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April 19, 2021

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

Washington Update

Senate Expected to Move Water Infrastructure Bill this Week – Includes WateReuse Priorities

The U.S. Senate is expected to consider the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021 this week. As we previously reported, the bill contains top WateReuse Association policy priorities, including reauthorization of the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program and creation of a Federal Interagency Working Group on Water Reuse. The bill also reauthorizes other important programs such as the Clean and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Programs, Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Grants Program, Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Program, and resiliency programs, among others. WateReuse will continue to track and report on progress and relevant changes to the legislation.

Senate Confirms White House Environmental Council Nominee; Biden Nominates EPA Water Head

Last week, the Senate voted 53-45 to confirm Brenda Mallory as Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). President Biden also announced the formal nomination of Radhika Fox to head the Office of Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Fox has been serving in an interim capacity as Acting Assistant Administrator of the Office while she awaits confirmation.

Energy Department Announces New Round in Solar Desalination Competition

In the second round of the Solar Desalination Prizes, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $5 million for the eight semi-finalists. The competition focuses on advancing the use of solar-thermal energy for purification of high salinity water to reduce the energy consumption required in traditional desalination processes.The second round provides awardees with $250,000 in cash and $100,000 in support vouchers to build a fully operational prototype of their design. The prize is part of the Water Security Grand Challenge. Read more.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Members!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new and renewing members:

CA: Advanced Water Purification Program Releases Educational Video

The East County Advanced Water Purification Program recently released a new outreach video, The Clear Solution, which provides education on the important role of water recycling in providing a drought proof water supply. The program will use state-of- the-art technology to purify East San Diego County’s recycled water to produce up to 30 percent of East County’s drinking water supply. The video explains advance water treatment technology to help build trust with the community. The East County AWP is a partnership between Padre Dam Municipal Water District, the City of El Cajon, the County of San Diego, and Helix Water District. 

FL: Florida’s Potable Reuse Bill Moves to Governor’s Desk

Florida’s legislature unanimously passed a reclaimed water bill (SB 64) that incentivizes potable reuse, sending the bill to Governor Ron DeSantis’ desk for signature. Under the bill, utilities would submit plans to the Department of Environmental Protection by 2032 to begin “eliminating non-beneficial surface water discharges” by treating the water to drinking water quality standards. With the Florida population expected to grow by 23% through 2040, legislators see the bill as a way to ensure a resilient water supply. DeSantis has supported water reuse projects in the past, announcing $1.1 million for reclaimed water projects last September and he is expected to address the bill soon. Read more.

International Update

Member Spotlight: Bahrain Partners with Stantec on Water Reuse Guidelines

Stantec signed an agreement with Bahrain’s National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA) to develop guidelines and procedures for the reuse of treated effluent. The project is funded by the Green Climate Fund aiming to conserve Bahrain’s water resources and improve the public perception and acceptance of water reuse. Stantec will hold a series of workshops on water quality, health risk assessments, and the use of the proposed guidelines and procedures. Read more.

Mexico: General Motors Targets Water Reduction with Zero Liquid Discharge System

In a recent interview, General Motors’ global energy manager, Al Hindreth, discussed the company’s plan for a 35% reduction in water use by 2035. To meet the reduction, GM’s San Luis Potosí Assembly plant in Mexico is using a reverse osmosis system to treat and reuse process water for the facility’s paint and machining processes and irrigation. Onsite water recycling reduces the plant’s dependence on the local well water supply. Along with reuse, GM emphases the use of advanced water management data to track and adjust water usage. Read more.

Australia: Recycled Water Provides Sustainable Solution for Ecotourism Camp

A remote ecotourism camp in Australia’s Gondwana Rainforests is using an onsite water reuse system to provide safe, low impact treatment that reduces nutrients and meets the location’s strict treatment limits on dispersed effluent. The facility also incorporates reuse of rainwater in sinks, showers, and toilets to minimize the impact on the rainforest.  Read more.

Member Engagement Opportunities

Get Engaged: Join the WateReuse Industrial and Commercial Reuse Committee; First Meeting May 4  

The WateReuse Association has established a new Industrial and Commercial Reuse Committee, an opportunity for members to engage on high-priority areas and network with colleagues. The committee will engage in advocacy, communications, and educational and outreach activities to facilitate greater adoption of water recycling for industrial and commercial applications. The committee will convene quarterly meetings led by Ken Martins (co-chair) of Stantec and Wayne Young (co-chair) of JEA. The committee is holding the first meeting on Tuesday, May 4 at 2:00-3:00 pm EDT (11:00-12:00 pm PDT). Committee membership is open to any employee of a member organization. If you are interested in joining a committee, please email Aliza Furneaux (afurneaux@watereuse.org) to learn more.

WateReuse to Advise 50L Home Coalition

During its 2nd Quarter meeting, the WateReuse Association’s Board of Directors approved an invitation for the Association to serve as an advisor to the 50L Home Coalition, an initiative that seeks to develop a highly water efficient residential unit that incorporates water recycling as a central feature. The coalition was formed by the World Economic Forum, the World Bank’s Water Resources Group, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in response to a recent water shortage crisis faced by residents of Cape Town, South Africa.  The initiative seeks to develop a residential unit for households located in regions of the world, including in the United States, that may face threats to local water supplies due to drought and/or over drafts of groundwater supply. 

As an advisor to the Coalition, the Association will be available as a resource to advise on specific design-related elements of potential residential prototypes, consistent with the Association’s policy on Onsite Non-potable Water Systems and its work with the National Blue Ribbon Commission on Onsite Non-potable Water Systems. The Association’s Committee on Onsite, Decentralized and Distributed Water Recycling Systems, Chaired by Paula Kehoe of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, will oversee the Association’s involvement with the Coalition and serve as liaison.  Several WateReuse members have joined the Coalition as members, including Suez, Arcadis, Stantec, and Jacobs.  For more information about this effort, please contact Aliza Furneaux at afurneaux@watereuse.org.

Member Resources and Benefits

Have a Question You’d Love to Ask a Peer? Use WateReuse Connect to Find the Answer

In this time of social distancing, opportunities for peer-to-peer networking are more important than ever. WateReuse members can use WateReuse Connect to access a member-to-member network of more than 7,000 water recycling practitioners, business leaders, regulators, academics, and technology providers. Recent discussion topics have included innovative partnerships, scheduling of recycled water deliveries, and steam generation. Post your questions, observations, and unique challenges on our online platform to benefit from the unique experiences of other members across the nation and around the world. It’s simple to use with your member login information. For help accessing WateReuse Connect, please email Member Services.

Conferences, Webcasts and Events

Call for Presentations: 2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference

WateReuse California is accepting proposals for presentations at its 2021 Annual Conference taking place September 19-21 in Los Angeles and virtually. To be considered for a technical presentation, submit a presentation proposal by May 14, 2021. Presenters will be notified by July 2, 2021 if their proposal has been selected. Read more.

EPA Webcast: Water Utilities as Anchor Institutions: Exploring How Utilities Add to the social, Economic and Environmental Fabric of Community

April 30, 2021
10 am PT | 1 pm ET (1.5 hours)

Join this webinar to hear from utility leaders about how water utilities can use their physical structures, (built capital), economic and financial assets (financial capital), and human or social capital to create maximum shared value in their communities. Register here.

Webcast: Water Reuse in Bioenergy Production – A Pathway to Conservation and Resiliency

May 12, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)

This webcast presents findings from an Argonne National Laboratory analyses of potential recycled water use to produce biofuels from conventional crops and algae and generate power by incorporating technology, climate, and geospatial-temporal components. Findings suggest a significant potential of producing advanced biofuel while doubling the amount of recycled water in use nationally. Register here.

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

June 1, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)

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

May
12
Wed
Water Reuse in Bioenergy Production – A Pathway to Conservation and Resiliency (Webcast)
May 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Water Reuse in Bioenergy Production – A Pathway to Conservation and Resiliency (Webcast)
Join May Wu, Principal Environmental System Scientist with Argonne National Laboratory, for a webcast on the role of water reuse in bioenergy production. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET WateReuse Members: Free | Others: $49 Register Now! Production of bioenergy from a range of feedstocks and biorefining pathways requires a substantial amount of water for irrigation, conversion process, cooling, and steam generation. Because the feedstock varies with climate and soil regions, an increased production will have implications in the availability of regional and local freshwater resources across the U.S. It is critical to understand how fit-for-purpose water recycling can be used to conserve freshwater. This webcast presents findings from an Argonne National laboratory analyses of potential recycled water use to produce biofuels from conventional crops and algae and generate power by incorporating technology, climate, and geospatial-temporal components. Findings suggest a significant potential of producing advanced biofuel while doubling the amount of recycled water in use nationally. Results from this project support informed decision-making and strategic planning for water sustainable bioenergy development.

Presenter

May Wu is a principal environmental system scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. Her research interests are water resource use, water quality, and wastewater management in the production of biofuels and conventional energy.
May
25
Tue
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Oregon Workshop 3
May 25 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Washington Workshop 3
May 25 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

Israel Water Reuse Virtual Tour (Webcast)
May 25 @ 10:00 am – May 27 @ 12:00 pm
Israel Water Reuse Virtual Tour (Webcast)

You’re invited to learn about Israel’s water reuse technology and policy approaches as part of a knowledge sharing partnership between the US and Israel. Israel has accomplished extensive infrastructure, regulatory, and institutional reform to recycle over 85 per cent of its wastewater for beneficial uses as a solution to extreme water stress.

Register Now!

This three-session tour will cover Israel’s water reuse regulatory approaches, case studies, technology, and agricultural irrigation applications relevant to the US perspective. Participants are encouraged to attend the session(s) most relevant to their interests.

  • Session 1: Policy and Regulation of Water Reuse in Israel
    Tuesday, May 25 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT
  • Session 2: Israel’s Approach to Water Reuse Implementation, Technology, and Mechanisms
    Wednesday, May 26 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT
  • Session 3: Increasing Israel’s Agricultural Irrigation Efficiency through Recycled Water
    Thursday, May 27 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT

This event is hosted by the Israeli Ministry for Environmental Protection, the Economic & Trade Mission at the Embassy of Israel, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in collaboration with the Israel Water Authority, Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Israel Ministry of Health, WaterEdge.IL, WateReuse Association, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

This event is in fulfillment of Action 11.1 in the National Water Reuse Action Plan, “Facilitate U.S.-Israel Collaboration on Water Reuse.” and in support of the EPA/Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection Memorandum of Understanding.

May
26
Wed
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Idaho Workshop 2
May 26 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

May
27
Thu
Process Interrupted: Using BOR Funded Desalination Research to Evaluate an Innovative Process Train (Webcast)
May 27 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

WateReuse Arizona Section Meeting & Webinar
10:30 am – 11:30 am Pacific | 1:30 – 2:30 pm Eastern
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

The Southwest U.S. is challenged by freshwater scarcity and salt accumulation in its watersheds. A significant contributor to salt loading in urban sewersheds are the many industrial and commercial cooling towers that dot the landscape. These towers are very effective at cooling in arid environments; however, they use scarce freshwater resources to absorb heat through evaporation while accumulating the salts and minerals that must be discharged as blowdown.

Garver was selected by the Bureau of Reclamation’s Desalination and Water Purification Research Program Pitch to Pilot to research a novel treatment train that will reduce the amount of salt discharged from industrial cooling tower blowdown.

Garver’s zero liquid discharge, membrane desalination treatment train is estimated to remove more than two tons of salt from the 600 ton cooling tower blowdown and saved approximately 200,000 gallons of make-up water from the potable water supply over the eight-month field-testing portion of the pilot study.  The reduction of salt discharged to the sewer will benefit the local wastewater treatment plants and the local watershed, while also improving the water quality of the cooling towers with a low energy intensity treatment train.

This presentation will address the BOR Desalination Pitch to Pilot Program, the thought process behind the EC, UF, GAC, RO with VAED concentrate management treatment train and report on commissioning efforts to date.

Presenter

Eric Dole is a senior project manager at Garver where he serves as the Water and Energy Practice Leader.  He specializes in delivering sustainable infrastructure solutions through optimized hydraulic systems and optimized treatment processes.  In 2019, Eric was selected for the Water Research Foundation’s 12-person Energy Advisory Committee where he advises the group on energy efficiency and process optimization projects.

Eric was one of the world’s first water professionals to be certified as a Pump Systems Assessment Professional (PSAP) through the Hydraulics Institute, which allows him to set the standard for pump systems assessments and optimization techniques, leading to energy efficient and reliable systems.  His process mechanical expertise can be seen in his patented designs for two zero liquid discharge brine management systems, of which one was awarded the 2011 AZ Water Reuse Project of the Year Award and the other was selected for RO concentrate treatment in the Bureau of Reclamation Desalination Pitch to Pilot Research Project that started in September 2020 and is scheduled for commissioning in May 2021.

Jun
1
Tue
Digital Platform, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Potable Reuse Projects (Webcast)
Jun 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Digital Platform, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Potable Reuse Projects (Webcast)

Learn how digital platforms that include artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used to improve asset management strategies and operational efficiencies.

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, our presenters will introduce how digital platforms that include artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can be used to improve asset management strategies and operational efficiencies, as well as enhance source control, validate unit process performance, predict product water quality and make sound decisions for assessing suitability of product water for human consumption.

The data collected from pilot and full-scale potable reuse treatment trains have been used to develop artificial neuron networks as part of an ML platform. The platform clearly demonstrates that ML can be used to predict, for example, the product water total organic carbon (TOC) concentration of a pilot advanced treatment facility and the specific fluxes on the third stage of a full-scale advanced treatment facility as the feed quality and operating conditions are changed.

The methodology used and model outputs will be discussed during the webcast. The presenters will also examine how we can couple AI/ML concepts with the Internet of Things (IoT) and next generation of the SCADA systems to operate and maintain assets efficiently while significantly enhancing public and regulatory confidence in potable reuse projects.

Presenters

  • Ufuk Erdal, Arcadis
  • Jim Cooper, Arcadis
  • Raluca Constantinescu, Arcadis
  • Ozan Erdal, University of Washington
Jun
4
Fri
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Second Quarter 2021 @ Virtual
Jun 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Second Quarter:
Remote – Zoom
Friday, June 4, 2021
11:00 am to 2pm EST // 10 to 1 CST // 9:00 to 12 MST // 8:00 to 11 PST

Jun
8
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Jun 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Zoom Meeting

When: Jun 8, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrcOurqT8rHNbep0DGS8jHvaxNGuGs2cbu

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

Jun
16
Wed
Desalination Research and Technology (Webcast)
Jun 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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