Water Reuse Helps Make Cities More Livable

Urban water expert David Sedlak of UC Berkeley talks about long-term initiatives to address California’s water future and water reuse’s role in making cities more livable in an interview with the website newsdeeply.com.

Of particular interest is Sedlak’s comments on direct potable reuse.

“What we are seeing now, driven not only by the drought in California but the drought in Texas, is a movement toward direct potable reuse. I think that’s something I didn’t expect to see happening so quickly. It certainly changes things a bit with respect to the feasibility of water recycling in places like Los Angeles and San Diego,” Sedlak said.

Sedlak emphasized the leadership role California plays throughout the world when it comes to water.

“People all over the world pay careful attention to what happens in California, and what we do with water recycling and storm water capture and water conservation, and everything that we’ve talked about here.

It influences the way people think, not only in Australia and the Mediterranean, but in other places where water security is an issue, such as Brazil or Singapore or China or India. They look to us for leadership here, and I think we are a living laboratory for the way that much of the rest of the world will manage its water in the future,” he said.

Sedlak is the author of the book “Water 4.0: The Past, Present and Future of the World’s Most Vital Resource.”

Read Part 1 of the interview here. Read Part 2 here.

Jason Roe