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Direct Potable Reuse Research Initiative

In 2012, WateReuse launched a strategic initiative to support the development of regulations to ensure a safe supply of water from water treatment facilities that recycle water directly for human consumption. The initiative was launched to support efforts in California, which enacted a law in 2010 that required the state Department of Public Health to investigate the feasibility of developing uniform criteria for water direct potable reuse by December 31, 2016. WateReuse has undertaken multiple research projects to provide science to help expert panels make this law a reality.

The research builds upon the groundbreaking report, Direct Potable Reuse: A Path Forward, and the 2012 National Research Council report on potable reuse. Additionally, a panel of experts, which was convened in 2012, identified 22 high priority projects to shape the research agenda.


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