National Advocacy Resources
The WateReuse Association engages our members in a national movement to advocate for policies and funding that increase water reuse and promote acceptance and support of recycled water to ensure a safe and sustainable water supply. Member engagement with their elected representatives is critical in advancing the association’s overall advocacy agenda. Individual meetings, letters, and guided tours of recycled water facilities are among the most important ways that WateReuse members can engage with elected representatives and advocate for recycled water.
Engaging with the U.S. Congress
Several congressional committees have varying degrees of responsibility for oversight and authorization of reuse related issues. Committees decide which bills and resolutions move forward to consideration by the House or Senate as a whole. Committee chairs have enormous influence over this process.
Engaging with Federal Agencies
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency supports water reuse as part of an integrated water resources management approach. In 2019, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for Water announced that the agency would facilitate the development of a National Water Reuse Action Plan that will better integrate federal policy and leverage the expertise of both industry and government to ensure the effective use of the nation’s water resources. Other resources available from EPA include:
- Water Reuse and Recycling: Community and Environmental Benefits
- 2017 Potable Reuse Compendium
- 2012 Water Reuse Guidelines
- EPA Water Reuse Research
- EPA Onsite Non-Potable Water Reuse Research
Bureau of Reclamation
The Bureau of Reclamation in the U.S. Department of Interior manages, protects, and develops water and related resources. Reclamation identifies and investigates opportunities to reclaim and reuse water and naturally impaired ground and surface water in the 17 Western states and Hawaii. The Title XVI program provide funding for the planning, design, and construction of water recycling and reuse projects, on a project specific basis, in partnership with local government.
Reports and White Papers
- Title XVI GAO Report – A Government Accountability Office analysis found that the Bureau of Reclamation awarded about $715 million in water reuse grants for 46 construction projects and 71 studies under the Title XVI grant program from 1992-2017. (January 15, 2019)
- Addressing Water Scarcity through Recycling and Reuse: A Menu for Policy Makers
This white paper provides a valuable starting point for governments in Latin America to evaluate the appropriate mix of policies that might best fit their needs to increase water recycling and reuse.
- The Economic, Job Creation, and Federal Tax Revenue Benefits of Increased Funding for the State Revolving Fund Programs
A WEF and WateReuse 2016 economic benefits analysis of the impacts of increased funding for the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds (SRF) revealed that a requested $34.7 billion of federal SRF spending will generate $102.7 billion in total economic input and create more than 500,000 U.S. jobs.
- Financing Industrial Water Reuse with the Clean Water State Revolving Fund
This white paper highlights the reasons why private companies might benefit from CWSRF loans and identifies some of the challenges associated with public financing that they could face.
- Recommendations for EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center
On January 16, 2015, the formation of a Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center (Center) was announced to assist communities in improving their water infrastructure while becoming more resilient to the impacts of climate change.