Considerations for Reclaimed Water Use in the Nursery

Thomas H. Yeager


Reclaimed water (processed sewage) can be an effective substitute for municipal, well, and surface water, and its use may improve profitability and conserve natural resources in the container nursery. However, limited use of reclaimed water for irrigation of container-grown plants is probably due in part to its lack of availability to container nurseries. Nonetheless, users and potential users should consider the following when using reclaimed water: the processor’s standards for reclaimed water quality, quantity of reclaimed water needed, infrastructure required for reclaimed water use, permits, signage, costs for the user, and social aspects. A contract with the supplier can be used to address several of these considerations. While, contracts may seem burdensome, a reliable supply of quality irrigation water during drought restrictions is likely worth the diligence.

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283