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NWRI White Paper addresses direct potable reuse in California

May 14, 2010
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FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CALIF. — The National Water Research Institute (NWRI) has published a White Paper identifying key issues that need to be addressed by regulatory agencies and water utilities in California interested in pursuing direct potable reuse — or the introduction of highly-treated recycled water into a drinking water distribution system — as a viable option to satisfy the state’s future water demands, according to a press release.

Titled “Regulatory Aspects of Direct Potable Reuse in California,” the 32-page NWRI White Paper was developed in response to a growing interest among water utilities, water-related associations and environmental advocacy groups in California to assess the research needs, regulatory requirements and other factors necessary to implement direct potable reuse, the release stated.

According to the release, direct potable reuse would provide water utilities with the opportunity to augment their current drinking water supplies (such as surface water, groundwater or imported water) with a local, abundant and reliable source of water.

The White Paper was prepared by James Crook, Ph.D., P.E., an environmental engineer with more than 37 years of experience in state government and consulting, including directing the California Department of Public Health’s water reuse program for 15 years.

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