As states look to combat dwindling water supplies with DPR projects, operators in some regions could see a changing water treatment landscape.
Source TPO Magazine: Direct Potable Reuse is Coming, but What Does It Mean for Operators?
Communities in California and Arizona could be more drought resistant in the near future, as both states are looking at enacting regulations for direct potable reuse (DPR) — where treated effluent flows directly into a drinking water supply rather than using an environmental buffer (indirect potable reuse). And those new regulations likely will mean new training and certifications for the treatment plant operators working in drought regions.
In California, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) recently wrapped up a report concluding that it’s feasible for the state to write new regulations allowing DPR as long as some research and knowledge gaps are addressed.