COLUMBUS– The Ohio Senate today passed Senate Bill 179, sponsored by Senator John Eklund (R–Munson Township) which seeks include recycled water among the approved private water systems regulated by the Ohio Department of Health and local boards of health.

Through this legislation, Ohio will be able to reclaim a substantial amount of potable water by reusing and recycling wastewater, also known as Direct Potable Reuse (DPR).

“This modern option for private water systems can contribute significantly to our future potable water reserves and will make a positive impact on our future water reserves.  In the process, Ohio stands to become a world leader in this exciting, purposeful technology,” stated Eklund.

DPR systems are comprised of traditional and advanced technology to produce safe, clean potable water from recycled wastewater. The state of Ohio is currently studying and approving technologies found in today’s DPRs.

Currently, more than 210 billion gallons of water are wasted every year, a number Senate Bill 179 seeks to reduce.

Senate Bill 179 will now proceed to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.

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