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August 10, 2020

Reaching New Heights in Water Reuse: Don’t Miss the 35th Annual WateReuse Virtual Symposium Experience

Washington Update

WateReuse Urges Congress to Invest in Water Reuse in New Water Infrastructure Bill

Extended Negotiations Continue on Next COVID-19 Relief Package

Both chambers of Congress and the White House continued extensive negotiations last week on the next COVID-19 stimulus package. Negotiations aimed at extending unemployment benefits and reconciling the Senate’s $1 trillion relief package, the HEALS Act, with the House-passed relief bill, the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800), have thus far fallen short. The Senate will be back in session this week, cutting short the chamber’s August recess, to continue negotiations. While the House is not conducting floor business this week, they are slated to return in the event of a stimulus package vote.

Bureau of Reclamation Announces Availability of $3 Million for Water Reuse Research

The Bureau of Reclamation announced a $3 million funding opportunity for Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Research Projects. Title XVI is the only federal funding program dedicated to investments in water reuse. Research sponsors may submit proposals to cost-share Title XVI research activities that seek to address water supply challenges by establishing or expanding beneficial reuse, improving existing water reuse facilities, and/or streamlining the implementation of state-of-the-art technology for new facilities. Applications are due on October 7, 2020. The funding opportunity is available on grants.gov by searching for Funding Opportunity Number BOR-DO-20-F009.

Reminder: Applications for Water Reuse and Desalination Research Grants Due Next Week

The Bureau of Reclamation’s Desalination and Water Purification Research Program is accepting applications through August 19 for $1.75 million in grants to support water reuse and desalination research. Private industry, universities, water utilities, and other research sponsors are eligible to submit applications for funding to conduct laboratory or pilot scale studies. The funding opportunity is available on grants.gov by searching for FOA number BOR-DO-20-F004.

World Water: Spotlight on Water Reuse

Latest Issue of World Water Covers Building-Scale Potable Reuse Research, Integrated Solutions for Communities, and More

The July/August issue of the Water Environment Federation’s World Water magazine includes a special section on water reuse, produced in partnership with the WateReuse Association. The special section includes an interview Black & Veatch’s Zeynep Erdal on integrated solutions to advance a one-water approach, a look at decentralized potable reuse research in San Francisco, and a report on treating and recovering brine. The issue also includes a legislative and regulatory update, as well as a spotlight on the 35th Annual WateReuse Virtual Symposium. The special issue is produced three times per year and provided to WateReuse Association members as a benefit. Read More.

WateReuse Awards for Excellence

Submit a Nomination for the 2021 WateReuse Awards for Excellence

Is your utility or business demonstrating leadership in advancing water recycling? Or do you know of an organization, individual, or partnership that has implemented an innovative solution that will inspire others? If so, submit a nomination for the 2021 WateReuse Awards for Excellence to get the recognition you deserve. Nominations are due September 30, 2020.

The 2021 WateReuse Awards for Excellence will recognize accomplishments for 2019 and 2020. Winners will be recognized in conjunction with the 36th Annual WateReuse Symposium, March 14-17, 2021. Submit a nomination now!

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Member!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new member:

Colorado: WateReuse Colorado Opens Scholarship Application

WateReuse Colorado (WRCO) announced the availability of three scholarships to support students focusing on water reclamation, water reuse, and/or desalination. Each scholarship is valued at $1,500 and will be awarded in October 2020 to the highest-ranking applicants among undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in an accredited Colorado university or community college, as determined by the scholarship committee of WRCO. Scholarship applications must be submitted online by September 25, 2020. Learn More

Virginia: Federal Programs Invest in Developing Potable Reuse

The Bureau of Reclamation recently awarded nearly $500,000 to Virginia Tech to support a $1.7 million study on non-membrane treatment options for indirect potable reuse and aquifer recharge. The study is led by a team that includes Charles Bott, adjunct professor at Virginia Tech and Chief Technology Officer at Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD). HRSD was also awarded a $930 million loan through the U.S. EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program to support its aquifer recharge program, known as SWIFT or Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow. The SWIFT project aims to eventually inject 120 million gallons a day of treated water to replenish the aquifer that supplies water to eastern Virginia.

Member Spotlight: Suez’s Jon Freedman Appointed to EPA’s Environmental Financial Advisory Board

Jon Freedman, Global Government Affairs Leader for Suez, was recently appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB). Established in 1989, the EFAB offers guidance to EPA leadership and the agency’s programs on innovative ways to lower costs and increase investments in environmental and public health protection. Other WateReuse member organizations represented on the EFAB include Denver Water, San Antonio Water System, Hampton Roads Sanitation District, and the Idaho Depart of Environmental Quality.

Member Spotlight: Epic CleanTec Advances Onsite Wastewater Treatment and Reuse

San Francisco startup, Epic CleanTec, secured $2.6 million of seed funding to advance onsite wastewater treatment and reuse. Epic CleanTec’s system transforms a building’s wastewater into purified water for onsite nonpotable applications and natural, carbon-rich soil amendments. The system can reduce a building’s water demand by up to 90%. Aaron Tartakovsky, co-founder and CEO of Epic shares the company’s vision for fundamentally rethinking how we handle water and wastewater. Read More.

Member Resources and Benefits

Visit the WateReuse Webcast Library to Stay Informed

Did you miss a WateReuse webcast you really wanted to see? Or are you looking for information to support your water recycling program? The WateReuse Webcast Library is available exclusively to members and includes over 100 presentations that you can watch on demand with a member login. WateReuse presents webcasts on water recycling technology, operations, research, and policy issues and archives them for member use. Visit the WateReuse Webcast Library to make your selection.

Conferences and Events

Virtual Happy Hour: Whiskey is for Drinking, Water is for Fighting Reusing!

Although the 35th Annual WateReuse Symposium will not take place in Denver, Colorado as planned this year, WateReuse Colorado (WRCO) is making plans to welcome Symposium attendees with a Virtual Drop-In Happy Hour and Trivia Night on Monday, September 14, 2020, 5:30 – 7:00 pm MT. Attendees are invited to wear their favorite western gear and connect with fellow attendees via a Zoom video conference.

The WateReuse L.A. Chapter is Zooming Along

As in-person meetings have been put on hold, the Los Angeles Chapter of WateReuse California has transitioned to holding virtual Chapter Meetings. Eighty-four members participated in the June 2020 meeting, where West Basin Municipal Water District presented on their recycled water project for the new Los Angeles Football Stadium. The Water Research Foundation shared updates on current DPR research projects. During the meeting, members from the Long Beach Water Department and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power also had the opportunity to share COVID-19 “Lessons Learned,” as everyone is continuing to adjust to the new working conditions and safety measures. In late July, the chapter’s Young Member Committee organized the first L.A. Chapter Virtual Happy Hour to encourage members to continue engaging with each other.

Bulk Registrations Available for 35th Annual WateReuse Virtual Symposium: For Every Five Registrations, Get One Free

Join us for the 35th Annual WateReuse Virtual Symposium to provide your entire team with high quality professional development and training on all aspects of water reuse. For every five registrations purchased, a free registration will be added – a cost savings of over $500! Take advantage of this team discount and the lack of travel expenses to provide professional development to your core team as well as staff who may be new to water reuse, and save in professional development costs!

Launching online September 14-16, 2020, the Annual WateReuse Symposium is the premier conference devoted to water recycling and offers more than 100 hours of technical presentations. Registrants can access the full program for up to 45 days – the virtue of going virtual is that you do not have to miss any content offerings! Register Now!

Upcoming Events

Jan
27
Wed
Water Reuse Policy in the 117th Congress and Biden Administration (Webcast)
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Water Reuse Policy in the 117th Congress and Biden Administration (Webcast)
Please join Washington insiders to examine what’s on the congressional agenda for 2021 and what water-related priorities the Biden Administration is likely to push in its first year. Register Now! Join Us! 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET| 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT WateReuse Members: Free Others: $49 January 2021 marks the beginning of both a new administration in the White House and a new Congress. While Congress passed a number of key pieces of legislation in the final days of 2020, much work remains to be done, including the reauthorization of important water recycling programs. At the same time, the Biden Administration is coming in with an ambitious agenda related to climate change, the environment, and infrastructure, among other issues. Top Washington water sector lobbyists will discuss the status of key legislation and explain the opportunities to advance a water reuse policy agenda. Whether you plan to participate in our Virtual Water Week in the spring or are interested in what to expect from Congress and the new Administration in 2021, this webcast will be a national advocacy primer for water professionals.

Presenters

  • Mia O’Connell, President, O’Connell & Dempsey, LLC
  • Pete Evich, Vice President, Van Scoyoc Associates
  • Jon Freedman, Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs, SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions
  • Greg Fogel, Policy Director, WateReuse Association
 
Feb
3
Wed
Stormwater Capture Drivers, Impediments, and Future Visions (Webcast)
Feb 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Register Now!
Join Us!
2:00 – 4:00 pm ET| 11:00 am – 1:00 pm PT
Fee: Complimentary

Join a group of stormwater management leaders from around the US to discuss stormwater capture motivations and drivers, barriers to progress, and future directions. This group will touch on questions such as:

  • Why are communities pursuing stormwater capture for use now?
  • How do community interests in stormwater harvesting vary across the country?
  • What factors get in the way of progress?
  • Where do we want to be with stormwater capture in 20 years?

The audience will learn about the different motivators, unique strategies, and opportunities to market and advance stormwater capture across the U.S.

Presenters

  • Randy Bartlett, Fairfax County VA
  • Sharlene Leurig, Texas Water Trade/Austin Water Forward
  • Mark Doneux, St. Paul, MN Capitol Region Watershed District
  • James Moore, Georgia Association of Water Professionals
  • Enrique Zaldivar, City of Los Angeles
  • Lynn Broaddus, Water Environment Federation
  • Drew Wenzel, Google

This webinar will be the first of a series of four webinars as part of the National Water Reuse Action Plan, Action 2.3.3. Co-sponsors include the WateReuse Association, U.S. EPA, National Association of Municipal Stormwater Agencies (NMSA), Re-Inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt), Water Environment Federation, and Johnson Foundation at Wingspread (JFW).

Save the Date

Join us for the second webinar in this series.

Developing Stormwater Treatment Standards – Where’s the Action?
February 23, 2021
2:00 – 4:00 pm ET

Feb
5
Fri
Containment of Covid-19 on a College Campus via Wastewater-Based Epidemiology (Webcast)
Feb 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

WateReuse Arizona Section Meeting & Webinar
9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific | 12:00 – 1:00 pm Eastern
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

Wastewater-based epidemiology was utilized to detect SARS-Cov-19 in the wastewater of student dorms upon re-entry of University of  Arizona students in the fall semester of 2020. Positive wastewater samples allowed for subsequent targeted clinical testing of dorm students and the identification of both symptomatic and asymptomatic Covid-19 infections. Early detection of infected individuals resulted in reduced exponential spread of Covid-19 and allowed the university to remain open throughout the semester.

Presenter

Ian Pepper, Director, WEST Center & Professor, Environmental Science

Dr. Pepper is an environmental microbiologist whose research has focused on the fate and transport of pathogens in air, water, soils and municipal wastes. More recently, he has investigated the potential for real-time detection of contaminants in water distribution systems. Dr. Pepper is Professor in the Community, Environment, and Policy Department in the UA College of Public Health, as well as Professor in the Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering. In addition to his duties at the WEST Center, he is director of the National Science Foundation Water Quality Center at the UA.

He also teaches a graduate level laboratory class on Environmental Microbiology, and an undergraduate class on Pollution Science. He has co-authored numerous books and journal articles on Environmental Microbiology and Pollution Science, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Microbiology, the American Society of Agronomy, and the Soil Science Society of America.

He received his Ph.D. in Soil Microbiology from The Ohio State University, M.S. in Soil Biochemistry from Ohio State, and B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Birmingham, Great Britain.

Feb
9
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Feb 9 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Zoom Meeting 

When: Feb 9, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpceCqqz4tEtNiOeRgAqBZza_hcILDEx10

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

Feb
17
Wed
Communicating about Potable Reuse and Public Health: Tools for Success (Webcast)
Feb 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Register Now!

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

As more communities face water quantity challenges, water reuse is a viable option to expand drinking water sources.  Although all water is recycled as it moves through the environment, the practice of treating wastewater to be used for potable water is sometimes met with skepticism. Some of this stems from the “toilet to tap” campaigns that may have led to more rejection of water reuse than acceptance.

Quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) is a framework that evaluates the many factors impacting water reuse practices and management, as well as those influencing community perception.  With the emergence of new pathogens, such as SARS-CoV-2, the acceptance of water recycling as part of a community’s drinking water sustainability plan may be even more challenging.  This webcast will describe how QMRA may be used to communicate with stakeholders – including healthcare providers – the human health safeguards associated with water reuse implementation.

Presenters

  • Karla Mendez, PhD Candidate, UTHealth Houston School of Public Health, El Paso campus
  • Kristina Mena, MSPH, PhD, Regional Dean and Associate Professor, UTHealth Houston School of Public Health, El Paso campus
Feb
25
Thu
Los Angeles Chapter Virtual Happy Hour
Feb 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Virtual Happy Hour Via Zoom

Register in advance to participate:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwudeCsqTsoGt2oVFyg_xaPdNJ9GN6BzN-M

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

Mar
12
Fri
Meeting of the Board of Directors – First Quarter 2021 @ Virtual
Mar 12 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

First Quarter:
Remote – Zoom
Friday, March 12, 2021
11:00 am to 2pm EST // 10 to 1 CST // 9:00 to 12 MST // 8:00 to 11 PST

Mar
15
Mon
36th Annual WateReuse Symposium
Mar 15 – Mar 25 all-day
36th Annual WateReuse Symposium

36th Annual WateReuse Symposium: Redefining Resiliency

March 15-25, 2021

Join us for a series of live and on demand virtual roundtables!

Learn More

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.

Jun
4
Fri
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Second Quarter 2021 @ Virtual
Jun 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Second Quarter:
Remote – Zoom
Friday, June 4, 2021
11:00 am to 2pm EST // 10 to 1 CST // 9:00 to 12 MST // 8:00 to 11 PST

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