About WaterMatch

What is WaterMatch?

The purpose of the CH2M HILL WaterMatch initiative is to promote the beneficial reuse of municipal effluent for industrial and agricultural use at a grassroots level on a global basis. This is a non-commercial initiative in which no fees will be required for participation by users or collaborating partners.

WaterMatch comprises the following elements:
  • WaterMatch Website and Linking “Matching Map”: An online map application enables industrial and agricultural users to locate nearby municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) as a potential solution for site-specific water resource needs. Basic municipal WWTP location information is entered by CH2M HILL on the WaterMatch Map from government databases and other credible sources. Municipal facility profile information is submitted by individual WWTPs.
  • WaterMatch Social Network Connections: The Matching Map enables personnel who work in municipalities, industries and agriculture to find, connect, and collaborate with each other on a local basis.
  • Case Studies and Technical Documents: Case studies of successful beneficial reuse projects and references to technical how-to papers are highlighted on the WaterMatch website.

Win – Win – Win: Benefits to Communities, Environment and Business

When municipal effluent is reused by industries or agricultural, there are numerous benefits to communities and the environment:

  • Economic benefits: when industries or agriculture use municipal effluent, they are typically willing to provide funding for advanced treatment and for the water itself.
  • Reuse promotes the sustainability of cities and health of communities – particularly in developing countries.
  • When industrial and agricultural freshwater use is reduced, freshwater supply for human use and/or ecosystems is increased.
Industries and Agriculture:
  • Municipal effluent offers a secure source of relatively good quality water.

Matches Made

Tell us about a WaterMatch that you’ve made and we’ll share the success here. For each WaterMatch made, CH2M HILL will donate $25 to Water For People.

Water For People and CH2M HILL’s WaterMatch share a similar objective: bringing people and water together through sustainable water infrastructure.