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Blue Ribbon Panel on Water Sustainability

FINAL REPORT Acrobat Icon PDFs of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Water Sustainability - November 30, 2010

 

PANEL MEMBERS
List of Panel Members Acrobat Icon PDFs

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

2010 PRESS RELEASE Acrobat Icon PDFs


On August 28, 2009, Governor Jan Brewer announced the formation of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Water Sustainability. The group was formed following Governor Brewer’s commitment to collaboration on water resource issues. Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) Director Herb Guenther, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Director Ben Grumbles, and  Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Chairman Kris Mayes will direct a statewide effort aimed at improving the long term sustainability of Arizona’s water supplies through increased conservation and recycling. The Blue Ribbon Panel has been formed to identify and overcome obstacles to increase water sustainability. Of particular interest will be suggestions and concerns of cities, towns, and other Arizona stakeholders involved in implementing new strategies to advance water recycling and conservation efforts.

The 40 member Panel of appointed members, (representing Legislative leadership, State Agencies, Local Governments, City Governments, Tribal Governments, Federal Government, Universities, and Private Utilities) will provide advice to ADWR, ADEQ, and the ACC on the technical, legal, and policy aspects of promoting recycling of wastewater, graywater, industrial process water, and stormwater. While there are many opportunities to increase water recycling and conservation, an early priority of the Panel will be to focus on increasing wastewater reuse throughout the State through detailed examinations of water quality, regulatory, infrastructure and public acceptance challenges that could limit the increased use of this important water supply.

 

Working groups have been tasked to develop recommendations in support of the sustainability goals. The working groups will research issues, and discuss and develop recommendations to present to the panel.

 

PAST MEETINGS OF THE BLUE RIBBON PANEL ON WATER SUSTAINABILITY

CLICK HERE TO VIEW FILES FROM PAST MEETINGS OF THE BLUE RIBBON PANEL ON WATER SUSTAINABILITY

 

WORKING GROUPS

Overview of working groups Acrobat Icon PDFs

 

Public Perception/Acceptance

Chair: Kathleen Chavez, P.E., Water Policy Manager, Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation

kathy.chavez@pima.gov

The goal of this work group is to make recommendations for enhancing public acceptance of the use of reclaimed and recycled waters through public education, outreach, and other strategies.

 

 

PAST MEETINGS

 

Links

Link to Round table Series Examines Challenges Benefits Water Reuse Article     Round Table Series Examines Challenges, Benefits of Water Reuse OffSite Icon By Dan McCarthy

Link to outside webpage    A Thirsty Planet OffSite Icon - This is a website by the National WateReuse Association. It's purpose is to help the community

      better understand the need for, and uses and benefits of water reuse and water desalination to help augment our            

      planet’s  precious water supplies. Around the world, communities are facing water supply challenges due to increasing        

      demand for water, drought, depletion and contamination of groundwater, and dependence on a single source of water 

      supply.

Link to outside webpage   EPA approves 12 drinking water analytical methods OffSite Icon

Link to outside webpage   www.allthingsreclaimed.com OffSite Icon

Link to outside webpage   EPA Releases Review of Federal Drinking Water Standards and Proposes New Stradegy for

       Protecting Drinking Water OffSite Icon

Link to Outside Webpage   Toxic Waters- A series about the worsening pollution in American waters and regulators' response OffSite Icon

Link to outside Webpage   The Hidden Costs of Bottled Water OffSite Icon

 

Regulations and Permitting

Chair: Ron Doba, Past President Arizona WateReuse Association

dobarv@bv.com or rdoba@cox.net

The goal of this work group is to identify regulatory impediments and make recommendations to streamline the reuse of reclaimed water.

 

PAST MEETINGS

 

 

Sub Working Groups of the Regulations and Permitting Working Group

ADEQ & ADWR Permitting Processes

Water Quality Standards Sub-Group

Gray Water Sub-Group

 

 

 

Infrastructure/Retrofit

Chair: Guy Carpenter, Board of Directors, National Water Reuse Association

gcarpenter@carollo.com

The goal of this work group is to recommend measures that will facilitate the design, construction, operation and maintenance of new and retrofitted reclaimed and recycled water systems.


PAST MEETINGS

 

 

Conservation/Recycling/Efficiency/Energy Nexus

Chair: Steve Olson, Executive Director, Arizona Municipal Water Users Association

solson@amwua.org

The goal of this work group is to make recommendations regarding statutes, rules, policies, and strategies for increasing water conservation in the agricultural, industrial, and municipal sectors; increasing the recycling of water that is not considered reclaimed water; and reducing the water cost of energy and the energy cost of water.

 

 

PAST MEETINGS

 

 

Economic Funding

Chair: David Snider, Supervisor, Pinal County Board of Supervisors

david.snider@pinalcountyaz.gov


The goal of this work group is to make recommendations on incentives, approaches to funding, and other mechanisms that will accelerate the reuse of reclaimed and recycled waters.

 

PAST MEETINGS

 

Links

National Water Research Institute

NWRI White Paper on Regulatory Aspects of Direct Potable Reuse in California OffSite Icon

October 14, 2010 E-News Letter OffSite Icon

 

NWRI 2010 NWRI Final Project Report Acrobat Icon PDFson "Source, Fate, and Transport of Endocrine Disruptors, Pharmaceuticals, and Personal Care Products in Drinking Water Sources in California"

NWRI Constituents of Emerging Concern Research Profile Acrobat Icon PDFs