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Announcing the 2023 WRTX Award Winners

Date: November 28, 2023

Congratulations to our 2023 Vandertulip Best Presentation Winner: Angel Bustamante, PE (El Paso Water), for his presentation Reuse: The Bridge Between Drinking Water and Wastewater. Angel provided an overview of El Paso’s drinking water system which highlighted its reuse history. As El Paso implements their new direct to distribution DPR facility, he detailed how wastewater and drinking water operators must adjust their thinking and work together to ensure the new facility meets its operating targets. The facility is being constructed to address water supply limitations in the El Paso area. 

The Vandertulip Best Presentation Award winner is selected by conference attendees through an online vote. 

Congratulations to our 2023 Award Winners!

The following awards were presented at the conference. Please read on to see how to nominate recipients for our 2024 awards!

Dr. Keisuke Ikehata won the inaugural 2023 Reuse Impact Award. He was selected for his work over the past few years keeping Texas at the forefront of national water quality issues, advancing water reuse through his research and pilot projects, and mentoring many future scientists and engineers at Texas State University.

Dr. Eva Steinle-Darling (Carollo) won the 2023 Archuleta Award. She was selected because she has played a significant role in shaping the regulatory landscape in Texas, and her contributions throughout her career have had a profound and lasting impact on the water reuse community and industry in Texas. 

The student poster presentations were evaluated by the Research Committee, who selected a first and second-place winner for monetary prizes from WateReuse Texas.

First Place ($1000 prize): From Scarcity to Abundance: Nature-Based Strategies for Small Communities Experiencing Water Scarcity in West Texas, by Luis Silva (Whitacre College of Engineering, Texas Tech University)

Second Place ($500 prize): A Case for Potable Reuse: Taste, Odor, and Appearance of Purified Wastewater by Carlos A. Espindola (Ingram School of Engineering, Texas State University)

Visit WateReuse Texas to learn more about the award nomination and poster proposal requirements, which will open in summer 2024. Who will you nominate?

Don’t miss our 2024 conference the week of November 9, 2024, in Austin, TX!

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