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National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems

The National Blue Ribbon Commission advances best management practices to support the use of onsite non-potable water systems within individual buildings or at the local scale. We are committed to protecting public health and the environment, and sustainably managing water—now and for future generations.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s headquarters includes an engineered wetland system located in the building’s sidewalks and lobby that treats wastewater and reuses it for toilet and urinal flushing.

Onsite non-potable water systems represent a significant opportunity to transform the way water is managed. For example, onsite water systems can reduce potable water use by approximately 25% in residential buildings, and up to 75% in commercial buildings.

In support of this goal, the Board of Directors of the WateReuse Association adopted a set of principles in 2019 to guide the association’s advocacy and engagement on alternative sources of water supply. The policy recognizes the role of onsite non-potable water systems in a community’s overall water management program. WateReuse also partnered with the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems in 2019 to support more widespread adoption of onsite non-potable water systems.

The commission was inspired by key recommendations from the Innovation in Urban Water Systems meeting, hosted by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission in May 2014 with support from The Water Research Foundation and U.S. Water Alliance. This meeting was the first national convening of public health and water leaders to share knowledge on onsite non-potable water systems and discuss ways to help communities overcome policy barriers to implementation.


Review the documents prepared by the commission and other resources for developing onsite non-potable water reuse programs in your community.


Meet the Commissioners

The National Blue Ribbon Commission is a coalition of public health agencies and water/wastewater utilities advancing the safe, practical, and sustainable implementation of onsite non-potable water systems.


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WateReuse is the only trade association that focuses solely on advancing laws, policy and funding to increase water reuse. Our niche strategy sets us apart from other organizations in the water industry.

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