Public Health and Medical Community Initiative
Building Public Acceptance Among Medical and Health Professionals
Although water reuse is a proven, science-based process that has been used safely in communities around the world for decades, the public is often skeptical when the concept is first introduced into a community. Because of the nexus between water and health, the public naturally turns to the medical community for assurances about water quality. The medical community, in turn, relies on the scientific community and public health officials for their expertise in determining standards for water quality.
To build acceptance among medical and health professionals, WateReuse has launched the Medical Community Initiative. The effort has three goals:
- Establish an online hub of informational resources that members can access to help educate medical and health professionals in their community.
- Build partnerships with research universities, associations for medical and health professionals, and other advocacy organizations to create channels for communications to medical and health professions.
- Participate in conferences for medical and health professionals.
For more information about the Medical Community Initiative, please contact Carrie Capuco at (571) 445-5504.
Communicating about Recycled Water and Public Health
This PowerPoint provides a template for discussing water reuse to audiences in the medical and public health professions. The topics include water scarcity, risk assessment, public perception, and potable reuse.
This flyer informs medical professionals, ratepayers, elected officials, and other stakeholders about the safety and reliability of using purified water as part of the drinking water supply.
Water Reuse Case Studies
El Paso Water’s Advanced Water Purification Program
El Paso Water is designing an Advanced Water Purification Facility, which will produce up to 10 million gallons per day of water to supplement the city’s drinking water supplies.
CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta visits El Paso Water.
Advanced Water Purification Facility Update
City of Wichita Falls, Texas
Wichita Falls returns purified effluent to Lake Arrowhead via a 17 mile pipeline to extend potable supplies. Medical professionals and others discuss the potable water reuse project.
Water from Water Recycling
This video presents a number of case studies of water recycling across the country and includes interviews with public officials from various agencies.