Direct Potable Reuse – Getting Operations Ready for the Next Bold Leap
(TEMPE, AZ – February 9, 2016) – Troy Walker of Hazen and Sawyer recently received the Best Paper Award for his presentation, Direct Potable Reuse – Getting Operations Ready for the Next Bold Leap, at the 2016 AWWA/AMTA Membrane Technology Conference.
Mr. Walker’s paper presents some of the work of a recent Watereuse Research Foundation Study (WRRF 13-13 – Development of Operation and Maintenance Plan and Training and Certification Framework for Direct Potable Reuse Systems), which outlines an Operations and Maintenance Framework for direct potable reuse (DPR). This paper also highlights some of the key components that must be considered in the successful operational planning DPR systems.
A key element of success of any water treatment system, including DPR facilities, relies on its operators and the ability of those operators to evaluate and respond to any issues that may arise There is little disagreement that the technology to successfully and reliably treat municipal effluent to a level suitable for human consumption. However, the success of any treatment facility relies on an effective operational team, the “human element”. Operations must have robust and reliable plans, systems, and processes to ensure safety and reliability – essential elements for the advancement of public acceptance of DPR. Relative to existing water and wastewater treatment systems, operations teams will be under much greater scrutiny for performance, and must therefore have adequate training and certification processes in place to provide a framework for developing and evaluating the necessary skills for successful operation and management of water recycling systems.
The framework addresses the key requirements necessary to ensure safety and reliability including: