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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
Wed
2020 WateReuse California Virtual Conference
Jun 24 – Jul 31 all-day
2020 WateReuse California Virtual Conference

Launching June 24 -25

Don’t Miss the FIRST EVER WateReuse California virtual conference!

Join us for an easy to navigate, virtual conference experience.This is MORE than just a Replacement Event for the March 2020 Conference, this is an opportunity for our community to stand TOGETHER in these unprecedented times to recognize the good work we do and share ideas for the future. The WateReuse California virtual conference will be available online until July 31, 2020.
Jul
15
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Jul 15 all-day
Jul
16
Thu
Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting
Jul 16 all-day
Jul
17
Fri
Webcast: How Water Reuse Creates New Ways to Manage Wastewater Discharge
Jul 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Join Us!
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific | 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

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With many communities facing wastewater discharge limits for nutrients or temperature in Pacific Northwest waterways, reuse offers a water quality compliance strategy that can create wastewater, habitat and watershed benefits. This webcast will showcase two examples of how water reuse is being examined to address nutrient and thermal loading in marine and river water sources.

We will learn how water reuse is being looked at by the Bay Area Clean Water Agencies (BACWA) in the San Francisco Bay area to reduce nutrient loading to the estuary through a coordinated multi-utility assessment. With many parallels to Puget Sound in Washington State, BACWA’s planning can provide some ideas for how reuse might be part of the nutrient reduction plan for Puget Sound and other nutrient impaired waterways.

We will then shift attention to Western Oregon to hear from Clean Water Services in the Portland region. Clean Water Services has a long track-record of investing in innovative solutions to TMDLs. We will learn reuse is being examined to help their utility comply with thermal discharge limits.

Presenters

  • Dave Clark, Senior Vice President, Wastewater Market Sector Director, HDR Engineering
  • Jared Kinnear, Reuse Manager, Clean Water Services
  • Susan Schlangen, Engineer, Water Systems Consulting
Jul
22
Wed
Webcast: Protection of Source Waters When Practicing Indirect Potable Reuse – A Collaborative Approach
Jul 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

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2:00 – 3:15 pm Eastern | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

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Lake Lanier is a major source of water supply to the North Georgia region. Many communities surrounding Lake Lanier rely on it for both discharge of effluent as well as their sourcewater for drinking purposes. This practice, known as indirect potable reuse or surface water augmentation, provides a sustainable water supply solution for the region’s growing population. Specifically, in Gwinnett County, Georgia, the majority of the county’s 56 MGD of treated wastewater is discharged to the Lake, which is also the primary drinking water source. This transformation of wastewater into a valuable supply of sourcewater requires careful planning, monitoring, and protection of Lake Lanier.

While there have been various water research projects and planning efforts implemented throughout the Lake Lanier Watershed in the past, there does not exist a centralized coordinated plan that documents, facilitates, and coordinates an approach to developing the ideation, planning, prioritization, management, resourcing, and funding of applied water research projects.

In response to this identified need, The Water Tower, the new global innovation hub in Gwinnett County, Georgia, is leading the effort to create a forum through which stakeholders and researchers will work together to develop a Lake Lanier Watershed Research Master Plan. The Plan will provide a multi-year research roadmap of project concepts to address critical needs in the Lake Lanier Watershed.  Funding for prioritized projects will be crowdsourced among the stakeholders and the be the focus of nonprofit, public and private grant applications.  The research projects will be competitively bid, with regional and international third party technical expert oversight, and managed by The Water Tower, a 501c3 focused on research and innovation.

Presenters

  • Kristan VandenHeuvel, Strategic Director of Research and Engagement, The Water Tower
  • Steve Leo, Client Service Manager, Constantine Engineering
  • Jeff Mosher, Principal Technologist, Carollo Engineers
Jul
30
Thu
A Panel Discussion: Past, Present, & Future Reuse as Part of Arizona’s Water Portfolio
Jul 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

WateReuse Arizona Section Meeting & Webinar
10 am PDT | 10 am MST | 1 pm EDT
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 2

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Arizona’s water managers and policy makers have long touted the practice of using treated wastewater in many areas of the state and putting it to beneficial use.  However, every community uses effluent differently depending on their community’s needs, history, and make-up the other sources of their water resources portfolio. Differences range from the size and locations of their reclaimed purple pipe system, to recharge facilities for Long Term Storage Credits, to exchange agreements, and the next horizon of DPR. What kind of investments are communities making to secure their water future using effluent? How and why are there differences and similarities between these communities. This panel discussion aims at asking how communities from Northern to Southern Arizona, and from East to West Valley use treated effluent as a component of their water resources portfolio.

Panel Members

  • Brian Biesemeyer, City of Scottsdale
  • Eric Braun, Town of Gilbert
  • Barbara Chappell, City of Goodyear
  • Kathryn Sorensen, City of Phoenix
  • Tim Thomure, City of Tucson
  • Erin Young, City of Flagstaff

Moderators

  • Troy Walker
  • Gretchen Baumgardner

Panel Outline

START TIME END TIME DURATION TOTAL Description
10:00 AM 10:05 AM 0:05 0:05 Moderator Introduction to Webinar and panelist
10:05 AM 11:05 AM 1:00 1:05 Each Panelist gives a brief (10 min) presentation on their effluent uses and how that equates to their water resources portfolio
11:05 AM 11:25 AM 0:20 1:25 Q&A
11:25 AM 11:40 AM 0:15 1:40 Audience Q&A
11:40 AM 11:50 AM 0:10 1:50 Panelist each give a closing remark
11:50 AM 11:55 AM 0:05 1:55 Moderator closes panel discussion

Questions

  • Are there plans to build additional infrastructure to increase or change the way your organization uses its effluent?
  • What hurdles to you see do drive that infrastructure investment, if any?
  • How important do you see effluent as being a portion of your water resources portfolio? Does it play a significant role in planning for the future?
  • What role has getting public buy-in to developing reuse projects?
    • Regarding buy-in from your organization’s leadership as well.
  • In looking back over your organization’s history, and hindsight is always 20/20, but can you talk about lessons learned or are there things about how the way your organization uses its effluent you would change if you could go back, knowing what you know now?
  • Are there currently any regulatory hurdles that are preventing greater use of recycled water?
  • In 2019 the prohibition for Direct Potable Reuse was lifted. What are your thoughts about the viability of this for your organization?
Jul
31
Fri
From Urban to Rural: Water Reuse Case Studies in the Pacific Northwest
Jul 31 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Join Us!
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific | 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1.5

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Join us as we learn how water reuse is being reimagined and employed in different ways and scales. We will hear from the Portland Water Bureau regarding decentralized on-site non-potable water reuse to address water resource challenges for the City of Portland. Chris Wanner is a commissioner of the National Blue Ribbon Commission on On-site Non-Potable Reuse and will discuss how Portland’s efforts fit into the Commission’s work on advancing on-site non-potable water reuse. We will then shift attention to a smaller community in the Pacific Northwest, the City of Hagerman, Idaho, to learn how they transitioned from discharging to the river to recycling their water and putting it to good use.

Presenters

  • Chris Wanner, Portland Water Bureau
  • Dan Ayers, JUB Engineers
  • Justin Hulme, Public Works Superintendent, City of Hagerman, ID
Aug
11
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Aug 11 all-day
Aug
19
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Aug 19 all-day
Aug
20
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Aug 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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