Establishing Triple Bottom Line Analyses of Alternative Water Supplies

(NEW YORK, NY – February 16, 2015) – The team of Hazen and Sawyer and the University of New South Wales (Australia) Water Research Centre has been awarded WateReuse Research Foundation Project #14-03 (WRRF-14-03), which will develop a methodology for triple bottom line (TBL) analysis of alternative water supplies.

The United States and Australia share a common interest in developing better decision making tools for future water supplementation decisions, and this team was recognized for the experience and diverse perspectives it offers to this project. This project is specifically designed to support WRRF’s Direct Potable Reuse (DPR) initiative in California, but the findings from this study can be applied to provide a means to evaluate various water supply options for any community.

The TBL framework provides an established accounting approach for concurrently quantifying economic, environmental, and social implications for any business decision or project. At a time when companies or other organizations are expected to operate on the basis that long-term profitability should go hand-in-hand with social justice and environmental protection, TBL offers the ideal framework to ensure sustainable decisions. For water and wastewater utilities and other water-related authorities, TBL represents a widely accepted, transparent, and defensible means to compare the total (economic, environmental and social) benefits and costs of any investment to other alternatives, including the option of taking no action.

Co-funded by the WateReuse Research Foundation and the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence, this project provides recognition that potable reuse will increasingly be regarded as an important, financially viable water supply option for water utilities and builds upon the experience that both countries have gained in potable reuse applications.

Since our founding in 1951, Hazen and Sawyer has focused on two things: providing safe drinking water and controlling water pollution. Our range of services encompasses the planning, design, and construction management of water and wastewater-related projects – from clean water treatment, storage, and distribution to wastewater and stormwater collection, treatment, and reuse.

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