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“Is wastewater recycling the solution to the United States’ water supply challenge? During today’s OnPoint, Ben Grumbles, president of the Clean Water America Alliance and a former assistant administrator for water at the U.S. EPA, discusses new research on wastewater recycling and its health impacts. He also discusses the prospects for water-related legislation this year.
Monica Trauzzi: Hello and welcome to OnPoint. I’m Monica Trauzzi. Joining me today is Ben Grumbles, president of the Clean Water America Alliance. Ben is a former assistant administrator for water at the U.S. EPA. Ben, great to have you back on the show.
Ben Grumbles: Thank you so much, Monica.
Monica Trauzzi: Ben, recently the National Research Council released a report assessing the impacts of wastewater recycling on drinking water. And overall they found that the practice would not be risky to the safety of water. So put this into context for us.”
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“Each day, American municipalities discharge enough treated wastewater into natural sources to fill Lake Champlain within six months. Growing pressure on water supplies and calls for updating the ancient subterranean piping infrastructure have brought new scrutiny to this step in the treatment process, which is labeled wasteful and unnecessary by a spectrum of voices.
“As the world enters the 21st century, the human community finds itself searching for new paradigms for water supply and management,” says a report released this month by the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Research Council, a division of the National Academy of Sciences. The report investigates the potential for establishing a more resilient national water supply through the direct recycling of municipal wastewater.
“Law and practice have always been that water goes back into a river or into groundwater or the ocean before it returns for further treatment,” said Brent Haddad, founder and director of the Center for integrated water research at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a member of the committee that wrote the report. The critical question, he said, is “whether that natural stage of treatment is actually an efficient stage of treatment.”
“Sixteen experts representing industry, government, and research fields in the social sciences and hard sciences collaborated over three years to produce the study, examining everything from pathogenic risks to public attitudes about reuse.
“The committee ultimately concluded that the reuse of municipal wastewater can safely and significantly increase the nation’s available water resources – potable and non-potable – without intermediate discharge into the natural environment. “The technology for treating wastewater is good enough that we don’t need that intervention,” Dr. Haddad said.”
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Contract signing ceremony. Seated L-R: Paul Spaan (Managing Director, Water Board Veluwe) and Piet van Helvoort (Board Member, DHV). Standing L-R: Robbert van der Kuij and George Onderdelinden (DHV); Douwe-Jan Tilkema and Patrick Blom (Water Board Veluwe).
“EPE, Netherlands, June 18, 2010 — Water Board Veluwe and engineering consultancy DHV have signed a Design & Build contract with a value of approximately 15 million euro for the replacement of the existing wastewater treatment plant at Epe with a new plant utilizing DHV’s Nereda® technology.
“Water Board Veluwe is the first water management authority to make full use of the highly innovative and sustainable Nereda® technology.
“The new treatment plant will be exceptionally sustainable and cost-effective. DHV intends to replace the existing system with a Nereda® plant, which will treat all wastewater produced in and around the town of Epe (in the east of the Netherlands). This will result in a doubling of the plant’s treatment capacity without increasing its footprint. The new plant will be taken into operation in mid-2011.
“The planned construction of the Nereda® plant in Epe is considered being a milestone in wastewater treatment. International interest in the technology is on the rise, with many experts viewing Nereda® as a major breakthrough in wastewater treatment. The technology is suitable for newly build as well as retrofit projects and for both domestic and industrial wastewater treatment systems; it achieved several national and international awards.”
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“Viable alternatives to traditional approaches can help California meet today’s water management challenges.”
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