Reclaimed Water

WRF Reclaimed PumpsAs populations increase, the demand for water increases. One way to meet this demand is to reclaim wastewater. Communities across the desert southwest collect billions of gallons of domestic wastewater from homes and businesses every day, 99.97% of which is just water. Reclaiming this water allows communities to beneficially recycle billions of gallons of water for immediate and beneficial use.

What is Reclaimed Water?

Reclaimed water is domestic wastewater that receives advanced treatment, filtration and high-level disinfection processes so the water can be safely recycled and distributed back to the community for various uses.

The City of Alamogordo has been safely distributing reclaimed water to our community for 25 years. Reclaimed water customers in Alamogordo help recycle an average of 1.8 million gallons of water every day.

Current customers include both City golf course, local parks, 4 schools and contractors.

What is Reclaimed Water Used For?

In the City of Alamogordo, currently, reclaimed water is used for:

  • Irrigating City and Parks green spaces
  • Construction site dust control

What is Reclaimed Water NOT Used For?

  • It is NOT used for drinking, bathing or cooking.
  • It is NOT used to fill swimming pools, hot tubs or wading pools.
  • It is NOT used to fill water toys (such as squirt guns), for water play or for recreation involving water contact.
  • It must NOT be connected to residential plumbing for toilet flushing or other potable uses.

No Watering Restrictions; Wise Use is Encouraged

The City of Alamogordo supplies reclaimed water to the Alamogordo Public School system and City Parks on a 24-hour/7-days-a-week/365-day per-year schedule. Reclaimed water is not subject to year-around water restrictions that apply to potable water systems. However, because all water is valuable, reclaimed water is used wisely and follow recommended best practices for irrigation.