National Water Reuse Action Plan:
WateReuse Association Leading the Way
WateReuse is leading or co-leading a variety of National Water Reuse Action Plan actions, including developing a database to track and report state-level policies and regulations related to water reuse; establishing a water reuse award to recognize significant achievements in adopting and promoting water reuse in the industrial and corporate sectors; and helping to organize events related to stormwater reuse, inter-state collaboration, and workforce development.
Action 1.2: Prepare case studies of successful water reuse applications within an integrated water resources management framework.
Action 2.1: Compile existing state policies and approaches to water reuse.
Action 2.16: Support local and regional reuse projects by identifying challenges, opportunities, and models for interagency collaboration.
- Webcast: Multi-Agency Water Reuse Programs: Insights in Interagency Collaboration
- Symposium Sessions on Interagency Collaboration
Action 3.3: Convene experts to address opportunities and challenges related to urban stormwater capture and use. Action team developed a webinar series:
- Webinar 1: Stormwater Capture Drivers, Impediments, and Future Visions
- Webinar 2: Treatment Standards for Stormwater Capture and Use; How are we doing?
- Webinar 3: Stormwater Capture and Use Success Stories
Action 5.5: Quantify the National Volumes of Water Potentially Available for Reuse
Action 5.7: Identify Water Reuse Opportunities in the Beverage Industry.
Action 8.1: Compile and develop water reuse program outreach and communication materials.
Action 8.4: Establish a water reuse champion award program for private sector companies.
Action 9.2: Support and promote opportunities for creating a skilled workforce for water reuse applications.
Actions on which WateReuse Partners
Action 1.4: Leverage EPA’s water partnership programs to consider water reuse in the context of integrated water resources management at the watershed scale.
- EPA National Estuary Program: Promoting Water Reuse through Partnership Programs
Action 2.12: Leverage existing USDA programs for consideration of agricultural water reuse.
Action 2.2: Enhance state collaboration on water reuse.
Action 2.4: Enhance wastewater source control through local pretreatment programs to support water reuse opportunities for municipal wastewater.
Action 2.6: Develop informational materials to address how CWA NPDES permits can facilitate water reuse/capture.
Action 2.9: Align policies and communication tools to promote best management of unused and expired pharmaceuticals to support water reuse and recycling.
Action 3.1: Compile existing fit-for-purpose specifications.
Action 3.4: Develop research and tools to support the implementation of ONWS.
Action 4.5: Promote air-cooling condensate water reuse standards, methods, tools, and technologies for implementing systems in large buildings.
Action 7.2: Develop a coordinated national research strategy on water reuse.
Action 11.1: Facilitate U.S.-Israel collaboration on technology, science, and policy of water reuse.
- Israel Water Reuse Virtual Event: In May 2021, the three-day event was hosted by Israeli Ministry for Environmental Protection, the Economic & Trade Mission at the Embassy of Israel, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in collaboration with the Israel Water Authority, Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Israel Ministry of Health, WaterEdge.IL, WateReuse Association, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
- Day 1 recording: Policy and Regulation of Water Reuse in Israel
- Day 2 recording: Israel’s Approach to Water Reuse Implementation, Technology, and Mechanisms
- Day 3 recording: Increasing Israel’s Agricultural Irrigation Efficiency through Recycled Water
Action 11.2: Raise global awareness and preparedness for water reuse and the Water Reuse Action Plan.
Additional action items that others will lead include developing a federal policy statement to support and encourage water reuse in watershed planning; establishing a New Mexico Produced Water Research Consortium to identify and fill science and technology gaps for off-field use of treated produced water; and compiling a list of federal funding sources to support water reuse projects. In addition, the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems will develop research and tools to support the implementation of onsite systems.