April 16, 2018
Water Week 2018 Starts this Week!
Op-Ed: Invest in Water Reuse Infrastructure for a Strong American Economy
Investment in water reuse builds communities that are modern, sustainable and stable —ready for families to flourish and businesses to grow notes WateReuse Association President Paul Jones, II of the Eastern Municipal Water District and Executive Director Patricia Sinicropi in an Op-Ed published in The Hill newspaper. The article is published as WateReuse members arrive in Washington, DC to visit with their congressional delegations during Water Week 2018.
WateReuse Submits Comments on Updated Evaluation Criteria for Title XVI
House Farm Bill Includes Source Water Protection Measures
The House Farm Bill, H.R. 2, the Agriculture & Nutrition Act of 2018, was released last Thursday and includes a proposal requiring the Secretary to promote water quality and water quantity practices to protect sources of drinking water supply. Section 2503 emphasizes the protection of source waters for drinking water, directs collaboration with community water systems, and offers increased incentives and higher payment rates for practices that result in environmental benefits. At least 10 percent of the conservation program funds are to be used for protection of drinking water sources.
State Updates and Member Profiles
California: Pure Water San Diego EIR Adopted, Construction Expected in 2019
California: Proposed Desalination Facility Receives Environmental Report
The California Public Utilities Commission and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary recently released their joint environmental report for a seawater desalination project proposed by WateReuse Association member California American Water. The Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project plans to incorporate a combination of desalination, potable reuse, and aquifer storage and recovery to solve the Monterey Peninsula’s water crisis. The environmental review gives the public an opportunity to assess the impact of the desalination project. Read More.
Florida: Miami-Dade Partners with Florida Power and Light to Generate Reclaimed Water, Energy
Kansas: Dairy Farm Wins EPA Award for Water Reuse program
Kansas Dairy Ingredients, a dairy production facility in Hugoton, Kansas, received the EPA Region 7 Pollution Prevention Award last Wednesday in recognition of its water conservation projects. The company manufactures concentrated milk through ultrafiltration. Water is extracted from the milk, cleaned and treated, and then reused to clean the facility or returned to local farms for crop irrigation. The recycled water reduces municipal water demand and wastewater, saving more than 41 million gallons a year. Read More.
Applications Open for Utility of the Future Today Recognition Program
The Utility of the Future Today recognition program returns for a third year to honor water resource recovery facilities for community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients. A webinar is scheduled for utilities wishing to learn more about the program and the application process on April 25. The deadline to apply for recognition this year is May 30. Learn More.
Conferences and Events
Don’t Miss the 33rd Annual WateReuse Symposium
Learn “What’s Working, What’s New, and What’s Next in Water Reuse” at the 33rd Annual WateReuse Symposium, September 9-12, 2018, at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas. The Annual WateReuse Symposium is the nation’s premier conference on water reuse and the only conference dedicated solely to advancing the policy, technology, innovation and public acceptance of recycled water. Registration opens in May! Learn More.
Register for the Pacific Northwest WateReuse Conference
WateReuse Pacific Northwest will host a conference May 17-18 in Portland, Oregon with the theme “Roadmap to Reuse.” More than 200 utility operators and mangers, elected officials, engineers, regulators and equipment manufacturers are expected to attend. Presentations will focus on feasibility studies, regulatory updates, public outreach, funding, and more. Learn More.
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pacific; 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Eastern
Fee: WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
Singapore is a small island nation and is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. In the early years of its nation building, with limited land to collect and store rainwater, Singapore faced drought, floods and water pollution. These challenges inspired the Public Utilities Board (PUB), Singapore’s National Water Agency, to strategize and seek innovative ideas, develop capabilities and secure a sustainable supply of water. Today, PUB has developed a diversified and sustainable water supply strategy for Singapore with the Four National Taps. The Four National Taps are local catchment water, imported water, NEWater and desalinated water.
This Webinar focuses on Singapore’s third National Tap, NEWater. NEWater refers to the high-grade reclaimed water that is produced using advanced membrane and ultraviolet technologies. It is primarily supplied to non-domestic sectors such as wafer fabrication plants, petrochemical plants, manufacturing industries and commercial buildings for industrial and air-conditioning purposes. A small percentage of NEWater is also injected into the reservoirs before being treated at the waterworks for drinking water supply. Participants of this Webinar will learn about the development of NEWater in Singapore, including R&D efforts and strategies to overcome various operational challenges.
Bingrui Liu has been the Operations Engineer at Kranji NEWater Factory since 2017 after graduating from Boston University with a BA(Hons) in Chemistry.
Joelyn Tan joined the Operations team at Bedok NEWater Factory (BNF) in 2018, bringing along her technical knowledge as well as experience with the latest industry innovations.
Melanie Tan was the Plant Manager for Bedok NEWater Factory from 2010 – 2013 and will be facilitating the session. She currently serves as the Northern California Reuse Practice Leader for Kennedy Jenks.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
This webcast will summarize the California Environmental Flows Framework and its application in the Los Angeles River. Across the country, state and local agencies are promoting water reuse and recycling to conserve water resources. Reuse and recycling of treated wastewater can result in a reduction of instream flow and can impact existing and future instream beneficial uses, setting up potential conflicts between policies aimed at promoting reuse, protecting water quality, and managing ecological resources. Agencies in California have come together to develop a statewide environmental flows framework that can be used to establish seasonal flow criteria. This framework is currently being applied in the Los Angeles River watershed to better evaluate the cumulative impacts of potential flow reductions associated with several water reuse and water capture projects. The project will provide a science-based approach for assessing flow necessary to sustain beneficial uses. The project outcomes will be used to help establish technically sound flow recommendations and evaluate the consequences of alternative flow scenarios for the LA River. This project may also serve as a model for assessing similar situations in other river systems across the state.
Dr. Eric Stein is a head of the Biology Department at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP). Dr. Stein oversees a variety of projects related to in-stream and coastal water quality, bioassessment, hydromodification, watershed modeling, and assessment of wetlands and other aquatic resources. His research focuses on effects of human activities on the condition of aquatic ecosystems, and on developing tools to better assess and manage those effects.
WOW! Wonders of Water Brownie Journey Jumpstart
Our event is a series of activities and presentations for Brownie Girl Scouts to earn a badge called Wow! Wonders of Water Journey – LOVE Water. Girl Scouts can sign up through the council events page. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Erica Marti (email@example.com).
Overview of activities:
- learning about the water cycle through active movement and visual demonstration
- learning about water pollution, especially how our community is affected by stormwater runoff
- learning about the unique water system in the Las Vegas Valley
Our event is now posted on the Girl Scout events page. Please share with anyone who has a Girl Scout (2nd, 3rd grades).