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April 26, 2021

Water Week 2021: Join Us This Week in Elevating Water Recycling as a National Priority

Washington Update

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.

International Update

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.

Research Update

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 (afurneaux@watereuse.org) 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.

Upcoming Events

Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting
May 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Please Save-the-Date for our chapter meeting on May 30 at the City of Roseville’s Dry Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The draft agenda is attached. Also, please note that this is an in-person meeting only.

Please RSVP to me (jayaprakashl@sacsewer.com) by May 27 to confirm your attendance.

WateReuse California Legislative-Regulatory Committee Meeting
May 31 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Please find below the 2024 schedule for the Legislative-Regulatory Committee. All in-person meetings will be held at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Sacramento offices located at: 1121 L Street, Suite 900, Sacramento.]


Both in-person and virtual meetings will occur from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Those indicated as virtual will occur over Zoom and a link will be provided on the agenda.


The 2024 WRCA Annual Conference will be at the: Hyatt Regency Orange County.


Please save the date for our 2024 meeting dates:


1. January 19 – in person

2. March 8 – virtual

3. March 22 – in person

4. April 12 – virtual

5. May 10 – in person

6. May 31 – virtual

7. June 21 – virtual

8. August 9 – virtual

9. September 16 – in person (at annual conference)

WRCA Potable Reuse Permitting & Compliance Meeting
Jun 6 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Second Quarter 2024
Jun 7 all-day


WateReuse San Diego Chapter Q2 Meeting
Jun 12 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Join us on June 12 for a unique opportunity to tour the Barona Water Recycling Facility. This meeting will feature an overview of a collaborative project between Ramona Municipal Water District and the Barona Band of Mission Indians. We will also discuss chapter updates and recognize our 2024 science fair winners. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please note that the mapping services are sometimes unreliable in this area. We will begin our meeting at the Barona Tribal Offices. The maps below detail our meeting location and the route from the Tribal Office to the Water Recycling Facility.

WateReuse Pacific Northwest: Summer Summit & Social @ The Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon
Jun 13 all-day
WateReuse Pacific Northwest: Summer Summit & Social @ The Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon

The WateReuse Association Pacific Northwest (PNW) section, in partnership with the City of Silverton, is hosting its third annual Summer Summit and Social on Thursday, June 13, 2024, at The Oregon Garden.

The Oregon Garden is a stunning botanical garden encompassing over 80 acres and featuring over 20 specialty gardens showcasing the diverse botanical beauty of the Willamette Valley and the Pacific Northwest. The featured wetlands and A-Mazing Water Garden represent a unique partnership with the City of Silverton; these garden areas cool the City’s effluent water which, in turn, is used to irrigate the Garden. Guests will also see sustainable practices such as green roofs, home composting, permaculture, and more on display. The event will conclude with a happy hour at the Garden.

Register Here!

WRCA Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Jun 18 all-day

Our next chapter meeting will be on June 18, 2024 at Eurofins. Please note that the date has been changed, rescheduled from June 11 to June 18 to accommodate many members that may be attending the ACE24 conference.

Please RSVP by Friday, June 14, 2024, using the form at this link: https://forms.office.com/r/mVTWQNjBxL

Inland Empire Chapter Meeting
Jun 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Our next Inland Empire WateReuse Chapter Meeting will be on June 18th and will be hosted by the Jurupa Community Services District.  This will be an in-person meeting with lunch sponsored by John Robinson Consulting, IncSee the attached agenda.

Tuesday, June 18th, 2024 // 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Please RSVP HERE for this meeting by Thursday, June 13th.

Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Jun 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Carollo Engineers
Jun 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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