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Law of the Farm Principles  Apply to Developing     Potable Reuse     Alan H. Plummer, Jr. P.E           June 14, 2012
Principles of the Farm
Principles of Farming   Takes knowledge   and effort                       Takes time                     Is a            ...
FarmingBegins with “THE END” in Mind• Meet human and livestock food needs• Apply effective farming practices  –   Historic...
Prepare the Soil• Know the soil characteristics  and its capacity• Prepare the soil • Cultivate the soil • Fertilize the s...
Plant the Seed•   Must select the right seed•   Plant at specific time•   Plant the right way•   Cannot procrastinate
Nurture•   Weed•   Water•   Hard Work•   Cannot procrastinate    From sunrise…             …to sunset
HarvestGood Quality and Safe Products
Principles of Developing     Potable Reuse               Takes time    Takes sound science    and technology / effort     ...
Potable Reuse Development         Processes• Potable Reuse processes are  evolving to address technology,  regulatory, and...
Potable Reuse DevelopmentBegins with “THE END” in Mind• Reuse to help meet Texas water demands  – State Water Plan – 1,500...
Prepare the Reuse Water              (Prepare the Soil)• Define critical treated wastewater  quality characteristics  TPD...
Prepare the Reuse Water             (Prepare the Soil)• Prevent introduction of certain  industrial constituents into wast...
Provide the Right Technology           (Plant the Right Seed)• Define Potable Reuse water critical  characteristics ??  S...
Apply the Right Technology           (Plant the Right Seed)• Perform appropriate research and  pilot-scale testing to achi...
Implement and Operate      the Right Technology          (Nurture the Right Way)• Design and construct Potable Reuse  wate...
Harvest Success Factors               for         Potable Reuse• Define “The End”   • Safe and Dependable Potable Reuse   ...
TWCA MembershipKey Harvest Stakeholders
TWCA 2012 Reuse     Committee Charge (1)1. Identify impediments to implementing   Potable Reuse in Texas related to:    • ...
TWCA 2012 Reuse Committee Charge (1) (cont.)2. Identify potential strategies for   removing or mitigating identified   imp...
TWCA 2012 Reuse Committee Charge (1) (cont.)4. Coordinate efforts of the Reuse   Committee with other TWCA   committees in...
TWCA 2012 Reuse  Committee Charge (1) (cont.)6. Coordinate efforts of the Reuse   Committee with TCEQ AND TWDB7. Report Re...
HarvestSafe and Good Quality Potable Reuse water
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Law of the Farm Principles apply to developing potable reuse

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Alan H. Plummer, Jr. P.E

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Law of the Farm Principles apply to developing potable reuse

  1. 1. Law of the Farm Principles Apply to Developing Potable Reuse Alan H. Plummer, Jr. P.E June 14, 2012
  2. 2. Principles of the Farm
  3. 3. Principles of Farming Takes knowledge and effort Takes time Is a process
  4. 4. FarmingBegins with “THE END” in Mind• Meet human and livestock food needs• Apply effective farming practices – Historical successful processes – Research to advance farming technology – Implement proven technology advancements – Harvest a safe and quality product – Maintain the confidence of: • Agricultural community  • Regulatory entities  • Public and Policy Makers  ?
  5. 5. Prepare the Soil• Know the soil characteristics and its capacity• Prepare the soil • Cultivate the soil • Fertilize the soil• Cannot procrastinate
  6. 6. Plant the Seed• Must select the right seed• Plant at specific time• Plant the right way• Cannot procrastinate
  7. 7. Nurture• Weed• Water• Hard Work• Cannot procrastinate From sunrise… …to sunset
  8. 8. HarvestGood Quality and Safe Products
  9. 9. Principles of Developing Potable Reuse Takes time Takes sound science and technology / effort Is a process
  10. 10. Potable Reuse Development Processes• Potable Reuse processes are evolving to address technology, regulatory, and public awareness issues• This presentation is about technology process considerations
  11. 11. Potable Reuse DevelopmentBegins with “THE END” in Mind• Reuse to help meet Texas water demands – State Water Plan – 1,500,000 acre feet/year – Potential Additional – 800,000 acre feet/year• “The End” - Potable Reuse – Provide Dependable Safe Potable Reuse water – Gain Confidence of: • Technical and scientific community ?? • Regulatory entities ??? • Public and Policy Makers ???? (Note: Define “The End” based on Sound Science)
  12. 12. Prepare the Reuse Water (Prepare the Soil)• Define critical treated wastewater quality characteristics  TPDES Discharge Permit Criteria   Unregulated constituents?  Specific micro-organisms?• Provide source water protection
  13. 13. Prepare the Reuse Water (Prepare the Soil)• Prevent introduction of certain industrial constituents into wastewater• Provide effective reliable wastewater treatment operations• Perform monitoring to characterize treated wastewater• Produce a high quality treated wastewater
  14. 14. Provide the Right Technology (Plant the Right Seed)• Define Potable Reuse water critical characteristics ??  SDWA criteria   Unregulated constituents?  Specific micro-organisms?• Establish required treatment performance• Select candidate treatment processes
  15. 15. Apply the Right Technology (Plant the Right Seed)• Perform appropriate research and pilot-scale testing to achieve targeted goals• Select and scale up treatment processes to reliable full-scale operations
  16. 16. Implement and Operate the Right Technology (Nurture the Right Way)• Design and construct Potable Reuse water advanced treatment facilities• Provide consistent and effective treatment operations• Provide real-time monitoring
  17. 17. Harvest Success Factors for Potable Reuse• Define “The End” • Safe and Dependable Potable Reuse • Right level of Risk• Don’t Procrastinate - Develop Texas • Technical Process • Regulatory Process • Public Awareness Process
  18. 18. TWCA MembershipKey Harvest Stakeholders
  19. 19. TWCA 2012 Reuse Committee Charge (1)1. Identify impediments to implementing Potable Reuse in Texas related to: • Technology • Rules and regulations • Public awareness and education • Funding
  20. 20. TWCA 2012 Reuse Committee Charge (1) (cont.)2. Identify potential strategies for removing or mitigating identified impediments.3. Define actions to develop potential strategies, based on sound science and technology, for removing or mitigating identified impediments.
  21. 21. TWCA 2012 Reuse Committee Charge (1) (cont.)4. Coordinate efforts of the Reuse Committee with other TWCA committees including but not limited to Water Quality, Water Laws, and Federal Affairs.5. Coordinate efforts of the Reuse Committee with other water professional organizations including WateReuse Texas, Texas Section of AWWA, and WEAT.
  22. 22. TWCA 2012 Reuse Committee Charge (1) (cont.)6. Coordinate efforts of the Reuse Committee with TCEQ AND TWDB7. Report Reuse Committee findings and recommendations regarding the role of TWCA in advancing Reuse in Texas to the TWCA Board of Directors for consideration.(1) Water ownership issues will not specifically be addressed as part of the Water Reuse Committee effort. However, ownership issues that are raised will be communicated to the Water Laws Committee for potential future consideration
  23. 23. HarvestSafe and Good Quality Potable Reuse water

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