Recycled Water


The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) regulates the use of recycled water through a delegation agreement with the State Department of Public Health.  The purpose is to protect the public from health risks associated with cross-connections of recycled water and drinking water supplies, as well as to prevent health risks from body contact with recycled water.  

Land and Water Quality Division staff review recycled water use plans, and conduct site inspections to ensure drinking water supplies are not contaminated with recycled water.  Staff also monitor spray irrigation sites to ensure the recycled water irrigation does not present a risk to the public.  Recycled water sites must also pass an initial cross-connection control shut down test and every four years thereafter.  This can be coordinated with the water district supplying the recycled water.

Plans and applications can be submitted to DEH at 5510 Overland Ave,Suite 110, San Diego, CA 92123 in person or by mail to 5500 Overland Ave, Suite 210, San Diego, CA 92123.  

Announcement: New Online Plan Submittal

Beginning on April 1, 2017 the DEH Recycled Water Program will begin accepting plans online for review.  For detailed instructions on how to submit plans online see the following user guide.


Contact: Glenn Leeks, EHS III, ph: (619) 607-8351, e-mail: Glenn Leeks

                Barrett Hollingsworth, EHS II, ph: (858) 880-4371, e-mail: Barrett Hollingsworth


Land Use Program Professional Staff Listing

Useful Information

California Health Laws Related To Recycled Water

Recycled Water Plan Check and Inspection Manual (DEH 2001 Edition)


Frequently Asked Questions

Plan Check Application

Shutdown Test Application Form