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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

Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Aug 10 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting When: Aug 10, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrceCrrTkoHte5InJPp1ssED67OREJfdAm After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Discussion on Desalination – Treatments, Research, and the Future (Webcast)
Aug 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Discussion on Desalination – Treatments, Research, and the Future (Webcast)

11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

In this webcast, a panel of experts from the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI) and CalDesal will discuss the state of desalination in the United States. The panel will explore current practices, technologies, treatments, on-going research, and the future role of desalination in the resiliency of the country’s water supply. NAWI recently released a new research and development roadmap series on desalination and treatment of nontraditional source waters for power, resource extraction, industry, municipal, and agriculture.


  • Wendy Ridderbusch, Executive Director, CalDesal
  • Mark Dononvan, GHD
  • Peter Fiske, Executive Director, NAWI and Director of the Water-Energy Resilience Research Institute
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Aug 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Inland Empire WateReuse Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Aug 24 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Zoom Meeting

When: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 // 10:30 am – noon


Meeting ID: 821 5121 2028
Passcode: 467932
Dial-In Number: 1 877 853 5257


10:30  Welcome

Maroun El-Hage, Chapter President, EMWD

10:35  DPR Update

Jennifer West, Managing Director, WateReuse California

10:55  Overview of Metropolitan Water District (MWD) Funding Programs 

  • Local Resources Program
  • On-Site Retrofit Program
  • Stormwater for Direct Use Pilot Program

Speakers: Jessica Arm and Noosha Razavian, MWD

11:35  IEUA RP-5 Construction Update

Brian Wilson, Senior Engineer, IEUA

11:45  Legislative and Regulatory Update

Cathleen Pieroni, Manager of Inter-Agency Relations, IEUA

11:55  Closing Comments & Adjourn

Maroun El-Hage, Chapter President, EMWD

Central Coast Chapter Meeting
Aug 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Zoom Log-In Information


Meeting ID: 943 9346 0500

PNCWA 2021: Building Professional Excellence in Water Quality @ Boise Centre
Sep 12 – Sep 15 all-day
WateReuse Pacific Northwest (WR-PNW) and the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA) are partnering to bring members a 2021 conference technical program that includes sustainable approaches to water reuse as one of many one-water solutions. WR-PNW will present a water reuse track at the PNCWA Annual Conference to benefit members, advance ongoing innovation, and showcase industry collaboration. The track will occur Tuesday, September 14, with options for single-day attendance packages available. Please join our one-day track and engage in our common vision to advance regional water reuse. The full conference will include in-person and virtual attendance formats, September 13-15. Learn more and register.
PNCWA REUSE TRACK // Tuesday, Sept. 14 Ripples of Change Creating Our Future  
1 8 AM 13A The National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP) and what it means for the Pacific Northwest Sharon Napier and Ashley Harper
2 8:45 AM 13A State focused partnerships towards advancing reuse in Idaho, Oregon and Washington Nick Smith, Jacque Klug and Holly Tichenor
3 10:30 AM 13B So you need a permit in the Pacific Northwest…now what? ID, OR and WA State Regulators
4 11:15 AM 13B Water Reuse: Waste of Time or Innovative Jay Irby
Lunch 12 PM LUNCH
5 1:15 PM 20A Launching Community Recycled Water Use through Collaborative Planning for Multiple Drivers Todd Miller
6 2 PM 20A Using Research to Inform Community Decisions about Recycled Water Use Jacque Klug
7 3 PM 20B Case Study for Datacenter Cooling Water Reuse Bob Davis
8 3:45 PM 20B Strategic Planning: the key to internal alignment and program momentum Haili Matsukawa
Registration is live! Head to the website for registration options.
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Third Quarter 2021 @ J.W. Marriott L.A. LIVE
Sep 17 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Third Quarter:
Los Angeles, J.W. Marriott L.A. LIVE
Friday, Sept 17, 2021
11:00 am to 2pm EST // 10 to 1 CST // 9:00 to 12 MST // 8:00 to 11 PST

2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference @ JW Marriott LA Live
Sep 19 – Sep 21 all-day

Do not miss the 2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference! Join us in-person at the JW Marriott LA Live in Los Angeles or participate virtually from the comfort of your office. Our Annual Conference is where California’s water recycling community comes together each year to learn, network, and discover the latest trends in the design, management, operation, and use of water recycling facilities and projects.

Learn More

2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference
JW Marriott Live LA
September 19-21, 2021

World Water-Tech North America
Oct 5 – Oct 6 all-day
World Water-Tech North America

The WateReuse Association is pleased to support the World Water-Tech North America Summit, connecting the global water ecosystem on October 5-6.

Join 350 stakeholders driving change across the water value chain, with speakers from utilities (public and private), billion-dollar venture funds, international engineering giants, and technology companies (start-ups and unicorns). YOU’RE GUARANTEED hot debates, new ideas and fresh faces!

This incredible group of cross-industry voices will come together to trade insights about how to accelerate watershed resilience, and identify opportunities to transform the industry through innovation and investment. Will you be joining them? ​​​​​​

Save a further 10% with The WateReuse Association’s discount code: WRA10



Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Oct 12 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Zoom Meeting

When: Oct 12, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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