Profiles in Reuse: New Flyer Explains Safety and Reliability of Potable Reuse
The WateReuse Association released a new flyer, Profiles in Reuse: Potable Reuse, which members can use 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 recycling. Download Flyer.
State Updates and Member Profiles
Welcome New Members!
The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:
California: West Basin to Provide Recycled Water to 36 Sites in Industrial Park
WateReuse Association member West Basin Municipal Water District commemorated the connection of the Dominguez Technology Center to the district’s recycled water system recently. The industrial park in Carson will use locally-produced, recycled water from West Basin to irrigate the landscape to save over 40 million gallons of drinking water per year. West Basin will produce approximately 135 acre-feet per year of recycled water to service 36 sites located on the business park’s campus. Read More.
California: Olivenhain and NapaSan Announce Recycled Water Filling Stations
WateReuse Association members Olivenhain Municipal Water District and Napa Sanitation District announced the opening of recycled water filling stations, which allow residents and businesses to come to treatment plants to fill up with recycled water for irrigation or other non-potable uses. Olivenhain recipients must complete a user application, and bring their own water-tight containers. NapaSan issues permits to filling station customers.
Idaho: State’s First Wetlands Reuse System Approved for Housing Development
WateReuse Association member the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality recently approved Idaho’s first wetlands water reuse project for the Quigley Farm development in Hailey. The wetlands system is designed to use natural processes to treat and recycle water. A pressurized system will send effluent from decentralized septic tanks at individual housing units to gardens planted over gravel. Bacteria in the garden will treat the effluent 3 to 6 feet below the surface. Further filtration and ultraviolet disinfection technology will complete the treatment process. Read More.
WateReuse Customer Communications Tools and Resources
World Water: Read about the Latest Hot Topics in Water Reuse
The latest digital edition of World Water is available and features a special section on water reuse. The July/August issue includes a preview of the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium, an update on the development of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Reuse Action Plan, and an overview of the National Blue Ribbon Commission’s pivotal role in advancing onsite water recycling. The publication also features reports on a new water reuse research alliance between federal agencies and universities, funding opportunities for pilot projects, trends in onsite water recycling treatment, the rapidly growing market for reusing water produced from oil and gas extraction, and a profile of potable reuse in Altamonte Springs, Florida. The WateReuse Association partners with the Water Environment Federation on the special water reuse edition of World Water, which is published there times per year. View the Issue.
Conferences and Events
Discover the Policy and Planning Issues Key to the Future of Water Reuse
The WateReuse San Diego Chapter will meet on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. This meeting will be in person at Vallecitos Water District’s administrative building in San Marcos, followed by a tour of the Meadowlark Water Reclamation Facility.
Our presentations will include updates from Vallecitos WD, Fallbrook Public Utility District, and an update on the Direct Potable Reuse regulations. We look forward to seeing you all there!
*Important Information: Please note that while we will be meeting at Vallecitos headquarters, people wishing to attend the tour will need to drive to Meadowlark WRF after the meeting. A map is included on page 2 of the agenda below.
Host and Sponsor TBD.
8:00 am PT | 11 am ET | 5:00 pm CET (1 hour 30 minutes)
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
Germany’s Approach to Water Reuse for Agricultural and Landscape Irrigation
Despite Germany’s temperate climate and history of adequate water resources, the country is experiencing droughts and extreme weather trends as a result of climate change. Germany’s increasing interest in employing water reuse for agricultural and landscape irrigation can serve as a model for other temperate regions facing these trends.
Join us for this 90-minute webcast covering the full timeline of reuse in Germany, including reuse initiatives which have existed for decades, future outlooks for reuse in Germany, and the recent European Water Reuse Regulation (2020/741) which went into effect in June 2023. Our panel of research and utility experts will also present ongoing research related to non-potable reuse of municipal wastewater for agricultural and landscape irrigation, which is part of the German BMBF Water Technologies: Reuse (WavE) funding program.
- Dr. Veronika Zhiteneva, Project Manager, Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin
- Dr. Christina Jungfer, Project Manager, DECHEMA
- Prof. Dr. Jörg E. Drewes, Chair of Urban Water Systems Engineering, Technical University of Munich
- Markus Büttner, Environmental Engineer, Stadtentwässerung SCHWEINFURT
- Prof. Dr. Thomas Wintgens, Chair of Urban Water Management and Institute of Environemtnal Engineering, RWTH Aachen University
- Prof. Dr. Thomas Dockhorn, Director, Institute of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Braunschweig
- Prof Dr. Aki S. Ruhl, German Environment Agency, Technical University of Berlin
Add to Calendar
Please join the Emerging Professionals Committee for a tour of MWD’s Weymouth Water Treatment Plant on November 1, 2023, from 10 am – 12 pm! Tour capacity is limited to 30 people so please RSVP ASAP to reserve your spot at the link here: https://forms.gle/gxGhtcBLVwWMTG1F7
Constructed in 1941, the Weymouth Water Treatment Plant is the first water treatment plant constructed by the MWD and now has a treatment capacity of 520 million gallons per day! Please check out the fact sheet here for more information: water-treatment-plants-fact-sheet-final_web.pdf (mwdh2o.com)
Event Address: 700 Moreno Ave, La Verne, CA 91750
Parking is available on site.
Following the tour, anyone who is hungry is open to join us at In-N-Out Burger:
Restaurant Address: 2098 Foothill Blvd, La Verne, CA 91750