Developing a framework for water reuse in Canada

Our project focuses on the reuse of community wastewater reclaimed from various sources, such as toilets (blackwater) and showers, sinks and washing machines (greywater), as well as the use of harvested stormwater and rainwater.

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Creating Solutions With Experience

We are a team of researchers and interested parties led through the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. Our project focuses on developing a framework for water reuse in Canada.

This project aims to understand emerging science issues and use social engagement to identify what is technically possible and socially acceptable for water reuse and resource recovery. The goal is to develop a roadmap for implementing water reuse projects in Canada. The project has received grant funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and is further supported through Alberta Innovates.

Our team is led by Dr. Nicholas Ashbolt, an environmental microbiologist with extensive international experience with water reuse, and a professor in the School of Public Health. Water reuse involves science, engineering, society, regulations, the environment, and the economy. Therefore, our team has expertise in microbiology, risk assessment, community engagement, engineering, and policy development.

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Our Team

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Nicholas Ashbolt, PhD

Dr. Ashbolt is a Professor in the School of Public Health, University of Alberta and the Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Translational Chair in Waterborne Disease Prevention.

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Jane Springett, PhD

Dr. Springett is a Professor in the School of Public Health, University of Alberta. She also works with international partners to coordinate both the International Collaboration on Participatory Health Research (ICPHR) and the Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN).

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SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT

To get a fundamental understanding of what is needed from a societal perspective for water reuse to be implemented, we engage with private citizens, special interest groups, indigenous organizations and scholars, industry, municipal governments, government regulators, and water service providers. For each stakeholder group we want to know:

  • What knowledge exists regarding water reuse and what further information is needed?
  • What kinds of potential reclaimed water (i.e. stormwater, rainwater, greywater, municipal) would be of interest and for what uses (e.g. irrigation, toilet flushing, washing, etc.)?
  • What current reuse projects are known?
  • What are the barriers to water reuse projects?

We are currently conducting various types of social engagement projects, including interviews, focus groups, online engagements, and public workshops to create a broad understanding of the reality of water reuse.

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Newsletters

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Water Resource and Resource Recovery Lab, Quarterly Project Update, Fifth Edition, October 2019

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Water Resource and Resource Recovery Lab, Quarterly Project Update, Fourth Edition, July 2019

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Water Resource and Resource Recovery Lab, Quarterly Project Update, Third Edition, April 2019

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Water Resource and Resource Recovery Lab, Quarterly Project Update, Second Edition, January 2019



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