Intelligent Water REuse Initiative
The Intelligent Water REuse Initiative works to ensure the Bay Area has a resilient water supply that enables the region’s continuing success as the epicenter of opportunity and innovation. In 2015, the Bay Area had a GDP of over $738 billion, which would rank 20th among countries. To assure the Bay Area’s ongoing growth, its business and government leaders must step-up and create the regulatory framework to secure equal access to our most basic resource—water.
The Intelligent Water REuse Initiative proposes to recover, treat, and reuse water at the building, campus, or neighborhood level for non-drinking purposes. Water reuse will help safeguard the region’s business growth and quality of life by reusing water for purposes other than drinking (such as toilet flushing and landscaping).
The technology to perform onsite water reuse is already deployed in many countries and ranges from integrated wetland systems to advanced membrane bioreactors. The barriers to implementing water reuse include public acceptance and standards for treatment, quality, and monitoring. The Intelligent Water REuse Initiative takes a comprehensive approach to advancing water reuse by creating ordinances, pilot projects, and stakeholder education to deploy systems wherever practical.
Benefits of Onsite Water Reuse:
SSV's Net Positive Water initiative for Onsite Water Treatment and Non-Potable Reuse.
Join the Intelligent Water Reuse Initiative:
To ensure the Bay Area’s place as the epicenter of opportunity and innovation, the Intelligent Water REuse Initiative brings together leaders in government, technology, industry, venture capital, and research to secure and protect our most precious resource.
We invite you to take charge, advance policy change, and expand your business network by becoming a member of Sustainable Silicon Valley and supporting the Intelligent Water REuse Initiative. Together, we will bring water reuse to the Bay Area to secure a resilient water supply that ensures our community will continue to thrive.
Partners: Select Tech Companies, Governments, and Experts
Our growing list of partners includes leading tech companies, policy makers, cities, counties, universities, and water experts:
Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA)
City of Menlo Park
City of Mountain View
City of Palo Alto
City of San Jose
City of San Mateo
County of Alameda
NASA Ames Research Center
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Sustainable San Mateo County
Cindy Clark, Chief Development Officer
Approach: Policy, Pilot Projects, Stakeholder Education
The Intelligent Water REuse Initiative is a 5-year project focused on: