purple water pipe

Specializing in the Delivery of Reclaimed Water for Landscaping & Construction


What We Do

We are your irrigation and bulk water delivery headquarters.
We offer bulk water truck delivery and a wide range of other services for residential and construction sites.


– Irrigation w/ reclaimed water
– Tree deep soak
– Refill pool/pond


– De-watering
– Dust control
– Drilling, grading, barricades

Water Tanks

– Custom water tank installation
– Maintenance & repair
– Refill

The Purple Pipe team has vast knowledge and expertise on water, plant life, landscape solutions, and regulatory and permit needs

– Hilary S. Palo Alto (Resident)

Purple Pipes have a great understanding of the water that they use… including the quality and how best to utilize it on plants.

– Mike B. Palo Alto (Resident)

[Purple Pipes] has been watering my landscape for 4 seasons. My plants look amazing and it feels nice keeping things green with recycled water.

– Kim G. Menlo Park (Resident)

These guys go the extra mile and work with us to secure permits and formulate the most efficient way to get the job done.

– Jason D. (Homebuilder)

Our Water

We supply three types of water.

Recycled Water

We use tertiary recycled water treated to very high standards. It is great for watering plants including edibles that produce veggies and fruits.

Ground Water

The ground water we deliver is naturally filtered water found underground in aquifers. We retain this water from basement projects which need to de-water the ground during construction.

Potable Water

Our potable water is used for filling swimming pools, water tanks at ranches, special events and emergency situations.

The Purple Pipe Company

Established in 2015, The Purple Pipe Company started with one water truck and supplied and delivered reclaimed water during the 2015-2016 drought season. In turn, our residential clients were happy and able to keep their proud landscapes healthy and lush!

Since then, we have stayed busy continuing to work with our residential clients, while procuring a contractor’s license and expanding our services to include integrated custom water tank installation and providing a variety of construction services such as reusing the ground water pumped from construction projects.

The Purple Pipe Company Specializes in Water Truck Delivery and Appication of Reclaimed Water for Landscaping and Construction Purposes.

Purple water pipe

Large property owners like cemeteries and golf clubs are among the few who can use recycled water through most Southern California water systems. A special pipe, it carries sewage water that’s been filtered for solids and cleaned of some impurities.

This sort-of cleaned-up water can irrigate landscaping; it can cool equipment in industrial uses; it can be what you flush, say, in an office building or a hotel. As some of its advocates point out, it’s the same water dinosaurs drank.

And it all happens through a pipeline that’s a distinctive color halfway between a field of lavender and Violet Beauregard after she licked the blueberry wallpaper (or Gene Wilder’s waistcoat, whichever Willy Wonka reference you like).

The district dates back to 1961. From near the beginning, the IRWD Board of Directors decided to place a premium on recycling water. By 1967, Irvine delivered 2 million gallons a day of tertiary-treated water to agricultural users. The district was the first in the state to get a permit to use recycled water for any acceptable use (not just agriculture; that includes industrial and irrigation uses, and some plumbing).

Irvine Ranch put two parallel delivery systems next to each other, a system called dual distribution. It was cutting edge nationally back in 1985, when the EPA featured it among a few places, including Colorado Springs and St. Petersburg, that had incorporated recycled water in their urban plans.

Irvine Ranch is the district that picked the color for recycled-water pipe.

“There are pipe color designations that tell those handling the systems what they’re dealing with,” IRWD’s Mark Tettmer told me. “When recycled water came along, the industry decided it needed a color to help differentiate it from the other things that are already on the property.”

In cities around the United States, blue is for potable water. Green is for sewers. Yellow signifies natural gas, oil, petroleum, or something else that’s potentially flammable. Orange is for telecommunications. Red is for power lines. And white is for marking where excavations and new pipe routes will go.

So that’s one reason why purple. “Because it’s a color that wasn’t already spoken for,” Tettmer says, referring to American Public Works Association standards. “Wherever recycled water is used, purple pipe is used, which is known as ‘Irvine Purple,’” the IRWD website proudly touts.

But the story also involves an engineer named Keith Lewinger. The story goes that Lewinger picked out the lavender-painted pipe because he could distinguish it even though he’s severely color blind. If he could identify it, went the reasoning, so could others.

Lewinger moved on from Irvine a long time ago. He retired as General Manager from the Fallbrook Public Utilities District in San Diego three years ago, and when he did, Congressman Darrell Issa thanked him for his service on the House floor.

Still, Irvine holds on to purple pipe’s origin story – mostly as a teachable tool. IRWD’s Mark Tettmer says an unexpected boon of purple pipe is that people remember it, which helps with public education.

“It’s a pretty conspicuous thing,” he says.

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