What have been the safety considerations of potable reuse?

Potable reuse technologies produce high-quality drinking water using a multi-step and multi-barrier advanced treatment process. Though technologies can vary, many systems use water purification that includes three processes: microfiltration, reverse osmosis, and ultraviolet light/advanced oxidation. Combined, these purification processes remove salts, bacteria, viruses and micro-constituents (like pharmaceuticals and personal care products) to produce water quality that is equal to, or better than, existing drinking water sources.

Many communities in California and across the nation are building safe and reliable recycled water solutions for potable reuse. An example of where these proven technologies are used locally includes: Orange County, West Basin Municipal Water District, and Los Angeles County. Other communities, like Ventura, are in the planning and implementation phases, including: San Diego, Santa Clara Valley, Monterey, Las Virgenes, Carpinteria, Pismo Beach, Los Angeles, and Oxnard.

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1. What is VenturaWaterPure?
2. What are the components of VenturaWaterPure?
3. What have been the safety considerations of potable reuse?
4. Why is VenturaWaterPure needed?
5. Why is VenturaWaterPure the preferred recycled water solution?
6. Why is the project scheduled for 2025 completion?
7. How will VenturaWaterPure be funded?
8. Why doesn’t the City expand its tertiary treated water or “purple pipe” infrastructure?
9. Why doesn’t the City convey its tertiary treated water to the City of Oxnard as an alternative to the VenturaWaterPure Project?
10. Why isn’t the City sending the tertiary treated water to United Water Conservation District’s (United) spreading grounds?
11. What is Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria and Genes
12. Is ARB/ARG removed during the advanced water purification process?
13. What measures are taken to ensure purified water sources are safe?