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April 8, 2019

Recognize a Leader, Submit a Nomination for the Annual WateReuse Awards for Excellence

Are you familiar with a project or person that is leading the way in advancing water recycling? Nominate them for the Annual WateReuse Awards for Excellence, 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 by May 6, 2019.

Washington Update

Water Reuse Spotlighted with Hill Visits, Briefing, and Op-Ed during Water Week 2019

Water Sector Urges Funding for Reuse, Appropriators Push Back on Administration’s Proposed Cuts

House Convenes Western Water Hearing, Witnesses Discuss Value of Federal Investment in Reuse

 

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Members!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:

California: Escondido to Use Recycled Water for Avocados, Other Plants

WateReuse Association member the City of Escondido is moving forward with a $47 million recycled water treatment plant that will produce water to irrigate avocado groves and other crops in the eastern and northern parts of the city. The new facility will produce water lower in salinity to help the plants thrive. The City Council approved spending $3 million for initial engineering, design, and pre-construction costs. Read More.

California: Olivenhain to Pilot Groundwater Desalination

Construction starts this month on a $1.5 million test well to show whether desalinated groundwater could supplement the drinking water supply for 86,000 customers of WateReuse Association member the Olivenhain Municipal Water District. Drilling will begin in about two weeks on a 120-foot-deep well in the San Dieguito River watershed. The district would have to produce at least 1 million gallons of water per day for the project to work, which probably would require a minimum of two wells. Read More.

California: IEUA Welcomes Shivaji Deshmukh as General Manager

WateReuse Association member the Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) announced that 19-year water industry veteran Shivaji Deshmukh will join IEUA as general manager, beginning April 8. Deshmukh comes to IEUA from West Basin Municipal Water District, where he served as Assistant General Manager since 2010. He oversaw engineering, operations, the recycled water program, and two major capital improvement programs. Prior to that, Deshmukh served Orange County Water District, managing the implementation, design, and construction of the Groundwater Replenishment System, a 100 million gallon per day potable reuse project. Read More.

Arcadis Names Dr. Ufuk Erdal National Director for Water Reuse

WateReuse Association member Arcadis North America has named Ufuk Erdal, Ph.D., as senior vice president and national technical director for water reuse. In this role, Dr. Erdal will help Arcadis clients advance their reuse capabilities to develop and deliver effective and affordable water reuse programs, from strategy to full implementation, to meet the challenges of a world with an uncertain water future. Read More.

 

Association News

Jon Freedman Named Chair of Legislative and Regulatory Policy Committee

The WateReuse Association has selected Jon Freedman, the global government affairs leader for SUEZ’s Water Technologies & Solutions business unit, to chair its Legislative and Regulatory Policy Committee. The committee supports the Board of Directors in setting an agenda to advocate for policies and funding that increase water reuse. Read More.

Applications Open For Utility of the Future Today Recognition Program

The Utility of the Future Today recognition program returns for a fourth year to honor water resource recovery facilities for community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery and reuse of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients. The deadline to apply for recognition this year is May 31. The recognition program was launched in 2016 by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment Federation, The Water Research Foundation, and the WateReuse Association —with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Learn More.

 

Research Update

Colorado School of Mines Opens Water Reuse Research Center

WateReuse Association member Colorado School of Mines announced a new 10,000-square-foot research facility in Denver that will pave the way for greater collaboration with industry, government and academia. The WE2ST (Water-Energy Education, Science and Technology) Water Technology Hub will accommodate large-scale research focused on developing innovative treatment technologies for produced water from oil, gas and mineral production, groundwater contaminated with emerging contaminants (including toxic poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances), saline and hypersaline streams, municipal water, wastewater and more — leading to sustainable water reuse. Learn More.

Energy Department Funds Research to Recycle Produced Water

Three universities are sharing $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop a freshwater system to extract clean irrigation water from hydraulic fracturing wastewater. Researchers at Michigan State University, Oregon State University, and the University of Nevada Reno hope to create a system that is modular, portable, scalable, and easily deployable in the field. ARPA-E supports the development of technologies to transform the nation’s energy system. Read More.

 

Conferences and Events

Webcast: Selecting the Best Technology for Water Reuse: Overview of the MBR Process

Is membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology the right solution for your water reuse application? Offering a smaller footprint, smaller price tag, and high quality treatment, MBRs are a compelling solution for advanced water reuse applications. Please join us at April 10 at 2 pm eastern for a webcast that will provide an overview of the MBR process using flat plate MBR membranes. You will learn about the types of membranes and benefits of each, operations, maintenance, and screening. If you are considering an MBR system or maintaining an existing system, this presentation will provide you with a deeper understanding of the MBR process and the information you need to decide if MBR technology makes sense for your facility. Learn More.

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.

Save the Date: 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium in San Diego, California

Mark your calendar for the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium is in San Diego, California on September 8-11, 2019. This year’s theme is “Collaborate to Innovate.” The Symposium will showcase recycled water collaborations among utilities, farmers, and industry; regulators working together at both the state and federal level; sustainability; public/private partnerships; and, for the first time, the latest in reuse research led by the Water Research Foundation. Learn More.

Upcoming Events

May
23
Thu
8th Annual Water Reuse in Texas: Conference and Expo @ McAllen Convention Center
May 23 – May 24 all-day

WateReuse Texas, Water Environment Association of Texas, and Texas American Water Works Association invite you to attend the 8th Annual Water Reuse Conference in Texas — co-sponsored by our three associations.

Keynote Speaker Announced!

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 the EPA’s upcoming Water Reuse Action Plan. As Executive Director of WRA, Ms. Sinicropi works closely with regulators and lawmakers to help advance and advocate for water reuse.

You can register online using a credit card, or by filling out the pdf form below and returning it to the WEAT office.

Conference Registration 

Exhibitor Registration

Space is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 8×10 booths are $400 apiece. Fill out the Exhibitor Registration Form and return it to the WEAT office.

Sponsor Opportunities are still available at every level, place your organization’s name in front of senior managers and decision makers. Sponsorship is available at three levels, starting at $250. The benefits of each tier are listed in the sponsorship form.

May
30
Thu
WateReuse Arizona Meeting & Webinar @ Carollo Engineers
May 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Date: May 30, 2019
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Webinar Presentation
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Arizona Section Board Meeting

Location: Carollo Engineers, 4600 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034

Title: Onsite Water Reuse: An Additional Strategy to Manage Water

Presenters: Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Abstract:  Treating water onsite in buildings, districts and large redevelopment projects can reduce potable water anywhere from 25-75%. Learn more about how the deployment of onsite water treatment systems are advancing in San Francisco and across the country.

Biography: Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is responsible for diversifying San Francisco’s water supply through conservation, groundwater, recycled water, onsite water reuse and innovations programs.

May
31
Fri
Florida Potable Reuse Commission Workshop @ TBD
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Jun
5
Wed
Innovative Strategies for Municipal Water Reuse
Jun 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Presented in partnership with Bluefield Research, this webcast will provide insight into the growth and geographic expansion in the municipal water reuse market.

Webcast
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

As the municipal water reuse market experiences unprecedented growth and geographic expansion, where are the best opportunities? Bluefield Research has tracked over 700 reuse projects across 20 states. For the first time, this includes projects in two new states, New York and Oklahoma, reflecting the spread of reuse outside of its core markets such as California, Florida, Texas and Arizona. Learn what’s changed, how reuse “pays off” for utilities, and how the market is poised to take off on a large scale.

This webcast will address:

  • The impact of decentralized reuse as large commercial property owners, such as Salesforce, look to invest in onsite treatment;
  • Municipal investment in potable reuse, with a case study of El Paso, Texas, the largest city to adopt direct potable reuse;
  • Regulatory and geographic shifts for water reuse; and
  • Innovative financing strategies and prospects for return on investment.

Presenter

Erin Bonney Casey, Research Director, Bluefield Research

Jun
7
Fri
Meeting of the Board of Directors
Jun 7 @ 11:00 pm – Jun 8 @ 2:00 pm
Jun
12
Wed
Florida Potable Reuse Commission Meeting @ Toho Water Authority
Jun 12 @ 9:30 am
  • Call-in number is (407) 944-5105
Jun
20
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Trabuco Canyon Water District
Jun 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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  • Time: June 20, 2019
  • Location
    :Trabuco Canyon Water District
    32003 Dove Canyon Dr
    Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679
Jul
28
Sun
Arizona Water Reuse Symposium @ Little America Hotel in Flagstaff
Jul 28 – Jul 30 all-day

Arizona Water Reuse Symposium

Register online HERE.
To complete registration by mail,use this FORM. (form attached)
Sponsorship Opportunities can be found HERE (form attached)
Symposium Program will be posted soon.  Check back often.

2019 WateReuse Arizona Awards 
Deadline to nominate: June 11, 2019

WateReuse Arizona will present awards in the following categories:
1. Project of the Year
2. Program of the Year
3. Person of the Year
AWARD NOMINATION INFO HERE (form attached)

Accommodations:
Little America Hotel Flagstaff
2515 East Butler Avenue, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
(928) 779-7900

A block of rooms has been set aside for symposium attendees through July 7th. The room rate of $145 per night will be honored thereafter for symposium attendees, but only based on availability of rooms. Ask for group sales and mention “Water Reuse Symposium” to receive the discounted rate, or use this link:

BOOK HOTEL HERE

 

For any questions about sponsorship, please contact Jeff Biggs at jeff.biggs@tucsonaz.gov

 

Aug
9
Fri
WR California Board Meeting – Kennedy/Jenks @ Rancho Cordova and Irvine Office
Aug 9 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

WR California Board Meeting

– Aug 9 – 9:30 AM ~ 12:00 PM (Friday)
– Video hosted by Kennedy/Jenks
Rancho Cordova and Irvine Office

Aug
23
Fri
Northern California Chapter Meeting @ Peninsula
Aug 23 all-day

Topic: Decentralized Reuse

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