Recycled water is cleaned and disinfected wastewater restored for beneficial use. Recycled water is clear, safe, and has been treated to strict standards. It is a valuable, sustainable resource that matches water quality to specific reuse applications. Every gallon of recycled water that's used for irrigation, industrial processes, wetland enhancement and other beneficial uses potentially can save a gallon of our community's drinking water, river flow or groundwater supplies for other competing demands.
The MWMC currently uses recycled water to irrigate landscaping at our facilities and on our poplar plantation, Biocycle Farm. Soon the MWMC will have the ability to produce the highest class of recycled water recognized in Oregon -- making it suitable for a wide variety of community uses. The MWMC is interested in exploring potential and interest in using more recycled water.
Any new recycled water uses will reflect community needs and values. We are engaging stakeholders early to ensure that we use this resource in a way that is the best fit with our community. Potential future uses include increasing the amount of recycled water used at the MWMC's facilities, or extending recycled water to the MWMC's neighbors in agriculture, sand and gravel, and other industrial operations.