Recycled Water for Residents
The City has authorization from the Regional Water Quality Control Board to implement a Recycled Water program for residents. Our recycled water is municipal wastewater that has been extensively treated so it can be used for non-potable uses such as irrigation for vegetable gardens, lawns, trees, and landscaping. The recycled water can be delivered by local hauling companies or is available for self-hauling.
Setup for Recycled Water
- Residents are responsible for sourcing or purchasing their own storage tanks, totes, or barrels.
- Residents are responsible for the equipment necessary to apply the recycled water to landscaping (e.g. hose and pump).
- Residents are also responsible for maintaining all equipment dedicated for use only with recycled water and ensuring recycled water is not connected to piped landscape irrigation systems or to a drinking water supply.
- For more information on preventing contamination and keeping your drinking water safe and healthy, please visit the Cross Connection Control Program FAQ.
- A building permit is not required for tanks less that 5,000 gallons and if the ratio of height to diameter or width is not greater than 2:1.
Recycled Water Delivery
In the past the City of Healdsburg has offered recycled water deliveries to be used on landscaping. However, this year we will not be offering the program due to the cost, impacts to the environment and workload to our staff. Please follow this link to see an FAQ regarding water access and our current stage 2 level drought conditions.
Customers have the option to contract directly with water haulers to receive recycled water. This is the list of available haulers:
Sign Up for Service
- Purchase a tank
- Storage tanks should be placed no more than 75 ft. from the curb to be serviced, no gates or fences.
- Contact a water hauler and schedule deliveries
- Fill out the Recycled Water Fill Station Use Application and Agreement
Participants can pick up recycled water, free of charge, from our recycled water fill stations at 340 Foreman Lane or 280 Kinley Drive. Recycled water can be picked up 24/7. Please be cautious when operating vehicles in the fill station areas. Avoid stopping or parking on adjacent streets.
- 300 gallons per trip
- 3,000 gallons max per day per customer
A brief user training and permit is required to participate in the self-haul program. Training and permits will take place at the Wastewater Treatment Plant at 340 Forman Lane (directions) and will cover:
- Instruction on proper hauling requirements
- How to apply water to your landscape
- Completion of User Agreement (bring a valid driver's license)
- Be sure to bring a sealable container for transporting the water. (Large containers must be securely strapped down to the vehicle used to transport the water.)
- Customers are required to provide their own tanks, hoses, fittings, and a suitable vehicle to access water at fill stations.
Appropriate containers should be sturdy, sealed completely, and strapped down securely. Containers should not show signs of excessive wear, cracks, holes, or be compromised in any way.