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Water Reclamation Specialist

One way to make the water we have go further is to “reclaim” or “reuse” water that has already been used. The used water must be captured and then treated so it is pure enough to use again. Reclaiming water can also mean purifying water that is too polluted or too salty to use. Water reclamation specialists are scientists, engineers, and technicians who develop ways to reclaim water. A water reclamation specialist might:

  • design a pond to capture the extra run-off from a business such as a plant nursery or golf course;
  • devise methods to treat that water so it can be used for irrigation;
  • design systems for capturing household waste water from laundry and bathing to reuse for gardening or toilet flushing; and
  • find other ways to mimic the way nature reclaims, purifies, and reuses water through the water cycle.

Education: Four-year degree in civil or environmental engineering, science, or economics
Certificates, licenses: No
Entry-level opportunities: Yes
Desirable traits and skills: Comfortable with technology and systems thinking; good communicators

For more information:
American Water Works Association
6666 W. Quincy Avenue
Denver, CO 80235

Water Environment Federation
601 Wythe St.
Alexandria, VA 22314