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April 6, 2020

Washington Update

Action Needed: Submit Your “Shovel-Ready” Water Recycling Projects for Stimulus Investment

Member Spotlight: WateReuse Member COVID-19 Experiences and Responses

WateReuse Members Share their COVID-19 Experiences

WateReuse Member Businesses Become COVID-19 First Responders

Share Your Story!

Please submit your COVID-19 story or your company’s COVID-19 response (up to 50 words) for inclusion in a future issue of WateReuse Review. Email your information to info@watereuse by Thursday at 12 pm ET.

State Updates and Member Profiles

WateReuse Pacific Northwest Quarterly Newsletter Highlights Regional Water Reuse Activities

The WateReuse Association’s Pacific Northwest Section (WR-PNW) showcased the accomplishments of members in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington in its first 2020 quarter newsletter released last week. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, a member, approved a permit for the City of Nampa to use recycled water for irrigation, landscaping, fire protection, and industrial processes. Both Washington and Oregon gained traction on respective state House Bills (HB 1747 and HB 3182) concerning risk-based water quality standards for onsite non-potable water systems. WR-PNW also shared an update on the postponement of their 2020 Annual Conference: Reimagining Reuse to later in the year. Read More.

Arizona and Georgia: Google Turns to Recycled Water to Ensure Sufficient Supplies of Water

Google is turning to recycled water and seawater to cool water hungry data centers that power online searches, web advertising and cloud services. In Douglas County Georgia, the company has used recycled water since 2012 to conserve the nearby Chattahoochee River. For a new data center in Mesa, Arizona, Google is working with authorities on a water credits program. Google also saves water by recirculating it through cooling systems multiple times. Read More.

California and New Mexico: Ecolodges Promote Recycled Water Use to Attract Eco-Friendly Travelers

The hospitality industry has a growing sub-set known as ecolodges. Ecolodges aim to provide accommodations with minimal impact on natural surroundings for eco-conscious travelers. Ecolodges highlight employing local workers, providing environmental education programs, and giving back to local communities. Among the sustainability amenities drawing travelers to two ecolodges in California and New Mexico are their use of recycled water for irrigation and other services. Read More.  

Wyoming: Industry and Ranchers Combine Forces to Take on Wastewater Issues

Encore Green Environmental, an agricultural midstream company in Wyoming, has a vision to reuse water produced as a byproduct of oil and gas extraction to increase the state’s carbon sequestration capacity. Encore is working with local ranchers to understand their soil chemistry and the water treatment needed to provide safe water of good quality. Encore sees a future in improving the soil, air, and vegetation in Wyoming by tapping into the nearly 2.4 billion gallons of “produced water” created every day in the United States. Read more.

WateReuse Communications Tools and Resources

Profiles in Reuse: Flyer Explains Safety and Reliability of Potable Reuse

Use our flyer, Profiles in Reuse: Potable Reuse, to inform ratepayers, elected officials, and other stakeholders about the safety and reliability of using purified water as part of the drinking water supply. The flyer also supports WateReuse’s Medical Community Initiative, which seeks to build support for potable reuse among medical and public health officials. This flyer is the first in a series of Profiles in Reuse that will serve as resources for member communication on water recyclingDownload Flyer.

Conferences and Events

Webcast: Breaking Down Implementation Barriers for Onsite Non-Potable Water Systems

What are the key components of a successful onsite non-potable water system? Join us April 15 at 2 pm to learn about a Water Research Foundation guidance manual and interactive training modules to tackle critical knowledge gaps businesses and utilities. The presentation will cover treatment goals, effective design, strategies for effective operation and monitoring, and regulatory and permitting frameworks. Register Now!

Webcast: America’s Water Infrastructure Act – Implications for Water Reuse and COVID-19

Are water recycling utilities well prepared to deal with the COVID-19 crisis and other potential future risks? Join us on April 21 at 2 pm ET for a discussion of America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) and risk assessment for utilities. AWIA requires all utilities serving 3,300 or more people to complete a risk and resilience assessment (RRA) for their water systems, followed by the completion of an emergency response plan. This presentation will discuss risk and risk perceptions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Register Now!

Upcoming Events

Oct
13
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Zoom Video Conference
Oct 13 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvfu-rrDkiH93ieQvZRH7XnfhxV3KN73Xs
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Oct
15
Thu
Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting
Oct 15 all-day
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Oct 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Oct
21
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Oct 21 all-day
Oct
26
Mon
9th Annual Water Reuse in Texas Virtual Conference
Oct 26 @ 1:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 5:00 pm

Co-Produced by WateReuse Texas, WEAT and TAWWA, the Water Reuse in Texas Virtual Conference is Monday, October 26-27.

Learn More.

Oct
29
Thu
What Strikes Fear in the Hearts of Arizona Water and Wastewater Utilities? Brine Management
Oct 29 @ 10:00 am

WateReuse Arizona Section Meeting & Webinar

Will be hosted at Brown and Caldwell if able to gather in person.

There has been a perception that brine management is a “down the road” issue for water providers in Arizona.  However, for the Phoenix Metro West Valley and the Tucson area water suppliers, that is not the case.  The Easy button to discharge to the sanitary sewer system is a short term fix that is not working.  Brine ponds smell and are expensive.  Regional solutions may be required.  An update on the Central Arizona Salinity Study options and new options will be reviewed with associated costs presented.  This update can provide a basis for the continuing, collaborative, brine management conversation.

Presenter

Maria Brady, Project Manager, Stantec Consulting
Maria Brady is a Project Manager with Stantec Consulting.  She has more than 30 years’ experience in water, wastewater, storm water, and environmental management projects.  Maria graduated from Washington State and Colorado State Universities with BS and MS degrees in Agricultural Engineering. Maria has lived in Arizona for 34 years…which makes her an Arizona native in dog years!!  Maria is the Central Arizona Trustee for WateReuse and if you ask her about DPR you are in for a lively conversation.

Nov
18
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Nov 18 all-day
Dec
4
Fri
2020 4th Quarter Meeting of the Board of Directors
Dec 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Dec
8
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Zoom Video Conference
Dec 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErcOypqjgsHtwmGaUIM0hd5mvgjfwX4pgY

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Dec
17
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Dec 17 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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