Extending the Integrated Resource Planning Process to Include Water Reuse and Other Nontraditional Water Sources
Robert S. Raucher, Ph.D., Stratus Consulting Inc.
This report provides guidance and examples of how water planners and managers can use the Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) process as an objective and balanced way to explore the relative merits of considering nontraditional water supply (NTWS) options alongside their suite of more typical water supply and demand-side alternatives. IRP is a planning approach that water resource agencies have been using with growing frequency as a way of evaluating and balancing their water supply and water demand management options. NTWS options include reclamation (i.e., water recycling), desalination (coastal or groundwater), and stormwater use.
This report provides guidance and illustrative examples to water supply and wastewater managers—and other relevant planning and regulatory entities—on how to use the Integrated Resource Planning process as an objective and balanced way to explore the relative merits of considering NTWS options alongside their suite of more traditional water supply alternatives.
(2007, 103 pages, 04-010-1)
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