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WateReuse Association Offers Support to Army Corps of Engineers on New Water Reuse Provisions

Date: October 30, 2018

The WateReuse Association sent a letter to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works and the Lieutenant Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offering support and congratulations on the passage of the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 and laying the groundwork to work collaboratively on implementing key provisions that support water reuse.

The WateReuse Association and member agencies spent many months advocating for inclusion of provisions that support water reuse in America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, which is the biennial reauthorization of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The package encourages the use of non-potable water recycling to address water demand challenges particularly for industrial applications, establishes the Innovative Water Technology Grant Program providing $10 million annually to support investments in innovative water technology, including water reuse or recycling, and authorizes $25 million for investment in resilient and sustainable water infrastructure, including water recycling.

WateReuse worked closely with Members of Congress to draft an approach that will strengthen the ties between local Corps of Engineers sponsors and local water management agencies to integrate Corps planning of its projects (Section 1164). This provision holds great promise for more local and regional cooperation, resulting in multi-purpose, multi-benefit projects, connecting flood damage reduction with stormwater capture and reuse, along with water recycling and aquifer recharge. This section coupled with the new provisions for stakeholder involvement in the development of Implementation Guidance at Section 1105 will help create a more partnered and transparent approach to addressing local water resources needs.

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