Over the past few years, the Division of Water Quality Reclaimed
Water for Beneficial Reuse Task Force has been working to promote
and implement the beneficial reuse of wastewater from domestic
and industrial wastewater dischargers. RWBR involves taking
what was once considered waste, giving it specialized treatment,
if necessary, and using it for public and/or restricted access
uses. This high quality reclaimed water can be used for non-potable
applications in place of potable water or as a supplement to
potable water. RWBR has a myriad of application potentials including
the spray irrigation of crops, parks, and golf courses; dust
control; fire fighting; and toilet flushing, to list a few.
The high-level of disinfection and effluent treatment required
for RWBR protects public health and environmental quality.
As a result of the recent drought, approximately 75 wastewater
treatment facilities sought and received approval for beneficially
reusing their effluent for a variety of uses. Currently 24
permits (DSW or DGW) provide authorization for reusing their
in a variety of beneficial reuse applications. One such facility,
the Evesham Township Municipal Utilities Authority received
approval to distribute their RWBR to a nearby golf course for
public access spray irrigation. They are also authorized to
spray irrigate the facility site and are contemplating the
of other properties such as parks and school properties. Since
Evesham’s effluent satisfies the high-level disinfection
and treatment requirements for RWBR, any new RWBR locations
they identify can easily be added to their permit upon filing
a request with DWQ.
Find out more about wastewater reuse by accessing the links
on this page.