One Week Left to Nominate a Leader for the Annual WateReuse Awards for Excellence
Now is the time to get recognition for your water recycling program, creative collaborations, innovative technology, or to salute a colleague that that is demonstrating leadership in advancing water reuse. Submit a nomination for the Annual WateReuse Awards for Excellence by Monday, May 6 to be considered for the most prestigious award in the water reuse sector. The WateReuse Association’s annual awards program recognizes innovations and leadership that advance greater adoption of water reuse. Winners will be honored at the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium, September 8-11, 2019 in San Diego, CA. Submit your nomination today.
Learn about the Latest Water Reuse Research at the Annual WateReuse Symposium, Register Today
How will the latest water reuse research change the way communities incorporate water recycling into their water management strategies? Learn about the latest in reuse research and imagine the future at the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium, September 8- 11, 2019 in San Diego, California. This year’s Symposium includes a research track featuring key findings from essential research led by the Water Research Foundation. Register today to reserve your space at the nation’s premier conference on water reuse.
ACTION NEEDED: Co-Sponsors for House Water Infrastructure Legislation with Increased Funding for Water Reuse
WateReuse Advocates for Reuse in FY 2020 Budgeting and Appropriations
Maui County Reacts to EPA’s Clarification on the Clean Water Act, Resurrects Reuse Program
State Updates and Member Profiles
California: Santa Barbara Improves Treatment for Recycled Water
WateReuse Association member the City of Santa Barbara unveiled its newly renamed El Estero Water Resource Center last week, celebrating recently completed improvements to the treatment process. This year, El Estero received $31.4 million in loans from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund to upgrade its facilities. The plant currently treats 6 million gallons and converts about 2 million gallons into recycled water daily and uses it to irrigate landscapes and flush toilets. Read More.
Maryland: Secretary of Defense Honors NSA Campus for Recycled Water Use
A National Security Agency (NSA) campus at Fort Meade, Maryland has been awarded the 2019 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for its use of recycled water to meet one of the largest water cooling demands of any campus within the Intelligence Community. NSA partnered with Howard County, Maryland to develop and build a 5 million gallon per day capacity pumping station, 1.5 miles of water pipe, and a 1 million gallon storage tank. This system provides cooling support for critical IT infrastructure that is vital to national security, including high-performance computer systems as well as their human counterparts. Read More.
Evoqua Wins Digital Award Company of the Year for Remote Monitoring System
WateReuse Association member Evoqua Water Technologies has been named Digital Water Company of the Year by Global Water Intelligence. Evoqua was selected for its Water One® platform, which digitizes water systems management and remotely monitors customer sites, identifying maintenance issues before they occur. Winners of the Global Water Awards were announced at the Global Water Summit in London. Read More.
WateReuse Members Can Seek Utility of the Future Designation
Utility of the Future Today recognition celebrates the achievements of forward-thinking, innovative water utilities that are providing resilient value-added service to communities, particularly in community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients. WateReuse Association members are encouraged to apply to receive this valuable designation. If you would like more information before applying, a May 2 webinar featuring WateReuse members will describe more about the program and the application process. Register now for this free event.
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.
PresentersBingrui 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.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
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.
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.
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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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).