State Updates and Member Profiles
California: OCWD Awarded Grants that Impact Global Water Purification Research
WateReuse Association member the Orange County Water District (OCWD) has been named as an awardee of four new grants for recycled water research and development. These 2019 grants highlight global and national partnerships OCWD has formed with other industry leaders at the forefront of water purification technologies. OCWD and its partners received $168,000 from the Bureau of Reclamation, $25,000 from the Japanese government, $100,000 from The Water Research foundation, and $150,000 from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Read More.
Kentucky: Louisville MSD Sponsors Beer Made with Purified Recycled Water
Visitors to the Water for Life festival event in downtown Louisville on Sunday, August 18 sampled craft beer brewed with purified recycled water. As part of an outreach effort to demonstrate the quality of its effluent, Louisville MSD added a drinking water treatment step and invited four craft brewers to make beer with it. MSD and water professionals from Kentucky and Tennessee were on hand to discuss the quality that goes into not only producing drinking water but also treating all the water we use. Read More.
Oklahoma: Bartlesville Plans for First Water Reuse Project
The City of Bartlesville expects to complete design of its first water reuse project this year and begin construction in mid-2020. Under the plan, the recycled water would be discharged into the Carney River upstream of the community’s raw water intake for drinking water treatment. The project will provide another water source to ensure long-term water supply. Read More.
WateReuse Customer Communications Tools and Resources
Engaging the Public Health Community on Water Reuse? Check out Our Online Resources
Although water reuse is a proven, science-based process that has been used safely in communities around the world for decades, the public is often skeptical when the concept is first introduced into a community. To build acceptance among medical and health professionals, WateReuse has launched the Medical Community Initiative and begun developing resources to support members in engaging with the public health community. Visit our website for videos, articles, and presentations that support engagement with medical professionals. New tools are being developed so check back for updates.
Conferences and Events
Reuse Regulators to Convene Summit, Share Highlights of Discussions
Regulators from nearly 30 states across the country will meet during the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium to discuss opportunities in water recycling, share local challenges, and learn from the experiences of regulators in other regions. Representatives from the Reuse Regulator Summit, which is hosted by the Association of Clean Water Administrators and the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators, will report out on their discussions during the Symposium’s closing plenary session. Advanced registration for the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium has closed early because our attendance capacity has been reached. If you would like to see if we have had any cancellations and a spot has opened up, please contact Alicia Rutherford.
Webcast: Membranes 101 – The Basics and Beyond
How are membranes used in water recycling and what are the typical operational tasks? Please join us on September 26 at 2 p.m. ET for Membranes 101: The Basics and Beyond to learn how membranes can be used alone, or in conjunction with complementary technologies, to remove a broad range of contaminants from water. This range of capabilities has contributed to the widespread use of membranes to treat water, wastewater, and recycled water. The presentation will explain the types of membranes and their uses, review proper maintenance, and provide viewers with insight into this popular treatment technology. Register Now!
For more information contact Rosario Cortes
Tour of the San Jose Creek WRP will follow starting at 1:15 pm
Hosted by Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, and lunch will be sponsored by AECOM.
For in-person attendance, please RSVP to email@example.com by Friday, February 10. Virtual attendance option also available.
February 15, 2023 Time: 1:00pm CT | 2:00pm ET
As a global leader in water reuse, Israel takes a very intentional and integrated approach to producing and maintaining its water supply. They combine desalination, water recycling of municipal wastewater and stormwater capture, and reuse to ensure sustainable supplies. Nearly 90 percent of Israel’s treated wastewater is reused for agricultural irrigation purposes.
In November 2022, over 40 representatives from the U.S. water sector, including utilities, industry, states, and the federal government, traveled to Israel as part of a science, technology, and policy informational exchange focused on water reuse practices. This intensive week of learning about the Israeli approach to managing its water resources included several delegates from Texas.
The panelists will share their general experience as part of the delegation (5-10 mins each) and then we will ask a few prepared questions about lessons learned and how those could be applied to Texas communities. If time allows, we will take questions from the audience.
Paula Paciorek, Division Manager, Houston Water Planning
- Special Introduction by Omer Bab, Director of Trade and Regulatory Policy, Embassy of Israel and Danny Greenwald, Senior Deputy Director General for Regulation, Israel Water Authority
- Eva Steinle-Darling, Water Reuse Technical Practice Director, Carollo Engineers
- Hunter Adams, Environmental Laboratory Supervisor, City of Wichita Falls – Cypress Environmental Laboratory
- Erika Crespo, Assistant Deputy Director, Water Quality Division, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
- Kobe Nagar, CEO and Co-Founder, 374 Water
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