Project #1715

White Paper on the Feasibility of Establishing a Framework for Public Health Monitoring of Direct Potable Reuse

Principal Investigator
Research Manager
Ms. Kristan VandenHeuvel
Soller Environmental
Reuse, Indirect Potable
Water Quality
Reuse, Potable


White Paper focuses on the feasibility of using data derived from public surveillance systems (PHS) to inform the implementation of direct potable reuse (DPR) as a means to segment public water supplies. The study included the use of syndromic surveillance – systems that use existing health data in real time – to provide immediate analysis and feedback to those charged with the investigation and follow-up of potential outbreaks. The project team conducted a series of statistical power analyses to determine the number of people required to follow in a PHS program to detect adverse health effects resulting from the use of water produced by a hypothetical DPR facility. Using the results of the statistical power calculations, the team identified a potential framework for a PHS approach for DPR. Published by WE&RF. 42 pages. Online PDF. (2017)

Originally funded as WERF project Reuse-14-14.