Dr. Masoud Negahban-Azar, a University of maryland researcher and co-PD of CONSERVE, has been invited to serve on Maryland's Residential Graywater Advisory Committee. The Committee is helping the Maryland Department of Environment develop regulations to implement a State graywater law adopted in 2018 (SB 496). Typical graywater sources include bathroom sinks, showers/bathtubs and laundry washing.
Among his varied interests in systems-level water and environmental management, Dr. Negahban-Azar has conducted research into irrigation using graywater, and published multiple papers on this topic. His work related to CONSERVE includes characterizing the quantity of nontraditional irrigation water sources (e.g., wastewater treatment plant effluent, vegetable processing plant effluent etc.) available in Arizona (AZ), California (CA), Delaware (DE) and Maryland (MD) through the development of a user-friendly geospatial (GIS) platform. He has also developed a decision support system to identify hotspots for use of recycled water for agricultural irrigation.
View more about Maryland’s Residential Graywater Advisory Committee here, including a short video introduction to graywater: https://mde.maryland.gov/programs/Water/waterconservation/Pages/graywater.aspx