Once wastewater completes the treatment cycle where does it go?
There are many options for reuse when it comes to effluent. Water reuse or reclamation has been around for decades and nonpotable uses have expanded, mainly due to increasing drought conditions. Applications for reuse include:
- Watering golf courses
- Street cleaning
- Geothermal energy production
- Preventing seawater intrusion into freshwater aquifers
- Industrial processing
- Commercial laundering
- Restoring natural wetlands
- Creating constructed wetlands
More recently, municipalities have shifted toward “potable reuse” or recycling wastewater into drinking water. The West Travis County Public Utility Agency (“WTCPUA”), for example, has commissioned the permitting and design of the first pipe-to-pipe direct potable reuse facility in the U.S. This allows the WTCPUA to create a redundant critical water supply as well as benefit wastewater disposal cost efficiency and protection against enforcement action resulting from permit violations (2). To learn more about this direct potable reuse as an effluent management strategy, please access the full article here, featured in Water Environment & Technology Magazine.
If you’d like more information on AUC’s wastewater treatment facility at the WTCPUA and how we may be able to address your effluent concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Don’t think of wastewater effluent as waste but more like a resource!
“From drain to drink: innovations in wastewater reuse”, GreenBiz, https://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2013/12/16/drain-drink-innovations-wastewater-reuse
Lozano, Dennis. “Disposal by tap.” WE&T Magazine, May 2018: pgs. 48-51. Print.