Water Reuse: An Essential Tool in Addressing Global Water Scarcity

When: Thursday, Mar. 19, 2020 at 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM EDT

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Did you know that water reuse is an important way to address global water scarcity? Water reuse helps save water resources because it uses treated wastewater and stormwater for agriculture, toilet-flushing, or drinking. It can strengthen the reliability of local water supplies, which may reduce conflict over valuable, shared waters. In the lead up to World Water Day, the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs and the Office of Global Public Affairs are co-hosting an interactive webinar to highlight the importance of water reuse. Our panel of American water reuse experts will educate key stakeholders about national and local best practices, technologies, and policies for water reuse that can reduce water scarcity and raise public awareness, especially in the South and Central Asia region. The discussion will also highlight the new EPA-led National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP), which taps into expertise from every sector of our society, from federal policy-makers down to district water managers.


Jeff Lape (Moderator)
National Program Leader for Water Reuse, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Jeff Lape is the National Program Leader for Water Reuse at the U.S. EPA and leads the National Water Reuse Action Plan. Mr. Lape’s more than 25 years at the EPA have spanned numerous leadership roles. Most recently, he served as Deputy Director of the Office of Science and Technology in the EPA’s Office of Water since 2010. Previously, he directed the Chesapeake Bay Office and served as a dispute resolution specialist for the EPA’s Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center. Mr. Lape holds a M.S. degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from Virginia Tech and a B.S. in Environmental Science from SUNY-Plattsburgh.

Lynn Spivey
Director of Utilities, City of Plant City, Florida

Lynn Spivey is the Director of Utilities for the City of Plant City, Florida, with over 25 years of experience in water management, water and wastewater treatment, reclaimed water treatment for beneficial use, and potable reuse. She has worked in both the public and private sectors. Ms. Spivey holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Florida. Ms. Spivey is currently the President of WateReuse Florida, the Florida Potable Reuse Chair, and a Florida Water Environment Association Director at Large.

Ted Henifin
General Manager, Hampton Roads Sanitation District, Virginia

Ted Henifin joined Hampton Roads Sanitation District in 2006, as General Manager. He previously served as Director of Public Works for the City of Hampton. Mr. Henifin holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia. His career has spanned more than 35 years with a focus on public works and utilities in federal, regional and local government in Hampton Roads. He is a registered professional engineer and has been active with professional associations throughout his career.

Promotional Materials:

Learn about the EPA's National Water Reuse Action Plan Video Message: Marcia Bernicat, PDAS, Bureau of Oceans & International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

World Water Day 2020 Social Media Toolkit (docx)

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Questions about this event? Reach out to Loren Hurst at [email protected]