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.
- Orange County Coastkeeper
- California Coastkeeper Alliance
- National Science Foundation
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.|
Jeff Mosher, National Water Research Institute
Dr. George Tchobanoglous, University of California Davis
Dr. Brian Pecson, Trussell Technologies, Inc.
Karen Larsen, CA State Water Resources Control Board
Jennifer West, WateReuse California
Sean Bothwell, California Coastkeeper Alliance
David Metz, FM3 Research
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.|
- Mr. Garry Brown, Orange County Coastkeeper
- Mr. Jeff Mosher, National Water Research Institute
- Dr. Bill Cooper, National Science Foundation
- Mr. Mike Markus, Orange County Water District
- Mr. Sean Bothwell, California Coastkeeper Alliance
- Ms. Karen Larsen, California State Water Resources Control Board
- Mr. David Metz, FM3 Research
- Mr. Mark Millan, Data Instincts
- Dr. Brian Pecson, Trussell Technologies
- Dr. George Tchobanoglous, University of California, Davis
- Ms. Jennifer West, WateReuse California
- Ms. Sara Aminzadeh, California Coastkeeper Alliance
- Mr. Conner Everts, Environmental Water Caucus
- Mr. Jim Fiedler, Santa Clara Valley Water District
- Mr. Rich Nagel, West Basin Municipal Water District
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.).