Water Reuse generally refers to the process of using treated wastewater (reclaimed water) for a beneficial purpose. The degree of treatment depends on the proposed use for the water. Examples of reuse water include municipal reclaimed water to irrigate golf courses and treated industrial wastewater for manufacturing and cooling purposes.
Water reuse is considered an attractive water management strategy to meet projected shortages in Texas. The 2012 State Water Plan projects that about 614,000 acre-feet of water per year will become available by 2060 from existing water reuse infrastructure. In addition to the existing supply, the 2012 State Water Plan recommends obtaining approximately 915,000 acre-feet per year of new water supplies from water reuse strategy by 2060. On average, this constitutes about 10 percent of all new supplies from all recommended water management strategies in the year 2060.