KTVU Channel 2 news in the bay area came out to the Recycled Water fill station in Martinez yesterday and interviewed their public relations representative and a member of the public who waters his grass with free RecycledH2O.

“A couple weeks ago I went to Lake Chabot and it looked like it was down about 30 feet,” he said. “It was mind-boggling.”

Liberty is one of the hundreds of people who’ve signed up for the recycled water program this year. The number of users has more than doubled in the past month.

“In April we had 91 users, and now, we’re up to 244,” Carpenter said.

In just the first 12 days of this month, Central San has given away more than 250,000 gallons of recycled water.

“Everybody’s spent all this money on their landscaping and their lawns,” Carpenter said about demand for the program. “This is a way to protect that investment, and a responsible way to protect that investment.”

Carpenter said not everyone registered for the program is equipped with a pick-up truck or trailer. “People will pack their cars with one gallon containers,” he said, adding that, “As long as you can seal it and safely transport it,” customers can take as much or as little as they want.

The district is expecting the program to continue its “phenomenal growth” this summer.

“Come June, July and August, people are really going to come down here and do what they can to protect their lawns.”

To stave off any questions from suspicious neighbors, eyeing his unusually green lawn, Liberty picked up one of the brand new signs being offered by Central San. The sign explains that recycled water is being used to keep his lawn green.

Read the rest of the article and watch their news report @ KTVU Fox 2 – More Contra Costa residents using free, recycled water to keep landscapes green