James Crook Gives a History of Water Reuse at WEFTEC 2017

August 30, 2017


During WEFTEC 2017 Session No. 221, James Crook will present about water reuse. Photo courtesy of Crook.

During WEFTEC 2017 Session No. 221, James Crook will present about water reuse. Photo courtesy of Crook.

James Crook, an independent environmental engineering consultant, will cover the history of water reuse and share success stories at WEFTEC 2017. During Session No. 221, Hot Topics in an Expanding Water Reuse Market, Crook will give one of the session’s concise water reuse presentations that will be followed by an open question-and-answer session.

Crook specializes in water reuse. He has 45 years of experience in the state government and consulting engineering arenas. He serves on the water reuse committees for the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.), International Water Association (London), and American Water Works Association (Denver). In addition to obtaining a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering as well as a master’s degree and doctorate in environmental engineering, he is a registered professional engineer in both California and Florida.

  • What do you hope that attendees learn during your presentation at WEFTEC?

I will make a short presentation at Session No. 221 on the history of water reuse, reclaimed water regulations (with an emphasis on potable reuse), and related public health considerations.

The intent is to show that we have a long and successful history of water reuse for a wide variety of applications. With our current treatment technology, monitoring capability, and regulatory criteria, reclaimed water can provide a safe, reliable, and sustainable water supply for many beneficial purposes including potable reuse. It should be considered as an option to help meet growing water demands in water-short areas.

  • Why is water reuse important?

It is important to understand that current water reuse practices and controls have evolved for many years. They are based on sound science and assure adequate health protection for a multitude of uses.

  • Why should people attend session 221?

This presentation will help attendees understand how water reuse has progressed through the years to where it is today. Experience, research, and regulatory controls have resulted in the safe use of reclaimed water for many applications, including potable purposes.

In addition to my presentation, other speakers will address funding opportunities, reuse for expanding agricultural demands, operator certification, and market assessment. There will be a 30-minute question-and-answer period after all the presentations to provide ample time for discussion.

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