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Is Restricting Reclaimed Water Legal?

Can the County Restrict Reclaimed Water?
Can the County Restrict Reclaimed Water?

Is Restricting Reclaimed Water Legal?

I did reclaimed hookups to residential irrigation systems in 1998. Fascinated by the concept of using the reclaimed on lawns and landscapes, I asked many questions of the officials I would meet on the jobsite.

One question I remember was:

"What if the county gets a new government that doesn't like people using reclaimed water, what keeps them from cutting off the reclaimed service?"

I distinctly remember being told that part of the agreement - the part to help solidify the agreement and a major selling point was:

"Except for repairs, the county would never restrict the flow of reclaimed water"

The prohibition on restricting flow was part of the contract. Most homeowners feared giving the government control over the very resource that kept their personal property beautiful. And their fears have become reality. What happened? 

So how can they restrict reclaim now? Why is it in 2017, the county is restricting the flow of reclaimed water?  Did people forget or was there never such a clause in the agreement? Does anyone have the original agreement? Has anyone challenged local governments on this issue?

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Article by Rick Orr
APL Lawn Spraying Inc.

Rick Orr is the creator of, an Agronomist and the Owner/Operator of APL Lawn Spraying. Rick is a graduate from VA Tech in Agronomy (Turf Ecology). He has been a Golf Course Superintendent, Certified Arborist, Landscape Contractor, Irrigation Contractor and Adjunct Professor for Environmental Horticulture.

Rick is an expert at growing St Augustine turf. Since 1995, Rick has spent his time researching, developing and testing the best management practices for St Augustine turf grown in Pinellas County.

The results of that work is a one of the top rated lawn spray companies in Pinellas County – APL Lawn Spraying. APL Lawn Spraying is a family owned business serving residential and commercial properties in Pinellas County, FL.

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