During the recent Future of Water Infrastructure and Innovation Virtual Summit, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Assistant Administrator for Water, David Ross, announced four new proposed actions under the National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP). The Summit was hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and their Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. It featured members of the newly formed Water Subcabinet and highlighted, among other issues, the importance of federal coordination on water reuse.
“Water reuse is a prime example where enhanced federal coordination under the Water Subcabinet is essential to driving progress on actions that will diversify our nation’s water supplies to help meet future demand,” said EPA Assistant Administrator David Ross. “Collaboration under the WRAP continues to bear fruit with four new proposed actions that will support water reuse’s role in our 21st century water economy while protecting public health and the environment.”
As part of the second quarterly update on the WRAP, four new proposed actions were released for stakeholder feedback. Leaders from the DOE, EPA, and the Water Research Foundation jointly proposed these new actions for development under the WRAP. The proposed actions include:
- Engaging small and/or disadvantaged communities to evaluate the needs and opportunities to improve water security, sustainability, and resilience through water reuse.
- Funding research through the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program to support safe and sustainable water resources.
- Developing early-stage research on desalination and water reuse treatment technologies to secure affordable and energy-efficient water supplies for the nation from nontraditional water sources, including brackish groundwater, municipal wastewater, produced water, agricultural drainage, and seawater.
- Sharing information on monitoring practices with the water reuse community, focusing on current and novel monitoring practices and techniques related to finished water quality and treatment process performance in water reuse systems.
In the months since the initial Action Plan’s release, action leaders and partners have collectively completed 115 milestones and ongoing activities have translated to nearly 600 action updates.
 WaterWorld Staff. (2020, November 5). EPA announces new actions to support water reuse. WaterWorld. https://www.waterworld.com/wastewater/reuse-recycling/press-release/14186800/epa-announces-new-actions-to-support-water-reuse
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