Innovative Effluent Management for Sustainability

by Dan Bruinsma,
Mary Ellen Dick,
Eric Rosenblum, (M.ASCE),
David Tucker,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


The City of San Jose, California (USA) has developed an original, integrated approach to managing wastewater treatment plant effluent and preserving the receiving water ecosystem. Highlights of this approach include participation by industry in setting pretreatment limits based on cost-effective waste minimization strategies; partnerships between the City and local industries to research innovative pollution prevention techniques; optimization of treatment plant processes for enhanced removal of trace metals; and implementation of large-scale (20 mgd) nonpotable water recycling to protect endangered species and enhance local water supply. Future work includes expanded nonpoint source pollution reduction efforts and coordination of water recycling with the regional water supplier's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to ensure long-term sustainable water use.

Subject Headings: Water pollution | Water supply | Water treatment plants | Water reclamation | Water resources | Wastewater management | Urban areas | United States | California

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