August 20, 2018
Online Registration Closes Friday for the 33rd Annual WateReuse Symposium
EPA Receives 62 Letters of Interest for WIFIA
Waters of the US Rule Reinstated in 26 States
Bureau of Reclamation Awards $3.5 million for desalination and water purification research
Provide your input on WateReuse’s draft Stormwater Reuse and On-site Water Recycling Advocacy Principles to Amber Kim by August 20
State Updates and Member Profiles
Welcome New Members!
The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:
- Beaufort Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (South Carolina)
- Smart Water Group LLC
- Upper Trinity Regional Water District (Texas)
California: WateReuse California is Starting a Communications Collaborative Group
Calling all California communications professionals! WateReuse California is starting a Communications Collaborative Group to discuss and work together on potable reuse communications. All WateReuse California members are welcome. Meetings will be formatted to encourage statewide participation and will be held both online and in-person. Please complete a quick, six-question survey to let organizers know how this group may best serve you and your organization. Take Survey.
California: GIS-Based Cost Analysis Solves Non-Potable Reuse Market Assessment
WateReuse Association member Rancho California Water District partnered with Kennedy/Jenks Consultants to develop a Recycled Water Resources Plan that provides a concise strategy for expanding its non-potable reuse distribution system. Using GIS tools, Kennedy/Jenks developed cost parameters and identified more than 90 customers. This new method allowed for a mathematical and unbiased approach to expanding a recycled water distribution system in a cost-effective manner. Read more.
Oklahoma: Research Indicates Water Reuse Would Improve Water Quality
A plan under consideration in Norman to augment the lake used for drinking water with purified water could meet water needs and improve water quality, according to an expert that recently made a presentation to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. Kyle E. Murray, Ph.D., a hydrogeologist who teaches at the University of Oklahoma, cited studies that indicate it is possible to improve Lake Thunderbird’s water quality through using highly treated effluent to augment the lake. Read More.
Call for Nominations for Board Vacancies
The Nominating Committee of the WateReuse Association Board of Directors issued a call for nominations to fill two Board vacancies. Individuals interested in being nominated should submit an application to either Patricia Sinicropi, Executive Director for the WateReuse Association, or to a member of the Nominating Committee by COB Tuesday, August 21. The Nominating Committee will review nominations and select candidates for approval by the full Board at its 3rd Quarter meeting in Austin, Texas on September 9. Directors are appointed for up to three two-year terms for a total of six years of service. Download the Call for Nominations.
Curriculum and Content for Potable Reuse Operator Training Available
The Water Research Foundation has released project Reuse 15-05: Curriculum and Content for Potable Reuse Operator Training. Led by WateReuse Association member Hazen and Sawyer, this project has developed a series of eight PowerPoint training modules designed to educate operators on operations and maintenance for key process technologies utilized in potable reuse systems. This project serves as a step in advancing potable reuse by providing operator training material that is not currently covered as thoroughly in conventional drinking water and wastewater operator training curricula. Learn More.
Conferences and Events
Webcast: Potable Reuse Using Ozone-Biofiltration
Interest in potable reuse is rapidly increasing across the United States, but some utilities are finding proven treatment processes cost prohibitive. Please join us Wednesday, September 26 at 2 p.m. eastern to hear results from a Water Research Foundation and Gwinnett County, Georgia study evaluating an alternative treatment train using two-stage ozone-biofiltration – without reverse osmosis – to achieve potable quality water. The presentation will include the research drivers and background, outline the pilot study objectives, and provide a summary of results from the drinking water pilot as well as the upstream advanced treatment facility. A cost comparison will be presented showing significant capital and operating cost savings of this non-RO based treatment approach. This research provides valuable information to the water industry by demonstrating the strengths and challenges associated with this non-RO approach to potable reuse, particularly for inland facilities where disposal of RO brine can be cost-prohibitive. Register Now!
WateReuse Past President to Speak at Conference on Water Reuse for Irrigated Agriculture
The US Committee on Irrigation and Drainage is holding the 11th International Conference on Irrigation and Drainage on October 15-19, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. The theme of this year’s event is “Water Reuse and Non-Traditional Water Sources for Irrigated Agriculture” and will feature several sessions highlighting The Water Research Foundation’s agricultural water reuse research portfolio and plenary presentations by WateReuse Association Past President, Guy Carpenter of Carollo Engineers, and WRF Chief Research Officer, John Albert. Learn More.
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pacific; 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Eastern
Fee: WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
Singapore is a small island nation and is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. In the early years of its nation building, with limited land to collect and store rainwater, Singapore faced drought, floods and water pollution. These challenges inspired the Public Utilities Board (PUB), Singapore’s National Water Agency, to strategize and seek innovative ideas, develop capabilities and secure a sustainable supply of water. Today, PUB has developed a diversified and sustainable water supply strategy for Singapore with the Four National Taps. The Four National Taps are local catchment water, imported water, NEWater and desalinated water.
This Webinar focuses on Singapore’s third National Tap, NEWater. NEWater refers to the high-grade reclaimed water that is produced using advanced membrane and ultraviolet technologies. It is primarily supplied to non-domestic sectors such as wafer fabrication plants, petrochemical plants, manufacturing industries and commercial buildings for industrial and air-conditioning purposes. A small percentage of NEWater is also injected into the reservoirs before being treated at the waterworks for drinking water supply. Participants of this Webinar will learn about the development of NEWater in Singapore, including R&D efforts and strategies to overcome various operational challenges.
Bingrui 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.
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 (email@example.com).
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).