WE&RF Workshops Archive

Onsite Systems
November 8, 2017
Los Angeles, CA

Water utilities are seeing an increasing number of requests for  installations of onsite reuse systems in their communities. Onsite reuse can effectively augment water supplies, reduce sewer overflows, and help achieve community resiliency and sustainability goals. Yet concerns persist over the role water utilities can take in these initiatives, considerations for social equality issues, as well as how best to permit and operate these systems.

In Fall 2017, this workshop engaged attendees on the current state and future of onsite non-potable water systems. The workshop included presentations on the current state and future direction of onsite reuse, highlighting findings from the National Blue Ribbon Commission and others. Topics included: water quality guidelines, regulations, permitting, treatment system and design, economics, operation of onsite systems, and opportunities for centralized water/wastewater utilities. 

Partners: US Water Alliance, Water Research Foundation, California Water Environment Association (CWEA), National Water Research Institute (NWRI)

Advancing Co-Digestion
October 25-26, 2017
Alexandria, VA

Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF), with support from the Water Research Foundation (WaterRF) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), held a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded workshop that provided an overview of recent research findings on co-digestion of organic wastes (such as food waste) with wastewater solids. The invited participants discussed, contributed and identified best practices currently used by water resource recovery facilities from their experience with co-digestion. 

Potable Reuse
August 23, 2017
Fairfax Water, Lorton, VA

This workshop informed attendees on the state of the science of potable reuse – particularly as it pertains to the mid-Atlantic region. This includes the unique regional and sub-regional drivers for water reuse in the mid-Atlantic in addition to the regulatory horizon. The workshop included presentations on treatment technologies, treatment system design and permitting, economics, operations, and achieving stakeholder support to overcome regulatory barriers and gain public trust.