April 8, 2019
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.
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.
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.
Presented in partnership with The Water Research Foundation, this presentation will cover key components of successful onsite non-potable water systems.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members and WRF Subscribers: Free
Across the nation, onsite non-potable water systems (ONWS) are becoming increasingly common as a means to conserve and recycle water. Ensuring consistent implementation is one of the principal challenges for ONWS programs, particularly when multiple, new stakeholders are involved. Water Research Foundation project 4909 sought to identify key knowledge gaps and provide the resources needed to aid in the smooth implementation of ONWS. Through interaction with the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems, the project team identified common pitfalls that have impacted the design, operation, permitting, and implementation of ONWS.
This presentation will cover key components of a successful ONWS program including: (1) treatment goals that control public health risk, (2) effective design of both treatment and non-treatment (i.e., management) barriers, (3) strategies for effective operation and monitoring of ONWS systems, and (4) frameworks for regulating and permitting ONWS. The goal of this presentation is to convey the importance of stakeholder knowledge for consistent protection of public health at ONWS installations. This information will be presented through a survey of the projects two main deliverables: the comprehensive guidance manual and interactive training modules.
- Brian Pecson, Ph.D., P.E., Principal Engineer, Trussell Technologies
- Brie Post, P.E., Senior Engineer, Trussell Technologies
- Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Are water recycling utilities well prepared to address the COVID-19 crisis and other potential future risks?
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
The America’s Water Infrastructure Act (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 (ERP). The RRA’s are part of an overall effort to improve the ability of water systems to prepare for and respond to events from water resource limitations to cyber attacks, from extreme weather to an assault on the utility, and from contamination to treatment and distribution infrastructure, among others. In short, it is an all-hazards approach to managing risk.
This webcast will discuss how water reuse interacts with the RRAs and highlight some the ways that risks are viewed and managed from an AWIA perspective. It will also discuss how we are interpreting and acting upon risk in the midst the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and how we can use RRAs to prepare for future risks. This webcast will offer a fresh look at risk and resilience through the lens of preparation and response. The presentation will begin with an overview of AWIA requirements, RRAs, and the role of water reuse in those assessments followed by a focus on risk and risk perceptions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
– featuring Brian Biesemeyer, Scottsdale Water “Arizona’s First Direct Potable Reuse System”