An article in the August 2018 issue of Water Environment Research (WER) uses a triple-bottom-line approach to assess the benefits of reclaimed water management strategies.

The research examines how potable reuse of reclaimed water addresses water needs, including meeting a growing water demand, preserving inland ecosystems and ensuring a locally controlled safe drinking water source.

“Indirect potable reuse of reclaimed wastewater was evaluated in the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area in Nevada using a triple-bottom-line (TBL) approach by Haak et al.,” WER Editor-in-Chief Tim Ellis said. “Indirect potable reuse was determined to provide environmental and social benefits over the status quo approach, which involved water importation. Factors included in the analysis included water safety and quality, sustainable water supplies to meet a growing demand, matching groundwater extraction and recharge/inflow rates, and the preservation of inland ecosystems."

Selected WER articles such as this one are available free to the public on a monthly basis through an open access program. Click here to download “Sustainability Assessment for Indirect Potable Reuse: A Case Study from Reno, Nevada,” by Laura Haak, Vijay Sundaram and Krishna Pagilla.