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April 5, 2021

Get Engaged: Join the WateReuse Onsite and Distributed Water Recycling Systems Committee; First Meeting April 29

The WateReuse Association has established the Onsite and Distributed Water Recycling Systems Committee: a new opportunity for members to engage on high-priority areas and network with colleagues. The committee will engage in advocacy, communications, and educational and outreach activities to facilitate greater adoption of decentralized, onsite and distributed water recycling systems as part of a water management portfolio. The committee will meet quarterly and be led by Committee Chair,  Paula Kehoe of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and Vice-Chair, Greta Zornes of CDM Smith.

The first meeting of the committee is Thursday, April 29 at 1:00-2:00 pm ET (10:00-11:00 am PT). Committee membership is open to any employee of a member organization. If you are interested in joining a committee, please email Aliza Furneaux (afurneaux@watereuse.org) to learn more.

Share Your Feedback on the 2021 WateReuse Symposium

Did you attend the 36th Annual WateReuse Symposium? If so, please share your feedback so that we can continue to bring you high quality technical education and networking. Take our survey here.

Washington Update

Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Highlights Water Recycling, Includes $111 billion for investments in Water Systems and $50 Billion for Resiliency

U.S. EPA Announces $67 Million for Stormwater Management and Reuse  

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $67 million in grant funding through the new Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grant program. WateReuse successfully advocated for the grant program’s authorization in America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, and for increased annual appropriations in fiscal years 2020 and 2021.  The grants provide investment in sewer and stormwater management in communities across the country helping to protect public health and mitigate water pollution. The ability to capture and reuse stormwater is a key tool in managing stormwater overflows and combined sewer overflows. States, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia can apply for funding. Once awarded, these funds will be provided as sub-awards to municipal entities. Learn more about the program here.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Section Spotlight: WateReuse California to Host Panel Discussion to Review Draft Criteria for Direct Potable Reuse

WateReuse California (WRCA) will host a brown bag lunch panel discussion on April 14 at 11 am PT to review recently released draft criteria for direct potable reuse regulations. The California State Water Resources Control Board’s draft criteria for DPR regulations marks a major milestone in the development of potable reuse regulations. The release of the criteria is the culmination of a decade advocacy, legislation and research by WRCA and California members. WRCA will use this discussion to develop comments for the Water Board and the DPR Expert Panel to consider as they further develop and refine the regulations.  Register here.

AK: Researchers Look to Graywater Recycling to Address Rural Alaska’s Water Scarcity

Researchers at McGill University are exploring alternative water supplies, such as rainwater catchment and graywater recycling and reuse, as tools to provide affordable access to clean water in rural Alaska. Over 200 rural communities struggle to access clean water, while homes without piped water survive on 5.7 liters of water per person per day. Researchers hope to work with the government to reduce regulatory burdens of exploring alternative water supplies for rural Alaskans. Read more.

CA: Regional Partners Plan for Expansion of Pure Water Monterey  

The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District voted to spend $180,000 to update the environmental document and source water analysis report for a proposed expansion of Pure Water Monterey, a regional project developed in partnership with Monterey One Water to provide both purified potable water and irrigation water. The additional investment in the report analysis comes ahead of the project’s second attempt to obtain certification. Read more.

MN: Housing Development Advertises Use of Recycled Water to Attract New Residents

A new housing development in Hugo, Minnesota is touting its use of recycled stormwater for landscape irrigation and wetlands recharge to entice environmentally conscious suburban families. The housing development helps the city of Hugo save nearly 2 million gallons of water annually, reducing the communities demands on the underground aquifer even as population continues to grow.  With support from the city, the project developers have leaned into providing educational and public outreach signage throughout the development. Hugo has been utilizing water reuse for golf course irrigation since 2014, and the city supports efforts to diversify the community’s reliance on the aquifer.  Read more.

Ralph Lauren Uses Water Recycling to Move Toward Zero Wastewater in Cotton Dyeing

Clothing brand, Ralph Lauren, unveiled a new manufacturing platform that recycles and reuses all the water from the cotton dyeing process to decrease both the company’s impact on water supplies and its carbon footprint. The platform, Colour on Demand, uses 40% less water, 85% fewer chemicals, 90% less energy, and creates a 60% reduction in the company’s carbon footprint. Water used in the fashion industry’s fabric dyeing process generates about 20% of the world’s wastewater. Read more.

International Update

Member Spotlight: Suez Highlights Water Reuse in North Africa

As countries in North Africa continue to face growing water stress, their governments are exploring alternative water supplies. SUEZ recommends the region explore the use of recycled water for agriculture irrigation, groundwater recharge, industrial uses, and green space irrigation. SUEZ’s partner facility, the As Samra wastewater treatment plant, uses recycled water to irrigate 4,000 agriculture farms, while the Oued Hassar Médiouna treatment plant irrigates urban agriculture and green areas. Read more.

Research Update

The Water Research Foundation Seeks Input on Desalination Research Needs

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) is interested in addressing scientific knowledge gaps and barriers present in the desalination industry today by producing effective tools and information for implementing desalination projects. WateReuse members are invited to participate in a survey to identify desalination research needs for a WRF desalination research program that will help advance desalination, both ocean and brackish, as a viable and sustainable water supply alternative in the U.S. To participate in the survey, click here.

Member Resources and Benefits

Need to Illustrate the Value of Water Reuse Investment? Use Our Flyer and Infographic

Utilities must make a compelling case to ratepayers, policymakers, and other stakeholders that investment in water recycling is the right decision. Use our flyer and infographic to illustrate that Investment in water reuse builds communities that are modern, sustainable and stable—ready for families to flourish and businesses to grow. The infographic highlights examples of recycled water from coast to coast and documents the value they bring.

Job Opportunity from the WateReuse Career Center

  • General Manager, Water Replenishment District of Southern California, Lakewood, CA

Conferences, Webcasts and Events

Webcast: From Across the Globe: The Many Facets of Industrial Water Reuse

April 14, 2021
9 am PT | 12 pm ET

Join the co-editors of Sustainable Industrial Water Use: Perspectives, Incentives and Tools, Eric Rosenblum and Cheryl Davis, as they discuss global perspectives with industry experts. In this 90-minute webcast, four different authors will summarize their articles featured in the book, describing the challenges they confront planning, financing, designing and implementing water reuse to conserve water and reduce industrial pollution. Register here.

Webcast: Panel Discussion – California’s Draft DPR Regulations

April 14, 2021
11 am | 2 pm ET

Join WateReuse California (WRCA) for a brown bag lunch panel discussion of draft criteria for Direct Potable Reuse regulations.  The release of the criteria is the culmination of a decade advocacy, legislation and research by WRCA and its members. WRCA will use this discussion to develop comments for the Water Board and the DPR Expert Panel to consider as they further develop the regulations.  Register here.

Webcast: Digital Platform, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Potable Reuse Projects

June 1, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET

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

Apr
13
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Apr 13 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting When: Apr 13, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkd-6tqjsiH9ztJm_6CN-heC5W3IEcOK7V After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Apr
14
Wed
From Across the Globe: The Many Facets of Industrial Water Reuse (Webcast)
Apr 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
From Across the Globe: The Many Facets of Industrial Water Reuse (Webcast)

Join us for global perspectives on the challenges of planning, financing, designing and implementing water reuse to conserve water and reduce industrial pollution.

9:00 – 10:30 am PT | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm ET
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

Recycled water is a key element of sustainability, and industrial water reuse is well-covered in the new book from IWA Publishing, Sustainable Industrial Water Use: Perspectives, Incentives and Tools. It brings together the executives, plant managers, investors, inventors, regulators, policy makers and advocates who are leading industry towards sustainable water use.

Divided into three sections (Perspectives, Incentives, and Tools), the new book covers topics ranging from “Triple water reuse at Dow” and “Fit-for-purpose water reuse in the food processing industry” to the impact of regulations on industrial water reuse, new techniques for wastewater treatment and making a business case for recycled water.

Join the co-editors, Eric Rosenblum and Cheryl Davis, as they discuss global perspectives with industry experts. In this 90-minute webcast, four different authors will summarize their articles featured in the book, describing the challenges they confront planning, financing, designing and implementing water reuse to conserve water and reduce industrial pollution.

Presenters

Ms.  Cheryl Davis, CKD Consulting
Incentives and Barriers to Behavior Change: The Human Element in Sustainable Water Use; Staff training: An integral component of sustainable water use by industry

Mr. Dylan Waldhuetter, Alliance for Water Stewardship
The AWS Standard: A Common Language for the Global Water Stewardship Community  

Dr. Niels Groot, Dow Benelux B.V
Triple Water Reuse at Dow; Challenges in Regional Collaboration

Prof. Susanne Knochel, University of Copehhagen
Fit-for-purpose water reuse in the food processing industry

Prof. Maria Concetta Tomei, IRSA Water Research Institute
Best Available Technologies as a Sustainability Tool for Industrial Wastewater Management and Treatment; Biological Wastewater Treatment as an Opportunity for Energy and Resource Recovery 

Mr. Eric Rosenblum (Moderator), Water Resource Consultant
Implementing Sustainable Water Use: A Roadmap for Industry

Water Advocacy Update and How to Virtually Lobby Congress During Water Week 2021
Apr 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Water Advocacy Update and How to Virtually Lobby Congress During Water Week 2021

Join us for an update on Congressional advocacy and to hear how to engage during Water Week 2021 (April 25 – May 1).

10:00 am – 11:00 am PT | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET
Fee: Complimentary

Register Now!

With the Biden Administration and a new Congress taking over power in Washington, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to resonate strongly, there has never been a more important time to elevate the importance of water reuse in national policy dialogues. While the in-person National Water Policy Fly-In lobbying efforts are cancelled, we encourage everyone to join us for an update on Congressional advocacy and to hear how to engage during Water Week 2021 (April 25 – May 1). We have already seen incredibly important achievements over recent months due to strong grass roots advocacy, including the first ever federal low-income assistance program for water and more federal funds being directed to water infrastructure. But we still have so much more to do.

This webcast will walk participants through the latest from Capitol Hill, the water sector’s key issues and talking points, and tools and tips for engaging during Water Week – such as setting up Zoom congressional office visits and messaging resources for social media and community outreach during Water Week and beyond. NACWA, WEF, WateReuse and The Water Research Foundation are urging all members to participate in this webcast and reach out to Congress during Water Week to advocate for support for the water sector.

Panel Discussion: California’s Draft Direct Potable Reuse Regulations (Webcast)
Apr 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Panel Discussion: California's Draft Direct Potable Reuse Regulations (Webcast)

Join WateReuse California (WRCA) for a brown bag lunch panel discussion of draft criteria for direct potable reuse (DPR) regulations.

11:00 am – 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
Fee: Complimentary

Register Now!

The California State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) released the first draft of the much anticipated criteria for DPR regulations for California. This action marks a major milestone in the development of potable reuse regulations for California. The release of the criteria is the culmination of a decade advocacy, legislation and research by WRCA and its members. WRCA will use this discussion to develop comments for the Water Board and the DPR Expert Panel to consider as they further develop the regulations.

Presenters and Panelists

Shane Trussell, Ph.D., P.E., President
Trussell Technologies

John Stufflebean, Assistant Director, Pure Water and Technical Services
Public Utilities Department
City of San Diego

Heather Collins, Water Treatment Manager
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Medi Sinaki, P.E., Senior Engineer, Recycled and Purified Water Unit
Valley Water

Jesus Gonzalez, Manager Recycled Water Program
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Apr
20
Tue
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Idaho Workshop 1
Apr 20 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop series.

Apr
21
Wed
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Washington Workshop 2
Apr 21 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

Apr
27
Tue
2021 Water Week Policy Zoom-In
Apr 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Register Now!

Join Us!
11:00 am – 1:30 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET
Fee: Free

This webinar is hosted jointly by this year’s Water Week Water Association Partners and will provide attendees the opportunity to hear directly from key EPA officials and Members of Congress on the important regulatory and legislative water policies they are working on now and in the years ahead.

Apr
29
Thu
Resilience through Collaboration: First Year Highlights and Future Directions of the National Water Reuse Action Plan (Webcast)
Apr 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join us for a lively discussion with leaders from across the water sector about the future of water reuse and its importance as a tool to address the impacts of climate change and meet local water demands.

Register Now!

Please join us for a free webinar on April 29, 2021, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM EDT to celebrate the first year of the National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP), including accomplishments of action leaders and partners and anticipated 2021 outcomes.

The Resilience through Collaboration: First Year Highlights and Future Directions of the National Water Reuse Action Plan webinar will feature remarks from Radhika Fox (EPA’s Acting Assistant Administrator for Water), Felicia Marcus (William C. Landreth Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Water in the West Program), WRAP action leaders and partners, and other water reuse practitioners from around the United States. This event is hosted by EPA in collaboration with the WateReuse Association and other water sector partners.

The WRAP collaborative was launched on February 27, 2020 with federal, state, tribal, local, and private sector partners to build technical, financial, and institutional capacity to spur further consideration and implementation of water reuse across the country. The story of the WRAP’s first year of implementation is one of incredible dedication and determination by a growing community of over 100 different organizations. The WRAP collaborative has enabled the formation of new action-based partnerships across the water community to help address local water resource challenges through holistic thinking and integrated efforts to ultimately strengthen our Nation’s water security, sustainability, and resilience.

May
12
Wed
Water Reuse in Bioenergy Production – A Pathway to Conservation and Resiliency (Webcast)
May 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Water Reuse in Bioenergy Production – A Pathway to Conservation and Resiliency (Webcast)

Join May Wu, Principal Environmental System Scientist with Argonne National Laboratory, for a webcast on the role of water reuse in bioenergy production.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
WateReuse Members: Free | Others: $49

Register Now!

Production of bioenergy from a range of feedstocks and biorefining pathways requires a substantial amount of water for irrigation, conversion process, cooling, and steam generation. Because the feedstock varies with climate and soil regions, an increased production will have implications in the availability of regional and local freshwater resources across the U.S. It is critical to understand how fit-for-purpose water recycling can be used to conserve freshwater.

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. Results from this project support informed decision-making and strategic planning for water sustainable bioenergy development.

Presenter

May Wu is a principal environmental system scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. Her research interests are water resource use, water quality, and wastewater management in the production of biofuels and conventional energy.

May
25
Tue
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Oregon Workshop 3
May 25 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

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