House Committee Highlights Water Recycling During Climate Resiliency Hearing
Last week, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee held a hearing on sustainable wastewater infrastructure and resiliency, which highlighted water recycling as a key resiliency tool. Robert Ferrante, General Manager of WateReuse Association member organization, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, provided testimony on the importance of water reuse as a drought-resiliency tool.
Representatives Grace Napolitano (D-CA) and John Garamendi (D-CA) both discussed the benefits of water recycling and the need to fund key programs that support the development of recycled water resources. During the question-and-answer period, both Congresswoman Napolitano and Mr. Ferrante spoke about the evolution of water recycling and its role in providing more resilient water supplies. Congressman Garamendi highlighted the value of Title XVI-WIIN water reuse grant funding in developing resilient water supplies and expressed support for Napolitano’s effort to authorize $500 million for the program.
In his opening remarks, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) urged the Committee to act on the “transformational infrastructure bill,” and shared the Committee’s priorities and budget estimates for FY 2022. View the full hearing and additional testimony.
Senate Republicans Unveil Major Infrastructure Investment Proposal, Includes Nearly $50 Billion for Water
In response to the recently released American Jobs Plan from the Biden Administration, Senate Republicans, led by Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released a proposal to invest $568 billion to address a range of infrastructure needs. The Republican proposal includes $35 billion for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure and $14 billion for water storage; though, as with the Biden plan, specific details have not been released. As we previously reported, the Administration’s American Jobs Plan would invest $2.25 trillion, including $111 billion for water systems infrastructure, focusing on resilient systems and providing clean, safe water to all communities. Congressional leaders and the White House continue to discuss infrastructure legislation and potential paths forward. WateReuse is monitoring the situation closely, and advocating for major investments in water recycling programs as a key feature of any infrastructure package.
Bureau of Reclamation Announces Funding for Desalination and Water Reuse Pilot Projects
The Bureau of Reclamation announced the availability of $2 million in funding to support innovative desalination and water recycling pilot projects under the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program, Pitch to Pilot. Reclamation will award up to $200,000 per project to develop innovative and disruptive new technologies or processes to reduce the costs, energy requirements, and/or environmental impacts of treating impaired and unusable water to standards necessary for an identified beneficial use. Eligible applicants include Individuals/entrepreneurs, institutions of higher education, commercial or industrial organizations, private entities, state and local governmental entities, federally funded research and development centers, tribal governments and organizations, and non-profit organizations. This funding opportunity is open until June 03, 2021 and is available on grants.gov, opportunity number R21AS00424.
WRAP Quarterly Update Highlights Involvement at WateReuse Symposium
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a quarterly update for the National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP), highlighting WRAP engagement at the Annual WateReuse Symposium, implementation milestones of specific WRAP actions, and efforts to build water reuse capacity within EPA. In a message from EPA’s National Program Leader for Water Reuse Dr. Sharon Nappier, the quarterly update marks February as the one-year anniversary of the WRAP and notes that 105 organizations and individuals are collaborating on the effort. A webcast to celebrate WRAP accomplishments explore the future of water reuse, Resilience through Collaboration: First Year Highlights and Future Directions of the National Water Reuse Action Plan, will be presented on April 29 at 2– 3:30 pm ET.
State Updates and Member Profiles
Member Spotlight: City of Los Angeles’ Water Recycling Program Featured on the Today Show
Los Angeles’ commitment to recycle 100% of its wastewater by 2035 was spotlighted last week on NBC’s Today Show. The report included tours of treatment facilities operated by LA Sanitation & Environment and highlighted the technology that will help Los Angles build its resilience to and mitigate impacts of climate change. Watch here.
CA: City of Palo Alto Selects Black & Veatch to Design Advanced Water Purification System
The City of Palo Alto has selected Black & Veatch to design an advanced water purification system (AWPS) to expand water reuse in Santa Clara County. The new AWPS will be at the city’s Regional Water Quality Control Plant, which treats wastewater from six communities. Designed to initially produce 1.125 million gallons a day (mgd) and accommodate a future expansion to 2.25 mgd of production, the AWPS will enhance the quality of the tertiary-treated recycled water now produced. It will also serve as a demonstration facility for a future potable-reuse project to be implemented offsite by Valley Water. Read more.
GA: Environmental Protection Division Releases First Indirect Potable Reuse Guidelines
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) released the state’s first indirect potable reuse guidelines. The guidelines are intended to help applicants navigate through the regulatory complexity of a potential IPR project, help the appropriate programs within EPD coordinate with each other, and streamline the regulatory process. The guidelines provide a framework to support applicants for new or modified drinking water, surface water withdrawal, and wastewater discharge permits. Read more.
NH: Dairy Farmers Celebrate Recycled Water Use on Earth Day
A New Hampshire dairy farm used last week’s Earth Day celebration to highlight how onsite water recycling demonstrates commitment to the environment and sustainability. Family-owned and operated Hatchland Farm makes sure that the water it uses to to cool down milk does not go to waste. The water is recycled as drinking water for the cows, wash-down water in the milking parlor, and as an additive to the liquid manure fertilizer. The facility incorporated a large tunnel from the milking parlor to the processing plant to obtain a permit to recycle water. Read more.
Section Update: Pacific Northwest Quarterly Newsletter Highlight Opportunities to Engage
The WateReuse Pacific Northwest Section released a quarterly update for members in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington highlighting opportunities to engage and collaborate on water reuse issues across the region. The section is hosting state by state workshops to collaborate and brainstorm and developing a water reuse track for PNCWA 2021 to be held in Boise in September. Read more.
Taiwan Turns to Recycled Water for Chipmaking
Amid growing water stresses, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is developing an advanced treatment plant to treat industrial water for reuse in the production of semiconductors. The system is expected to recycle 67,000 tons of water daily for chip production by 2024. The company is the world’s largest contract chipmaker and faces production concerns as Taiwan continues in the worst drought in over 50 years. Read more.
Centers for Disease Control Continues to Invest in Wastewater Surveillance
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working to establish the first government-led wastewater surveillance program. The CDC selected the Water Environment Federation to help create, manage, and provide training for water utilities, public health agencies, and laboratories participating in the National Wastewater Surveillance System. Read more.
Member Engagement Opportunities
California Communications Collaborative Group Meets on April 28
The WateReuse California Communications Collaborative Group will convene its next virtual meeting on Wednesday, April 28, 10 am – 11:30 am PT. This group provides a forum to discuss and collaborate on potable water reuse communications. This week’s meeting features a presentation from Kevin Hardy, Executive Director of NWRI, who will provide a scientific perspective on progress towards direct potable reuse. Register here.
New Onsite and Distributed Water Recycling Systems Committee Meets April 29
The first quarterly meeting of the new Onsite and Distributed Water Recycling Systems Committee is Thursday, April 29 at 1:00-2:00 pm ET (10:00-11:00 am PT). The committee is led by Paula Kehoe, Chair, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and Greta Zornes, Vice-Chair, CDM Smith. Committee membership is open to any employee of a member organization. If you are interested in participating, please email Aliza Furneaux (email@example.com) to learn more.
Member Resources and Benefits
Visit the WateReuse Webcast Library On-Demand Technical Education
Did you miss a WateReuse webcast you really wanted to see? Or are you looking for information to support your water recycling program? The WateReuse Webcast Library is available exclusively to members and includes over 100 presentations that you can watch on demand with a member login. WateReuse presents webcasts on water recycling technology, operations, research, and policy issues and archives them for member use. Visit the WateReuse Webcast Library to make your selection.
Conferences, Webcasts and Events
Call for Presentations: 2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference
WateReuse California is accepting proposals for presentations at its 2021 Annual Conference taking place September 19-21 in Los Angeles and virtually. To be considered for a technical presentation, submit a presentation proposal by May 14, 2021. Presenters will be notified by July 2, 2021 if their proposal has been selected. Read more.
EPA Webcast: Water Utilities as Anchor Institutions: Exploring How Utilities Add to the social, Economic and Environmental Fabric of Community
April 30, 2021
10 am PT | 1 pm ET (1.5 hours)
Join this webinar to hear from utility leaders about how water utilities can use their physical structures, (built capital), economic and financial assets (financial capital), and human or social capital to create maximum shared value in their communities. Register here.
Webcast: Water Reuse in Bioenergy Production – A Pathway to Conservation and Resiliency
May 12, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
This webcast presents findings from an Argonne National Laboratory analyses of potential recycled water use to produce biofuels from conventional crops and algae and generate power by incorporating technology, climate, and geospatial-temporal components. Findings suggest a significant potential of producing advanced biofuel while doubling the amount of recycled water in use nationally. Register here.
Webcast: Digital Platform, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Potable Reuse Projects
June 1, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
In this webcast, our presenters will introduce how digital platforms including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can be used to improve asset management strategies, operational efficiencies, enhance source control, validate unit process performance, predict product water quality and making sound decisions for assessing suitability of product water for human consumption. Register here.
Friday, December 2, 2022: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm EST