Innovative Water Supply Strategies for Sustaining Environmental Health

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Instructor Information:
Larry N. Schwartz, Ph.D., P.W.S.
Lee Wiseman, P.E., BCEE, M.ASCE

Course Length: 1.5 Hours

This webinar was co-sponsored by ASCE's Environmental & Water Resources Institute and ASCE Continuing Education

Purpose and Background


As water supplies become scarcer and more expensive, there is a growing need to consider innovative water supply strategies to stretch available fresh supplies while protecting environmental health and water quality. This webinar will discuss a wide range of innovative alternative water supply strategies, from reuse of reclaimed wastewater and treated brackish groundwater for public water supply, aquifer recharge and wetland enhancement, to use of management measures, such as wellfield optimization, stormwater capture and reuse and water conservation to lower demand and/or increase supplies.

This webinar summarizes the latest information about innovative strategies for alternative water supplies and focuses on the regulatory aspects, costs, environmental health and water quality concerns, and safeguards to protect public health. Participants will learn how to address the public’s perceptions and concerns about alternative supply strategies by providing them with accurate and understandable information. Participants also will learn about terminology to use and avoid when interacting with the public.

Learning Objectives

By taking this webinar, you will learn:
- The types of alternative water supplies that are being considered and implemented
- The relative capital costs of different alternative water supplies
- Water quality considerations and treatment for different water sources
- The storage alternatives for seasonally available water supplies 

Seminar Benefits

- Gain exposure to the latest innovative water supply strategies to address dwindling water supplies and increased costs
- Find out the latest specific management measures environmental professionals can design to stretch or increase water supplies and/or reduce water demand through water conservation, irrigation efficiency, and other measures
- Examine the environmental impact and water quality implications of these innovative strategies in order to adopt measures to protect public health and the environment while developing the supplies
- Learn how to raise awareness and educate the public so they understand why innovative strategies are needed and what measures are taken to protect public health and the environment
- Determine how to address the public’s perceptions and concerns about alternative supply strategies by providing them with accurate and understandable information
- Find out what terminology to use and avoid when interacting with the public 

Intended Audience

Environmental professionals, including engineers, scientists and planners, who work for consulting firms, municipalities, utilities and other agencies involved in water supply planning will benefit from this webinar.

Seminar Outline

- Alternative water sources 
- Management measures 
- Potential environmental health and water quality considerations 
- Public perceptions and education