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!
PresentersBingrui Liu has been the Operations Engineer at Kranji NEWater Factory since 2017 after graduating from Boston University with a BA(Hons) in Chemistry. Joelyn Tan joined the Operations team at Bedok NEWater Factory (BNF) in 2018, bringing along her technical knowledge as well as experience with the latest industry innovations. Melanie Tan was the Plant Manager for Bedok NEWater Factory from 2010 – 2013 and will be facilitating the session. She currently serves as the Northern California Reuse Practice Leader for Kennedy Jenks.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
This webcast will summarize the California Environmental Flows Framework and its application in the Los Angeles River. Across the country, state and local agencies are promoting water reuse and recycling to conserve water resources. Reuse and recycling of treated wastewater can result in a reduction of instream flow and can impact existing and future instream beneficial uses, setting up potential conflicts between policies aimed at promoting reuse, protecting water quality, and managing ecological resources. Agencies in California have come together to develop a statewide environmental flows framework that can be used to establish seasonal flow criteria. This framework is currently being applied in the Los Angeles River watershed to better evaluate the cumulative impacts of potential flow reductions associated with several water reuse and water capture projects. The project will provide a science-based approach for assessing flow necessary to sustain beneficial uses. The project outcomes will be used to help establish technically sound flow recommendations and evaluate the consequences of alternative flow scenarios for the LA River. This project may also serve as a model for assessing similar situations in other river systems across the state.
Dr. Eric Stein is a head of the Biology Department at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP). Dr. Stein oversees a variety of projects related to in-stream and coastal water quality, bioassessment, hydromodification, watershed modeling, and assessment of wetlands and other aquatic resources. His research focuses on effects of human activities on the condition of aquatic ecosystems, and on developing tools to better assess and manage those effects.
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WOW! Wonders of Water Brownie Journey Jumpstart
Our event is a series of activities and presentations for Brownie Girl Scouts to earn a badge called Wow! Wonders of Water Journey – LOVE Water. Girl Scouts can sign up through the council events page. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Erica Marti (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Overview of activities:
- learning about the water cycle through active movement and visual demonstration
- learning about water pollution, especially how our community is affected by stormwater runoff
- learning about the unique water system in the Las Vegas Valley
Our event is now posted on the Girl Scout events page. Please share with anyone who has a Girl Scout (2nd, 3rd grades).