Monthly Water Reuse Update
EPA Assistant Administrator for Water, Radhika Fox, is Green Sports Alliance Summit Keynote Speaker. This alliance is working to promote healthy and sustainable communities by highlighting best practices for greening operations. EPA Assistant Administrator Fox highlighted examples of effective water stewardships at stadiums, including water reuse. At the event, the alliance launched their “Play to Zero Playbook,” which includes strategies, such as water reuse, for water management in sports and entertainment venues.
EPA Assistant Administrator for Water, Radhika Fox, at the Green Sports Alliance Summit.
Photo credit: Dune Ives.
World Bank Presents Three New Reuse Case Studies at ACE23. WRAP action leader Clémentine Stip highlighted the recent publication of three case studies which highlight the financial, institutional, and policy aspects of developing a centralized or decentralized water reuse system. These three case studies are now available on EPA’s website, and additional project examples are anticipated to be added this year. (Action 11.3: Develop and Highlight Case Studies Relevant to the Water in Circular Economy and Resilience (WICER) Framework)
Water Research Foundation Publishes Synthesis of Microbial Water Quality Information for Stormwater Capture and Use. This report synthesizes existing research on stormwater microbial quality and treatment processes and will serve as the basis for a Stormwater Use Roadmap to provide pragmatic guidance for the design and operation of stormwater use systems. This paper is part of WRF Project #5034, Assessing the Microbial Risks and Impacts from Stormwater Capture and Use to Establish Appropriate Best Management Practices, and is available to WRF subscribers or those with a Public Plus account.
EPA Updates Funding Integration Tool for Source Water (FITS). The FITS tool describes how users can integrate various federal funding sources to support activities, including water reuse, that protect sources of drinking water. To inspire their own source water protection activities, users may navigate between source water protection funding sources from across the federal government, planning and funding coordination information, and examples of funding sources in action.
New State Guidelines and Regulations Added to EPA’s REUSExplorer Tool. The Regulations and End-Use Specifications Explorer tool summarizes state water reuse laws and policies across different sources and end-use applications. EPA recently added new state summaries for industrial water reuse applications to the tool. (Action 3.1: Compile Existing Fit-for-Purpose Specifications)
The Department of the Interior (DOI) Initiates Colorado River Planning Process
DOI is beginning to develop new guidelines and strategies, which include water reuse, to protect the Colorado River and replace those currently in effect until the end of 2026. To learn more about this process, join one of the public meetings and/or submit a public comment to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 15, 2023.