Diversify Your Water Supply Portfolio with Reuse


The quality and quantity of conventional water supplies are increasingly affected by population growth, urbanization, prolonged and severe droughts, and climate change. With an increased pressure on water systems, a diversified portfolio of water sources is required to meet future water demands, ensure public health, and provide economic and environmental sustainability. One viable approach to address existing and anticipated water shortages is to implement water reuse.


EPA Releases the National Water Reuse Action Plan: Collaborative Implementation (Version 1)

The National Water Reuse Action Plan: Collaborative Implementation (Version 1) was released on February 27, 2020. In addition to the print product, the release of the Action Plan (Version 1) included the launch of the WRAP Online Platform. All actions featured in the print product are provided, in their entirety and in greater detail, within the WRAP Online Platform.

AWWA will participate on the following Actions:

  • 2.1.2 Prepare Case Studies of Successful Water Reuse Applications Within an Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Framework
  • 2.2.9 Align Policies and Communication Tools to Promote Best Management of Unused and Expired Pharmaceuticals to Support Water Reuse and Recycling
  • 2.9.2 Support and Promote Opportunities for Creating a Skilled Workforce for Water Reuse Applications

Framework for Direct Potable Reuse

Based on prolonged, severe droughts and other factors making water supplies increasingly scarce, there is a clear need to more effectively use our water resources to provide reliable high-quality potable supplies to our communities. In this context, there was considerable interest in water recycling in general and potable reuse in particular. The Framework for Direct Potable Reuse provides basic information about potable reuse and the potential value offered by direct potable reuse (DPR).

This document is the result of a collaborative effort between WateReuse, the American Water Works Association, and the Water Environment Federation with the support of an independent advisory panel administered by the National Water Reuse Institute.

AWWA Water Reuse Cost Allocations and Pricing Survey

Implementation of sound principles regarding the design and application of water rates and charges for water service is a critical part of the water industry. As reuse water is a relatively new source of supply, the water industry has not yet standardized a single pricing approach. Through a survey and structured interviews, this report examines patterns in the cost allocation and pricing for reuse water service in the United States.

AWWA Standards provide consensus guidance for direct potable reuse and reclaimed water

ANSI/AWWA G485, Direct Potable Reuse Program Operation and Management - This standard describes the critical requirements for the effective operation and management of a direct potable reuse (DPR) water program.

ANSI/AWWA G481, Reclaimed Water Program Operation and Management - This standard describes the critical requirements for the effective operation and management of a reclaimed water program. Reclaimed water, for the purposes of this standard, is treated domestic wastewater that is at all times adequately and reliably treated to the level appropriate for the end use. 

AWWA Manuals


Potable Reuse 101: An innovative and sustainable water supply solution

Download this easy-to-read report that emphasizes the need for potable reuse and simply explains how the treatment processes work. Use this as a resource to convey potable reuse concepts with a broad audience. 
You may also search decades of articles on this or other topics published in the Journal AWWA, Opflow and AWWA Water Science

2020 Water Quality Technology Conference, Schaumburg (Chicago), November 15-19, 2020

2021 Sustainable Water Management Conference, Charlotte, March 7-10

AWWA Webinar: Water Reuse: Back to the Basics, September 20, 2020 11:00 am-12:30 pm

AWWA Policy Statements

AWWA's policy statements are brief statements on protecting and improving water supply, water quality, management, and the interests of the public and the environment. They are written by consensus, subject to review and comment by AWWA committees, councils, and members. Because they represent AWWA's position on these matters, they are approved by the AWWA Executive Committee of the board of directors.

Technical Committee Engagement

AWWA members are recognized globally for their industry expertise and their generosity in sharing that expertise for a better world through better water. AWWA members participate in committee activities, developing conference programs, writing technical manuals, developing standards, creating educational content and contributing to AWWA publications. Committee members primarily interact through conference calls, emails, and face to face meetings at conferences. Learn more about volunteering for an AWWA committee.

The following committees are active in addressing water reuse:


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