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Recycled Water Use in Agriculture: Overcoming the Challenges

December 14, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm


2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific
PDHs: 1.5
Fee: WateReuse Association & WE&RF members: Free; Others: $49

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The presentation will summarize the findings of a WE&RF project titled Agricultural Use of Recycled Water—Impediments and Incentives (Reuse 15-08). The program will discuss the drivers for recycled water use in irrigated agriculture, common impediments and their geographic distribution as well as remedies commonly and successfully adopted to overcome the impediments. A geospatial analysis of the potential for additional agricultural reuse projects in the United States will be presented with specific recommendations for utilities, farmers, and regulators. In addition, several case studies will be presented, detailing the drivers motivating each case, impediments encountered, and the solutions implemented.

The California State Water Resources Control Board and Pentair co-sponsored this research.


  • Bahman Sheikh is recognized internationally as an expert in agricultural use of recycled water with clients in 21 countries and several states in the USA.  He planned, designed and managed the famous Monterey pilot project that led to full-scale use of recycled water on 12,000 acres of raw-eaten vegetables in the salad bowl of California.
  • Kara Nelson teaches courses and conducts research on critical issues at the intersection of public health and the environment, with a focus on reducing the threat posed by waterborne pathogens by improving our engineering infrastructure to make it more effective, affordable, and maximize its environmental benefits.
  • Anne Thebo specializes in global assessment of urban and peri-urban agriculture, with a focus on irrigated and rainfed croplands. She has used spatial overlay analysis methods to quantify the extent and characteristics of (large scale) urban and peri-urban croplands around the world.
  • Brent Haddad earned his PhD in Energy and Resources at UC Berkeley. He is Professor of Environmental Studies at U.C. Santa Cruz and Founder/Director of the Center for Integrated Water Research. He generated early guidance documents for the former WateReuse Foundation to improve agency communications with the public on recycled water.

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