Deep Dive into Net Zero Water in the City will focus on urban water reuse, which has recently become practical in Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) sewer service communities, due to a 2019 housekeeping rule revision. To introduce how urban water reuse works, case studies from Battery Park City and other projects in New York City will be highlighted, as urban onsite water reuse has been in place in Manhattan since 2002. Onsite water ruse is currently embraced by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection as a means of water efficiency and conservation.
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Meet the Speakers
Executive Vice President | Natural Systems Utilities
Zach Gallagher is a licensed Professional Engineer, a LEED Accredited and BPI Certified Professional holding BS and MS degrees from Rutgers University in Bio-Resource and Civil/Environmental Engineering.
He is currently the Executive Vice President for Water Reuse at Natural Systems Utilities (NSU) and serves on the Board of Directors as Vice Chair for the U.S. Green Building Council, NJ Chapter. In 2007, Mr. Gallagher partnered in Alliance Environmental, an environmental engineering and sustainability consulting firm where he served as COO before its merger with NSU. Prior to this time he worked for Applied Water Management Group where he specialized in wastewater management planning and water reuse systems.
Mr. Gallagher’s current focus is on water reuse and complete integrated infrastructure approaches that combine water and energy with a concentration on handling the systems integration aspects and overall functionality.
Bruce Douglas, P.E.
Vice President, Business Development | Natural Systems Utilities
Bruce Douglas has over 32 years of experience in integrated water management, specializing in the planning, design, construction, and operation of integrated and onsite wastewater management systems for direct and indirect reuse. He has worked internationally, in the Middle East, Indonesia, and China. Domestically, Mr. Douglas has worked in both the public and private sectors in New England, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Wisconsin, and California. At NSU, Mr. Douglas has lead the New England design-build and operations groups and is currently responsible for business development. He recently played a key role in the establishment of a public-private partnership for a private onsite wastewater treatment facility which will treat wastewater, for indirect reuse, from both private and municipal sources. Mr. Douglas is a registered Professional Engineer and a licensed wastewater treatment plant operator, with a B.S. Degree from the University of New Hampshire and an M.S. degree from the University of Vermont.
- What is net zero water and why would one reuse water in a city?
- How water balance planning should be incorporated into a project at the planning steps?
- How does urban onsite water reuse work, and how can it benefit a project’s water balance?
- What are the opportunities for urban water reuse in New England in general and Massachusetts in particular?
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