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August 12, 2019

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!

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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

Upcoming Events

May
15
Sun
Florida WateReuse Week
May 15 – May 21 all-day
May
17
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
May 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
May
18
Wed
Direct Potable Reuse in the Four Corners
May 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Direct Potable Reuse in the Four Corners

11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
PDHs: 1

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The Four Corners region includes the arid western states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. These four states have several common challenges to providing reliable water supplies including: rapid population growth, severe long term drought conditions, and dwindling or overallocated natural water sources. Indirect potable reuse is currently being practiced in these states, often through managed groundwater replenishment or incidental means. Is engineered potable reuse the next step to building safe, reliable, and resilient water resource portfolios?

While water utilities in the Four Corners states are taking steps toward direct potable reuse (DPR), each of these states face different implementation challenges. This panel discussion delves into the progress and issues regarding DPR in the region.

Speakers:

  • Brian Biesemeyer CITY OF SCOTTSDALE, AZ
  • Robert Fowlie REPRESENTING THE VILLAGE OF CLOUDCROFT, NM
  • Steve Gallegos CITY OF RIO RANCHO, NM
  • Raymond Garrison CITY OF SOUTH JORDAN, UT
  • Tyson Ingles CO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
  • Sarah Page UTAH DIVISION OF DRINKING WATER
  • Austa Parker BROWN AND CALDWELL
  • Javier Setovich CITY OF GOODYEAR, AZ
  • Katie Vanyo BROWN AND CALDWELL
  • Matt Benak, TOWN OF CASTLE ROCK, CO
May
20
Fri
Florida Water Reuse Week: The Role of Education and Outreach in Florida’s Growing Reuse Landscape
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Florida Water Reuse Week: The Role of Education and Outreach in Florida’s Growing Reuse Landscape

11 am ET | 8 am PT (1 hour)
WateReuse Members and Florida Water Reuse Week Registrants: Free; Others: $49
Registrants for Florida Water Reuse Week will receive a discount code for free webcast registration
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

Florida reuses 34 percent of its wastewater compared to the national average of about 7 percent. A recent statewide survey showed that 75 percent of Floridians are familiar with the concept of using reclaimed water for irrigation, industrial uses, and other non-drinking purposes. However, as the state is undergoing record-setting growth and rulemaking for direct potable reuse, additional education and outreach is needed to gain public acceptance. Water professionals and utilities from across the state are working collaboratively through WateReuse Florida to develop and implement consistent messaging on how reuse will safely supply Florida’s future. As Florida celebrates Water Reuse Week May 15-21, join us to hear about the latest education and outreach efforts happening to support traditional and potable reuse at the local and state level.

  • Robyn Felix, Communications & Board Services Bureau Chief, Southwest Florida Water Management District
  • Tamara Richardson, P.E., Director of Polk County Utilities
  • Shea Dunifon, Education Coordinator, Pinellas County Utilities, Florida

WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ TBD
May 20 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Jun
8
Wed
WRSD Quarter 2 Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Jun 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Jun
10
Fri
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Second Quarter 2022 @ Virtual
Jun 10 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Second Quarter:
Remote
Friday, June 10, 2022: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm EST

WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ TBD
Jun 10 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Jun
14
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Jun 14 all-day
Jun
16
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Jun 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

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