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STAR Human and Ecological Health Impacts Associated with Water Reuse and Conservation Practices Kick-off Meeting and Webinar

Date and Time

Wednesday 10/26/2016 5:00PM EDT to Thursday 10/27/2016 4:00PM EDT
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US EPA Federal Triangle William Jefferson Clinton South Green Room (3000)
Washington, DC 20460


EPA awarded five grants to research human and ecological health impacts associated with water reuse and conservation practices. This meeting will feature presentations from each of the grantees and also include short presentations from EPA presenters currently engaged in work related to water reuse. The following institutions received funding through EPA's Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program:

  • Water Environment and Reuse Foundation (WERF) Alexandria, VA, to actively identify contaminant hotspots, assess the impact of those hotspots on human and ecological health, and quantify the impact of water reuse and management solutions.
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL, to develop a new framework to understand how adaptive UV and solar-based disinfection systems reduce the persistence of viral pathogens in wastewater for sustainable reuse.
  • Utah State University, Logan, UT, to assess the impacts and benefits of stormwater harvesting using Managed Aquifer Recharge to develop new water supplies in arid western urban ecosystems.
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, to quantify microbial risk and compare the sustainability of indirect and direct potable water reuse systems in the United States.
  • University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA, to measure levels of contaminants of emerging concern in common vegetables and other food crops irrigated with treated wastewater, and to evaluate human dietary exposure.

These projects were funded through EPA’s Safe and Sustainable Water Resources research program provides the science and innovative technologies that the Agency and the nation need to maintain drinking water resources and systems, as well as to protect the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the nation’s waters. It uses an integrated, systems approach to support the availability of the clean, adequate, and equitable water supplies necessary for human well-being and resilient aquatic ecosystems.

Meeting details:

Oct. 26, 2016 1- 5 p.m. EDT Note: 6:00 p.m. Optional Group Dinner, Elephant & Castle, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave NW, D.C.  Separate checks will be provided

Oct. 27, 2016 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. EDT

Human and Ecological Health Impacts Associated with Water Reuse and Conservation Practices - Dr. Johnson (PDF)(13 pp, 4 MB, 11/15/2016)
Overview of Water Reuse Challenges and Opportunities (PDF)(27 pp, 3 MB, 11/15/2016)
Assessment of Stormwater Harvesting via Manage Aquifer Recharge (MAR) to Develop New Water Supplies in the Arid West: The Salt Lake Valley Example (PDF)(27 pp, 4 MB, 11/12/2016)
EPA’s Stormwater Program and Improving Resiliency with Green Infrastructure (PDF)(19 pp, 4 MB, 11/15/2016)
Innovative Urban Infrastructure and Management Practices for Stormwater Capture and Aquifer Recharge in the Arid and Semi-Arid Southwest USA (PDF)(13 pp, 5 MB, 11/15/2016)
Improving Water Reuse for a Much Healthier Potomac Watershed (PDF)(22 pp, 4 MB, 11/15/2016)
Transport of Contaminants of Emerging Concern During De Facto Reuse (PDF)(15 pp, 2 MB, 11/15/2016)
Reclaimed Water Irrigation: Plant Accumulation of Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs) (PDF)(35 pp, 4 MB, 11/15/2016)
Water Reuse: Trends in the U.S. (PDF)(43 pp, 6 MB, 11/15/2016)
Enabling Adaptive UV and Solar-based Disinfection Systems to Reduce the Persistence of Viral Pathogens in Wastewater for Sustainable Reuse (PDF)(35 pp, 872 K, 11/15/2016)
Science to Inform the Development of Decentralized Non-Potable Water Systems (PDF)(33 pp, 1 MB, 11/15/2016)
Early Career Award: Framework for Quantifying Microbial Risk and Sustainability of Potable Reuse Systems in the United States (PDF)(49 pp, 2 MB, 11/15/2016)
Evaluation of Microbiological Risks Associated with Direct Potable Reuse (DPR) (PDF)(22 pp, 437 K, 11/15/2016)

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