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NSF Workshop: Engaging the Environmental Community on Direct Potable Reuse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DATE: Thursday, January 14, 2016

 

LOCATION: Orange County Water District, 18700 Ward Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

 

PURPOSE OF WORKSHOP: To define the environmental community's role in implementing DPR.  


 

SPONSORS:

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WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS

 

Goals and Objectives of Workshop

Garry Brown, Orange County Coastkeeper 

Workshop participants pose for a photo with Orange County Coastkeeper Garry Brown (4th from right), one of the event sponsors.

 

Workshop Questions and Charge

Jeff Mosher, National Water Research Institute

 

An Introduction to Potable Reuse 

Dr. George Tchobanoglous, University of California Davis 

 

Chemicals and Emerging Contaminants

Dr. Brian Pecson, Trussell Technologies, Inc. 

 
 
Expert Panel to Determine the Feasibility of Developing DPR Criteria for California

Karen Larsen, CA State Water Resources Control Board

 

DPR Research and Public Policy

Jennifer West, WateReuse California

 

Evaluating DPR and Desalination as Water Supply Options

Sean Bothwell, California Coastkeeper Alliance

 

Public Attitudes Toward Potable Use of Recycled Water

David Metz, FM3 Research

 

Tools for Fostering Acceptance: Engaging the Environmental Community

Mark Millan, Data Instincts

 

 

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants were invited to tour the Groudwater Replenishment System at the Orange County Water District. 

 

 

 

 

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WELCOME:

 

SPEAKERS:

 

PANELISTS:

 


 

AUGMENTING PUBLIC WATER SUPPLIES WITH DPR:

 

The Challenge: Public water supplies in the United States come from a variety of sources (such as groundwater and surface water), but factors like population growth and extended droughts are stressing these supplies in some regions.  Consequently, new strategies are needed to help meet future water demands and develop more sustainable water supplies.  One such strategy is DPR, in which treated wastewater is used to augment public water supplies. 

 

How the Environmental Community Fits In: The environmental community supports the development of safe, reliable, and cost-effective water supply projects; however, they need more information to better understand DPR’s role as a potential sustainable source of water supply and to support the implementation of DPR projects.  At present, few resources exist that are designed to specifically address the environmental community’s interest in sustainable communities and their role in advancing DPR.  

 

This workshop will help bridge the gap between the scientific community (academic researchers), the engineering community (water treatment and supply agencies), the environmental community (nonprofit organizations), and policymakers (state regulators, etc.).  


 

 

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