CDM Smith and USEPA Collaborate to Create the 2017 Potable Reuse Compendium

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CDM Smith and USEPA Collaborate to Create the 2017 Potable Reuse Compendium
January 12, 2018

EPA 2017 CoverBOSTON – CDM Smith is pleased to announce that the firm’s latest collab­o­ra­tion with the United States Envi­ron­men­tal Protection Agency (USEPA) has resulted in an important document for the water industry, which has now been released. The 2017 Potable Reuse Compendium is a supplement to the 2012 Guidelines for Water Reuse, part of a joint effort between CDM Smith, USEPA, and others that dates back to 1980. The compendium provides a technical compilation of the current state of potable water reuse in the United States and provides a pathway toward imple­men­ta­tion of future projects.

Bringing together the expertise and resources of USEPA with private-sector research funding from CDM Smith’s R&D Program, the compendium draws upon a wide array of research and imple­men­ta­tion experience from the various water research foundations and utility leaders from around the United States.

The compendium covers multiple topics including the extent of potable water reuse in the United States and the world, the costs of potable water reuse, and the treatment processes used in potable water reuse. Addi­tion­ally, the compendium presents seven case studies on indirect and direct potable reuse facilities in the United States, which illustrate how and why facilities implement potable water reuse.

“Potable reuse is feasible and already occurring in multiple areas of the United States. While there are regulatory and public health concerns that must certainly be addressed, this document outlines ways that this is being done,” said Greg Wetterau, PE, BCEE, CDM Smith vice president and technical strategy leader for water reuse. “CDM Smith has been fortunate to collaborate with USEPA for almost 40 years to advance the practice of water reuse, and USEPA’s staff have expressed appre­ci­a­tion for the partnership in developing and utilizing public- and private-sector research to produce state-of-the-industry information like this.”

“We drew insight from water profes­sion­als around the country,” said Jill Vandegrift, CDM Smith envi­ron­men­tal engineer. “A great deal of research and practical experience was available from different sources and we worked with USEPA to bring it all together. Now, anyone who wants to learn from the most up-to-date information can refer to the compendium.”

The 2017 Potable Reuse Compendium is now available on

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