“During the 20th century we constructed large public works to impound water and transport it to our rapidly growing nation. But that classic approach to supplying water has about reached its limit. We haven’t significantly increased the total capacity of our impoundments since 1980. Increasingly, the need for a healthy ecosystem limits the amount of water we can take for our own use, and global warming threatens to limit us even more. At the same time the U.S. population continues to climb. Clearly we must make more effective use of the water we have.
“Fortunately we know more about water now than we ever did before—both how to purify it and how to measure its purity. Just when we have learned how to recycle water and make it safe to drink, we have also reached a point in history when we must reuse water to maintain our quality of life.”
-R. Rhodes Trussell, Ph.D.
About R. Rhodes Trussell, Ph.D.
Dr. R. Rhodes Trussell is chairman and CEO of Trussell Technologies, Inc., a small firm that operates in the nexus between engineering and science. An international authority on water quality and treatment, Dr. Trussell has more than 40 years of experience and is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineers. He also has served as chair of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board on Drinking Water, as chair of the Water Science and Technology Board for the National Research Council, and as a member of eight NRC committees examining drinking water issues. Recently he chaired the NRC committee on Water Reuse: Potential for Expanding the Nation’s Water Supply Through Reuse of Municipal Wastewater.