Celebrating a Unified Voice for Water Reuse
Posted August 31, 2009
By Don Vandertulip
WEF Chair, Water Reuse Committee
As WEFTEC.09 and the WateReuse conferences approach, reclaimed water and water utility professionals can celebrate the unique relationship enjoyed between the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the WateReuse Association (WRA). Why celebrate? Because this special relationship directly and positively impacts the planet’s sustainable water resources. Both organizations direct attention to reclamation and other beneficial uses of the high quality water now produced from what years ago was called a sewer plant. Among other activities, they are working together in research projects and developing an alternative to plumbing code requirements for purple pipe that carries untreated wastewater.
Results also include expanded opportunities to learn and grow professionally. In fact, WEF and WRA are both supporting sessions to begin discussion of potential updates to the EPA Guidelines for Water Reuse at their respective national conferences. WEF is also a co-sponsor for the WRA Symposium to be held in Seattle September 13-16, 2009 and encourages its members and water professionals to attend the conference and become immersed in water reuse topics. If you can’t attend this west coast conference, remember that WEFTEC will be October 10-14 in Orlando.
WEF Water Reuse Committee members already know and appreciate that many WEF members are also members of WRA. We believe this co-participation reinforces our knowledge base and supports a unified voice for expanded reuse of water. And that unified voice bodes well for clean water.