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April 12, 2021

WRAP Update: Join EPA Administrator for Water, Radhika Fox, and Expert Panelists on April 29 for a Discussion about the Future of Water Reuse

Washington Update

President Biden’s 2022 Budget Request Increases Federal Spending on Water Programs

On Friday, April 9, President Biden released a summary of his FY 2022 budget request. The request includes $11.2 billion for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a $2 billion or 21.3-percent increase from the 2021 enacted level. The request provides a total of $3.6 billion for water infrastructure, an increase of $625 million over the 2021 enacted level. These funds could be used to advance water infrastructure improvement efforts for community water systems, schools, and households, as well as broader efforts to improve drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. The request includes approximately $75 million to accelerate toxicity studies and research to inform the regulatory development of designating Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances and setting enforceable limits for PFAS under the Safe Drinking Water Act. This funding would also provide grants for technical assistance as state and local governments deal with PFAS contamination. WateReuse expects to see the full budget request in the coming weeks, and will report on additional details, including funding levels for the Bureau of Reclamation, at that time. 

EPA Administrator Speaks in Support of Biden Water Infrastructure Plan; WateReuse Advocates for Investment in Water Recycling

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Michael Regan, spoke in support of President Biden’s plans to invest in water infrastructure during a virtual roundtable last week with water utilities and community leaders. Administrator Regan highlighted the need for a stronger federal partnership in helping communities modernize their water infrastructure to build climate resilience. President Biden released the American Jobs Plan late last month. The plan calls for an investment of $2.25 trillion over eight years for water infrastructure, public transportation, high-speed broadband, manufacturing, and child and elderly care. The Administration spent last week building the case for its proposal and is expected to begin talks with Congress in the coming weeks. At this point it is not yet clear how congressional leaders will proceed; however, WateReuse is working closely with allies on the Hill to ensure that water recycling remains a key piece of any infrastructure package.

U.S. EPA Announces nearly $2.5 Million in Small Business Innovation Research; Water Reuse Companies Selected  

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $2.5 million to small businesses to develop environmental technologies, including four companies focused on innovative technologies for water reuse and desalination. Faraday Technology, Inc. (Ohio) is developing a modular water reuse system to address contaminants of emerging concern. Photon Systems Inc. (California) will develop an in-situ sensor for microbial monitoring in water reuse systems and Pure Blue Tech Inc. (Washington) is exploring a novel membrane design to reduce fouling and promote efficient water reuse. Triangle Environmental Health Initiative (North Carolina) focuses on water and energy recovery by eliminating brine and producing a three output streams system. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program provides awards in two phases. Phase 1 provides up to $100,000 for a six-month proof of concept and phase 2 provides up to $400,000 for further product development. The full list of awards address air quality, clean and safe water, homeland security, land revitalization, sustainable material management, and safer chemicals.  See the full announcement here.

Water Week 2021: Join Us April 25 – May 1 in Elevating Water Recycling as a National Priority

State Updates and Member Profiles

CA: Homebuilders Hall of Fame Recognizes Water Reuse Practitioner

When El Dorado County experienced a drought water emergency, developer William R. Parker and his team developed one of California’s largest water recycling projects. The project saves a billion gallons of fresh water per year by irrigating golf courses and landscaped public areas with recycled water. Parker’s long career in innovative community development earned him recognition in the California Homebuilding Foundation Hall of Fame. Read more.

CA: Purple Pipe Helps Qualcomm Meet Corporate Sustainability Measures  

Following a corporate climate assessment of warming scenarios around the globe, water stress came to the top of list of concerns for Qualcomm, a multi-national technology company. In San Diego, the company built out reclaimed water connections to the city’s purple pipe system, allowing the facility to reduce their potable water use by more than 80 million gallons annually. The facility utilizes the reclaimed water for industrial and irrigation purposes. Read more.

WI: New Research & Development Facility Leads by Innovation Example with Water Reuse

Biotech company, Promega, uses a rainwater collection system to provide 1 million gallons of reclaimed water annually for toilet flushing and cooling towers at its new 280,000 square foot Kornberg research center. The building reduces its energy use by nearly 65% utilizing additional sustainability measures such as double-walled construction, radiant heath and cooling with geo-exchange, and photovoltaic panels. The facility’s sustainable structure is home to innovative research on molecular systems and cellular responses. Read more.

International Update

European Union Wants the Public to Tour Water Recycling Systems from their Smartphones

The European Union’s water industry is exploring the use of augmented reality (AR) for designing future projects with simulations and as a public outreach tool. AR combines computer-generated images with real world images, allowing for an immersive “real-life” experience.  Researchers are beta testing an app that would allow the public to see inside a closed box water recycling system on their smartphones. Read more.

Member Resources and Benefits

Activity Booklet Provides Water Reuse Education for Late Elementary and Early Middle School Students

Looking for a resource to engage late elementary to early middle school students? Use the new Water Reuse Activity Booklet from WateReuse and Project WET to introduce students to the world of water reuse with fun activities that develop math and science skills. Students will learn about the urban water cycle, the treatment processes that make water safe to use again, and much more! Check out the booklet highlights in this short video.

The booklet is available on the Project WET store. WateReuse members interested in ordering 250 copies or more through April 30, 2021 will receive a 20% discount using the coupon code: WATEREUSE.

Job Opportunity from the WateReuse Career Center

  • General Manager, Water Replenishment District of Southern California, Lakewood, CA

Member Engagement Opportunity

Get Recognition for Your Water Reuse Program: Utility of the Future 2021 Applications Open

The Utility of the Future Today recognition program honors forward-thinking, innovative water utilities that are providing resilient value-added service to communities, particularly in community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients. Public and private water sector utilities of all sizes that can demonstrate achievement of the application requirements are encouraged to apply by May 14 at 5 p.m. EDT. Applicants must have no major permit violations in the year prior to the submission date of their applications. WateReuse partners with the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), and the Water Research Foundation (WRF) in leading this program, with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE). Since 2016, 183 utilities have received recognition under this innovative program.

Conferences, Webcasts and Events

Webcast: From Across the Globe: The Many Facets of Industrial Water Reuse

April 14, 2021
9 am PT | 12 pm ET

Join the co-editors of Sustainable Industrial Water Use: Perspectives, Incentives and Tools, Eric Rosenblum and Cheryl Davis, as they discuss global perspectives with industry experts. In this 90-minute webcast, four different authors will summarize their articles featured in the book, describing the challenges they confront planning, financing, designing and implementing water reuse to conserve water and reduce industrial pollution. Register here.

Webcast: Panel Discussion – California’s Draft DPR Regulations

April 14, 2021
11 am | 2 pm ET

Join WateReuse California (WRCA) for a brown bag lunch panel discussion of draft criteria for Direct Potable Reuse regulations.  The release of the criteria is the culmination of a decade advocacy, legislation and research by WRCA and its members. WRCA will use this discussion to develop comments for the Water Board and the DPR Expert Panel to consider as they further develop the regulations.  Register here.

Webcast: Digital Platform, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Potable Reuse Projects

June 1, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET

In this webcast, our presenters will introduce how digital platforms including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can be used to improve asset management strategies, operational efficiencies, enhance source control, validate unit process performance, predict product water quality and making sound decisions for assessing suitability of product water for human consumption. Register here.

Upcoming Events

WateReuse Mid-Atlantic Presents: Water Recycling in the Capital Region
Jul 16 @ 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm
This event is free for all attendees. The WateReuse Mid-Atlantic Section is hosting its inaugural event, Water Recycling in the Capital Region, on Tuesday, July 16, 2024 at D.C. Water. Register Now!Water Recycling in the Capital Region,” will bring together utilities, businesses, and local stakeholders to explore water recycling as a critical tool to help surrounding communities achieve their sustainability and resilience goals. The event will include two panels focusing on existing municipal reuse services as well as decentralized and onsite operations from throughout the greater capital area. Following the panels, attendees are invited to a networking reception.
Event Schedule:
  • 1:30pm-2:00pm – Welcoming Remarks: David Gadis, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, DC Water (invited)
  • 2:00pm-3:15pm – Panel: Centralized Municipal Water Recycling
    • Hampton Roads Sanitation District, VA
    • Upper Occoquan Service Authority, VA
    • Howard County, MD
    • City of Westminster, MD
    • Loudoun County, VA
  • 3:15pm-3:30pm – Break
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – Panel: Decentralized/Onsite/Stormwater Capture and Reuse
    • Fairfax County, VA
    • AlexRenew, VA
  • 4:30pm-4:45pm – Closing Remarks
  • 4:45pm-6:00pm – Happy Hour Networking & Reception on the DC Water HQO Rooftop
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Jul 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
WateReuse Colorado Meeting
Jul 18 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Our next meeting is coming up next week on Thursday, July 18, 2024 from 10am – 12pm. Attached please find the agenda for the meeting as well as the minutes from the May 2024 meeting for your review prior to the meeting.

Here is the information of the location of the meeting if you plan to attend in person, please remember we expect to have the scholarship winners at this meeting to hear about their research and to get to meet them. Thank you to Denver Water and the Water Quality Lab at CSU Spur for hosting us next week. There is a Microsoft Teams calendar invite that went out if you will not be able to attend in person.


Water Quality Lab at CSU Spur

Hydro Building on the 3rd Floor, Room 309


4777 National Western Dr

Denver, CO 80216

Parking is located north of the building, past the Dumb Friends League and Equine Center

There will be Denver Water employees available to escort you as this part of the building requires badge access.

Central Coast Chapter Meeting
Jul 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Our next WateReuse Central Coast chapter meeting will be on Thursday, July 25 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. This will be a virtual-only meeting hosted on Teams.

Our main presentation will focus on Prepping Your Wastewater for Future Potable Reuse. The City of Ventura is embarking on a project to upgrade its water reclamation facility (VWRF) in anticipation of its inclusion into a potable reuse treatment train coupled with an Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF). The design objective for the VWRF is to maximize the available log reduction values (LRVs) for viruses, Giardia cysts, and Cryptosporidium oocysts (V/G/C) through the use of membrane bioreactor (MBR) and ultraviolet (UV) disinfection treatment techniques. Through new regulatory pathways, this project was able to develop a framework for projected baseline LRVs of 1/2.5/2.5 for MBR and 1.5/4/4 for UV disinfection, with the opportunity for additional LRVs via MBR challenge testing, that could be used for indirect/direct potable reuse (IPR/DPR) credits.

An agenda will be distributed prior to the meeting.

Arizona WateReuse 2024 Symposium @ Little America Hotel
Jul 28 – Jul 30 all-day
WRCA Agricultural Reuse Committee
Jul 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A Framework for Permitting Innovation in the Wastewater Sector to Support Water Reuse
Aug 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A Framework for Permitting Innovation in the Wastewater Sector to Support Water Reuse

11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
This webcast is free of charge.
PDHs: 1

Register Now!



This webcast, co-hosted by the U.S. EPA, will present the key outcomes of an expert workshop that sought to understand how the permitting process can better support innovative water resource management solutions, such as water reuse. The webcast will detail five characteristics to support a permitting process that is not a painful hurdle, but rather an opportunity for mutual creativity between regulators, regulated entities, and the engaged public. Webcast participants will learn about how this framework can be applied to their unique circumstances, work being done by EPA and partners, and how innovation can be better facilitated through permitting.



  • Justin Mattingly, Water Reuse Program, U.S. EPA
  • Michael Kiparsky, University of California, Berkley (invited)
  • Dave Smith, Water Innovation Services (invited)
  • Felicia Marcus, Stanford University (invited)
WateReuse California Legislative-Regulatory Committee Meeting
Aug 9 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Please find below the 2024 schedule for the Legislative-Regulatory Committee. All in-person meetings will be held at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Sacramento offices located at: 1121 L Street, Suite 900, Sacramento.]


Both in-person and virtual meetings will occur from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Those indicated as virtual will occur over Zoom and a link will be provided on the agenda.


The 2024 WRCA Annual Conference will be at the: Hyatt Regency Orange County.


Please save the date for our 2024 meeting dates:


1. January 19 – in person

2. March 8 – virtual

3. March 22 – in person

4. April 12 – virtual

5. May 10 – in person

6. May 31 – virtual

7. June 21 – virtual

8. August 9 – virtual

9. September 16 – in person (at annual conference)

WRCA Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Aug 13 all-day
WateReuse Texas Board Meeting
Aug 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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