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!
Presented in partnership with The Water Research Foundation, this presentation will cover key components of successful onsite non-potable water systems.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members and WRF Subscribers: Free
Across the nation, onsite non-potable water systems (ONWS) are becoming increasingly common as a means to conserve and recycle water. Ensuring consistent implementation is one of the principal challenges for ONWS programs, particularly when multiple, new stakeholders are involved. Water Research Foundation project 4909 sought to identify key knowledge gaps and provide the resources needed to aid in the smooth implementation of ONWS. Through interaction with the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems, the project team identified common pitfalls that have impacted the design, operation, permitting, and implementation of ONWS.
This presentation will cover key components of a successful ONWS program including: (1) treatment goals that control public health risk, (2) effective design of both treatment and non-treatment (i.e., management) barriers, (3) strategies for effective operation and monitoring of ONWS systems, and (4) frameworks for regulating and permitting ONWS. The goal of this presentation is to convey the importance of stakeholder knowledge for consistent protection of public health at ONWS installations. This information will be presented through a survey of the projects two main deliverables: the comprehensive guidance manual and interactive training modules.
- Brian Pecson, Ph.D., P.E., Principal Engineer, Trussell Technologies
- Brie Post, P.E., Senior Engineer, Trussell Technologies
- Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
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Are water recycling utilities well prepared to address the COVID-19 crisis and other potential future risks?
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
The America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) requires all utilities serving 3,300 or more people to complete a risk and resilience assessment (RRA) for their water systems, followed by the completion of an emergency response plan (ERP). The RRA’s are part of an overall effort to improve the ability of water systems to prepare for and respond to events from water resource limitations to cyber attacks, from extreme weather to an assault on the utility, and from contamination to treatment and distribution infrastructure, among others. In short, it is an all-hazards approach to managing risk.
This webcast will discuss how water reuse interacts with the RRAs and highlight some the ways that risks are viewed and managed from an AWIA perspective. It will also discuss how we are interpreting and acting upon risk in the midst the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and how we can use RRAs to prepare for future risks. This webcast will offer a fresh look at risk and resilience through the lens of preparation and response. The presentation will begin with an overview of AWIA requirements, RRAs, and the role of water reuse in those assessments followed by a focus on risk and risk perceptions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
– featuring Brian Biesemeyer, Scottsdale Water “Arizona’s First Direct Potable Reuse System”