Understanding Water Reuse: Potential for Expanding the Nation's Water Supply Through Reuse of Municipal Wastewater
National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Water Science and Technology Board, Committee on the Assessment of Water Reuse as an Approach to Meeting Future Water Supply Needs
National Academies Press, Nov 5, 2012 - Science - 16 pages
In communities all around the world, water supplies are coming under increasing pressure as population growth, climate change, pollution, and changes in land use affect water quantity and quality. To address existing and anticipated water shortages, many communities are working to increase water conservation and are seeking alternative sources of water. Water reuse- the sue of treated wastewater, or "reclaimed" water, for beneficial purposes such as drinking, irrigation, or industrial uses- is one option that has helped some communities significantly expand their water supplies.