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.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: WateReue & AWE Members: Free; Others: $49
Can onsite water reuse systems be successfully integrated with a community’s centralized treatment system? New legislation is being adopted around the country to remove barriers to onsite water reuse and communities like San Francisco are leading the way in demonstrating how onsite non-potable water systems can supplement centralized treatment and extend water supplies. This presentation will discuss important lessons learned in San Francisco, which has been requiring onsite water reuse in new large developments for seven years. You will also learn how model legislation developed by the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems is being adopted across the country to encourage the use of alternative water supplies. The presentation will also provide a preview of the National Blue Ribbon Commission’s new training manual for onsite reuse, which will be released in early 2020, and discuss future research priorities aimed at advancing more widespread adoption of onsite non-potable water systems.
Mary Ann Dickinson
President and CEO
Alliance for Water Efficiency
Director of Water Resources
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
Congress enters 2020 with the next Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) in its sights. Hearings and discussions have begun in earnest within the committees of jurisdiction in both the House and Senate. A number of important bills that were introduced or debated in 2019 may see further consideration in 2020 in the context of development of the next WRDA. At the same time, the Trump Administration will release its FY 2021 budget request as early as February, prompting Congress to launch the FY 2021 appropriations cycle.
Please join us January 8 at 2 p.m. ET for a webcast with Washington insiders to examine what’s on the congressional agenda for 2020 and how you can position your utility or company to have a voice at the table. Top Washington water sector lobbyists will discuss the status of key legislation and explain the opportunities to advance a water reuse policy agenda. Whether you plan to travel to Washington for Water Week in the Spring or are just interested in what to expect from Congress in 2020, this webcast will be a national advocacy primer for water professionals.
Greg Fogel, Policy Director, WateReuse Association
Mia O’Connell, President, O’Connell & Dempsey, LLC
Mia’s focus for three decades has been in the water resource and environment arenas. Mia has focused her efforts for her public agency and water clients on Corps of Engineers, EPA and Department of Interior projects. Mia works with the Corps in the flood protection, ecosystem restoration, navigation and water supply areas.
Geoff Bowman, Vice President, Van Scoyoc Associates
Having spent large parts of two decades as a staff member on the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Geoff Bowman offers clients an insider’s perspective on the policy, players, and politics involved in those issues.
Save the Date! More information to be posted soon.
WateReuse Texas, Water Environment Association of Texas, and Texas American Water Works Association invite you to the 9th Annual Water Reuse in Texas Conference: Extending our Water Frontier, July 20-21, 2020 at the Embassy Suites in Frisco, Texas. The program will present the latest on operations, financing, planning, and water quality. Pat Sinicropi, Executive Director of WateReuse Association, will provide a keynote discussion on the future of water reuse, Texas’ role as a reuse pioneer, and EPA’s Water Reuse Action Plan. There also opportunities to exhibit and sponsor. Save the date! Registration will open January 2020.
The Annual WateReuse Symposium is the nation’s premier conference on water recycling and the only conference dedicated solely to water reuse laws, policy, funding, research, technology, and public acceptance.
Save the Date!
35th Annual WateReuse Symposium
Hilton Denver City Center
September 13-16. 2020
Call for Abstracts coming soon!