Reclaimed Water – FAQs
The Board of County Commissioners approved costs for the reclaimed water meter installation.
The rates for the size of the meters can be viewed at Utilities Reclaimed Water: User Fees.
Reclaimed water is billed at a flat rate usage fee and, in the future, the fee will incorporate a meter rate projected to be per 1,000-gallon use.
What is reclaimed water?
Pinellas County’s reclaimed water is highly treated wastewater. This process eliminates contaminants while retaining benefits for irrigation.
How do I apply for reclaimed water service?
After you submit an application, you will receive two emails from “email@example.com”. The first email will confirm the application was received and provide you with a Utility Permit Number. The second email will provide information on the fee invoiced for the application.
Once payment is made, you will receive another email with the original reclaimed water application advising you to call and schedule an inspection.
What is the cost to connect to reclaimed water service?
As of October 1, 2022, the cost to connect a residential 1-inch reclaimed water meter is $630.
What are the benefits of using reclaimed water?
Using reclaimed water for irrigation reduces the drinking water demand. It is also more cost-effective and still beautifies our community’s landscaping.
Reclaimed water contains the same nutrients found in common fertilizers. This means if you’re using reclaimed water you can apply less fertilizer, saving you money while protecting our environment! Learn more about reducing fertilizer when irrigate with reclaimed water.
How is reclaimed water processed?
The wastewater treatment and disinfection process for reclaimed water requires four steps:
- Step 1: Eliminate large solids.
- Step 2: Break down smaller solids with microorganisms.
- Step 3: Eliminate undesirable compounds and fine suspended particles.
- Step 4: Eliminate disease-causing organisms by adding chlorine.
What is the quality of our reclaimed water?
You can read more about our reclaimed water quality in the current Reclaimed Water Consumer Confidence Report.
Is reclaimed water safe?
Yes. Pinellas County Utilities follows the highest standards from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and uses some of the most stringent system controls in the country. Pinellas County Utilities, St. Petersburg, Largo, St. Pete Beach, South Pasadena, Pinellas Park, Clearwater, Dunedin and Tarpon Springs safely operate reclaimed water systems.
There is no documentation of any health problems from the reuse of properly treated and disinfected reclaimed water. As a precaution, it is recommended that immunocompromised people avoid being outside when irrigating with reclaimed water.
Where can I use reclaimed water?
Reclaimed water is acceptable when:
- Irrigating lawns and most landscaping.
- Washing cars, boats or heavy equipment. However, it is recommended to rinse your vehicle with potable (drinking) water and dry it with a towel to prevent spotting.
- Washing roofs and buildings if the runoff doesn’t flow into a pond or stream.
- In fountains and decorative pools if clearly marked as using reclaimed water.
Reclaimed water is not acceptable for:
- Human use.
- Bathing, cooking or toilet flushing.
- Any interconnection with another water source.
- Recreational use in swimming pools, outdoor showers, or other body contact.
- Irrigation of edible crops that are not peeled, cooked, or thermally processed before consumption.
- Runoff into or filling of swimming pools.
What types of plants thrive on reclaimed water?
In general, any plant native to this area will grow well when irrigated with reclaimed water. See examples here.
What do I need to know about connecting to reclaimed water?
- The program is voluntary, and you can use your existing irrigation system.
- All properties in a designated “readiness to serve zone” are charged an availability fee.
- You must disconnect your well from the irrigation system to participate.
- Irrigation systems connected to a drinking water line must be disconnected.
- No cross-connections are allowed before the reclaimed water system tie-in. A Pinellas County Reclaimed Water Inspector is required to inspect your cross-connection when the reclaimed service tie-in is made.
- An automatic rain shutoff device is required by the state.
- A wye strainer is required during inspection in north Pinellas County. The wye strainer should be cleaned monthly to maintain adequate pressure and maximize sprinkler system efficiency.
Are there restrictions on reclaimed water use?
Yes, lawn watering is limited during dry times of the year to three days per week. Reclaimed water shortages in recent years during the non-rainy season have placed stress on the distribution system. These restrictions will alleviate seasonal shortages and actually help you build a healthier lawn. See the links below for more information:
What areas are currently receiving reclaimed water?
- Tarpon Woods
- East Lake Woodlands
- Highland Lakes
- Anderson Park
- Conservation Park
- Tarpon Springs Recreation Center
- Carwise Middle School
- East Lake High School
- Highland Lakes Elementary School
- Palm Harbor Middle School
- Palm Harbor University High School
- St. Pete College Tarpon Springs Campus
- Sutherland Elementary School
- Alderman Ridge
- Allen’s Ridge
- Arbor Glen
- Autumn Woods
- Barrington Oaks
- Beacon Groves
- Estates of Cobb’s Landing
- Highland Lakes (East Dorchester, Macdonnell Dr., Kilwinnng Ct., Aberdeen Ct., Chattan Ct., Bentley Ct., Gregor Ct., Elven Ct., Brighton Ct., Camille Dr.)
- Highlands of Innisbrook
- Historic Palm Harbor
- Indian Trails
- Laurel Oaks
- Oak Trail
- Orange Pointe
- Patty Ann Acres
- Piper’s Meadow
- President’s Landing
- Savannah Pointe
- Sever’s Landing
- Sutton Place
- West Lake Villas Condos
- Westlake Village
- All properties within the boundaries of Bee Pond Road to the north, County Road 39 to the south, Intercoastal to the west, and US Highway 19 to the east except Fox Chase and Fox Lake
- Belleair golf courses (West, East and Belleview Biltmore)
- Seminole Lakes Golf & County Club
- Seminole City Hall Park
- 72nd Ave North (Park Blvd. south to 70 Ave. N. and 71st St. N. west to 77th St. N.)
- Bonnie Bay
- Bonnie Glynn
- Club Chalet
- Five Towns
- Oakhurst Road (Walsingham Road south to 66th Avenue N. and 113th Street west to Boca Ciega Bay)
- Paradise Shores Apts.
- Park Place Condos
- Parkside Villas
- Pinellas Village
- Seminole Lakes
- Sundown Woods
- Tamarac by the Gulf
- Townhomes of Park Place
- Westchester Estates
- Belleair Beach
- Belleair Shore
- Indian Rocks Beach
- Indian Shores
- Madeira Beach
- North Redington Beach
- Redington Beach
- Redington Shores
- Sand Key
- Tierra Verde
- Treasure Island
Do you have a sample form to request reclaimed water?
Yes, you can view the sample form here.