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April 22, 2019

34th Annual WateReuse Symposium to Highlight Technology Innovation, Register Today

Nominations Due May 6 for the Annual WateReuse Awards for Excellence

Washington Update

EPA Opens Comment Period for Water Reuse Action Plan, WateReuse Initiates Member Survey

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week that it is seeking public input on the development of an action plan to accelerate water reuse nationwide. To facilitate input, EPA also released a Discussion Framework for Development of a Draft Water Reuse Action Plan, which provides background, context, and details on elements the Water Reuse Action Plan could address. EPA will accept public comments through July 1, 2019 online (search for Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2019-0174). The WateReuse Association is leading an effort to develop recommendations across water sector organizations, agriculture, industry and other stakeholder communities. To help guide our work, we invite members to provide responses to the WateReuse Survey for the EPA Action Plan. Please either submit your ideas directly to EPA and/or to WateReuse so that we can ensure their integration into our own comments. EPA will release a draft Water Reuse Action Plan for public comment in conjunction with the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium in San Diego, California.

EPA Guidance Rejects the Need for Additional Permitting for Groundwater Recharge

Last week, EPA issued a guidance to clarify its interpretation of the Clean Water Act as it pertains to whether or not National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits are required for groundwater discharges. EPA’s conclusion is that the Clean Water Act does not require such permitting for releases into groundwater. The EPA guidance is relevant to an ongoing case taken up by the Supreme Court that could impact permitting requirements for recycled water groundwater recharge projects. In February 2018, the Ninth Circuit held that the County of Maui’s injection of highly treated effluent into an underground aquifer violated the CWA. The WateReuse Association joined with twelve other associations in submitting an Amicus Brief urging the Supreme Court to overturn the decision.

EPA to Hold Information Sessions on New Water Reuse Financing Opportunity

EPA is offering a series of information sessions for public and private borrowers interested in taking advantage of a new funding round through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan program. EPA estimates that the funding will create at least $6 billion in loan capital for water projects, including projects related to water recycling, which is one of three priority areas for the program in this round. The information sessions will include presentations from WateReuse members and provide information to prospective borrowers about the WIFIA program and this round of funding.

WateReuse Urges Revisions to Reuse Exemptions in “Waters of the U.S.” Rulemaking

The WateReuse Association last week submitted comments on the Administration’s proposed rule revising the definition of “Waters of the United States” and urged revisions to proposed exemptions for water recycling structures.    The revised definition includes several critical exemptions that WateReuse fought for during the initial 2014 rulemaking process, including exemptions for water recycling, wastewater treatment, and stormwater control activities from jurisdiction under the rule. However,  in our comment letter on the revised rule, WateReuse expressed serious concern over new language that limits these exemptions to upland applications and urged the Administration to remove this limitation. It is unclear when the Administration will release a final rule but WateReuse will track and report on developments as they occur. 

State Updates and Member Profiles

California: Santa Margarita Building 1.6 Billion Gallon Reuse Reservoir

WateReuse Association member the Santa Margarita Water District is building a 1.6-billion-gallon reservoir that will be able to store recycled water collected from as many as five South Orange County treatment plants. When completed in 2020, Trampas Canyon Reservoir will provide water to irrigate lawns, parks, trees, greenbelts and street medians. In a later phase of the project, the water district plans to use some of the stored water to recharge groundwater basins via percolation. Read More.

California: City of San Diego, Trussell Partner on Potable Reuse Operator Training

WateReuse Association members the City of San Diego and Trussell Technologies partnered to design and execute a training program to prepare operators for operating a full-scale full advanced treatment train and for passing certification exams for advanced water treatment operators once certification programs are available. The training program emphasizes building practical skill sets by providing hands-on experience opportunities and providing the educational resources to successfully apply theory of treatment to operations. Read More.

Florida: Decision on Tampa Augmentation Project Delayed One Year

Tampa Bay Water, a regional water authority, voted last week to delay a decision on the proposed $350 million Tampa Augmentation Project for one year. The project would supply 50 million gallons of drinking water a day by first pumping recycled water into the Floridan aquifer and then to a reservoir to be treated again for drinking water. During the delay, Tampa Bay Water offered up to $1.6 million to help complete a feasibility study. Read More.

North Carolina: Innovation in Water Recycling in Pittsboro

The Chatham Park Decentralized Wastewater Reclamation Facility, currently under construction in Pittsboro, is using eco-engineering processes to convert wastewater into water that can be used in agricultural, industrial and landscaping applications. The effluent is treated using organisms that consume nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus. The $30 million facility will include an educational center and will have an initial capacity to process 500,000 gallons per day. The five-acre site could expand to up to 2 million gallons a day if needed. Read More.

Texas: EPA Honors Wichita Falls Potable Reuse Project

WateReuse Association member the City of Wichita Falls was honored with the U.S. EPA’s Pisces Award, which recognizes exceptional projects funded by the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Wichita Falls received a $33.5 million loan to support a potable reuse project that adds purified water to Lake Arrowhead, which serves as a source for drinking water supply. Wichita Falls is one of five cities that received the distinction of an “exceptional project.” Read More.

Conferences and Events

Webcast: Bioanalytical Screening Tools for Recycled Water – An Emerging Technology to Assess Complex Mixtures in Aquatic Environments

What’s the next big thing in monitoring recycled water quality? Please join us May 15 at 2 p.m. eastern to learn how In vitro cell-based assays have shown promise as bioscreening tools to assess environmental mixtures and prioritize sites requiring further investigations. These assays are designed to respond to groups of chemicals. As such, they offer an integrative approach to complement conventional chemical and toxicity testing. Learn More.

Register for the 8th Annual Water Reuse in Texas Conference

WateReuse Texas, Water Environment Association of Texas, and Texas American Water Works Association will host the 8th Annual Water Reuse in Texas Conference, May 23-24, in McAllen, Texas. The program will present the latest on operations, financing, planning, and water quality. Pat Sinicropi, Executive Director of WateReuse Association, will provide a keynote discussion on the future of water reuse, Texas’ role as a reuse pioneer, and EPA’s upcoming Water Reuse Action Plan. Learn More.

Webcast: Innovative Strategies for Municipal Water Reuse

As the municipal water reuse market experiences unprecedented growth and geographic expansion, where are the best opportunities? Please June us on June 5 at 2 pm to gain insight into the evolving municipal water reuse market, learn how utilities can see a return on their investment in reuse, and get the latest forecasts on how the market is poised to take off on a large scale. Learn More.

Upcoming Events

May
30
Thu
WateReuse Arizona Meeting & Webinar @ Carollo Engineers
May 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Date: May 30, 2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Webinar Presentation 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Arizona Section Board Meeting Location: Carollo Engineers, 4600 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034 Title: Onsite Water Reuse: An Additional Strategy to Manage Water Presenters: Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Abstract:  Treating water onsite in buildings, districts and large redevelopment projects can reduce potable water anywhere from 25-75%. Learn more about how the deployment of onsite water treatment systems are advancing in San Francisco and across the country. Biography: Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is responsible for diversifying San Francisco’s water supply through conservation, groundwater, recycled water, onsite water reuse and innovations programs.
May
31
Fri
Florida Potable Reuse Commission Workshop @ TBD
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Jun
5
Wed
Innovative Strategies for Municipal Water Reuse
Jun 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Presented in partnership with Bluefield Research, this webcast will provide insight into the growth and geographic expansion in the municipal water reuse market.

Webcast
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

As the municipal water reuse market experiences unprecedented growth and geographic expansion, where are the best opportunities? Bluefield Research has tracked over 700 reuse projects across 20 states. For the first time, this includes projects in two new states, New York and Oklahoma, reflecting the spread of reuse outside of its core markets such as California, Florida, Texas and Arizona. Learn what’s changed, how reuse “pays off” for utilities, and how the market is poised to take off on a large scale.

This webcast will address:

  • The impact of decentralized reuse as large commercial property owners, such as Salesforce, look to invest in onsite treatment;
  • Municipal investment in potable reuse, with a case study of El Paso, Texas, the largest city to adopt direct potable reuse;
  • Regulatory and geographic shifts for water reuse; and
  • Innovative financing strategies and prospects for return on investment.

Presenter

Erin Bonney Casey, Research Director, Bluefield Research

Jun
7
Fri
Meeting of the Board of Directors
Jun 7 @ 11:00 pm – Jun 8 @ 2:00 pm
Jun
12
Wed
Florida Potable Reuse Commission Meeting @ Toho Water Authority
Jun 12 @ 9:30 am
  • Call-in number is (407) 944-5105
Jun
20
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Trabuco Canyon Water District
Jun 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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  • Time: June 20, 2019
  • Location
    :Trabuco Canyon Water District
    32003 Dove Canyon Dr
    Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679
Jul
28
Sun
Arizona Water Reuse Symposium @ Little America Hotel in Flagstaff
Jul 28 – Jul 30 all-day

Arizona Water Reuse Symposium

Register online HERE.
To complete registration by mail,use this FORM. (form attached)
Sponsorship Opportunities can be found HERE (form attached)
Symposium Program will be posted soon.  Check back often.

2019 WateReuse Arizona Awards 
Deadline to nominate: June 11, 2019

WateReuse Arizona will present awards in the following categories:
1. Project of the Year
2. Program of the Year
3. Person of the Year
AWARD NOMINATION INFO HERE (form attached)

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 $145 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

 

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

 

Aug
9
Fri
WR California Board Meeting – Kennedy/Jenks @ Rancho Cordova and Irvine Office
Aug 9 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

WR California Board Meeting

– Aug 9 – 9:30 AM ~ 12:00 PM (Friday)
– Video hosted by Kennedy/Jenks
Rancho Cordova and Irvine Office

Aug
23
Fri
Northern California Chapter Meeting @ Peninsula
Aug 23 all-day

Topic: Decentralized Reuse

Aug
26
Mon
Orange County 10th Anniversary Celebration @ Downtown Anaheim Community Center
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

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