Who Uses Our Recycled Water Program?

Rio Hondo ParkCentral Basin has worked rigorously to increase the use of recycled water by broadening its customer base. Today, Central Basin's recycled water is use for a variety of purposes. The largest user of recycled water includes parks and schools.

Recycled water users chart


For example, in the City of Pico Rivera, Smith Park utilizes recycled water to irrigate over eight acres of landscaping and turf; in total, the park uses over 10 million gallons of recycled water.

In another example, Air Products, an industrial gas company located in the City of Santa Fe Springs, uses over 80 million gallons of recycled water for its cooling tower.




Currently, the top 10 overall largest users of recycled water are:

  Purveyor  Site Name AFA FY 16-17
1. City of Downey Wilderness Park 92.94
2. City of Pico Rivera Pico Rivera Golf Course 97.13
3. City of South Gate Hollydale Park - 5400 Monroe Ave 112.9
4. City of Santa Fe Springs United Technologies Corporation Aerospace Systems (UTC)  80-135
5. Golden State Water Company Metro State Hospital/Wheelabrator - 11401 Bloomfield Ave, Norwalk 156.49
6. City of Santa Fe Springs Tuftex Industries - 15228 Bonavista Ave  173-77
7. Rancho Los Amigos Los Amigos Golf Course 198.26
8. City of Downey  Rio Hondo Golf Course South Lake #6 - 10627 
S. Old River School & Rio Hondo Golf Course
North Lake #3 - 10627 S. Old River School 
250
9. City of Santa Fe Springs Air Products Inc. - 8943 Dice Road 253.07
10. City of Vernon Malburg Generating Station 742.2


















Through innovative marketing, recycled water is now being used with textiles, paper production, dye houses, co-generation plants and printing. The largest recycled water user in the Central Basin area is the Malburg Power Generation Station in the city of Vernon, using more than 420 million gallons of recycled water annually. Metro State Hospital and Wheelabrator-Norwalk Energy Company, Inc. are also large recycled water users, with a combined annual use of 101 million gallons.

Are you a potential recycled water user who would benefit from our recycled water program?

Converting a portion of your potable water use to recycled water could help the State of California while it is facing harsh drought conditions. It can also save you money on your water bill.

Examples of recycled water use include:

  • Landscape irrigation (e.g., public parks, cemeteries, golf courses, street medians);
  • Industrial processes (e.g., paper manufacturing, carpet and textile dyeing, boiler feed);
  • Commercial uses (e.g., cooling towers, toilet flushing, laundries, car washes);
  • Construction activities (e.g., dust control, soil compaction, pipeline backfill consolidation, concrete mixing).

There are multiple factors that are involved with determining if a site can be connected to Central Basin's recycled water system, such as existing piping configuration and proximity to the system. If you would like to see if your site is a candidate for recycled water, please contact the Engineering & Operations Department directly:

Jacqueline Koontz, P.E.
Engineering & Operations Manager
jacquelineb@centralbasin.org
(323) 201-5528

Roman Gonzalez
Associate Engineer
romang@centralbasin.org
(323) 201-5541

Donald Jones
Recycled Water Development Specialist
donaldj@centralbasin.org
(323) 201-5545