Marin Opens Recycled Water Station For All County Residents – CBS San Francisco

SAN RAFAEL (BCN) – The Marin Municipal Water District provides a direct supply of recycled water to residents through a recycled water filling station that opened Wednesday to encourage the county’s residents to reduce water waste during the county’s exceptional drought.

The station will be located on Armory Drive in San Rafael across from the Marin County Civic Center. Marin County residents can visit the site on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to fill their own resealable containers with recycled water. The district assumes that the station will remain open until autumn, depending on the rainfall.

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Promoting the use of recycled water is one of several measures to combat the exceptional drought in the area. Using recycled water for cleaning or irrigation reduces the amount of water that is drawn from the drinking water supply. Marin Water’s board of directors had previously declared a water shortage emergency and a mandatory 40 percent reduction in water consumption across the district.

Recycled water can be used to water lawns, trees, and gardens, and to wash exterior surfaces, windows, walls, and furniture, as long as it doesn’t run into rainwater. The water is also not subject to current water restrictions, which limit irrigation to specific days, so residents can use the water whenever they want.

However, residents should not use the water for drinking, cooking, bathing, showering, filling swimming pools or water toys, or connecting to household pipes.

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Before using the station, each county resident must submit an online or on-site application to confirm their residence and ensure they are using the recycled water safely. They will then receive an ID that must be shown each time they fill up with water.

The station accepts all lockable containers that can hold at least 10 gallons, and residents can collect up to 300 gallons of recycled water per trip. The county warned local residents to consider the weight of the water – just over 8 pounds per gallon – when deciding how much water to add.

Applications and more information on recycled water can be found at

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