Clean Water Fund
Water reuse will be an increasingly important part of managing our water resources as demands on our water supplies continue to grow due to population increases, urbanization, climate change, and changes in water use. There are scattered examples of reclaiming municipal wastewater, stormwater, and graywater systems in Minnesota. However, those interested in reuse often run into regulatory roadblocks, technical challenges, or lacking and inconsistent regulations and standard practices.
An interagency effort to develop recommendations for best practices and policies for water reuse in Minnesota is underway. Recommendations will include both regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to successful implementation of water reuse. Recommendations will be published later in 2017.
Interagency efforts include two components to ensure that water reuse can be safely and sustainably implemented in Minnesota.
Research – to evaluate current regulations, practices, and barriers, and to quantify and determine acceptable health risks associated with water reuse applications
Stakeholder Engagement – to share perspectives on opportunities and barriers to reuse, and provide guidance and feedback on policy and best practice recommendations
Stay Informed and Involved
The workgroup met approximately once a month from January 2016 through August 2017. All workgroup meetings were open to the public. The Water Reuse Interagency Workgroup: July 2016 Project Update (PDF) provides a brief update on the workgroup’s progress over the first six months.
Notes from Workgroup Meetings
January 2016 Notes (PDF) February 2016 Notes (PDF) March 2016 Notes (PDF) April 2016 Notes (PDF) May 2016 Notes (PDF) June 2016 Notes (PDF) July 2016 Notes (PDF) August 2016 Notes (PDF) September 2016 Notes (PDF) October 2016 Notes (PDF) November 2016 (PDF) December 2016 Notes (PDF) January 2017 Notes (PDF) February 2017 Notes (PDF) March 2017 Notes (PDF) April 2017 Notes (PDF) May 2017 Notes (PDF) June 2017 (PDF) August 2017 (PDF)
The workgroup convened four meetings with a Stakeholder Advisory Group in 2016 and 2017. The workgroup invited certain organizations to participate on the advisory group because of their involvement with water reuse, but anyone could participate in stakeholder meetings. The stakeholder meetings were a unique opportunity for organizations and individuals to provide valuable input on water reuse options being considered.
Notes from Past Stakeholder Meetings
Additional Information and Resources
Fact sheet about interagency effort - Advancing Safe and Sustainable Reuse in Minnesota (PDF)
Infographic about interagency effort - Can we reuse that?
Project Sponsors and Partners
The project is funded by the Clean Water Fund. The workgroup is comprised of representatives from Minnesota Departments of Agriculture, Health, Labor and Industry, and Natural Resources, Pollution Control Agency, Metropolitan Council, Plumbing Board, University of Minnesota Water Resources Center, and Board of Water and Soil Resources. The University of Minnesota will collect and analyze field data to support Minnesota-specific, cold-weather climate health risk assessment.
Questions and input may be directed to project coordinator Anita Anderson at 218-302-6143 or firstname.lastname@example.org.