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AWWA Comment Period on ANSI/AWWA G485-XX – Potable Reuse Program Operation and Management

August 21, 2020

AWWA solicits public comments on all proposed new AWWA Standards, and on all proposed revisions, reaffirmations, or withdrawals of existing AWWA Standards. The referenced standards project is being considered for approval and the publication of this notice begins the 45-day public comment period for AWWA and ANSI. 

An electronic public review copy of the proposed standard can be obtained for review during the comment period by emailing etssupport@awwa.org

Comments must be submitted in writing to the AWWA contact listed below no later than the last day of the comment period specified herein. Such comments shall be specific to the section(s) of the standard under review and include sufficient detail so as to enable the reader to understand the commenter's position, concerns and suggested alternative language, if appropriate.

AWWA Comment Period closes on October 5, 2020.

Send comments to:
Paul Olson
303.347.6178 phone
303.795.7603 fax

The review copy will be edited for publication and may also be revised as appropriate based on any comments received during the public comment period. Therefore, this copy is not suitable for continued utilization and is intended only for comment purposes.

Final publication of the standard may take several months. When it is available, a notice will be published in the official notice section of Journal - American Water Works Association. The standard becomes an effective AWWA standard on the first day of the month following such publication in Journal - American Water Works Association. 

This standard describes the critical requirements for the effective operation and management of a potable reuse water program, including both direct potable reuse (DPR) and indirect potable reuse (IPR).

Major changes made to the standard in this edition include the following:
1.    Title changed to remove “Direct” from Potable Reuse.  Addition of Indirect Potable Reuse (IPR) to the scope (Sec. 1.1) and IPR considerations added throughout the standard.
2.    Updates to the definitions of advanced water treatment, DPR, environmental buffer, IPR, potable reuse, and source water control. (Sec. 3)
3.    Regulatory requirements (Sec. 4.1) have been updated to include references to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act (CWA), US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and Underground Injection Control (UIC) Regulations.  
4.    A section on environmental buffer has been added for IPR applications (Sec.
5.    A section on nutrient removal considerations related to the environmental buffer has been added for IPR applications. (Sec 4.7.2)
6.    A section outlining critical environmental and health issues for all potable reuse programs has been added. (Sec. 4.7.3).
7.    A section on operator training and certification for combined treatment processes has been added (Sec.