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Connecting to the System
From initial planning to final connection and beyond, SBWR is here to assist.
Plan Submittal and Approval

  1. Fill out an Application for Recycled Water Service form and submit it with your project design plans to your Recycled Water Retailer. As part of your submittal, please also include an 8 ½” by 11” site plan showing:
  • The irrigated use area with shading or cross-hatching
  • The geographic location with north arrow showing major cross-streets/intersections
  • Locations of all recycled water advisory signs for the project
  • Sample Site Plan 
  • Points of connection/meters for all sources of water (including all potable water appurtenances within the recycled water use area or within 10 ft. of the recycled water use area, including drinking fountains, water features, wells, meters, backflow prevention devices, hydrants, etc.)

  1. The construction plans will be reviewed to ensure that the design conforms to existing rules and regulations, and that the appropriate South Bay Water Recycling (SBWR) Standard Notes and Details have been incorporated prior to receiving approval from both SBWR and State Water Resources Control Board - Division of Drinking Water. All work must conform to existing regulations, including but not limited to:

  1. Inspection by SBWR has been completed confirming conformance with approved plans, including but not limited to the following:
  • New underground piping (including but not limited to: pipe labeling, clearances, burial depth, sleeves, special requirements, etc.)
  • Presence of appropriate backflow prevention devices
  • Installation of signs, tags, and controller decals
  • Verify utility separation (see below)
  • New meter installation (see below)
  • Passed coverage test

  1. Site has passed the required cross-connection test, performed by a certified AWWA cross-connection specialist in coordination with the SBWR inspector. No physical connections between the potable and recycled water systems are permitted.

Retailer Service Meter
  1. Recycled water meters will be set by the local water utility after:
  • The site’s owner, developer, or contractor has applied for recycled water service with the local water utility.
  • The water service agreement (if required) has been approved, and any applicable fees have been paid.
  • The water utility has received authorization from SBWR to set recycled water meters.

Customer Training
  1. The owner’s or tenant’s representative has completed a site supervisor training class offered by SBWR.