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Water Reuse Policies for Potable Use

Edited by Cecilia Tortajada, Choon Nam Ong

© 2017 – Routledge

178 pages

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About the Book

As water demand has increased globally and resources have become more limited because of physical scarcity, over-exploitation and pollution, it has been necessary to develop more options for water supplies. These options include the production at large scale of high-quality reused water from municipal sources for potable uses. Their economic, social and environmental benefits have been many as they have addressed supply scarcity, efficient resource use and environmental and public health considerations.

This book includes discussions on potable water reuse history; emerging contaminants and public health; public-private partnerships in the water reuse sector; regulatory frameworks for reused water in the United States and Europe; experiences in Australia, China in general and Beijing in particular, Singapore and Windhoek; narratives and public acceptance and perceptions of alternative water sources.

The main constraints on implementation of water reuse projects in different parts of the world seem to have been lack of full public support due to perceived health hazards and environmental impacts. A main handicap has been that governments and water utilities have been slow to understand public concerns and perceptions. After several backlashes, public information, communication and awareness campaigns, broader participation and educational programmes have become integral parts of development policy and decision-making frameworks.

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword

    Peter Joo Hee Ng

  2. Preface

    Asit K. Biswas

  3. Editorial

    Cecilia Tortajada and Choon Nam Ong

  4. Articles

  5. Potable water reuse history and a new framework for decision making

    Joseph A. Cotruvo

  6. Water reuse, emerging contaminants and public health: state-of-the-art analysis

    Choon Nam Ong

  7. Public–private partnerships in the water reuse sector: a global assessment

    David A. Lloyd Owen

  8. The regulatory framework of reclaimed wastewater for potable reuse in the United States

    Rosario Sanchez-Flores, Adam Conner and Ronald A. Kaiser

  9. Common or independent? The debate over regulations and standards for water reuse in Europe

    John Fawell, Kristell Le Corre and Paul Jeffrey

  10. Policy issues confronting Australian urban water reuse

    James Horne

  11. Wastewater reuse in Beijing: an evolving hybrid system

    Olivia Jensen and Xudong Yu

  12. Singapore’s experience with reclaimed water: NEWater

    Hannah Lee and Thai Pin Tan

  13. Overcoming global water reuse barriers: the Windhoek experience

    P. van Rensburg

  14. A lived-experience investigation of narratives: recycled drinking water

    Leong Ching

  15. Public acceptance and perceptions of alternative water sources: a comparative study in nine locations

    Anna Hurlimann and Sara Dolnicar

About the Editors

Cecilia Tortajada is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Choon Nam Ong is the Director of the NUS Environmental Research Institute (NERI) and Professor at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, both National University of Singapore, Singapore.

About the Series

Routledge Special Issues on Water Policy and Governance

Most of the world’s water problems, and their solutions, are directly related to policies and governance, both specific to water and in general. Two of the world’s leading journals in this area, the International Journal of Water Resources Development (sponsored by the Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico) and Water International (the official journal of the International Water Resources Association), contribute to this special issues series, aimed at disseminating new knowledge on the policy and governance of water resources to a very broad and diverse readership all over the world. The series should be of direct interest to all policy makers, professionals and lay readers concerned with obtaining the latest perspectives on addressing the world’s many water issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL044000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy