How Safe Is Purified Water?

The purified water produced by the purification center is not currently used for drinking, but instead is blended with tertiary-treated recycled water and used for a variety of non-potable purposes such as landscaping, agriculture and industry. By demonstrating we can produce purified water that is safe to drink, the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center helps pave the way to potable reuse in Santa Clara County.

How Safe is Purified Water

Potable Reuse Demonstration Test Plan
  1. Provide systems monitoring and water quality information on the efficacy of the purification center during its first two years of operation, and

  2. Demonstrate that purified water produced at the purification center meets California potable reuse regulations, including all California Primary and Secondary Drinking Water Standards.

  • Excellent Performance
    All purification processes at the SVAWPC exhibited excellent performance with removal of pathogens and contaminants of emerging concern, such as pharmaceuticals and endocrine disruptors.
  • Pathogens & Contaminants Removal
    New ways of monitoring were proven to accurately verify the removal of pathogens and contaminants.
  • Meets Drinking Water Standards
    Purified water produced by the SVAWPC with advanced oxidation meets or exceeds all California drinking water standards, including all potable reuse regulations for groundwater replenishment
  • Ensure Highest Quality
    Critical Control Points, which are parameters that will ensure highest water quality, were identified.
  • Valuable Understanding
    Staff gained valuable understanding of what design, operational, and monitoring changes will be important for the future production of purified water at the SVAWPC.

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