Recycled water helps San Luis Obispo stay green during drought

Feb 5, 2014

San Luis Obispo's Laguna Hills Park, one of several grassy areas in the city irrigated with recycled water.
Credit Randol White

February started with welcomed rainfall here on the Central Coast. The short-lived series of storms brought several inches of rain to some areas of California, yet much more is needed to help the state end its drought status.

The City of San Luis Obispo, while certainly feeling the effects of a record dry year, is in a relatively good position to handle the current situation. Water resources and systems put in place over the past decade or so are helping to push off mandatory rationing for the foreseeable future.

For this Issues & Ideas segment, KCBX News Director Randol White takes us on a tour of San Luis Obispo's purple pipe system, and how some areas of the city are using the recycled water is produces.