This paper will discuss the tools employed by Global Water and its partners in water reclamation to develop a sustainable approach to water resources management, the challenges faced by the reclamation industry and the direct impact of water reclamation on water use experienced in Global Water’s Santa Cruz Water Company.
Water resources are increasingly scarce commodities. Over-allocation, overdraft, decreasing quality, increasing demand each seek to reduce the availability and cost effectiveness of providing safe, reliable water for all manner of uses. The fact is the volume of water available for use – be it groundwater or surface water – is finite. Stretching the resource means being creative in using the scarce resources that exist, exploiting resources that are unrecognized, and
developing the methodologies, practices and policies to maximize the resource availability. To meet the competing needs of the various interested parties – environmentalists, first nations’ communities, developers, municipalities, water providers etc – requires cooperation on an unparalleled scale. No longer can water scarcity be addressed in isolation.