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WateReuse Submits Recommendations on EPA’s Water Reuse Action Plan

Date: July 08, 2019

In February 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would develop a national Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP) with the goal of advancing water reuse across the country. Since then, the WateReuse Association has been drafting recommendations on the development of the WRAP. We solicited ideas from WateReuse members, engaged our Policy Committee, and facilitated a multi-month collaborative process to develop our recommendations jointly with the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, American Water Works Association, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, Water Environment Federation, and Water Research Foundation. These comments were also informed by two workshops that included representatives from municipal utilities, technology and engineering companies, state regulators, federal agencies, environmental organizations, academia and stakeholders from the oil and gas, agriculture, and irrigation industries.

Our recommendations focus on seven water reuse applications where reuse is growing or growth is anticipated and action today would have lasting impact: potable reuse, onsite non-potable water systems, industrial reuse, agricultural reuse, reuse for environmental restoration, reuse of “produced water” from oil and gas production, and stormwater capture and reuse. For each application, we describe challenges that currently limit water reuse in the U.S., and the specific actions that would be needed to address those challenges. Our full recommendations, which we submitted to EPA July 1, are available here.

EPA will now consider the comments that it has received thus far and begin to craft a draft WRAP. EPA Assistant Administrator for Water, David Ross, will roll out the draft at the 34th Annual Water Reuse Symposium in September. At that point, EPA will open a second public comment period to solicit feedback on the draft. 

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