The Water Resources Utility of the Future: A Blueprint for Action

Water Environment Federation | Water Environment Research Foundation | NACWA

[From Press Release] Clean water utilities are undergoing a remarkable transformation. They are evolving from wastewater treatment plants to resource recovery facilities. Instead of simply collecting and treating wastewater, forward-thinking utilities are becoming managers of valuable resources, a partner in local economic development, and a provider of environmental benefits to their watershed community.

They are doing this by reclaiming and reusing water, extracting and finding commercial uses for nutrients and other products, capturing waste heat and energy from biosolids and liquids, generating renewable energy, and using green infrastructure to manage stormwater and to improve the quality of life in urban areas. Utilities can benefit from these actions through reduced costs and increased revenues, while also delivering environmental, economic, and social benefits to their local communities and the Nation…


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