This issue of Onsite Water Reuse News is dedicated to highlighting the potential for ‘wastewater as a resource.’ Did you ever wonder why we call it wastewater? Because that’s exactly what it is – wasted water! But we can change that… Thanks to the development of modern treatment technologies, the term ‘wastewater’ is quickly fading – and it’s only appropriate.
No. 1, it’s time to rebrand wastewater to address the negative public perception associated with water reuse in this country. As much as we hate to admit it, public perception can still be expressed in one short but infamous phrase: “flush and forget.”
No. 2, now that onsite treatment is increasingly cost effective, we have the ability to engage onsite reuse at every opportunity to not only to stop the waste, but to promote a lasting culture of change that embraces greywater and blackwater as a valuable resource.
Thus, the term ‘wastewater’ would be inappropriate! At the end of the day, greywater and blackwater are highly accessible sources of non-potable water. They are produced independent of season and in direct proportion to the population and local water demand. What’s stopping us from harnessing this resource within the built environment?