The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has published a proposed advanced water purification (AWP) program roadmap describing a vision for using AWP to expand water reuse programs to address scarcity issues and enhance public health.
As the proposed program roadmap was developed, the state surveyed and met with stakeholders to gather input and established a Technical Advisory Group of subject matter experts, academics, utility experts, regulators, consultants, and scientists. The group provided technical recommendations on pathogen removal, chemical control, enhanced source control, operations, treatment, and outreach. According to DEQ, AWP uses safe and proven technologies and has been successfully implemented in Colorado, Texas, California, and other communities worldwide. Many of the technologies used in AWP are the same commonly used in processing strictly regulated products for eating and drinking.
In 2023, Phoenix took steps to create an AWP facility delivering up to 60 million gallons of water per day in accordance with new state guidelines.
See more information on AWP here.