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Briefing Date:01/09/2012
Topic:Water Reuse: Potential for Expanding the Nation's Water Supply Through Reuse of Municipal Wastewater

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Water Science and Technology Board
Committee on the Assessment of Water Reuse as an Approach for Meeting Future Water Supply Needs

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Congressional Briefings
Monday, January 9, 2012
B-376 Rayburn House Office Bldg. – 2:00 p.m.
and
410 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. – 4:15 p.m.
and
Friday, January 20, 2012
304 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. – 2:00 p.m.

on

Water Reuse: Potential for Expanding the Nation's Water Supply
Through Reuse of Municipal Wastewater

Expanding water reuse--the use of treated wastewater for beneficial purposes including irrigation, industrial uses, and drinking water augmentation--could significantly increase the nation's total available water resources. This new report, from the National Academies, presents a portfolio of treatment options available to mitigate water quality issues in reclaimed water along with new analysis suggesting that the risk of exposure to certain microbial and chemical contaminants from drinking reclaimed water does not appear to be any higher than the risk experienced in at least some current drinking water treatment systems, and may be orders of magnitude lower. Further, this report recommends adjustments to the federal regulatory framework that could enhance public health protection for both planned and unplanned (or de facto) reuse and increase public confidence in water reuse.

These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on January 10, 2012 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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