The National Research Council’s 2012 Report on Water Reuse

October 24, 2012
2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. EDT
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PDT
Fee: Free

A National Research Council committee recently completed a three-year study with the release of Water Reuse: Potential for Expanding the Nation’s Water Supply Through Reuse of Municipal Wastewater. The report provides a comprehensive assessment of technical, economic, social, and regulatory issues associated with both potable and non-potable reuse, including an original analysis of the risk of two potable reuse scenarios compared to common water supplies.

In this webcast, four members of the authoring committee will provide an overview of the major findings and will be available to answer questions. Key topics will include:

  • Potential contribution of water reuse to the nation's water supplies. 
  • De facto reuse
  • The state of technology and quality assurance concepts.  
  • The committee’s “risk exemplar” 
  • Regulatory issues. 
  • Research needs. 

The webcast will also provide a sneak peak of several new derivative products, including a booklet and website to communicate the report’s findings. To access the full report, click here.


  • Rhodes R. Trussell, Chair, Trussell Technologies, Inc.
  • James Crook, Environmental Engineering Consultant
  • Jörg E. Drewes, NSF Engineering Research Center on Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt); Colorado School of Mines.
  • David L. Sedlak, University of California, Berkeley


Speaker Biographies

Rhodes R. Trussell (NAE), Chair, is the founder of Trussell Technologies, Inc. For 31 years he worked for MWH. Inc., where he was the leading drinking water technologist. He is recognized worldwide as an authority in methods and criteria for water quality and the development of advanced processes for treating water or wastewater to achieve the highest standards. He has worked on the process design for dozens of treatment plants, ranging from less than 1 to more than 900 MGD in capacity and has experience with virtually every physiochemical process and most biological processes as well. He has a special interest in emerging water quality problems and reuse. Dr. Trussell is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and served as chair of the Committee on the Assessment of Water Reuse as an Approach to Meeting Future Water Supply Needs.  

James Crook is an independent environmental engineering consultant with 40 years of experience in state government and consulting engineering arenas, serving public and private sectors in the United States and abroad. He is an internationally recognized expert in water reclamation and reuse and has been involved in numerous projects and research activities involving public health, regulatory and permitting issues, project planning and implementation, risk assessment, and treatment technology. Previously, he spent 15 years directing the California Department of Public Health’s water reuse program and developed California’s first comprehensive water reuse criteria.

Jörg E. Drewes is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of Research for the NSF Engineering Research Center on Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt). He also serves as associate director of the Advanced Water Technology Center (AQWATEC) at the Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Drewes has been actively involved in research in the area of water treatment and non-potable and potable water reuse for more than nineteen years. Dr. Drewes’ research interests include water treatment and potable reuse, design and operation of managed aquifer recharge systems, monitoring strategies for bulk organic carbon and emerging trace organic chemicals in natural and engineered systems, and optimized operation of energy-efficient membranes.

David L. Sedlak is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley where he is also the co-Director of the Berkeley Water Center and the Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation's Engineering Research Center on Reinventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt). His areas of research interest include analytical methods for measuring organic compounds in water, fate of chemical contaminants in water recycling systems, environmental photochemistry, and ecological engineering.

Members of the Committee not speaking:

  • Andy Anderson, Wisconsin Division of Public Health
  • Ed Archuletta, El Paso Water Utilities
  • Denise Fort, University of New Mexico
  • Charles Haas, Drexel University
  • Brent Haddad, University of California
  • Duane Huggett, University of North Texas
  • Sunny Jiang, University of California - Irvine
  • Shane Snyder, University of Arizona
  • Meg Whitaker, ToxServices LLC
  • Dale Whittington, University of North Carolina

To register for this webcast, click here.