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Use of Recycled Water for Community Gardens

Principal Investigator and Project Manager
Kathleen Muller, Friends of Guadalupe River Park & Gardens

The Guadalupe Community Garden, a 1-acre site in Guadalupe River Park & Gardens in San Jose, CA, is the first community garden to be permitted by the California Department of Public Health for irrigation with recycled water. The purpose of this project was to demonstrate that the public will accept an expanded use of recycled water and that the project partners could design and operate a community garden acceptable to the California Department of Public Health and the general public in Santa Clara County.

This report, prepared for the WateReuse Research Foundation by the nonprofit Friends of Guadalupe River Park & Gardens, documents the development of the community garden and is intended as a guide for other communities and agencies to use in promoting the acceptance of recycled water with similar projects. It explains the role of each of the project partners and the process involved in the successful collaboration. The report addresses community attitudes toward recycled water and issues that arose during the 4-year process that culminated in the garden’s opening in November 2008, including the requirements and length of time it took to obtain a state permit, the resolution of soil contamination on the site, concerns over public acceptance of the project, and funding difficulties. The report further describes the ongoing testing and analysis of soil and plant materials taking place over a 3-year period of garden operations.
(2012, 110 pages, 04-05-1)

Member price: 25.00
Foundation subscriber price: 0.00
Non-member price: 45.00