Creating a Framework for Decentralized Non-potable Water Systems
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT
Fee: Free for WateReuse Members and WE&RF Subscribers
Communities in California and throughout the country are incorporating decentralized non-potable water treatment systems to produce non-potable water in buildings and districts to flush toilets and irrigate landscapes. Interest in these types of systems is increasing; however, public agencies seek guidance to develop programs to manage, and oversee these water systems, while protecting public health. Without guidance and model policies, agencies will likely continue to create their own policies, which may lead to a regulatory patchwork that does not best serve local agencies or the public.
This webcast will summarize the findings of the report Risk Based Framework for the Development of Public Health Guidance for Decentralized Non-potable Water Systems. The presenters will review the report’s recommendations for creating a framework for incorporating these systems into communities, including the report’s recommendation to use a log reduction approach to protect public health. The report was managed by the by the National Water Reuse Institute (NWRI) on behalf of the project sponsors: San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), Water Research Foundation (WRF) and Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF).
The webcast will also summarize the key activities of SFPUC’s Non-potable Water Program and the National Blue Ribbon Commission to Advance Innovation in Decentralized Non-potable Water Systems. The Commission builds upon four years of work with several municipalities, water utilities, public health officials, the WRF, WE&RF, and US Water Alliance to establish state and national frameworks that support the integration of decentralized water systems and identifies new business models for water utilities.
Sybil Sharvelle, Ph.D., Colorado State University
Chair, Risk Based Framework for the Development of Public Health Guidance for Decentralized Non-potable Water Systems
Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Chair, National Blue Ribbon Commission to Advance Innovation in Decentralized Non-potable Water Systems
Jennifer West, Managing Director, WateReuse California