Takashi Asano

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Takashi Asano
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Takashi Asano in 2019
BornFebruary 7, 1937
Sapporo, Japan
Known forEnvironmental engineer specializing in water reclamation and reuse
SpouseHolly Newcomb Asano (Deceased 2017)
AwardsThe Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Star, Japan, Spring 2009

Doctor Honoris Causa, the University of Cadiz, Spain, 2008

Honorary Doctorate Degree, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, 2004

Stockholm Water Prize, Stockholm, Sweden, 2001 European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Vienna, Austria, 2001

Jack Edward McKee Medal, Water Environment Federation (with co-authors), 1999

Outstanding Regulatory Agency Leadership Award, California Association of Reclamation Entities of Water, 1988
Academic background
EducationBS Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

MSE University of California, Berkeley

PhD The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Davis

Takashi Asano (浅野 孝, Asano Takashi, born 1937)[1] is a Japanese-born environmental engineer and a professor emeritus at the University of California, Asano has more than 40 years of academic and professional experience in environmental and water resources engineering, specializing in water reclamation, recycling, and reuse. During 1978–1992, he served as the water reclamation specialist for the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) in Sacramento, during the formative years of water reclamation, recycling, and reuse.[2][3] Asano has conducted water reclamation and reuse studies at the SWRCB and the University of California at Davis, many of which contributed to the scientific and technical basis for State of California's Title 22 regulations (State of California Water Recycling Criteria). Previously, Asano taught at Montana State University, Bozeman, 1971–75, and Washington State University, Pullman, 1975–78. He has continued to lecture widely and publish on topics current and ancient.[4][5]

Asano co-authored with Franklin L. Burton, Harold L. Leverenz, Ryujiro Tsuchihashi, and George Tchobanoglous the widely used textbook entitled Water Reuse: Issues, Technologies, and Applications by the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., New York, NY.[6]

Awards and honors[edit]

For his research on quantitative microbial risk analysis and groundwater recharge, Asano was awarded the 1999 Jack Edward McKee Medal by the Water Environment Federation (WEF), which was shared by Hiroaki Tanaka (Kyoto University, Japan) as well as Asano's colleagues, Edward D. Schroeder and George Tchobanoglous at the University of California at Davis.

Asano was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize in August 2001.[2][7][8][9][3] That same year, Asano was elected a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.[10] In 2004, Asano was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree from his alma mater, Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan. The Government of Japan honored him with the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Star, in Spring 2009.  In addition, in 2008, he was awarded the Doctor Honoris Causa distinction by the University of Cádiz, Spain for his contributions in water reuse studies in the Mediterranean region.[11]


  1. ^ "Background Information on Dr. Takashi Asano" (PDF). Consulate-General of Japan, San Francisco. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 Dec 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "2001: Takashi Asano, USA". Stockholm Water Prize. Stockholm International Water Institute. Retrieved 12 Mar 2023.
  3. ^ a b "Takashi Asano to receive 2001 Stockholm Water Prize" (PDF). Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Newsletter. 36 (2): 5. Apr 2001.
  4. ^ Angelakis, Andreas N.; Asano, Takashi; Bahri, Akissa; Jimenez, Blanca E.; Tchobanoglous, George (2018). "Water Reuse: From Ancient to Modern Times and the Future". Frontiers in Environmental Science. 6. doi:10.3389/fenvs.2018.00026. ISSN 2296-665X.
  5. ^ Pedrero, Francisco; Kalavrouziotis, Ioannis; Alarcón, Juan José; Koukoulakis, Prodromos; Asano, Takashi (Sep 2010). "Use of treated municipal wastewater in irrigated agriculture—Review of some practices in Spain and Greece". Agricultural Water Management. 97 (9): 1233–1241. doi:10.1016/j.agwat.2010.03.003 – via Elsevier Science Direct.
  6. ^ Asano, Takashi; Burton, Franklin; Leverenz, Harold (2007). Water Reuse: Issues, Technologies, and Applications (1st ed.). Metcalf & Eddy. ISBN 9780071459273.
  7. ^ "Takashi Asano 2001 Stockholm Water Prize Ceremony 1/2". YouTube. 7 Nov 2009. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  8. ^ "Takashi Asano 2001 Stockholm Water Prize Ceremony (2/2)". YouTube. 7 Nov 2009. Retrieved 12 Mar 2023.
  9. ^ Asano, Takashi (April 2002). "Water from (waste)water – the dependable water resource (The 2001 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate Lecture)". Water Science and Technology. 45 (8): 23–33. doi:10.2166/wst.2002.0137. ISSN 0273-1223.
  10. ^ "Members". European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Retrieved 2023-03-12.
  11. ^ "Takashi Asano". Universidad de Cádiz. Retrieved 2019-04-04.