The Fresno City Council voted Thursday on a Recycling Water Ordinance that would allow the Public Utilities Department to reuse filtered waste water for City parks and landscapes.
"We're still taking water off to do things that could be used for homes and businesses and things like that to basically keep grass green," says Fresno City Manager Bruce Rudd.
The water isn't drinkable but will keep lawns green.
The Public Utilities Department will now begin Phase I. They say it will cost between $27-$30 Million. It's covered by recent rate increases. The City says the water situation in Fresno is hitting a critical point. They say each year there's less ground water to use.
"We're all sucking out the same cup with different straws," Rudd says.
Fresno already has a recycled water plant in North Fresno. The plant provides water to irrigate the Copper River Golf Course.
Clovis is already using recycled water. They say it saves 200,000 gallons of water each day.
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