April 1, 2019
WateReuse Association Adopts Alternative Water Supply Principles
WateReuse Plans Congressional Briefing During Water Week Fly in
EPA Prioritizes Water Reuse in WIFIA Funding Announcement
WateReuse Association Delivers FY20 Appropriations Requests
Upcoming Congressional Hearings Likely Spotlight Water Recycling
This week, the House of Representatives will hold two important hearings with relevance to water reuse. First, the House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, which determines annual funding levels for EPA programs, will hear from EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler regarding the Presidents FY 2020 budget request. Second, the House Natural Resources Committee’s Water Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “The State of Western Water Infrastructure and Innovation.” Vicente Sarmiento, Board President of WateReuse Association member Orange County Water District, will be testifying at the hearing.
State Updates and Member Profiles
Arizona and Colorado Offer Student Scholarships to Support Water Reuse Focus
WateReuse Arizona and WateReuse Colorado both released award opportunities to encourage college students with a water reuse focus. Arizona will award two $2,500 scholarships to Arizona university and college students. WateReuse Coloarda is offering three $1,500 scholarships. The deadline to submit applications for both programs is June 15, 2019. To learn more about the WateReuse Arizona scholarships, click here. To learn more about the WateReuse Colorado scholarships, click here.
California: Pure Water Oceanside Construction Set to Begin this Year
WateReuse Association member the City of Oceanside is ready to begin construction on Pure Water Oceanside, a water purification system that will create 3 to 5 million gallons of drinking water daily. Construction will begin at the end of this year and will finish in 2021. Residents will start receiving the water from this new system in 2022. Oceanside is also expanding its nonpotable recycled water system as part of a plan to reduce the imported water rate from 89 to 44 percent. Read More.
California: WRCA Opposes SB 332 Unless Amended, Applauds AB 1180 Passage Out of Committee
On March 25, WateReuse California submitted a letter to State Senators Robert Hertzberg and Scott Wiener opposing SB 332 unless it is amended significantly to create a framework for achieving attainable goals for promoting water recycling in California, and reducing ocean and bay wastewater discharges. The legislation seeks to reduce wastewater discharge into the ocean. On March 26, AB 1180, a WateReuse California sponsored bill to update non-potable recycled water regulations, passed out of the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee. The bill makes updating California’s Title 22 regulations a higher priority. WateReuse California is asking members to submit letters of support. For more information, contact Jennifer West, Managing Director for WRCA.
Winners to Share $80,000 Prize for Ideas to Improve Pathogen Monitoring for Potable Reuse
The Bureau of Reclamation has selected five submissions to share $80,000 in prizes in the Pathogen Monitoring Stage 1 Challenge to develop better pathogen detection and monitoring for potable reuse. WateReuse Association member Xylem, Inc. contributed half of the prize purse. The Water Research Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency were also partners in the competition to seek ideas for the development of a rapid, accurate and preferably online/onsite monitoring techniques for various pathogens at advanced water treatment facilities. Read More.
Conferences and Events
Webcast: Selecting the Best Technology for Water Reuse: Overview of the MBR Process
Is membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology the right solution for your water reuse application? Offering a smaller footprint, smaller price tag, and high quality treatment, MBRs are a compelling solution for advanced water reuse applications. Please join us at April 10 at 2 pm eastern for a webcast that will provide an overview of the MBR process using flat plate MBR membranes. You will learn about the types of membranes and benefits of each, operations, maintenance, and screening. If you are considering an MBR system or maintaining an existing system, this presentation will provide you with a deeper understanding of the MBR process and the information you need to decide if MBR technology makes sense for your facility. Learn More.
Webcast: Bioanalytical Screening Tools for Recycled Water – An Emerging Technology to Assess Complex Mixtures in Aquatic Environments
What’s the next big thing in monitoring recycled water quality? Please join us May 15 at 2 p.m. eastern to learn how In vitro cell-based assays have shown promise as bioscreening tools to assess environmental mixtures and prioritize sites requiring further investigations. These assays are designed to respond to groups of chemicals. As such, they offer an integrative approach to complement conventional chemical and toxicity testing. Learn More.
Register for the 8th Annual Water Reuse in Texas Conference
WateReuse Texas, Water Environment Association of Texas, and Texas American Water Works Association will host the 8th Annual Water Reuse in Texas Conference, May 23-24, in McAllen, Texas. The program will present the latest on operations, financing, planning, and water quality. Pat Sinicropi, Executive Director of WateReuse Association, will provide a keynote discussion on the future of water reuse, Texas’ role as a reuse pioneer, and EPA’s upcoming Water Reuse Action Plan. Learn More.
Save the Date: 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium in San Diego, California
Mark your calendar for the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium is in San Diego, California on September 8-11, 2019. This year’s theme is “Collaborate to Innovate.” The Symposium will showcase recycled water collaborations among utilities, farmers, and industry; regulators working together at both the state and federal level; sustainability; public/private partnerships; and, for the first time, the latest in reuse research led by the Water Research Foundation. Learn More.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
– 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Pure Water Monterey, located at 14811 Del Monte Blvd, Marina, CA 93933. The meeting includes lunch and a tour.
– Please RSVP no later than 1/22/20.
- To RSVP to attend in person, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/6hbco4sVPJRosRe46. Detailed driving and parking directions will be provided to those who RSVP.
- To register to participate via webinar, please complete this form: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4714919568173938700 .
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
Today’s technology allows us to treat virtually any source of water to meet any need including drinking, but many states lack regulations to allow potable reuse projects to move forward. WateReuse Association State Sections are taking the lead in collaborating with regulatory agencies and other stakeholders to develop regulatory frameworks to implement potable reuse. Join us to learn about recent efforts in Colorado and Florida that are paving the way for potable reuse.
The State of Colorado is considering regulating direct potable reuse (DPR). To support this effort, WateReuse Colorado sponsored the formation of an Independent Advisory Expert Panel to develop regulatory guidelines for the state. Larry Schimmoller, chair of the Panel, will review the process used to develop the regulatory guidelines, discuss the specific recommendations included in the guidelines, and present the next steps in the regulatory process.
WateReuse Florida took the initiative to bring together a diverse group of water professionals and end user stakeholders to participate in a consensus base effort to identify and address technical, regulatory, and implementation barriers to potable reuse in Florida. The Florida Potable Reuse Commission was formed to develop a framework document for potable reuse implantation in Florida to augment future water supply and support water quality initiatives. Lynn Spivey, WateReuse Florida President, and Potable Reuse Commission Chair, will be discussing the 18-month effort and the newly published Framework document.
Chair, Independent Advisory Expert Panel, Colorado DPR Framework Project
Global Technology Leader for Water Reuse, Jacobs
Chair, Florida Potable Reuse Commission
President, WateReuse Florida
Director of Utilities, City of Plant City (Florida)
The event includes a meeting of the Board Trustees and a webinar on PFAS.
WateReuse Nevada’s inaugural inter-state gathering for water professionals to discuss current topics and future trends. Topics will cover the current state and future prospects of water recycling in Nevada; state, agency, and industry partnership; and a current look at scientific advancements at Nevada universities.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
A group of chemicals known as PFAS – perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances – has garnered the public’s attention and posed treatment challenges for recycled water utilities. What is the latest science on effective treatment for PFAS? This webcast focuses on the fate of PFAS in recycled water destined for potable reuse, and will include results from different advanced treatment processes ranging from bench-scale evaluations to permanent potable reuse treatment demonstration projects. The data illustrate important considerations during treatment selection, design, and operation to meet PFAS treatment goals.
Reuse Innovation Lead and Principal Technologist
Mark your calendars for May 19-20, 2020 for the WateReuse Pacific Northwest annual conference. This year’s conference will be held at King County’s Brightwater Center, an environmental education and event center located on the Brightwater Treatment Plant campus. An impressive conference program is being planned featuring innovative reuse projects, research, education and community outreach, new regulatory directions and an operator session tailored to reuse facility operations.