You may have noticed the new purple signs dotted along the walking path down Lakeway Boulevard or in front of some local businesses, churches, or near a stretch of fairway. These have replaced our faded signs indicating that the area is being irrigated with Lakeway MUD (LMUD) recycled water.
Recycled water, also known as reuse water or reclaimed water, is one of our efforts to help conserve water in our community as well as support drought management. It is water that has been processed from our wastewater treatment plants, treated and disinfected to meet Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) standards and produced for non-drinking purposes, such as landscaping, as it is primarily used in Lakeway.
Recycled water is successfully implemented in more than 1,900 communities across our nation and the EPA states, “No documented cases of human health problems due to contact with recycled water that has been treated to standards, criteria, and regulations have been reported.”
With the redesign of our signs, we took special care to point out that the water is not for consumption. Written in both English and Spanish as well as placement of a “no drinking” symbol denotes the recycled water coming out of the sprinkler system nearby is for landscape irrigation purposes only. Our phone number is also listed on the sign in case there are any questions or concerns.
You can learn more about LMUD recycled water here: https://www.lakewaymud.org/about-us/services/water-reuse/ .