State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2012DC146B
Title: A Performance-based Review of World-wide Water Reuse Facilities in Support of DC Water Reuse Policy
Project Type: Information Transfer
Start Date: 3/01/2012
End Date: 2/28/2013
Congressional District: DC
Focus Categories: Education, Water Quantity, Water Use
Keywords: Water Quality, Climate Change, Water reuse, Policy, and Public Health
Principal Investigator: Short, Iveracottis
Federal Funds: $ 7,934
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 3,650
Abstract: The District of Columbia does not have a comprehensive water reuse policy. Declining water quality and quantity are especially exacerbated in urban areas such as the Metropolitan Washington, DC due to climate change. Concomitantly, there is also a global decline in water quality due to climate change. The University of the District of Columbia through it Sustainability Initiatives is installing five green roofs and a porous plaza deck which will significantly minimize its water footprints to the municipal storm water system. After completion of these low impact development projects it is estimated that over 80 of water collect in cisterns will be available for reuse. Complementing this system, the University is partnering to potentially design and implement an effective decentralized water reuse facility. Water Reuse Projects in Washington, DC require intense permitting with limited policies for regulators due to public health concerns. A reliable evaluative performance-based literature review to assist water researchers, municipal regulators and the UDC water reuse facility operators in establishing best practices is essential. The goal of this review research project is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the efficiencies and effectiveness of water reuse facilities and emerging technologies globally (Hungary, France, China and the United States). This review and analysis will collect pertinent data and create a reliable database of literature to support development of a comprehensive water reuse policy in the District and well as recommend best management practices.

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