Reclaimed water is the end product from a municipal wastewater treatment facility that is suitable for reuse as determined by the British Columbia Ministry of Environment.
Following tertiary treatment at the VWRC, most reclaimed water (more than 98%) is pumped 10km to the MacKay Reservoir on Commonage Road. The remaining reclaimed water is pumped to the Rise Golf Course, where it is used for irrigation. From late April to early October, reclaimed water is drawn out of MacKay Reservoir, chlorinated and also used as irrigation water on approximately 970 Ha (2400 acres) of land in the Commonage area south of Vernon.
This is referred to as the "Spray Irrigation" program. Areas irrigated with reclaimed water include Predator Ridge Golf Resort, Vernon Golf & Country Club, The Rise Golf Course, Vernon Seed Orchard, Kalamalka Forestry Centre and Pacific Regeneration's Vernon Nursery as well as large areas of agricultural land used for grazing and hay production. In addition, public areas, such as Marshal fields benefit from reclaimed water use.