Gresham Smith’s Randy Booker and Diana Chumak to Speak at WateReuse Symposium

Presentations will Highlight How Water Recycling Can Advance Operations and Increase Resilience

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Gresham Smith is proud to announce that Senior Vice President Randy Booker, Ph.D., P.E., and Project Engineer Diana Chumak, P.E., will speak at the 2023 WateReuse Symposium, which will be held in Atlanta, Georgia from March 5-8, 2023. Their presentations will speak to the national conference’s focus on how utilities and businesses—both large and small—can benefit from water recycling, as well as how it can provide opportunities for underserved communities. Additionally, Gresham Smith staff will help lead tours of The Water Tower.

Summaries of their presentations are below.


Breaking Even & Beyond: Water Reuse at EV Battery Facilities

Presented by Gresham Smith’s Randy Booker and Diana Chumak

The demand for electric vehicles (EVs) is evident and, to meet the growing demand, car makers are partnering with EV battery technology providers to build and operate new lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery manufacturing facilities. A new Li-ion battery facility can have average water demands in the millions of gallons per day (MGD)—a disproportionate demand compared to the per capita demand of the communities where they may be built.

Gresham Smith has evaluated the financial feasibility and environmental impacts of implementing water recycling opportunities at multiple EV battery production facilities. In this presentation, Booker and Chumak will highlight how to evaluate and select a water reuse solution that will relieve pressure on local water and wastewater utilities and increase operational efficiencies while also advancing the sustainability and resiliency goals set by automakers.


Piedmont Hospital Reuse System – Increasing Operational Resilience & Reducing Cost

Presented by Gresham Smith’s Randy Booker, H2O Innovation’s Katherine Scott, and NextEra Distributed Water’s Eric Lohan

A cutting-edge example of water reuse in Atlanta, the WaterHub facility at Piedmont Hospital recycles up to 250,000 gallons per day of wastewater from the hospital for reuse at the hospital’s central utility plants. This presentation will highlight how the sophisticated process benefits hospital operations and increases overall resilience while also greatly reducing potable water consumption and wastewater discharge and the associated costs.


More information on the WateReuse Symposium, as well as the full program, can be accessed online here.