Water Research Foundation Joins National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems as National Partner

Water Research Foundation joins US Water Alliance and Water Environment & Reuse Foundation

April 18, 2017 - San Francisco - Today, the Water Research Foundation (WRF) announced that it has joined the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation and US Water Alliance as a national partner for the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems.

Launched in December of last year, the goal of the commission is to develop state policy guidance and advance additional research needs to support local implementation of onsite non-potable water systems. Another objective of the commission is to identify new opportunities for water utilities to facilitate implementation of onsite non-potable systems. The commission is comprised of representatives from municipalities, public health agencies, water utilities, and national organizations, and the group is basing recommendations on best practices from local communities and established research.

Onsite water systems collect and treat wastewater, stormwater, rainwater, and more so that it can be reused in a building, or at the local scale for non-potable needs such as irrigation, toilet flushing, and cooling. These systems are usually integrated into the city's larger water and wastewater system and contribute to more resilient and sustainable water management by using alternate water sources, reducing valuable potable water used for non-potable purposes, and minimizing strain on wastewater systems. Despite the broad range of benefits, adoption of onsite non-potable systems has been constrained by policy and regulatory barriers.

"WRF has long been a leader in the research that is informing the work of the National Blue Ribbon Commission, so it will be a great asset to have them join in this work as we advance these goals together," said Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and Chair of the National Blue Ribbon Commission.

“WRF’s mission is to advance the science of water, and our participation in the National Blue Ribbon Commission is a new opportunity to support that mission. We are looking forward to collaborating with the other Commission partners to research decentralized water systems," said Rob Renner, CEO of the Water Research Foundation.

For more information about the work of the National Blue Ribbon Commission on Onsite Non-potable Water Systems please visit:


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National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems advances best management practices to support the use of onsite non-potable water systems for individual buildings or at the local scale. We are committed to protecting public health and the environment, and sustainably managing water-now and for future generations.

Water Research Foundation (WRF) is a non-profit research cooperative that advances the science of water to protect public health and the environment. Governed by utilities, WRF delivers scientifically sound research solutions and knowledge to serve our subscribers and stakeholders in all areas of drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, and reuse. WRF has funded and managed more than 1,500 research studies from asset management to treatment, utility finance to resource management, conveyance systems to water quality.

US Water Alliance is dedicated to promoting policies and programs to advance a sustainable water future for all. Established in 2008, the Alliance is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that educates the nation on the true value of water, accelerates the adoption of one water policies and programs, and celebrates innovation in water management. The Alliance brings together diverse interests to identify and advance common-ground, achievable solutions for our nation's most pressing water challenges. Our membership includes water providers, public officials, business leaders, environmental organizations, community leaders, policy organizations, and more. 

Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) is a 501c3 charitable corporation seeking to identify, support, and disseminate research that enhances the quality and reliability of water for natural systems and communities with an integrated approach to resource recovery and reuse; while facilitating interaction among practitioners, educators, researchers, decision makers, and the public.