WEF, WEAT, and WateReuse Host Water Reuse Congressional Briefing

On June 11, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), Water Environment Association of Texas, and WateReuse Association (Alexandria, Va.) hosted a congressional briefing on water reuse and recycling. Approximately 60 congressional staff members and members of the public attended the briefing. House Water Resources Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) and Ranking Member Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.) sponsored the briefing.

Water sector leaders used the briefing to introduce the concept of water reuse and recycling. The briefing was titled “What Congress Needs to Know about Water Reuse: How communities across the nation are solving shortage problems with water reuse, and why it might be coming to your district.”

Gibbs gave opening remarks about water reuse as a tool to address the nation’s water supply challenges. WEF President Ed McCormick served as moderator.

Several water sector leaders offered presentations:

  • Russell Schreiber, director of public works, City of Wichita Falls, Texas;
  • Richard Nagel, general manager, West Basin Municipal Water District (Carson, Calif.); and
  • Joe Vesey, senior vice president, Xylem (Rye Brook, N.Y.).\

The meeting provided a technical explanation of water recycling and reuse processes, the need for reuse, and the knowledge needed to work with communities to serve current and future water supply challenges.

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