NACWA Participates in EPA's Unveiling of Draft Water Reuse Action Plan

(September 11, 2019) - David Ross, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water, yesterday unveiled a draft of the Agency’s much anticipated National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP). The announcement was made at the WateReuse Association’s 34th Annual Symposium in San Diego, which NACWA attended alongside its Association partners involved in helping to shape the (WRAP). 

The WRAP includes 46 action items related to ten different strategic themes. EPA will open a public comment period for 90 days and seek public comments.

EPA’s draft WRAP comes after Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s announcement in February that the Agency would like to coordinate reuse policies and efforts among the federal family and ensure that state and local governments are working in step to effectively use our nation’s water resources.

NACWA submitted initial comments to EPA as they developed the draft action plan framework. The Association was also a partner alongside the WateReuse Association, the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation, the Association for Metropolitan Water Agencies, and the Water Research Foundation in holding two expert stakeholder convenings and submitting comments on behalf of the water sector.  NACWA is pleased that the Agency incorporated much of the water sector’s suggestion into the draft plan.

If members have comments or questions on the draft WRAP, please contact Emily Remmel, NACWA’s Director of Regulatory Affairs.