Water Quality

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Does the City publish an annual Water Quality Report?

In July of each year the City publishes its Annual Water Quality Report. Since 1991, California water utilities have been providing an annual Water Quality Report to their customers. This year’s report covers calendar year 2016 water quality testing, and has been prepared in compliance with new regulations called for in the 1996 reauthorization of the Safe Drinking Water Act. The reauthorization charged the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with updating and strengthening the tap water regulatory program and changed the report’s due date to July 1.

 2017 WQR Cover                    

       2017 Water Quality Report

       2016 Water Quality Report

       2015 Water Quality Report

       2014 Water Quality Report

       2013 Water Quality Report


       Additional Water Quality Reports      


How is wastewater treated?

Wastewater is not just sewage. All the water used in the home that goes down the drains or into the sewage collection system is wastewater. This includes water from baths, showers, sinks, dishwashers, washing machines, and toilets. Small businesses and industries can also contribute large amounts of wastewater to sewage collection systems. The average American contributes 150 gallons of wastewater each day. Wastewater is about 99 percent water by weight and is generally referred to as influent as it enters the wastewater treatment facility. The following web site demonstrates how wastewater is treated.

The City is able to recycle 2.2 million gallons of wastewater a day for irrigation use. The current users of reclaimed water in the City include: The grounds at the City's wastewater treatment plant, the City's Municipal golf course, and the Bella Collina golf course. The City has plans to double the capacity of producing recycled water in the coming years to 4.4 million gallons per day (mgd).


San Clemente 2015 Urban Water Management Plan

Click the link above to view the City's 2015 Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP). This UWMP is to provide the CA Dept. of Water Resources with information on the present and future water resources and demands and provides an assessment of the City's water resource needs. The City's 2015 UWMP has been prepared in compliance with the requirements of the Urban Water Management Planning Act as amended in 2009, and includes the following analysis:

  • Water Service Area & Facilities
  • Water Sources & Supplies
  • Water Use by Customer Type
  • Demand Management Measures(Conservation Programs & Activities)
  • Water Supply Reliability
  • Planned Water Supply Projects & Programs
  • Water Shortage Contingency Plan
  • Recycled Water

    2015 Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) 


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