Agricultural Reuse Workshop
January 31, 2018
Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District
10060 Goethe Road
Sacramento, CA 95827 

Potential for the use of recycled water for agricultural irrigation is especially promising in the arid and semi-arid regions of the world where there is groundwater depletion or other local supply challenges. This potential remains underutilized due to various challenges and impediments to agricultural reuse. 

In partnership with the State Water Resources Control Board in California, WE&RF held a workshop to inform attendees on the state of the science of agricultural water reuse, particularly as it pertains to the Western U.S. region. This includes the unique drivers, design/permitting, treatment technologies, economics, operations, and how to gain stakeholder support. Information presented includes findings from timely WE&RF research efforts and an expert panel session on stakeholder experiences with the use of recycled water for agriculture.

Presentations from the workshop are available below.


Kristan VandenHeuvel
Research Manager

Onsite Contact:
Cecilia Aleman
Multi-Media Production Assistant





8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:30 a.m.

Welcome (PDF)

Melissa Meeker, WRF
Dorene D'Adamo, SWRCB

8:45 a.m.

Survey/Poll Questions and Results

All Attendees

9:00 a.m.

California Water Reuse Surveys 1070-2015 (PDF)

Tonianne Pezzetti, California Dept. of Water Resources

9:15 a.m.

State of Agricultural Reuse of Recycled Water (PDF)

Bahman Sheikh, Water Reuse Consulting

9:30 a.m.

Drivers and Impediments to Use of Recycled Water for Agriculture (PDF)

Kara Nelson, UC Berkeley

10:00 a.m.

Opportunities for Increasing Use of Recycled Water in Agriculture (PDF)

Anne Thebo, Pacific Institute

10:30 a.m.



11:00 a.m.

Use of Recycled Water for Groundwater Recharge on Farmlands (PDF)

Dave Richardson, Woodard & Curran

11:30 a.m.

Perception Issues in Recycled Water for Agriculture (PDF)

Bahman Sheikh, Water Reuse Consulting

12:00 p.m.



12:45 p.m.

WateReuse Association Recycled Water Consumer Network (PDF)

Deirdre Finn, WateReuse Association

1:00 p.m.

Emerging Contaminants and Recycled Water Reuse in Agriculture (PDF)

Stacia Dudley, UC Riverside

1:30 p.m.

South Sacramento County Agricultural and Habitat Lands Recycled Water, Groundwater Storage, and Conjunctive Use Program (PDF)

Terrie Mitchell, Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District

1:50 p.m.



2:20 p.m.

Experience with Use of Recycled Water in Agriculture

Panel Presentations


3:00 p.m.

Audience Discussion with Panel Members

Channah Rock, University of Arizona

4:00 p.m.

Concluding Remarks, Research Needs, and Next Steps (PDF)

Kristan VandenHeuvel, WRF

4:30 p.m.




Thank You to Our Workshop Sponsors!