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With historic droughts and growing demand, water reuse is making headlines as a viable, reliable, safe and locally controlled supply of water for communities across the nation. Stay connected with the latest news on projects and policy related to water reuse.

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President’s FY 2021 Budget Request Slashes Water Reuse Funding

On February 10, 2020, the President released his FY 2021 budget request, in which he outlines the Administration’s funding priorities and specific funding requests for the year. Congressional appropriators will look at the budget request alongside requests from stakeholders and Members of Congress when developing...

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Final “Waters of the United States” Rule Retains Exemption for Water Recycling

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers released a pre-publication version of the Administration’s revised definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS). Under the Obama Administration, EPA and the Army Corps issued a major rulemaking to define WOTUS and clarify...

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New Legislative Package Includes Significant Investments in Water Recycling

On January 10, Representative Jared Huffman (D-CA) released a legislative package covering a wide range of water policies and programs including water recycling. The 125-page bill incorporates a number of bills that had been previously introduced by members of the House Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Environment,...

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WateReuse Celebrates 30th Anniversary

In 1990, the WateReuse Association was established in California with the goals of advancing laws, policy, and funding to increase water recycling. In 2000, the WateReuse Association became a national organization. By 2019, WateReuse had members in 38 states, the District of Columbia, and 11...

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WateReuse Secures Key Wins in FY 2020 Appropriations Legislation

On Monday, December 16, the House and Senate released final, agreed-upon legislation to fund the government for the remainder of FY 2020, which ends in September of 2020. We are pleased to report that the legislation contains a number of WateReuse wins, including: $20 million...

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WateReuse Submits Comments on Draft National Water Reuse Action Plan

On Monday, December 16, the WateReuse Association submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the draft National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP), which details a set of actions to advance water recycling across the country. EPA first announced its intent to develop...

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Reclamation Announces Funding Availability to Develop, Update Drought Plans

The Bureau of Reclamation announced November 8 that it is making grant funding available under the WaterSMART Drought Response Program to develop and update drought contingency plans that will build long-term resiliency to drought, including plans that incorporate water recycling. This funding opportunity will provide up to...

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EPA and Bureau of Reclamation Sign MOU for Funding Water Reuse Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance federal collaboration on funding water recycling projects. The EPA provides low interest loans for water recycling through the Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program and Reclamation provides...

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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Case with Implications for Water Recycling

On November 6, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case involving the County of Maui’s underground injection program, and whether or not discharges to groundwater should be subject to permitting under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), if such discharges originate...

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