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.
Launching June 24 -25
Don’t Miss the FIRST EVER WateReuse California virtual conference!
Join us for an easy to navigate, virtual conference experience.This is MORE than just a Replacement Event for the March 2020 Conference, this is an opportunity for our community to stand TOGETHER in these unprecedented times to recognize the good work we do and share ideas for the future.
The WateReuse California virtual conference will be available online until July 31, 2020.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
Champion Sponsor: CDM Smith
This presentation will give an overview of the COVID-19 research in wastewater that CDM Smith is conducting with multiple clients in the U.S. and Canada. The second half of the presentation will link the findings and learnings from the COVID-19 research to water reuse. For example, an understanding of viral loads, variability among communities and within communities, and online or field qPCR methods are essential to measuring the Sars-CoV-2 virus in wastewater and predicting future reemergence. This detailed, increased monitoring of sewersheds coupled with fast-tracked development of more mobile analytical methods may lead to better monitoring and understanding of wastewaters, as a source for IPR or DPR.
- Anna Mehrotra, PhD, PE – Environmental Engineer, CDM Smith
- Greta Zornes, PhD – CDM Smith Practice Leader for Reuse & Industrial Treatment
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific | 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern
WateReuse Members: Free
With many communities facing wastewater discharge limits for nutrients or temperature in Pacific Northwest waterways, reuse offers a water quality compliance strategy that can create wastewater, habitat and watershed benefits. This webcast will showcase two examples of how water reuse is being examined to address nutrient and thermal loading in marine and river water sources.
We will learn how water reuse is being looked at by the Bay Area Clean Water Agencies (BACWA) in the San Francisco Bay area to reduce nutrient loading to the estuary through a coordinated multi-utility assessment. With many parallels to Puget Sound in Washington State, BACWA’s planning can provide some ideas for how reuse might be part of the nutrient reduction plan for Puget Sound and other nutrient impaired waterways.
We will then shift attention to Western Oregon to hear from Clean Water Services in the Portland region. Clean Water Services has a long track-record of investing in innovative solutions to TMDLs. We will learn reuse is being examined to help their utility comply with thermal discharge limits.
- Dave Clark, Senior Vice President, Wastewater Market Sector Director, HDR Engineering
- Jared Kinnear, Reuse Manager, Clean Water Services
- Susan Schlangen, Engineer, Water Systems Consulting
2:00 – 3:15 pm Eastern | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
Lake Lanier is a major source of water supply to the North Georgia region. Many communities surrounding Lake Lanier rely on it for both discharge of effluent as well as their sourcewater for drinking purposes. This practice, known as indirect potable reuse or surface water augmentation, provides a sustainable water supply solution for the region’s growing population. Specifically, in Gwinnett County, Georgia, the majority of the county’s 56 MGD of treated wastewater is discharged to the Lake, which is also the primary drinking water source. This transformation of wastewater into a valuable supply of sourcewater requires careful planning, monitoring, and protection of Lake Lanier.
While there have been various water research projects and planning efforts implemented throughout the Lake Lanier Watershed in the past, there does not exist a centralized coordinated plan that documents, facilitates, and coordinates an approach to developing the ideation, planning, prioritization, management, resourcing, and funding of applied water research projects.
In response to this identified need, The Water Tower, the new global innovation hub in Gwinnett County, Georgia, is leading the effort to create a forum through which stakeholders and researchers will work together to develop a Lake Lanier Watershed Research Master Plan. The Plan will provide a multi-year research roadmap of project concepts to address critical needs in the Lake Lanier Watershed. Funding for prioritized projects will be crowdsourced among the stakeholders and the be the focus of nonprofit, public and private grant applications. The research projects will be competitively bid, with regional and international third party technical expert oversight, and managed by The Water Tower, a 501c3 focused on research and innovation.
- Kristan VandenHeuvel, Strategic Director of Research and Engagement, The Water Tower
- Steve Leo, Client Service Manager, Constantine Engineering
- Jeff Mosher, Principal Technologist, Carollo Engineers
WateReuse Arizona Section Meeting & Webinar
10 am PDT | 10 am MST | 1 pm EDT
Arizona’s water managers and policy makers have long touted the practice of using treated wastewater in many areas of the state and putting it to beneficial use. However, every community uses effluent differently depending on their community’s needs, history, and make-up the other sources of their water resources portfolio. Differences range from the size and locations of their reclaimed purple pipe system, to recharge facilities for Long Term Storage Credits, to exchange agreements, and the next horizon of DPR. What kind of investments are communities making to secure their water future using effluent? How and why are there differences and similarities between these communities. This panel discussion aims at asking how communities from Northern to Southern Arizona, and from East to West Valley use treated effluent as a component of their water resources portfolio.
- Brian Biesemeyer, City of Scottsdale
- Eric Braun, Town of Gilbert
- Barbara Chappell, City of Goodyear
- Kathryn Sorensen, City of Phoenix
- Tim Thomure, City of Tucson
- Erin Young, City of Flagstaff
- Troy Walker
- Gretchen Baumgardner
|START TIME||END TIME||DURATION||TOTAL||Description|
|10:00 AM||10:05 AM||0:05||0:05||Moderator Introduction to Webinar and panelist|
|10:05 AM||11:05 AM||1:00||1:05||Each Panelist gives a brief (10 min) presentation on their effluent uses and how that equates to their water resources portfolio|
|11:05 AM||11:25 AM||0:20||1:25||Q&A|
|11:25 AM||11:40 AM||0:15||1:40||Audience Q&A|
|11:40 AM||11:50 AM||0:10||1:50||Panelist each give a closing remark|
|11:50 AM||11:55 AM||0:05||1:55||Moderator closes panel discussion|
- Are there plans to build additional infrastructure to increase or change the way your organization uses its effluent?
- What hurdles to you see do drive that infrastructure investment, if any?
- How important do you see effluent as being a portion of your water resources portfolio? Does it play a significant role in planning for the future?
- What role has getting public buy-in to developing reuse projects?
- Regarding buy-in from your organization’s leadership as well.
- In looking back over your organization’s history, and hindsight is always 20/20, but can you talk about lessons learned or are there things about how the way your organization uses its effluent you would change if you could go back, knowing what you know now?
- Are there currently any regulatory hurdles that are preventing greater use of recycled water?
- In 2019 the prohibition for Direct Potable Reuse was lifted. What are your thoughts about the viability of this for your organization?
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific | 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern
WateReuse Members: Free
Join us as we learn how water reuse is being reimagined and employed in different ways and scales. We will hear from the Portland Water Bureau regarding decentralized on-site non-potable water reuse to address water resource challenges for the City of Portland. Chris Wanner is a commissioner of the National Blue Ribbon Commission on On-site Non-Potable Reuse and will discuss how Portland’s efforts fit into the Commission’s work on advancing on-site non-potable water reuse. We will then shift attention to a smaller community in the Pacific Northwest, the City of Hagerman, Idaho, to learn how they transitioned from discharging to the river to recycling their water and putting it to good use.
- Chris Wanner, Portland Water Bureau
- Dan Ayers, JUB Engineers
- Justin Hulme, Public Works Superintendent, City of Hagerman, ID