Increasing Safe and Reliable Water Supplies
WateReuse is internationally-recognized as a thought-leader on alternative water supply development. It is the go-to organization for applied research, policy guidance and educational tools on water reuse as well as the principal influencer of public opinion, lawmakers and policymakers on policy and projects related to water reuse.
The fundamental principle of water reuse is using the right water for the right purpose, everywhere and all the time. That means aiding and accelerating the natural process of cleaning the water to make it suitable for its intended purpose, from irrigation to industrial uses to drinking.
Our efforts touch on every aspect of promoting water reuse to make it fit for purpose.
Since its founding in 1990, WateReuse has advocated for policies, laws and funding at the state and federal level to increase the practice of recycling water. Our national office leads the advocacy efforts with the U.S. Congress and federal agencies, including the Bureau of Land Reclamation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Seven state sections work with state lawmakers and regulatory agencies to advance state policies on water reuse.
During the last two decades, WateReuse has conducted more than $60 million in research to solve real-world problems that may be barriers to expanding water reuse here and around the world. The research has been used to increase protection for human health and the environment, improve operational efficiency of water treatment facilities, and boost public acceptance of recycling water.
While the science is clear that recycling water is safe, misinformation has contributed to community resistance for water reuse projects. To address that challenge, WateReuse is expanding its efforts to support members in communicating to their customers and constituencies.
Our membership of water utilities, businesses, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations is dedicated to recycling water to ensure communities have a safe, reliable and cost-effective supply of water, which is necessary to sustain a high standard of living and robust economy.