Senator John Eklund (R–Munson Township) today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives has passed Senate Bill 179, a bill he authored to include recycled water among the approved private water systems regulated by the Ohio Department of Health and local boards of health.

Through this legislation, Ohio will be able to reclaim a substantial amount of potable water by reusing and recycling wastewater, also known as Direct Potable Reuse (DPR).

“This modern option for private water systems can contribute significantly to our future potable water reserves,” stated Eklund. “Senate Bill 179 and the technology it promotes will help make Ohio the leading State in the movement to protect, manage and enhance water resources."

DPR systems are comprised of traditional and advanced technology to produce safe, clean potable water from recycled wastewater. The state of Ohio is currently studying and approving technologies found in today’s DPRs.

Currently, more than 210 billion gallons of water are wasted every year, a number Senate Bill 179 seeks to reduce.

Senate Bill 179 will now return to the Ohio Senate for a concurrence vote prior to being presented to the Governor for his consideration.

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