Recycled Water

Recycled Water Pipeline & Strategic Plan

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Regional Map of Recycled Water Pipeline

The City of Palo Alto’s Recycled Water Program began in the early 1980s. The City’s objectives for the Recycled Water Program are to conserve potable water by providing an alternative supply of high quality recycled water for irrigation and other non-potable uses. The City’s Regional Water Quality Control Plant (RWQCP) produces recycled water for its 6 partner agencies: East Palo Alto Sanitary District, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto, and Stanford. The City of Palo Alto recycled water pipeline distributes recycled water from the RWQCP to the City of Mountain View and numerous City of Palo Alto facilities (including the Municipal Golf Course, Municipal Services Center, Animal Services Facility, and Greer Park). Recycled water is available for pickup by residents and businesses at the RWQCP for permitted uses or through permitted truck haulers. Learn more about the City’s recycled water and other non-potable water sources.

Currently, the recycled water pipeline is not available for direct connections to Palo Alto residents or businesses.  The City of Palo Alto is evaluating ways to offer this service in the future under the Northwest County Recycled Water Strategic Plan project.  The Northwest County Recycled Water Strategic Plan is a collaborative project between the City of Palo Alto RWQCP, the Santa Clara Valley Water District, and consultants that seeks to identify the most appropriate ways and locations to expand the City of Palo Alto’s Recycled Water Program.  Included in the project is the continued evaluation of a potential expansion of the recycled water pipeline to the Stanford Research Park area as well as a groundwater study to evaluate the feasibility of potable reuse, refer to below sections for project task updates.  The Northwest County Recycled Water Strategic Plan project began in December 2016 and is scheduled for completion in 2020.

Northwest County Recycled Water Strategic Plan Task Updates:

Task 1: Project Coordination & Administration 
    Project began in December 2016 and scheduled to be completed by December 2020

Task 2: Recycled Water Phase III Expansion Project Business Plan & Preliminary Design 
    Project Documents: 
       - Final EIR Response to Comments
       - Draft EIR Volume 1 Draft
       - EIR Volume 2, Appendices

Task 3: Northwest County Indirect Potable Reuse Feasibility Study & Groundwater Use Assessment
     June 8, 2017 public stakeholder meeting 10am-11am at Rinconada Library (Embarcadero Room), 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto 94303
     Click here to view the slides from the June 8 meeting.

Task 4: Recycled Water Strategic Planning

Task 5: Funding Identification 
    City of Palo Alto has submitted an application for California Prop 1 funding

For more information call Samantha Engelage, Engineer at 650.329.2123 or email
Last Updated: Jun 12, 2017