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April 20, 2020

Washington Update

White House and Congress Make Progress in Securing New Funds for Businesses Devastated by COVID-19, including WateReuse Member Businesses

Action Needed: Submit Your “Shovel-Ready” Water Recycling Projects for Stimulus Investment

Virtual Water Reuse Advocacy: Join Water Week Webinars on April 22 and April 29

Members of Congress Urge Moratorium on Water Utility Shut-offs and Federal Support for Water Utilities Amid Pandemic

Bureau of Reclamation Awards $400,000 to WateReuse Members for Drought Planning

The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation has chosen four projects to share $710,771 to develop and update drought contingency plans, including incorporating water reuse as a water management strategy.

Valley Water will use their $200,000 to develop a drought response plan to improve water supply reliability during times of shortage in Santa Clara County in Northern California. The water district provides water and other services to businesses, industrial and agricultural users, and approximately two million residents across 15 cities in Santa Clara County, California.

The Western Municipal Water District will use their $200,000 to convene a local task force to develop a comprehensive drought contingency plan that considers impacts to local water supplies and infrastructure that will help Western customers during the next drought. They are located in western Riverside County in California and serve more than 880,000 people.

Both utilities are matching their grant with $200,000. Reclamation also announced awards for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and the Pechango Band of Luiseño Indians.

COVID-19 Resources for Water Recycling Agencies, Businesses, and Institutions 

Federal Agencies Provide Guidance on Water and COVID-19

WateReuse Members and Partners Provide COVID-19 Guidance

WateReuse Member Spotlight: COVID-19 Experiences and Responses

WateReuse Association members continue to provide resources and services to help the nation recover from the coronavirus pandemic, including engineering and technology firms.

  • Carollo: Mel Butcher of Carollo Engineers shared how design concepts may help civil engineers during the COVID-19 Pandemic with American Society of Civil Engineers Plot Points podcast. Read More. 
  • Evoqua: Evoqua technologies helps company increase disinfection production tenfold during this pandemic. Read More.

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Please submit your COVID-19 story or your company’s COVID-19 response (up to 50 words) for inclusion in a future issue of WateReuse Review. Email your information to info@watereuse.org by Thursday at 12 pm ET.

State Updates and Member Profiles

California: UC Berkley Expert, Kara Nelson, Says Water Reuse Treatment Kills COVID-19

Kara Nelson, an expert in waterborne pathogens at UC Berkley, says that researchers have a high degree of confidence in the ability of existing water reuse treatment to handle the COVID-19 virus. In an interview with the Public Policy Institute of California, Dr. Nelson explained that coronaviruses have a different structure from other viruses in wastewater, which makes them even easier to kill. Although these treatment processes are based on science and a regulatory approach developed over decades, Nelson indicated that researchers would like to see studies to confirm this. Several studies have been launched across the nation. Read More

California: West County Wastewater and East Bay Municipal Utility District Announce Recycled Water Partnership

California: Palmdale Regional Groundwater Recharge and Recovery Project Moves Forward

Although the Palmdale Water District offices are closed to public during the coronavirus pandemic, work continues on the Palmdale Regional Groundwater Recharge and Recovery Project. This effort will recharge local groundwater supplies with recycled water to fortify the community’s water resources. The District Board of Directors unanimously approved a contract last week for the first test well. Read More.  

California: Stanford Researchers Track COVID-19 with Wastewater Surveillance

Stanford researchers are collecting wastewater across the Bay Area to understand how wastewater surveillance can help us better understand the prevalence of COVID-19 and potentially predict new flare-ups before they happen. In the absence of extensive testing or a vaccine, understanding where and to what extent cities have been impacted will be important. Wastewater surveillance allows researchers to identify COVID-19 in a sewer system based on the RNA present. Research labs are teaming with pandemic experts to validate and provide tools during this crisis in a timely fashion. Read More.

Colorado: Unique Mobile DPR Demonstration on Track for Symposium Debut

Colorado: Denver Water’s Lead Reduction Program Moves Forward During Pandemic

WateReuse Association member Denver Water remains committed to their public health initiatives, by shifting focus to tasks that can be accomplished safely during the stay-at-home order. The Lead Reduction Program, aimed at removing lead service lines, had just gotten underway in early March. Denver Water is focusing on pre-work that can be done safely, such as collecting consent forms and tackling service lines not currently in use, such as schools and daycares. Read More.

Florida: Potable Reuse Rulemaking Included in Omnibus Water Bill; Governor Expected to Sign

WateReuse Members Support U.S.-Israel Team on $21.4M Center to Develop Water-Energy Efficient Technologies, including Reuse

WateReuse Communications Tools and Resources

Need to Illustrate the Value of Water Reuse Investment? Use Our Flyer and Infographic

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Utilities must make a compelling case to ratepayers, policymakers, and other stakeholders that investment in water recycling is the right decision. Use our flyer and infographic to illustrate that Investment in water reuse builds communities that are modern, sustainable and stable—ready for families to flourish and businesses to grow. The infographic highlights examples of recycled water from coast to coast and documents the value they bring.

Conferences and Events

Webcast Series Provides Value Information and Resources on COVID-19

In response to questions and concerns surrounding COVID-19 and water recycling, the WateReuse Association has developed a series of webcasts to provide members with the answers and resources they need. From risk preparedness to stimulus funding and communicating about the safety of recycled water, WateReuse has assembled experts across multiple disciplines to share the latest information and analysis. The following webcasts are available and free to members:

America’s Water Infrastructure Act – Implications for Water Reuse and COVID-19
April 21, 2020 | 11 am PT | 2 pm ET

Are water recycling utilities well prepared to deal with the COVID-19 crisis and other potential future risks? The America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) requires all utilities serving 3,300 or more people to complete a risk and resilience assessment (RRA) for their water systems, followed by the completion of an emergency response plan. This presentation will begin with an overview of AWIA requirements, RRAs, and the role of water reuse in those assessments followed by a focus on risk and risk perceptions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Register Now!

Guide to COVID-19 Federal Stimulus Packages: Survival Tips for WateReuse Member Businesses
April 23, 2020 | 11 am PT | 2 pm ET

In the weeks since COVID-19 took hold in the United States, Congress has passed a number of relief packages that have included paid leave provisions, paycheck protection loans, emergency disaster loans, and tax deferrals, among other tools. In this webcast, leading experts from national business associations will break down how recent legislation, including the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, can help WateReuse business members survive and recover from the disaster. Register Now!

What We Know: Communicating about Recycled Water in the Age of COVID-19
April 28, 2020 | 11 am PT | 2 pm ET

Communities embrace water reuse as a proven method to ensure a safe, reliable, and locally controlled water supply, but in the age of COVID-19 new questions are being asked about public health and worker safety. Researchers at the forefront of this issue will join us for an informative update on what we know about recycled water and COVID-19. Experts in water reuse communications will follow with guidance on risk communication and messaging. This is an essential presentation for anyone that communicates about recycled water. Register Now!

Upcoming Events

Jun
24
Thu
Potable Water Reuse: What Prospects for Europe?
Jun 24 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Water Reuse Europe and WateReuse Association Joint Webinar

8:00 am – 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm ET WRE and WateReuse Members: Free Others:  € 40.00 (approx. $48.00) Register Now! In recent years, potable water reuse, whether direct or indirect, has gained significant interest globally. An increasing number of facilities around the world now operate successful potable reuse processes, some for many years such as the Goreangab water reclamation plant in Namibia practising direct potable reuse since the 1960’s, or the indirect potable reuse scheme in Torreele Belgium, in operation since 2002. Although planned indirect or direct potable reuse schemes (IPR/DPR) still account for a negligible fraction of the reused water volume worldwide, many schemes are currently in planning and development phases, especially in the USA with nearly 50 Planned and constructed IPR and/or DPR projects reported by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) in 2017. In Europe, despite a few success stories and the development of new research projects on the topic, potable reuse schemes remain thin on the ground. In that context, Water Reuse Europe and the American WateReuse Association are bringing together speakers from both continents who are involved in implemented – or are planning – potable reuse schemes to learn from their respective experiences in the development of such schemes with a specific emphasis on regulatory approaches, risk management and communication; and to discuss what is needed to enable wider adoption of potable reuse across Europe’s territories. Who should attend? Water professionals, developers, industry leaders, solution providers, technology suppliers, policy makers, researchers, end-users, and consultants involved in or with an interest for water reuse.
Jul
7
Wed
Multi-Agency Water Reuse Programs: Insights in Interagency Collaboration (Webcast)
Jul 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Multi-Agency Water Reuse Programs: Insights in Interagency Collaboration (Webcast)

Learn more about the National Water Reuse Action Plan and Action 2.16, “Support Local and Regional Reuse Projects by Identifying Challenges, Opportunities, and Models for Interagency Collaboration.”

11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
Fee: Complimentary
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

Join our panel of experts for a lively discussion of lessons learned through a year-long effort to interview and document the work it takes to bring multi-agency water reuse projects to fruition. Under the National Water Reuse Action Plan, the Action 2.16 team reviewed existing case-studies and literature to select and conduct informational interviews with key water reuse players across the country. The webcast will cover the lessons learned by these practitioners as they worked with Hampton Roads Sanitation District, Trinity River Authority, Pima County, and Monterey One Water, and other communities. The audience will learn about governance, regulations, economic and financial barriers, technical and operational issues and leadership. The panel will share the valuable insights and replicable strategies garnered from the work.

Speakers

  • Felicia Marcus, Stanford University
  • Dr. Robert Raucher, Raucher LLC
  • Eric Rosenblum, Water Resource Consultant
  • Dave Smith, EPA Region 9
  • Shannon Spurlock, Ochotona LLC
Jul
25
Sun
Arizona Water Reuse Symposium @ Little America Hotel
Jul 25 – Jul 27 all-day

Registration

> REGISTER TODAY

Accommodations

Little America Hotel Flagstaff
2515 East Butler Avenue, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
(928) 779-7900

A block of rooms has been set aside for symposium attendees through July 7th. The room rate of $149 per night will be honored thereafter for symposium attendees, but only based on availability of rooms. Ask for group sales and mention “Water Reuse Symposium” to receive the discounted rate, or use this link:

> BOOK HOTEL HERE

Sponsorship

> Sponsorship Prospectus

For any questions about sponsorship, please contact Jeff Biggs at jeff.biggs@tucsonaz.gov

 

Aug
10
Tue
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.

Aug
11
Wed
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.

Presenters

  • Wendy Ridderbusch, Executive Director, CalDesal
  • Mark Dononvan, GHD
  • Peter Fiske, Executive Director, NAWI and Director of the Water-Energy Resilience Research Institute
Aug
19
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Aug 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Sep
12
Sun
PNCWA 2021: Building Professional Excellence in Water Quality @ Boise Centre
Sep 12 – Sep 15 all-day

PNCWA will host a hybrid conference in September 2021. PNCWA 2021 will include a smaller, in-person conference in Boise, Idaho along with continued virtual conference engagement options for those who do not wish to travel. WateReuse Pacific Northwest is a collaborator on the event and will present a water reuse track.

Sep
17
Fri
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

Sep
19
Sun
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

Oct
12
Tue
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:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAldOGtrj4vGdA1-zAqXG6sUz3jo_lrRTJP

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

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