When it comes to wastewater trends to look out for in 2018, water reuse makes it to the top of most lists. Bluefield Research predicts that industrial applications for water reuse will grow by 72% this year, but projections for future use expand way beyond 2018. According to Bluefield’s April 2017 Market Insight Report, nearly 600 water reuse projects are currently in some stage of development. While this progress is promising, what many hope to see is an uptick in the geographic diversity of these projects. Currently four key states—Florida, California, Colorado and Texas—account for 95% of the country’s planned reuse projects.
In a recent article for World Water: Water Reuse & Desalination, I, alongside Rob Morrow and Tom Richardson, investigate what makes water reuse projects work by exploring four successful reuse projects we are involved with in California, Connecticut and Florida and the innovative approaches that made them possible. Through our shared experiences we have found that the use of water reuse technologies varies among states due to several factors including water scarcity, state level policy, funding availability, and historical experiences. Since these drivers vary dramatically from state to state, project owners need to be creative and know the strengths in their region to ensure that water reuse projects move forward.
Read more about the projects and the approaches in the World Water article here or dive into one of the specific projects by clicking on the images below.