Water reuse assessment project under way

Water reuse assessment project under way

An international team of Hazen and Sawyer, USA and the Water Research Centre of UNSW Australia, has recently been awarded a grant funded by the WateReuse Research Foundation regarding the development of a methodology for triple bottom line (TBL) analysis of alternative water supplies.

The USA and Australia share a common interest in developing better decision making tools for future water supplementation decisions and as such this team was recognised for its experience and diverse perspectives that it brings to the project.  This project is specifically designed to support the Foundation¹s Direct Potable Reuse (DPR) initiative in California, but in reality the findings from this study will go far beyond DPR by providing a means to evaluate various water supply options for any community.

The TBL framework developed by the team concurrently quantifies economic, environmental, and social implications for any business decision or project. At a time when companies or other organizations are expected to operate on the basis that long-term profitability should go hand-in-hand with social justice and environmental protection, TBL offers the ideal framework to ensure sustainable decisions.

Co-funded by the WateReuse Research Foundation and the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence, the project provides recognition that potable reuse will increasingly be recognized as an important, financially viable water supply option for water utilities and builds upon the experience that both countries have gained in potable reuse applications