Reclaimed Water

In-City Reclamation Irrigation System (IRIS) 

As populations continue to grow, the demand for available water grows too. Yet the amount of water available today is no different than what could be found centuries ago. Water demands have increased, but the water supply is unchanged.

Therefore, in an effort to conserve our valuable drinking water, the City of Boca Raton has turned to reclaimed water for irrigation purposes. Reclaimed water is highly treated and disinfected wastewater that can be used to irrigate green spaces instead of using potable drinking water. Reclaimed water offers an excellent way to beautify lawns and landscaping but, is not meant for drinking or bathing.

Glades Road Utility Services Complex 

The City of Boca Raton operates a 100% functioning reuse system and has met all the requirements of the 2008 Ocean Outfall legislation.  In accordance with the Ocean Outfall legislation and the Florida Administrative Code, the City is authorized and permitted to discharge thru the ocean outfall as a backup discharge to the functioning reuse system.

IRIS water is "reclaimed" at the City's Glades Road Utility Services Complex. This award-winning secondary treatment facility uses a multi-stage treatment process with additional filtration and disinfection.

Our facility is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and reclaimed water quality is continually monitored to be certain that it meets strict state standards. No IRIS water is allowed to leave the plant until it has been fully tested for safety and quality.

Water Reclamation Complex

We are proud of the water our plant produces and the tremendous amount of water conservation this program makes possible. We provide irrigation quality water to roadway medians, parks, 9 golf courses, and over 1,600 homes within the City of Boca Raton.