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ANSI Seeks Comments on Proposed New ISO Field of Activity on Water Re-use

New York  March 7, 2013


The Standardization Administration of China (SAC), the Chinese member body to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), in conjunction with the Standards Institution of Israel (SII), the Israeli member body to ISO, and the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee (JISC), the Japanese member body to ISO, has submitted a proposal for a new field of technical activity on water re-use. The proposal cancels and replaces a 2012 proposal regarding the creation of a new technical activity on the re-use of treated wastewater in urban areas [see related story], and, if approved, will be merged with ISO Project Committee (PC) 253, Treated wastewater re-use for irrigation. As the U.S. member body to ISO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments on the proposal by Friday, April 19, 2013.

According to the new work item proposal, the committee associated with the proposed technical activity would begin its work by focusing on standards related to the treatment of wastewater for use in irrigation and in urban areas, as well as in connection with performance and risk evaluation for water re-use systems. The activities related to the re-use of wastewater for irrigation are already underway under the auspices of ISO PC 253 and include the development of guidelines for the use of treated wastewater in irrigation projects. In connection with the urban re-use of wastewater, the proposed committee would work to set down general requirements and basic standards for urban sewage treatment and reuse, with a focus on the planning, design, and supervision of urban sewage treatment facilities. The committee will also seek to establish methods and indicators allowing for the effective measurement of water re-use system performance, as well as risks associated with such systems.

All comments on this proposal should be sent to Steven Cornish, ANSI senior director for international policy (isot@ansi.org). Feedback received by the April 19 deadline will be reviewed and compiled for the recommended ANSI position and comment, which will then be presented to the ANSI ISO Council for formal approval.

The full proposal filed by SAC, SII, and JISC is available here.


ANSI has published an explanatory information document outlining the process used to develop U.S. positions on issues and activities under consideration by ISO and IEC. Click here to download the document.


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