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.
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
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.
Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
– featuring Brian Biesemeyer, Scottsdale Water “Arizona’s First Direct Potable Reuse System”