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Dick Luthy is the Silas H. Palmer Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, and Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment. His area of teaching and research is environmental engineering and water quality. He is the Director of the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center for re-inventing the nation’s urban water infrastructure ( that promotes new strategies for urban water systems to achieve more sustainable solutions to urban water challenges - especially in regions experiencing chronic water shortages and vulnerabilities to cycles of very low precipitation like the American west and southwest. In related work, his research investigates cost-effective and natural approaches for sediment restoration. 


Professor Luthy is a past chair of the National Research Council's Water Science and Technology Board and he has served on various NRC committees. He is a former President of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a registered professional engineer, a board certified environmental engineer, and Water Environment Federation Fellow.

Recent Publications

Luthy, Richard G, Sybil Sharvelle, and Peter Dillon. Urban Stormwater To Enhance Water Supply. Environmental Science & Technologyenvironmental Science & Technology (2019).

Recent News

Facebook’s water reuse system
August 30, 2019

Facebook’s water reuse system comprises micro-screening with particulate material returned to the sewer, two stage (anaerobic/aerobic) membrane bioreactors that also achieve micro-filtration, and two-stage reverse osmosis, and UV disinfection with chloramine and mineral adjustment.  The system is designed for 16 million gallons/year for irrigation of roof top gardens and gathering spaces.   This is an example of distributed water reuse, which is gaining in popularity at large tech campuses and office buildings in California.  (August 30, 2019)

Dick @ Facebook Headquarter
August 30, 2019

Warren Johnson, Technical Manager, Aquacell (Sydney, Australia) shows Facebook’s roof-top gardens that are irrigated with on-site wastewater reuse.  The roof-top gardens comprise 13 acres at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters.  (August 30, 2019)

Luthy Group at ACS
August 28, 2019

Dick Luthy, Stephie Spahr, Marc Teixido, and Greg LeFevre at the American Chemical Society meeting in San Diego.  Our group and other ReNUWIt family members attended sessions on water reuse and stormwater treatment and use for water supply.   (August 28, 2019)