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April 23, 2018

Washington Update

Water Week 2018 Makes a Splash in Washington DC

 

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Member!

The WateReuse Association thanks the following new member:

  • RFN3 Solutions LLC

California: Department of Water Resources Awards $3 Million to Develop Plans for Sonoma County Groundwater

The California Department of Water Resources awarded $1 million each to three Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSA) in Sonoma County to support development of plans for each of the basins. The GSAs were formed in 2017 to ensure that there is a balance in the amount of water that is going out of and coming into groundwater basins. The groundwater plans will include recommendations for groundwater recharge, recycled water, new incentives for water conservation and sustainability, and regulations for groundwater use. Learn More.

Colorado: Bills Pass Allowing Reclaimed Water for Edible Crops, Toilet Flushing

Colorado’s legislature passed two bills that allow for new uses of reclaimed water In Colorado. HB-1093 adds edible crops as a new use and HB-1069 adds toilet flushing. Both are now headed to the Governor for his signature. This is a big year for water reuse in Colorado’s legislature with two additional bills making their way through the house and senate that would allow reclaimed water to be used for industrial hemp irrigation (SB18-038) and marijuana cultivation (HB18-1053). Many members of WateReuse Colorado have worked on bill language and amendments and have come out in force to testify at key hearings. Details on bill language and status can be found here.

Colorado: Proceeds from Denver Water’s Recycled Water Beer Will Go to Charity

Denver Water is partnering with a local green certified brewery to produce beer brewed with purified recycled water for its 100th Anniversary. When customers of the Declaration Brewing Company order this unique Pilsner, they will be supporting scholarships for careers in the water industry and related infrastructure. The purified water comes from the PureWater Colorado Demonstration Project – a purification system that converts used household water into drinking water that meets all state and federal drinking water standards. Learn More.

 

Association News

2017 Annual Report Highlights Successes

The WateReuse Association released its 2017 Annual Report highlighting a year of success, including strong federal and state advocacy, new member education tools, and a fifth straight year of member growth. Nationally, there is more interest than ever in water recycling and the WateReuse Association is taking this opportunity to educate and advocate. View Annual Report.

New Handout Developed for Water Week, Local Advocacy

The WateReuse Association created a handout, Water Reuse: Transforming Water, Sustaining Our Future, explaining the benefits of water reuse on one side and illustrating the economic value of recycled water for communities across the country on the other side. The document was developed for Water Week 2018 in Washington, DC and for members to use in local advocacy.

Applications Open for Utility of the Future Today Recognition Program

The Utility of the Future Today recognition program returns for a third year to honor water resource recovery facilities for community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients. A webinar is scheduled for utilities wishing to learn more about the program and the application process on April 25. The deadline to apply for recognition this year is May 30. Learn More.

 

 

Conferences and Events

Webcast: Unconventional Oil and Gas Exploration: Outlook for Water Reuse and Potential Impacts on Distribution Pipes

What is the current state of water reuse in unconventional oil and gas? And what are the impacts of fracking and crude oil contaminants on water distribution pipes? Join us on Wednesday, May 9 at 2 p.m. EDT to hear results from two Water Research Foundation studies on unconventional oil and gas that cover opportunities and challenges for water reuse and protection of public health. Learn More.

Advance Registration Ends Today for the 2018 Water Research Foundation Conference

The latest research addressing the challenges of integrated water management and water reuse will be presented at the 2018 Water Research Foundation Conference in downtown Atlanta, GA on May 6-8, 2018. The Research Conference is designed to help communities prepare for the future with a comprehensive program offering innovative approaches and creative solutions for managing our water resources. Learn More.

Register for the Pacific Northwest WateReuse Conference

Learn the latest on state and federal policy at the 2018 Pacific Northwest WateReuse Conference in Portland, Oregon, on Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18, 2018. Policy sessions will cover Washington State’s new reclaimed water rule, updates on federal funding programs, and a robust panel discussion on state regulation with representatives from Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Learn More.

Webcast: Developing Regulations that Grow and Support Water Reuse: The Regulator Perspective

States are taking the lead in developing regulations to support implementation and growth of water reuse. Please join us on Wednesday, June 13 at 2 p.m. EDT to learn about the latest regulatory developments in four states across the country at varying stages — from states with a long history of water reuse to states in the early stages of assessing reuse needs and strategy. Regulators from California, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Minnesota will discuss the latest developments in their states. Learn More.

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.

Upcoming Events

Feb
10
Fri
Board of Trustees Meeting
Feb 10 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Please contact Jennifer West for details

Feb
14
Tue
Agricultural Reuse Committee @ Virtual
Feb 14 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

For more information contact Rosario Cortes

WRCA Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ LACSD Joint Administration Office (JAO)
Feb 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Tour of the San Jose Creek WRP will follow starting at 1:15 pm

Hosted by Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, and lunch will be sponsored by AECOM.

For in-person attendance, please RSVP to jjacobus@rinconconsultants.com by Friday, February 10. Virtual attendance option also available.

 

Agenda
WRCA Inland Empire Chapter Meeting @ Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority
Feb 14 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Feb
15
Wed
WRTX: Tel Aviv to Texas: Lessons Learned from the 2022 WateReuse Israel Delegation
Feb 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
WRTX: Tel Aviv to Texas: Lessons Learned from the 2022 WateReuse Israel Delegation

Register Now!

February 15, 2023 Time: 1:00pm CT | 2:00pm ET


As a global leader in water reuse, Israel takes a very intentional and integrated approach to producing and maintaining its water supply. They combine desalination, water recycling of municipal wastewater and stormwater capture, and reuse to ensure sustainable supplies. Nearly 90 percent of Israel’s treated wastewater is reused for agricultural irrigation purposes.


In November 2022, over 40 representatives from the U.S. water sector, including utilities, industry, states, and the federal government, traveled to Israel as part of a science, technology, and policy informational exchange focused on water reuse practices. This intensive week of learning about the Israeli approach to managing its water resources included several delegates from Texas.


The panelists will share their general experience as part of the delegation (5-10 mins each) and then we will ask a few prepared questions about lessons learned and how those could be applied to Texas communities. If time allows, we will take questions from the audience.


Moderator: 

Paula Paciorek, Division Manager, Houston Water Planning

Presenters:

  • Special Introduction by Omer Bab, Director of Trade and Regulatory Policy, Embassy of Israel and Danny Greenwald, Senior Deputy Director General for Regulation, Israel Water Authority
  • Eva Steinle-Darling, Water Reuse Technical Practice Director, Carollo Engineers
  • Hunter Adams, Environmental Laboratory Supervisor, City of Wichita Falls – Cypress Environmental Laboratory
  • Erika Crespo, Assistant Deputy Director, Water Quality Division, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
  • Kobe Nagar, CEO and Co-Founder, 374 Water

 

Feb
16
Thu
WRCA Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Moulton Nigel Water District
Feb 16 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Key topic will be on urban runoff diversions; more details forthcoming.

For more information contact Kraig Erickson

Feb
17
Fri
WRCA Northern California Chapter Meeting @ virtual
Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Feb
21
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Feb 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Feb
24
Fri
Leg-Reg Committee Meeting
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Please contact Jennifer West for details

WRCA Leg-Reg Committee Meeting @ virtual
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

For more information contact Jennifer West

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