Assessment and Evaluation of the WaterMatch Initiative for Linking Industrial and Agricultural Water Users and Municipal Wastewater Treatment Faciliti

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Assessment and Evaluation of the WaterMatch Initiative for Linking Industrial and Agricultural Water Users and Municipal Wastewater Treatment Faciliti Assessment and Evaluation of the WaterMatch Initiative for Linking Industrial and Agricultural Water Users and Municipal Wastewater Treatment Faciliti Water is perhaps the most important natural resource on our planet, yet less than 1% of all water on Earth is fresh water available to support life on land (Shiklomanov 1993). According to a report by WorldWatch Institute (2004), demand for fresh water already exceeds available supplies in more than half of the worlds sixteen largest cities. Additionally, many of the world's fastest growing regions are in arid environments that are likely to experience hotter and drier climates in the next 50 years, further stressing existing systems of engineering and governance. In these rapidly growing, water-limited regions, increasing municipal and industrial water use raises the need for, and attractiveness of, reclaiming treated wastewater and using the resulting effluent to meet a range of water demands. These challenges highlight the importance of integrating available data on water use and availability to develop decision support tools and applications for policymakers and stakeholders that enable adaptive management of reclaimed wastewater. Often, the most significant impediment to management is not a lack of information, but the capacity to link existing data and partners to generate relevant, timely, and cost-effective solutions. To address this challenge, CH2M Hill, in collaboration with business, environmental, and government organizations, has developed WaterMatch, a global initiative designed to promote the beneficial reuse of municipal effluent for industrial and agricultural purposes. WaterMatch provides free web-based tools that local stakeholders can use to advance wastewater reuse and recycling (http://www.ch2m.com/watermatch/about/). While such tools hold promise for enhancing the efficient use of wastewater resources, there is still a need to evaluate stakeholders perceptions of such tools to ensure successful development and implementation. To address this need, ASU will establish an interdisciplinary team to conduct research to evaluate stakeholder (i.e., industrial and agricultural users and municipal wastewater treatment plants) perceptions of the credibility and utility of the WaterMatch tool, and develop recommendations for enhancing its effectiveness and adoption. The team will also convene a collaborative workshop to bring together university researchers with WaterMatch designers and representatives from industry and agriculture, as well as water resource managers to discuss results and implications of the research and to develop a cooperative agenda for future efforts.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date3/23/122/28/14

Funding

  • INDUSTRY: Domestic Company: $138,749.00

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