Types of Reuse
Recycled water is an effective solution to a multitude of water management challenges, including water supply resiliency, population growth, saltwater intrusion, environmental enhancement and habitat creation, and extreme wet weather events and combined sewer overflows, among other issues.
There has been tremendous growth in water recycling in the traditional recycling centers of the arid west and south. This has largely been attributed to water supply challenges and the need for drought-resilient, sustainable supplies such as recycled water. However, there is new and exciting growth in more water-rich areas in the Pacific Northwest, and in cities such as Chicago, Atlanta, New York, and others that are now looking toward water recycling to help manage stormwater and receiving water quality challenges. In addition, other regions on the eastern seaboard such as Hampton Roads, VA are incorporating water reuse strategies to support their region’s resiliency and sustainability goals.
Areas of growth for water recycling include:
- Agricultural reuse
- Onsite reuse
- Industrial reuse
- Potable (drinking water) reuse
- Stormwater capture and reuse
- Non-potable municipal reuse for parks, commercial landscaping, etc.
- Environmental restoration
- “Produced water” from oil and gas production