San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is chairing the National Blue Ribbon Commission to Accelerate the Adoption of On-Site Water Reuse convened by the US Water Alliance. The group will make recommendations for standards and practices that facilitate on-site water reuse systems within states and by the US EPA. Institutional and regulatory barriers have prevented larger scale use of on-site water reuse. The Commission will establish a state and national framework to support a water reuse strategy.
As more and more communities begin to approach water holistically—from a “one water” approach, water reuse is a tool to make limited municipal and regional water supplies stretch further. One water regards all water, whether it’s stormwater, waste water, drinking water, grey water, etc. as resources to be managed sustainably.
The National Blue Ribbon Commission will take two years. Activities are to include Preparing Memorandum of Cooperation to detail the principles of adopting onsite water reuse systems between state public health agencies and water utilities; New Business Models to Support onsite Water Reuse by Utilities; State Guidelines for onsite Water programs; National Recommendations to EPA to support onsite water programs; and Identification of Research Needs.
NewTerrain August 15, 2016