[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 42 (Tuesday, March 3, 2020)]
[Page 12552]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-04353]



[EPA-HQ-OW-2019-0174; FRL 10006-01-OW]

National Water Reuse Action Plan: Collaborative Implementation 
(Version 1)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of availability.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the 
release of the National Water Reuse Action Plan: Collaborative 
Implementation (Version 1). The Action Plan seeks to promote the 
consideration of water reuse as a tool to improve the resiliency, 
security, and sustainability of the Nation's water. The unique features 
of the Action Plan include creating new partnerships, catalyzing action 
through implementation milestones, and providing an online, transparent 
forum to share information, collaborate, and describe progress and 
results. This Action Plan aims to leverage the talent and expertise of 
industry, agriculture, governments at the federal, state, tribal, and 
local levels, and other stakeholders.
    The Action Plan is available in two forms: a print version that 
identifies action leaders, implementation milestones, and target 
completion dates, and a dynamic online platform that will undergo 
routine updates on each action's progress.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Ravenscroft, Office of Science 
and Technology, Office of Water (Mail Code 3207A), Environmental 
Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; 
telephone number: (202) 566-1101; email address: 
[email protected].


I. General Information

A. How can I get copies of this document and other related information?

    1. Docket. The EPA has established a docket for this action under 
Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-0174. Publicly available docket materials are 
available electronically through www.regulations.gov, posted online on 
the EPA's water reuse website (www.epa.gov/waterreuse/water-reuse-action-plan) or in hard copy at the Water Docket in the EPA Docket 
Center, (EPA/DC) EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW, 
Washington, DC. The EPA Docket Center Public Reading Room is open from 
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding federal 
holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 
566-1744, and the telephone number for the Water Docket is (202) 566-
    2. Electronic Access. You may access this Federal Register document 
electronically from the Government Printing Office under the ``Federal 
Register'' listings FDsys (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=FR).

II. Why develop a water reuse action plan?

    Water is critical to our Nation's health, strength, security, and 
resilience, yet the solutions available to manage water and its 
availability and quality are often complex. A comprehensive approach to 
water resource management is critical to ensuring long-term 
sustainability of the United States' water supply. Water reuse can be a 
tool, when considered as part of integrated water resources planning, 
to ensure safe and reliable sources of water at the national, state, 
and local level well into the future. This Action Plan seeks to foster 
greater consideration of water reuse across the water sector, such as 
agriculture, manufacturing, potable water, national security, 
environmental restoration, and more. The EPA and federal partners have 
facilitated development of the Action Plan across the water sector to 
accelerate the consideration of water reuse approaches and build on 
existing science, research, policy, technology, and both national and 
international experiences.

III. Developing the National Water Reuse Action Plan: Collaborative 
Implementation (Version 1)

    On February 27, 2019, the EPA announced that the Agency would 
facilitate the development of a National Water Reuse Action Plan to 
better integrate federal policy and leverage the expertise of both 
industry and government to ensure the effective use of the Nation's 
water resources. The draft National Water Reuse Action Plan (Draft 
Plan) was released in September 2019 for public comment. The Draft Plan 
built on decades of water reuse experience and practice and identified 
46 potential actions across 10 thematic areas (e.g., policy 
coordination, technology development, outreach/communication, and the 
workforce). The Draft Plan discussed the business case for water reuse 
recognizing five major sources of water--agriculture, industry, 
municipal wastewater, stormwater, and oil and gas produced water--that 
could be reclaimed by treatment to meet ``fit-for-purpose 
specifications'' for a variety of end uses including: Potable water 
supplies, non-potable uses, agriculture and irrigation and industrial 
processes. Public comment was accepted on the Draft Plan from September 
10, 2019 through December 16, 2019. During the public comment period, 
the EPA continued stakeholder outreach with water resource managers, 
sustainability planners, local, state and federal government agencies, 
industry, non-profits, researchers, and others, to inform this version 
of the Action Plan.
    The public input and comments served several critical purposes:
    1. Identification of the actions with the greatest interest;
    2. Identification of specific implementation milestones;
    3. Identification of willing leaders and partners;
    4. Identification of potential new actions; and
    5. Contribution of rich perspective and commentary to inform 
specific actions.
    In addition to a print version, the EPA designed the Action Plan's 
corresponding website to visually represent continued progress on 
actions from stakeholders. The online platform complements the Action 
Plan document by highlighting and expanding upon the array of actions 
presented in the Draft Plan and discussed in the public docket.

    Dated: February 27, 2020.
David P. Ross,
Assistant Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2020-04353 Filed 3-2-20; 8:45 am]