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!
- To RSVP to attend in person, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/6hbco4sVPJRosRe46. Detailed driving and parking directions will be provided to those who RSVP.
- To register to participate via webinar, please complete this form: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4714919568173938700 .
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
Today’s technology allows us to treat virtually any source of water to meet any need including drinking, but many states lack regulations to allow these projects to move forward. WateReuse Association State Sections are taking the lead in collaborating with regulatory agencies and other stakeholders to develop regulatory frameworks to implement potable reuse. Join us to learn about recent efforts in Colorado and Florida that are paving the way for potable reuse.
The State of Colorado is considering regulating direct potable reuse (DPR). To support this effort, WateReuse Colorado sponsored the formation of an Independent Advisory Expert Panel to develop regulatory guidelines for the state. Larry Schimmoller, chair of the Panel, will review the process used to develop the regulatory guidelines, discuss the specific recommendations included in the guidelines, and present the next steps in the regulatory process.
WateReuse Florida took the initiative to bring together a diverse group of water professionals and end user stakeholders to participate in a consensus base effort to identify and address technical, regulatory, and implementation barriers to potable reuse in Florida. The Florida Potable Reuse Commission was formed to develop a framework document for potable reuse implantation in Florida to augment future water supply and support water quality initiatives. Lynn Spivey, WateReuse Florida President, and Potable Reuse Commission Chair, will be discussing the 18-month effort and the newly published Framework document.
Chair, Independent Advisory Expert Panel, Colorado DPR Framework Project
Global Technology Leader for Water Reuse, Jacobs
Chair, Florida Potable Reuse Commission
President, WateReuse Florida
Director of Utilities, City of Plant City (Florida
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The event includes a meeting of the Board Trustees and a webinar on PFAS.
WateReuse Nevada’s inaugural inter-state gathering for water professionals to discuss current topics and future trends. Topics will cover the current state and future prospects of water recycling in Nevada; state, agency, and industry partnership; and a current look at scientific advancements at Nevada universities.
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Mark your calendars for May 19-20, 2020 for the WateReuse Pacific Northwest annual conference. This year’s conference will be held at King County’s Brightwater Center, an environmental education and event center located on the Brightwater Treatment Plant campus. An impressive conference program is being planned featuring innovative reuse projects, research, education and community outreach, new regulatory directions and an operator session tailored to reuse facility operations.
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