Potable 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

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.

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).

The Role of Membranes in Potable Reuse

The removal of trace constituents with advanced technologies may be required in certain reuse applications such as aquifer recharge, surface water augmentation, direct potable reuse, and in industrial applications. Learn more about membrane applications that allow treatment to the quality level fit for the intended use.

AWWA M62 Membrane Applications for Water Reuse presents a comprehensive description of the issues related to applying membrane technologies in water reuse projects.

Sustainable Water Management
The Sustainable Water Management Conference brings together water sector organizations and professionals to discuss all aspects of resilient and efficient water management. Attendees will gain insights into best practices for managing water resources, source water protection, sustainable utility planning, analyzing the costs and benefits of water conservation, and exploring alternative water sources including stormwater and reuse. 

Water Quality and Technology Conference
Water professionals around the world attend the Water Quality Technology Conference & Exposition, the event of the year for providing answers to improve water quality in a continually changing environment. Plan now to attend this important event featuring an unparalleled technical program, extensive networking opportunities, and the latest innovations in water quality technology and services.

AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition 
AWWA's Annual Conference and Exposition is where the most current industry topics, issues, and trends will be discussed. The professional program features subject matter experts covering a range of key water topics to address your challenges.

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: