What the experts are saying: Dr. Jörg E. Drewes

“Unacknowledged water reuse is contributing to the country’s water supply right now. Many people already are using some water that was discharged from the neighboring community’s wastewater treatment plant, upstream, before it was treated at the local drinking water treatment plant.”

- Jörg E. Drewes, Ph.D

About Dr. Jörg E. Drewes

Dr. DrewesDr. Jörg E. Drewes is an award-winning professor and researcher who has 20 years of experience studying topics related to augmenting drinking water with water of impaired quality. His interests include design and operation of managed aquifer recharge systems, monitoring strategies in natural and engineered systems, modeling and operation of energy-efficient high-pressure membranes, and beneficial use of co-produced water. As principal investigator or co-principal investigator, Dr. Drewes has directed more than $13 million of research funded by national water foundations and research institutes, the federal government, academic institutions, and private industry.

Currently Dr. Drewes is a professor and research director for the NSF Engineering Research Center on Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (based at Stanford University) and an associate director of the Advanced Water Technology Center at the Colorado School of Mines. He teaches water supply engineering and advanced water treatment and reuse and directs a hands-on environmental engineering pilot plant laboratory. He also serves on the National Research Council’s committee that examines water reuse as an approach for meeting future water supply needs and on the WateReuse Research Foundation’s research advisory council.