Indirect Potable Reuse: A Sustainable Water Supply Alternative

Maria Rodriguez, Paul Van Buynder, Richard Lugg, P. Blair, Brian Devine, Angus Cook, Philip Weinstein

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The growing scarcity of potable water supplies is among the most important issues facing many cities, in particular those using single sources of water that are climate dependent. Consequently, urban centers are looking to alternative sources of water supply that can supplement variable rainfall and meet the demands of population growth. A diversified portfolio of water sources is required to ensure public health, as well as social, economical and environmental sustainability. One of the options considered is the augmentation of drinking water supplies with advanced treated recycled water. This paper aims to provide a state of the art review of water recycling for drinking purposes with emphasis on membrane treatment processes. An overview of significant indirect potable reuse projects is presented followed by a description of the epidemiological and toxicological studies evaluating any potential human health impacts. Finally, a summary of key operational measures to protect human health and the areas that require further research are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1174-1203
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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