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As America's water supplies have become progressively taxed by ever increasing demand, the need to develop safe, reliable alternative water resources is becoming increasingly apparent. Because the nation's wastewater discharge is continuous (regardless of precipitation conditions) and relatively well controlled, the recycled water derived from it represents one of the most reliable water supplies available. The practice of using recycled water for non-potable applications reduces demands on other resources, encourages a higher level of control over the fate of pollutants, and minimizes discharges to fresh water sources. In addition to the effluent from wastewater treatment and water reclamation plants that treat sanitary sewage, there is an increasing trend to develop poor quality groundwater, industrial brine and process concentrates, and storm water discharges into reliable alternative supplies. However, until now, there has been no consolidated source of information about the nation's reuse efforts to encourage, improve and disseminate information regarding the practice of water reuse. The WateReuse Foundation (WRF) has taken the initiative to develop a comprehensive database of nation-wide reuse programs and facilities that can be used by agencies, utilities, consultants, and reuse water customers to advance the practice and implementation of water reuse at the local, regional, state, and national levels. The Team of Malcolm Pirnie, Inc / HDR Engineering was retained by the WRF to prepare the database, which was completed in July 2005. This paper provides background to the project and the technical approaches required to collect data from reclaimed water utilities and develop the on-line interface, database, and querying functions.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2005-01-01

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