April 2, 2018
Congress was on recess last week.
Don’t Miss the 2018 National Water Policy Fly-In During Water Week 2018
Rehearing Denied for Groundwater Conduit Theory Case
State Updates and Member Spotlight
California: WateReuse California Recognizes Excellence in Annual Awards Presentation
Colorado: Declaration Brewing and Denver Water to Collaborate on Recycled Water Beer Brewing
Denver’s Declaration Brewing Co. announced that it will release a beer brewed with recycled water in collaboration with WateReuse Association member Denver Water. Denver Water, which operates the largest water recycling system in Colorado, is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Learn More.
Florida: Legislature Sends Aquifer Recharge Bill to Governor
The Florida Legislature sent a bill to Governor Rick Scott on Monday, March 26 that would allow utilities to pump purified reclaimed water into Florida’s aquifer, which supplies drinking water for nearly 10 million people. Under the legislation, the reclaimed water would be treated to meet federal drinking water standards before it is injected into the aquifer’s raw water supply. Some environmental groups have expressed concerns about the safety of the purified water and are asking Governor Scott to veto the bill. Learn More.
MN: Inver Grove Heights Considers Recycled Water to Attract New Business
The city of Inver Grove Heights, part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, is considering developing a 1.6 million gallons per day recycled water project to entice a Canadian company to build a $200 million plant to process garbage into ethanol for car fuel. The city could not handle the facility’s water needs without the use of effluent that is currently treated and discharged to the Mississippi River. Learn More.
Conferences and Events
California: WateReuse CA Conference: Learning, Networking and Fun!
Webcast: Water Recycling and Wet Weather Management
Florida Potable Reuse Commission Plans Workshops to Solicit Input
Save the Date: 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.
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
At the end of 2021, Congress and the Administration passed the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which provided $1 billion for Western water recycling programs through the Bureau of Reclamation and roughly $48 billion for nationwide programs administered by EPA’s Office of Water. The IIJA includes $550 million over 5 years for the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Grants Program and $450 million for a Competitive Grant Program for Large-Scale Water Recycling Projects. It also authorizes the first nationwide water recycling program—the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program; and establishes a federal interagency working group on water reuse.
As part of the state budget process, the California Legislature and the Governor included $150 million in grants for groundwater cleanup and water recycling projects and $50 million for the Pure Water San Diego project. Additional funding of up to $200 million in grants for these projects was also included in out year funding in the California budget. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) also received significant additional federal funding and the California budget authorized funds for use as the state required match.
As 2022 begins, agencies like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Reclamation, and California State Water Board are making important decisions about program implementation and the distribution of available funding. Join this webcast on January 26 to learn about state and federal financial resources and how your community can access those resources.
- Amanda Erath, Program Analyst, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
- Mike Downey, P.E., Supervising Engineer, Division of Financial Assistance, State Water Resources Control Board
- Greg Fogel, Policy Director, WateReuse Association
- Jennifer West, Managing Director, WateReuse California
Join Nevada’s state gathering for water reuse professionals, exploring the state of the science and trends in the state. The meeting will include a groundbreaking case study, a summary of state initiatives, and a technical update. The event is co-located with the Nevada Water Environment Association Reunited in Water 2022 Conference.
Register at the link below and select WateReuse as your registration type:
Friday, February 18, 2022
8 am – 9:30 am PT / 11 am -12:30 pm EST
Association Headquarters Operational Assessment
Sunday, March 6, 2022 ~ 8:00 am to 12:00 pm CST, San Antonio
Thursday, March 3, 2022 – Saturday, March 5, 2022
Thursday, March 3 ~ Board Dinner
Friday, March 4 ~ Meeting all day
Saturday, March 5 ~ Meeting in Morning