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August 2, 2021

Coming Soon: WateReuse Awards for Excellence Nominations Open Mid-September

The 2022 WateReuse Awards for Excellence nomination period will open in mid-September and accept entries through Friday, October 22, 2021. The awards program recognizes individuals, organizations, and partnerships that have made significant contributions in support of greater adoption of water reuse. Award recipients exhibit leadership in water reuse education, advocacy, technology, and/or implementation, showcasing innovative approaches that others can follow.

WateReuse encourages all members to submit a nomination. The 2022 WateReuse Awards for Excellence winners will be announced at the 37th Annual WateReuse Symposium in San Antonio, TX in March 2022. For more information on the awards, please contact Erin Carr at ecarr@watereuse.org.

Washington Update

Debate Opens on Bipartisan Infrastructure Package in Senate, including Water Recycling

Keep the Momentum Going: Help Keep Water Recycling a Top Priority by Taking Action Today!

House Moves on Minibus Spending Package Including Water Reuse Priorities

Deadline Approaching: Please Share Your Facility Data to Quantify Municipal Reuse in US

WateReuse Association members are invited to complete a survey (approximately 90-120 minutes) as part of a national Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP) effort to document the amount of water that is recycled in the United States. Under WRAP Action 5.5,  Quantifying the National Volumes of Water Potentially Available for Reuse, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is preparing an update to the 2018 ReNEW Water Project’s Resource Recovery Baseline Report. This report documented resource recovery at water resource recovery facilities in the U.S. and Canada through a combination of data analysis and survey responses from utilities. WateReuse, EPA, and WEF are co-leading Action 5.5 and the update of the ReNEW Water Project is the first milestone. The survey will close August 9 at 11:59 pm ET. If you have questions about the survey, please contact Patrick Dube (pdube@WEF.org) at WEF.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Member!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new member:

Member Spotlight: Cape Coral’s New Operations Building Will Increase Recycled Water Resiliency

The City of Cape Coral, Florida recently began construction of the new Southwest Water Reclamation Facility operations building, which produces up to 15 million gallons of recycled water for irrigation each day. The $15.6 million operations building is designed to withstand a category four hurricane, adding increased resiliency for both wastewater treatment and recycled water supplies in the community. Operators will be able to safely shelter and maintain critical plant operations during extreme weather events. Read more.

FL: Brooksville Approves Recycled Water Connection to Residential Community

The City of Brooksville received City Council approval to add a new residential community to its reclaimed water line. The $150,000 project will allow the Cascades Community to use recycled water to irrigate homes and common areas, reducing the burden on groundwater. Read more.

ID: City of Boise Website Showcases Importance of Recycled Water

The City of Boise is building a public education campaign for its planned water recycling program that includes a web page that explains recycled water and tracks project progress. Still in the research and planning stage, Boise is exploring various approaches to water recycling including aquifer recharge. The website notes the next step in the process, which is a National Water Research Institute expert panel that will provide recommendations for the recycled water program. View website.

IL: Chicago Offers Incentives to Encourage Rainwater Recycling

“We all know how we should recycle plastics, glass, and paper, etc., but water must be recycled too,” said Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Commissioner Josina Morita. Rain barrels are offered to Cook County Residents for a discounted rate. Not only does this effort support wastewater operations during heavy rains, but it allows residents to reuse rainwater, saving residents on their water bills and supporting aquifer recharge. Read more.

WA: City of Cheney Receives Loan to Support Water Reuse Project

The Washington State Department of Ecology awarded the City of Cheney a $21.8 million loan to support upgrades to the water reclamation plant that will allow water to be recycled for landscape irrigation. The project includes the installation of a purple pipe network to distribute recycled water to city parks, athletic fields, and school grounds. The water reuse program will reduce stress on groundwater, which is the sole source for local drinking water supply. Read more.

WateReuse Member Resources and Benefits

Need to Illustrate the Value of Water Reuse Investment? Use Our Flyer and Infographic

Utilities must make a compelling case to ratepayers, policymakers, and other stakeholders that investment in water recycling is the right decision. Use our flyer and infographic to illustrate that Investment in water reuse builds communities that are modern, sustainable and stable—ready for families to flourish and businesses to grow. The infographic highlights examples of recycled water from coast to coast and documents the value they bring.

Interactive Map on State Water Reuse Policies and Regulations

Do you need information about water reuse policies and regulations from across the United States? Visit the state policy map on our website to find summaries of the regulatory landscape in key states, as well as links to specific polices and regulations. Clicking on a particular state opens a pop-up window with detailed information about the state. WateReuse invites members to help us fill in gaps in knowledge using the comment box provided on the page. The map will be updated periodically as new information is received and/or states update their regulations. View the state policy map here.

Job Opportunity from the WateReuse Career Center

WateReuse Conferences, Webcasts and Events

Arizona Water Reuse Symposium Brings Together Thought Leaders on Reuse

WateReuse Arizona and the AZ Water Association hosted the Arizona Water Reuse 2021 Symposium, July 25-27, 2021, at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, AZ. Drawing over 135 participants, the conference enabled thoughtful discussion on adapting to water supply shortages and navigating pretreatment challenges. The program began Sunday evening with the annual welcome reception and purple water balloon battle followed by two days of sessions on the latest trends in water reuse.

Speakers represented utilities, regulatory agencies, academia, nonprofits, and private industry. The symposium featured addresses from WateReuse Association Executive Director Patricia Sinicropi, Water Research Foundation CEO Peter Grevatt, and Senators Kirsten Sinema and Mark Kelly. The Symposium also included a scholarship and awards luncheon, as well as a dinner function at the Arizona Snow Bowl. Symposium Chairperson Troy Walker of Hazen & Sawyer and Section President Rob McCandless of Brown & Caldwell even shared their homebrewed beer made with recycled water from the Scottsdale Water Campus’ DPR facility.

WRF CEO Peter Grevatt

Webcast: Discussion on Desalination – Treatments, Research, and the Future

August 11, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)

In this webcast, a panel of experts from the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI) and CalDesal will discuss the state of desalination in the United States. The panel will explore current practices, technologies, treatments, on-going research, and the future role of desalination in the resiliency of the country’s water supply. You will also learn about NAWI’s research and development roadmap series on desalination and treatment of nontraditional source waters. Register here.

WateReuse Pacific Northwest to Present Water Reuse Track at PNCWA Conference

WateReuse Pacific Northwest (WR-PNW) and the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA) are partnering to bring members a 2021 conference technical program that includes sustainable approaches to water reuse as one of many one-water solutions. WR-PNW will present a water reuse track at the PNCWA Annual Conference to benefit members, advance ongoing innovation, and showcase industry collaboration. The track will occur Tuesday, September 14, with options for single-day attendance packages available. Please join our one-day track and engage in our common vision to advance regional water reuse. The full conference will include in-person and virtual attendance formats, September 13-15. Learn more and register.

Building a Resilient Future Together: Register for the 2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference

Registration is open for the 2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference and there are two ways to participate! Participate in-person September 19-21 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Los Angles or join virtually from the comfort of your office. In-person registration includes access to the on-demand, virtual content. The agenda includes technical sessions, panel presentations, two tours, and many networking opportunities. For those who do not wish to attend in person, all major sessions will be simulcast, and technical sessions will be available on the virtual conference platform. Learn more and register.

Super Saver Opens October 4:  37th Annual WateReuse Symposium in San Antonio, Texas

Mark your calendar for the 37th Annual WateReuse Symposium to be held March 5-9, 2022 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas. A special super saver registration rate will be offered exclusively to WateReuse Association members beginning Monday, October 4, 2021—before early-bird registration opens to the general public. If you normally take advantage of early-bird registration discounts, this year you will be able to register earlier and save even more. Attendees will have the options to attend in-person in San Antonio, stream the sessions online, or both. This is a not-to-be missed opportunity to learn about the latest trends in water recycling and network with colleagues.

World Water-Tech North America Virtual Summit, October 5-6, 2021

The WateReuse Association is pleased to support the World Water-Tech North America Summit, connecting the global water ecosystem on October 5-6. 

Join 350 stakeholders driving change across the water value chain, with speakers from utilities (public and private), billion-dollar venture funds, international engineering giants, and technology companies (start-ups and unicorns). YOU’RE GUARANTEED hot debates, new ideas and fresh faces!

This incredible group of cross-industry voices will come together to trade insights about how to accelerate watershed resilience, and identify opportunities to transform the industry through innovation and investment. Will you be joining them? ​​​​​​

Save a further 10% with The WateReuse Association’s discount code: WRA10

Upcoming Events

Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Dec 12 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Reminder, our next Orange County Chapter meeting will be tomorrow, Tuesday, December 12th from 11:45am to 1:30pm. Meeting will be virtual only; see attached agenda for Zoom link.

In addition to our regular standing items, we have two presentations:

  • Pure Water Southern California Update – Liz Crosson, MWD Sustainability, Resiliency and Innovation Officer and John Bednarski, MWD Chief Engineer
  • WateReuse California Update – Jennifer West, Managing Director

Please RSVP so we can get an accurate headcount: RSVP Response Form. Thank you.

WateReuse Florida December Board Meeting
Dec 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
WateReuse Webcast: Carbon Based Advanced Treatment for Water Reuse. Sponsored by Hazen & Sawyer
Dec 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
WateReuse Webcast: Carbon Based Advanced Treatment for Water Reuse. Sponsored by Hazen & Sawyer

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

Register Now!

With water supply limitations driven by factors such as population growth, urbanization, and climate change, along with more stringent regulatory requirements for wastewater discharges, direct or indirect potable reuse is becoming increasingly essential to address water resiliency issues. Carbon Based Advanced Treatment (CBAT) has increasingly been adopted as a treatment solution to treat municipal effluent to provide a safe, reliable augmentation of drinking water supplies.

CBAT involves the use of biologically activated carbon (BAC) usually with ozone, followed by granular activated carbon (GAC) to achieve advanced treatment of water. It may also include flocculation/sedimentation and UV disinfection. Join a panel of experts to explore the various combinations of this process, and get updates on key case studies using CBAT for potable reuse.




  • Andrew Newbold, Principal Engineer, Hazen & Sawyer
  • Gaya Ram Mohan, PhD, PE, Environmental Engineer, Hazen & Sayer
  • Erik Rosenfeldt, PhD, PE, National Drinking Water Practice Leader, Hazen & Sawyer
Inland Empire Chapter Meeting
Dec 14 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

We will hold an inperson meeting at Western Municipal Water District.


Please RSVP HERE for this meeting by Thursday, December 7th

Arizona Water Reuse 2024 Symposium – Call for Abstracts Deadline
Dec 15 all-day
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Dec 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
WateReuse Pacific Northwest: Localizing Communications Strategy
Dec 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
WateReuse Pacific Northwest: Localizing Communications Strategy

10:00 am PT | 1 pm ET (1 hour)
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

Across the country, more and more communities are exploring reuse as part of a larger water management strategy. But even the best public projects live and die by community acceptance, and history has shown this is doubly true for water reuse projects. Community engagement is a vital element to designing and launching plans that will create lasting impact. Community engagement is not, however, a one-size-fits-all endeavor. What motivates communities in Seattle will not be the same as Boise, or rural Oregon. In this webinar, we will discuss the importance of localizing a communications and engagement strategy to reflect the values, culture and drivers of each specific community. We will look at two Pacific Northwest case studies from Boise and the WateReuse Oregon Subcommittee that demonstrate effective, local engagement approaches.



Holly Tichenor, Management Consulting National Practice Leader, Brown and Caldwell, WateReuse PNW Board President


  • Natalie Monro, Communications Coordinator, City of Bellingham, WateReuse PNW Board VP
  • Haley Falconer, Environmental Division Senior Manager, City of Boise
  • Jared Kinnear, Reuse Program Manager, Clean Water Services


Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Jan 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
2024 Water Reuse Policy Outlook
Jan 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2024 Water Reuse Policy Outlook


3 pm ET | 12 pm PT (1 hour)
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

Join us on January 17 to hear from Washington insiders about the current legislative and regulatory landscape and what we might expect for the coming year in Congress and from the Administration. Top Washington lobbyists will discuss the status of key water reuse-related legislation and regulations and how election-year politics may impact advocacy opportunities. Whether you plan to participate in the 2024 Water Week Policy Fly-In in April or are interested in learning more about opportunities to advance water reuse policy, this webcast will help get you up to speed.


Greg Fogel, Director of Government Affairs and Policy, WateReuse Association


Ana Schwab, Director of Government Affairs, Best Best & Krieger LLP
David Leiter, President, Plurus Strategies

WRAZ Section Meeting & Webcast
Jan 18 all-day

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