Should/can reclaimed water be used for edible plants?
Studies of the use of high quality reclaimed water show that it can be safely used to irrigate edible food crops. In fact, the national reuse guidelines (EPA, 1992) fully support the use of reclaimed water meeting Florida's standards as being safe for irrigation of any type of edible crop. However, Florida's reclaimed water guidelines are more stringent than the national and international guidelines. Florida's reclaimed water rules also allow for irrigation of food crops, but with 1 exception. Spray irrigation using reclaimed water is prohibited for crops that will not be peeled, skinned, cooked, or thermally processed before human consumption (salad crops). Please call 561-338-7310 for more information.

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1. What is Project IRIS?
2. What is reclaimed water?
3. What is the cost of reclaimed water?
4. What are the typical costs for a single-family hook-ups?
5. What are the typical costs for a multi-family hook-ups?
6. Why does reclaimed water for irrigation make sense?
7. Is reclaimed water safe? Who else is doing this?
8. How can I get reclaimed water service?
9. Now that I have IRIS, what do I do?
10. Are there irrigation time restrictions for the use of reclaimed water?
11. Is there an unlimited supply of reclaimed water?
12. Are there any rules regarding what reclaimed water should not be used for?
13. Are residents required to connect to the IRIS system?
14. Should/can reclaimed water be used for edible plants?
15. Why do or will I have a purple meter box?
16. How can I be sure that IRIS is helping the City to conserve drinking water?
17. How can I learn more about Project IRIS?