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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.
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.
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.
For more information contact Rosario Cortes
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, February 10. Virtual attendance option also available.
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.
Paula Paciorek, Division Manager, Houston Water Planning
- 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
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