“As a result of population growth, urbanization, and climate change, public water supplies are becoming stressed, and it is getting more difficult—if not impossible—to tap new water supplies for metropolitan areas. So existing water supplies must go further. One way to do this is to increase water reuse, particularly in supplementing municipal water supplies by means of direct or indirect potable reuse. In the future, because it is inevitable that direct and/or indirect potable reuse will become part of the water management portfolio, it is critical that water and wastewater agencies begin to develop the necessary information and working relationships that will allow these potable reuse alternatives to become a reality.”
—George Tchobanoglous, Ph.D.
About Dr. George Tchobanoglous
Dr. George Tchobanoglous is professor emeritus in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis. His research interests are in the areas of wastewater treatment and reuse, ultraviolet (UV) disinfection, small and decentralized wastewater management systems, and solid waste management. With his coauthors, Dr. Tchobanoglous has written extensively on water reuse. His publications include the textbook Water Reuse: Issues, Technologies, and Applications, the WateReuse report Direct Potable Reuse: A Path Forward, and the National Water Research Institute’s (NWRI) white paper Direct Potable Reuse: Benefits for Public Water Supplies, Agriculture, the Environment, and Energy Conservation. Dr. Tchobanoglous serves as Chair of the NWRI Independent Advisory Panel for the City of San Diego’s Indirect Potable Reuse/Reservoir Augmentation Demonstration Project. He also serves on the NWRI Independent Advisory Panel for the Orange County Water District’s Groundwater Replenishment System.