Arizona set to extend US direct potable water reuse

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Officials in the US state of Arizona are working on measures to overhaul regulation of water reuse that look set to see direct potable reuse permitted, with the first approvals of the regulatory changes possibly gained as early as this year.

The reform proposals are being developed by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, which first set out its intention to develop new regulations in a notice issued at the start of last year.

Among comments made in interviews this January, ADEQ’s senior hydrologist Chuck Graf is quoted by media as saying that the first of the rules and standards needed to permit direct potable reuse ‘hopefully can be approved by the end of this year’, a move that would overturn a ban that has been in place since the early 1980s.

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  • USA, Arizona, municipal wastewater, water reuse