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Posted on: September 14, 2021

Water Wisdom #19

Tuesday's Water Wisdom

For Immediate Release:  9-14-2021

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Keri Navratil


Avid readers of Water Wisdom may recall that the topic of water recycling was covered in a brief, overview fashion in the June 1, 2021, installment titled Water Reuse. In today’s installment, a closer look at water reclamation will show that this practice is already in use in a variety of places, it is working, it is safe, and it is going to be increasing in the coming years. The nonprofit scientific, research, technical, and educational organizations, American Water Works Association (AWWA), Water Environment Federation (WEF), WateReuse, and the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) have collaborated and published a document called Framework for Direct Potable Reuse, which provides basic information about the reuse of potable water and the value of repurposing this water resource by direct potable reuse (DPR). This publication defines indirect potable reuse (IPR) as the introduction of advanced treated water into an environmental buffer such as a groundwater aquifer or surface water body before being withdrawn for potable purposes. This method of water reuse has been in operation for decades. An example of this is the discharge of treated wastewater into a river and the subsequent downstream withdrawal of water from the river for the purpose of treating potable water. Direct potable reuse (DPR) removes the environmental buffer and introduces the advanced treated water into the raw water supply of a drinking water treatment facility. The need for more sustainable water resources is here, the technology to reuse treated wastewater exists, and as evidenced by the National Water Reuse Action Plan published by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the political and regulatory will is gaining ground. For more information on the topic please visit:

National Water Reuse Action Plan, published by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, February 2020.

Framework for Direct Potable Reuse, published by the WateReuse Research Foundation and co-sponsored by the American Water Works Association, Water Environment Federation, and National Water Research Institute, 2015       

More tips regarding voluntary water conservations measures and tips for reducing water consumption will follow each Tuesday.  Ensuring wise use of our water resources is in the best interest of the community.

Being Storm Lake Proud is not one day, one week, one month, or one event.  Being Storm Lake Proud is a magnificent lifestyle!  More information about the City of Storm Lake can be found on the city’s website at  


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