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
Reuse: Direct 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.