Alberta WaterSMART has been working on the topic of water reuse since approximately 2008 when the company undertook the Sustainable Water Management and Economic Development in Alberta (AEDA), and the “Water Reuse in Alberta Overview of Water Reuse: Regulatory Framework and Case Studies”. Through this work, and building knowledge of water challenges in Alberta, Alberta WaterSMART continued to see the value in implementing water reuse in Alberta, especially in the water scarce South Saskatchewan River Basin.
Continuing to work with the Government of Alberta on this important topic, Alberta WaterSMART conducted research specifically related to greywater reuse in 2011. In 2012, when interest in water reuse from various different stakeholders including the government, the public, municipalities and developers became a greater priority, Alberta WaterSMART was commissioned to undertake a study for AEDA to investigate water reuse experiences throughout the province, and identify the potential impacts on economic growth if water reuse was not encouraged as a tool for water efficiency and productivity.
Nine key findings, and corresponding recommendations were made in this study. Although water reuse is currently practiced throughout the province in many different ways, research findings suggested that provincial legislation has prohibited the practical application of water reuse from matching a growing political will to support reuse.
These challenges will be investigated in the next phase of this work, “Water Reuse in Alberta: Case Studies and Policy Development to Support Continued Economic Development”.
The publications undertaken by Alberta WaterSMART in collaboration with the partners described above are below.