Promoting Water Reuse by Matching Wastewater Sources With Water Needs

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One of the ways that our water supply can be stretched further is through reusing wastewater, or effluent, for water needs that don't necessarily have to be supplied by pristine, filtered, drinking water, and a free online service from CH2M HILL could be the matchmaker that bridges that gap.

The WaterMatch initiative promotes beneficial reuse of municipal wastewater in the areas of industry and agriculture by matching up potential end users with effluent sources through a free online "Matching Map" that helps identify nearby wastewater treatment plants. Originally launched in 2011, the database now has over 21,000 potential water reuse sources, with more being added all the time.

Along with the map application, WaterMatch also lets individuals working in agriculture, industry, or municipalities to locate and connect with others in their local area for possible collaboration, and offers case studies of successful water reuse projects and other technical documents.

Recently, Intel partnered with WaterMatch and Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability to help identify more than 130 wastewater sources for potential matching, and is sponsoring research at the school on the topic of water reuse in the state, as well as looking into how the WaterMatch service could play a role in increasing the reuse of water.

"Sustainable water management is a key focus at Intel. We created the external collaboration with CH2M HILL‘s WaterMatch, ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability and ASU’s Decision Center for a Desert City to increase water sustainability in our local community." - Gary Niekerk, director of Corporate Citizenship at Intel