into household plumbing systems.

How much will recycled water cost me?

Nothing. It’s free to pick up!

How much recycled water can I pick up?

Marin County residents will be able to pick up a maximum of 300 gallons of recycled water per trip to the fill station. If you would like to pick up more than 300 gallons per trip, you will need to apply for a permit under Marin Water’s commercial truck hauling program.

How do I transport recycled water?

Recycled water must be picked up in sealable containers that hold at least 5 gallons per container. Recycled water cannot be picked up in coolers or ice chests, trash cans, or storage bins. If you are using a rain barrel, it must be sealable and cannot have a mesh opening.

Water is heavy! A gallon of water weighs just over 8 pounds. Please plan accordingly when determining how much water to pick up, and keep in mind the size of your vehicle when selecting your transport containers.

Please note that Marin Water is not liable for any injuries or damage to your vehicle due to your participation in the Recycled Water Filling Station program. We recommend tie-down straps to secure the containers for your safety.

Do water use restrictions apply to recycled water?

No. Water use restrictions do not apply to recycled water.

How can I receive recycled water if I am unable to pick it up at the fill station?

Residents and businesses can hire a permitted recycled water hauler to deliver recycled water. Customers may refer to our list of permitted haulers that are available for delivery of recycled water. Residents and businesses must contact Recycled@marinwater.org to receive training and fill out a User Agreement Form.

Request Your Recycled Water Yard Sign

If you are using recycled water for irrigation at your home or business, request a yard sign by calling 415.945.1488 or emailing Recycled@MarinWater.org. Yard signs will also be available for pick up at the recycled water filling station. 

About Recycled Water

Recycled water is highly-treated wastewater that is safe for many purposes. Recycled water is continuously monitored and tested to ensure it is safe for non-potable use. Wastewater is treated at the Recycled Water Facility, a state of the art membrane treatment plant located at, and operated by, the Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District (LGVSD). Marin Water has a longstanding partnership LGVSD and recently helped fund an expansion of their Recycled Water Facility to increase recycled water use.