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In Denver, Water Recycling Leaders Remove Barriers and Elevate Opportunities

Date: March 14, 2024

For Immediate Release
March 14, 2024

Denver, Co., March 14, 2024 – The world’s top experts in water reuse and recycling convened this week in Denver for the 2024 WateReuse Symposium to explore the unprecedented opportunities for global water recycling.

Water recycling, or water reuse, is the sustainable treatment and use of water multiple times before it is returned to the environment. It can serve many beneficial purposes including industrial cooling, environmental restoration, irrigation, and drinking. Over 900 water professionals from across the United States and around the world traveled to Denver this week to learn about the latest technologies, policy approaches, and operational strategies for building sustainable communities through water recycling.

“Today, more and more communities across the U.S. are becoming more environmentally sustainable from water recycling programs,” said Bart Weiss, Chief Officer for Innovation and Resiliency at Hillsborough County Public Utilities in Florida, and WateReuse Association’s current president. “That’s made possible by the hard work of the WateReuse Association and its members, and the knowledge-sharing that takes place at this Symposium and other national, state and local WateReuse events.”

The 2024 WateReuse Symposium featured a special focus on the role of water recycling in the future of the mighty Colorado River. The week began with a multimedia keynote address titled The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict from native Coloradan Pete McBride, a Sony Artisan of Imagery and a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Three municipal water leaders – Troy Hayes of Phoenix, Arizona; Alan Salazar of Denver, Colorado; and Deven Upadhyay of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California – participated in a lively plenary discussion about the river that their communities all rely on. The panelists discussed water recycling innovations and partnerships to help close the gap in the Colorado’s water supply, while balancing the needs of fast-growing cities and farms.

Over 50 international attendees from six continents joined the Symposium for the first Global Dialogue on Water Reuse. A new partnership between WateReuse Association and the International Desalination and Reuse Association (IDRA), the dialogue seeks to accelerate the adoption of water reuse in countries across the world. The Global Dialogue on Water Reuse will continue in December 2024 at the IDRA 2024 World Congress in Abu Dhabi.

On the final day of the Symposium, the 2024 Technology Showcase turned participants’ focus to the role of new technologies and processes in elevating water reuse opportunities. The showcase, in partnership with the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI), brought twelve researchers and technologists to the stage to present their new and disruptive findings that could significantly improve or transform water recycling in the next five to fifteen years.


Contact: Ben Glickstein | bglickstein@watereuse.org | (571) 445-5513

The WateReuse Association is the nation’s only trade association solely dedicated to advancing laws, policy, funding, and public acceptance of recycled water. Our membership includes utilities that recycle water, businesses that support the development of recycled water projects, and consumers of recycled water.

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