Water Environment and Reuse Foundation Agricultural Sector Research

Presentation: PowerPoint

Author(s): Kristan C. VandenHeuvel Research Manager Water Environment & Reuse Foundation

Abstract: The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) is a 501c3 charitable corporation seeking to identify, support, and disseminate research that enhances the quality and reliability of water for natural systems and communities with an integrated approach to resource recovery and reuse while facilitating interaction among practitioners, educators, researchers, decision makers, and the public. Our work reflects the fundamental principal that all water is reused and renewable. Through research and technology, even water that hasn’t traditionally been used in the urban water cycle – brackish, saltwater, stormwater, and wastewater – has value. WE&RF research applies to multiple uses, including drinking water, groundwater, irrigation, industrial, and energy. The Foundation’s cutting-edge, peer-reviewed research is designed to address the current needs of the industry. The presentation will feature information about the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation and showcase several ongoing and upcoming agricultural research projects. These projects are funded by the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation and managed by Ms. VandenHeuvel along with an expert peer review committee. The following projects will be highlighted: State of Irrigated Agricultural Water Reuse – Impediments and Incentives (Reuse-15-08) This study includes assembly of a global inventory of successes, delays, and setbacks in the process of switching from various traditional sources of irrigation water to recycled water. White Paper on Groundwater Replenishment with Recycled Water on Agricultural Lands (Reuse-16-03) The objective of this study is to assimilate the relevant knowledge from three similar types of practices: groundwater recharge on agricultural land with surface water, urban groundwater recharge with recycled water, and agricultural water reuse projects. Evaluating Economic and Environmental Benefits of Water Reuse for Agriculture (Reuse-16-06) This study aims to investigate potential economic and environmental impacts of nontraditional water sources in agriculture through a series of case studies of agricultural communities impacted by drought. FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety rule: Opportunities and Impacts on Potential Water Reuse for Agricultural Irrigation (Reuse-16-07) The well-timed White Paper will provide an explanation of the Produce Safety rule and how it will relate to reuse in terms of testing and water quality requirements, and present potential reuse opportunities for states to consider.