Sep 09, 2009

WateReuse Association Releases a Reuse Program Development Manual

New publication provides a planning approach to help communities develop water reuse projects

The WateReuse Association has announced the release of a new publication designed to help communities address the need for a sustainable, drought-proof water supply while protecting public health and the environment. The "Manual of Practice on How to Develop a Water Reuse Program" provides a standardized planning approach for communities to develop and analyze new water reuse projects.

The manual provides a step-by-step approach for planning a successful project. Each step of the process from design and construction to developing a financing plan and conducting public outreach is outlined to help the reader avoid any missteps. With the benefit of this publication, communities can develop better-planned projects—which draw from the lessons learned from established programs—and achieve greater public acceptance, successful implementation and fulfillment of project objectives.

“Water resources across the United States and around the world are under unprecedented stress from climate change and increasing demand on available supplies,” said WateReuse Association Executive Director Wade Miller. “Many communities can no longer afford to rely on a single source to meet water supply demands. In the 21st century, water is much too valuable to use just once.”

The manual was authored by a group of professionals including Thomas Holliman of Lee & Ro; Richard Atwater of the Inland Empire Utilities Agency; James Crook, an environmental engineering consultant; and Lois Humphreys of TRG Associates. John Morris of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California rounded out the team as a technical reviewer. Each person involved has decades of experience in planning and implementing various aspects of water reuse projects. The advice in this manual comes from professionals that have first-hand knowledge of what it takes to develop a successful water reuse program. The "Manual of Practice on How to Develop a Water Reuse Program" will help communities get started.

For more information about the manual, visit