Progress and Future Direction to Improve Arizona's Reclaimed Wastewater Reuse Program

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by Steven Borst,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: WRPMD'99: Preparing for the 21st Century

Abstract: (No paper) The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is undertaking a major revision of its reclaimed wastewater reuse program in response to recommendations made by a citizens stakeholders group. This revision will result in an entirely new administrative scheme for regulating wastewater reuse in Arizona. In accordance with the recommendations, ADEQ is working to promulgate rules (1) adopting an improved set of reclaimed wastewater quality standards, (2) establishing an entirely new permitting process, and (3) codifying a more comprehensive set of technical standards for various types of end-use. This new administrative program will use, in part, the results from state-of-the-science studies in California and Arizona to streamline the permitting process for the applicant, eliminate duplicate or overlapping permits, better match reclaimed wastewater quality with different types of end-use, and more effectively protect public health and water quality. Progress to date in implementing these improvements will be described.

Subject Headings: Water reclamation | Groundwater quality | Public health and safety | Industrial wastes | Standards and codes | North America | United States | Arizona | California

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