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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

Nov
20
Wed
Closing the Water Loop with NEWater: The Story of Recycled Water in Singapore
Nov 20 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Webcast 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pacific; 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Eastern Fee: WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49 PDHs: 1 Register Now! Singapore is a small island nation and is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. In the early years of its nation building, with limited land to collect and store rainwater, Singapore faced drought, floods and water pollution. These challenges inspired the Public Utilities Board (PUB), Singapore’s National Water Agency, to strategize and seek innovative ideas, develop capabilities and secure a sustainable supply of water. Today, PUB has developed a diversified and sustainable water supply strategy for Singapore with the Four National Taps. The Four National Taps are local catchment water, imported water, NEWater and desalinated water. This Webinar focuses on Singapore’s third National Tap, NEWater. NEWater refers to the high-grade reclaimed water that is produced using advanced membrane and ultraviolet technologies. It is primarily supplied to non-domestic sectors such as wafer fabrication plants, petrochemical plants, manufacturing industries and commercial buildings for industrial and air-conditioning purposes. A small percentage of NEWater is also injected into the reservoirs before being treated at the waterworks for drinking water supply. Participants of this Webinar will learn about the development of NEWater in Singapore, including R&D efforts and strategies to overcome various operational challenges.

Presenters

Bingrui Liu has been the Operations Engineer at Kranji NEWater Factory since 2017 after graduating from Boston University with a BA(Hons) in Chemistry. Joelyn Tan joined the Operations team at Bedok NEWater Factory (BNF) in 2018, bringing along her technical knowledge as well as experience with the latest industry innovations. Melanie Tan was the Plant Manager for Bedok NEWater Factory from 2010 – 2013 and will be facilitating the session. She currently serves as the Northern California Reuse Practice Leader for Kennedy Jenks.
Dec
3
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Dec 3 all-day
Dec
5
Thu
Balancing Water Reuse and Stream Quality in the Highly Urbanized Los Angeles River Watershed: Application of Statewide Framework
Dec 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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

Register Now!

This webcast will summarize the California Environmental Flows Framework and its application in the Los Angeles River. Across the country, state and local agencies are promoting water reuse and recycling to conserve water resources. Reuse and recycling of treated wastewater can result in a reduction of instream flow and can impact existing and future instream beneficial uses, setting up potential conflicts between policies aimed at promoting reuse, protecting water quality, and managing ecological resources. Agencies in California have come together to develop a statewide environmental flows framework that can be used to establish seasonal flow criteria. This framework is currently being applied in the Los Angeles River watershed to better evaluate the cumulative impacts of potential flow reductions associated with several water reuse and water capture projects. The project will provide a science-based approach for assessing flow necessary to sustain beneficial uses. The project outcomes will be used to help establish technically sound flow recommendations and evaluate the consequences of alternative flow scenarios for the LA River. This project may also serve as a model for assessing similar situations in other river systems across the state.

Presenter

Dr. Eric Stein is a head of the Biology Department at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP). Dr. Stein oversees a variety of projects related to in-stream and coastal water quality, bioassessment, hydromodification, watershed modeling, and assessment of wetlands and other aquatic resources.  His research focuses on effects of human activities on the condition of aquatic ecosystems, and on developing tools to better assess and manage those effects.

 

Dec
6
Fri
Northern California Chapter Meeting @ Dublin/San Ramon
Dec 6 all-day

Topic: Recycled Water Technologies and Case Studies

Meeting of the Board of Directors
Dec 6 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Dec
7
Sat
WateReuse Nevada Girl Scouts Outreach Event @ Girls Scout Council Office
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
WateReuse Nevada Girl Scouts Outreach Event @ Girls Scout Council Office

WOW! Wonders of Water Brownie Journey Jumpstart

Our event is a series of activities and presentations for Brownie Girl Scouts to earn a badge called Wow! Wonders of Water Journey – LOVE Water. Girl Scouts can sign up through the council events page. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Erica Marti (erica.marti@unlv.edu).

Overview of activities:

  • learning about the water cycle through active movement and visual demonstration
  • learning about water pollution, especially how our community is affected by stormwater runoff
  • learning about the unique water system in the Las Vegas Valley

Our event is now posted on the Girl Scout events page. Please share with anyone who has a Girl Scout (2nd, 3rd grades).

 

 

Dec
19
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Dec 19 all-day
Feb
11
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Feb 11 all-day
Mar
15
Sun
2020 WateReuse California Annual Conference @ Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Mar 15 @ 8:00 am – Mar 17 @ 5:00 pm
2020 WateReuse California Annual Conference @ Hyatt Regency San Francisco | San Francisco | California | United States

The Annual WateReuse California Conference brings together utilities, businesses, policymakers, and large water users from across the state to examine the latest issues and technologies in water recycling.

Jun
9
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Jun 9 all-day

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