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August 23, 2021

Just Released — Profiles in Reuse: Agricultural Reuse

The WateReuse Association released the latest flyer in the Profiles in Reuse series, which discusses the ways in which recycled water provides a resilient water supply to support agriculture. From Oregon, Idaho, and California to Florida and Maryland, the flyer presents some of the innovative ways communities are incorporating agricultural reuse to protect the environment, reduce energy use, and provide food security. The flyer is an easy-to-understand communications tools that can easily be shared with water customers, policymakers, and other stakeholders. View and download the flyer here.

Washington Update

HELP IS NEEDED NOW! Less Than One Month to Take Action to Secure Water Recycling Funding in Budget Reconciliation

EPA Workshop Report Highlights Environmental Health Priorities of Public Health Community, Including Water Quality

A U.S. EPA report summarizing the environmental health priorities of public health professionals could be a useful resource for water reuse project sponsors interested in engaging with medical professionals to build support for projects. The report reflects the proceedings of the Public Health and Health Care Partner Workshop convened last summer to inform approaches to coordinating with the public health community on environmental health concerns. Conversations during the workshop included discussion on how environmental health concerns intensify during public health crises. View the report.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Member!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new member:

CA: Expert Review Panel to Hold First Public Hearing on Direct Potable Reuse Regulations

The California State Water Resources Control Board will host the first public meeting of an expert panel convened to review proposed criteria for direct potable reuse (DPR) on August 24-25. The charge of the panel is to make a finding as to whether, in its expert opinion, the proposed DPR criteria would adequately protect public health. Access to viewing the August 24 and August 25 broadcasts are available through the Water Board’s website. WateReuse California co-sponsored the legislation that requires the Water Board to draft DPR regulations by 2023, submitted comments on the proposed criteria, and will continue to engage in the process. Read more.

CO: El Paso County Looks to Increase Distribution of Recycled Water Supply

Water managers in El Paso County are proposing a $134 million collaborative project, called The Loop, which would connect existing water infrastructure between communities and add a new pipeline to move recycled water around the loop. The project would allow a dozen area water utilities to access current and future water supplies from nearby communities. Although the loop would largely serve parts of the county outside of its largest city, Colorado Springs, project sponsors plan to explore ways to collaborate with Colorado Springs Utilities. Read more.

TN: Craft Beers Made from Recycled Water Showcased at Community Event

The combination of purified recycled water and craft beer brewing came together last week at the Chattanooga Water For Life event to educate the public on how any water can be safely treated for any purpose. Some of the water used in homes and businesses and treated at the Moccasin Bend Environmental Campus was sent through an additional advanced treatment process. The purified water was then provided to local breweries to create specialty brews, branded as Next Round Brewing beer. Naked River and Five Wits will continue serving these special beers for a limited time at their breweries. Read more.

WateReuse California Partners with Lawrence Livermore National Lab for Strategic Analysis of Water Recycling

WateReuse members in California are invited to participate in a survey that will help researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) assess the rate of technology maturation for water recycling technologies. LLNL will explore ways to understand how novel water resource recovery technologies have been adopted and advanced historically. As part of the research, LLNL will also investigate new technologies that are under development, focusing on water recycling to understand factors driving cost reduction over time. The deadline to respond to the survey is September 30, 2021. Take the survey now!

International Update

Cyprus: 2020 Was Big Year for Water Recycling

Larnaca, Cyprus produced over 3.5 million cubic meter of recycled water in 2020. The Larnaca Sewerage and Drainage Board recognizes recycled water was a reliable source that supports a balanced water portfolio, saving other surface and groundwater resources. Recycled water is used both for irrigation of agricultural and livestock crops as well as landscape irrigation. Read more.

Funding Opportunity

Bureau of Reclamation Funding Availability for Water Reuse

The Bureau of Reclamation has three open WaterSMART grant opportunities for water recycling and other projects that increase water supply sustainability and drought resiliency in the West. Funding is available in three program areas: Drought Resiliency Projects, Water and Energy Efficiency Grants, and the new Environmental Water Resources Projects. Drought Resiliency Projects applications are due October 5, 2021 and require a minimum of 50% non-federal cost-share. Water and Energy Efficiency Grants applications are due November 3, 2021 and require a minimum of 50% non-federal cost-share. Environmental Water Resource Projects is a new funding category for projects that benefit plant and animal species, fish and wildlife habitat, riparian areas, and ecosystems directly impacted by water resources management. Applications close December 9, 2021, and projects are eligible for up to 75% of federal funding. Read more.

WateReuse Member Resources and Benefits

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.

WateReuse Conferences, Webcasts and Events

One Week Left to Register for the 2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference

Join us for the 2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference, September 19-21, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Los Angles or 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. The advanced registration deadline is September 1, 2021. 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.

WateReuse Pacific Northwest Water Reuse Track at PNCWA 2021

Boise Centre | Boise, Idaho
September 12-15, 2021

WateReuse Pacific Northwest 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. On Tuesday, September 14, a full day water reuse track will provide insight on the challenges and opportunities for water reuse in the region. Register here.

Webcast: Coast to Coast – Direct Potable Reuse Regulatory Development

September 29, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)

In this webcast, a panel of experts will discuss the state regulatory development process for direct potable reuse in California and Florida. The panel will explore the nuanced differences in the development process, the regulations, and the future outlook of direct potable reuse across the country. Register here.

World Water-Tech North America Summit

Virtual
October 5-6, 2021

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). Save a 10% with the WateReuse Association’s discount code: WRA10. Register here.

Webcast: Exploring Agriculture Reuse

November 10, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)

Join WateReuse California’s Agriculture Reuse committee to discuss the benefits of agriculture reuse, programs and case-studies, regulations, and an outlook for the future. Register here.

Upcoming Events

Jan
21
Fri
Special Board Meeting: Marketing Analysis Deep Dive @ Virtual
Jan 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Friday, January 21, 2022  Remote 8 am – 9:30 am PT / 11 am -12:30 pm EST Bluefield Marketing Assessment
Jan
25
Tue
What the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Means for Your Community: Program Implementation Details and Timeline
Jan 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
What the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Means for Your Community: Program Implementation Details and Timeline

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

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At the end of 2021, Congress and the Administration passed the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which provided $1 billion for Western water recycling programs through the Bureau of Reclamation and roughly $48 billion for nationwide programs administered by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Office of Water. The IIJA includes $550 million over 5 years for the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Grants Program and $450 million for a Competitive Grant Program for Large-Scale Water Recycling Projects. It also authorizes the first nationwide water recycling program—the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program; and establishes a federal interagency working group on water reuse.

As 2022 begins, federal agencies like the EPA and Bureau of Reclamation are making important decisions about program implementation and the distribution of available funding. Join our webcast on January 25 to learn about the resources included in the IIJA, how your community can access those resources, and what the Administration’s plans are for program implementation and stakeholder engagement.

Speakers:

  • Amanda Erath, Program Analyst, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
  • Deirdre Finn, Executive Director, Council of Infrastructure Financing Authorities
  • Greg Fogel, Policy Director, WateReuse Association
  • Justin Mattingly, Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Jan
26
Wed
CA: How the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and California State Water Recycling Funding Can Help Your Community Advance Water Reuse
Jan 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
CA: How the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and California State Water Recycling Funding Can Help Your Community Advance Water Reuse

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

Register Now!

At the end of 2021, Congress and the Administration passed the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which provided $1 billion for Western water recycling programs through the Bureau of Reclamation and roughly $48 billion for nationwide programs administered by EPA’s Office of Water. The IIJA includes $550 million over 5 years for the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Grants Program and $450 million for a Competitive Grant Program for Large-Scale Water Recycling Projects. It also authorizes the first nationwide water recycling program—the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program; and establishes a federal interagency working group on water reuse.

As part of the state budget process, the California Legislature and the Governor included $150 million in grants for groundwater cleanup and water recycling projects and $50 million for the Pure Water San Diego project. Additional funding of up to $200 million in grants for these projects was also included in out year funding in the California budget. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) also received significant additional federal funding and the California budget authorized funds for use as the state required match.

As 2022 begins, agencies like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Reclamation, and California State Water Board are making important decisions about program implementation and the distribution of available funding. Join this webcast on January 26 to learn about state and federal financial resources and how your community can access those resources.

Speakers:

  • Amanda Erath, Program Analyst, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
  • Mike Downey, P.E., Supervising Engineer, Division of Financial Assistance, State Water Resources Control Board
  • Greg Fogel, Policy Director, WateReuse Association
  • Jennifer West, Managing Director, WateReuse California
Jan
28
Fri
WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ Virtual
Jan 28 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Feb
1
Tue
Second Annual Nevada Water Reuse Symposium @ Tuscany Suites & Casinos Las Vegas NV
Feb 1 @ 8:15 am – 11:45 am
Second Annual Nevada Water Reuse Symposium @ Tuscany Suites & Casinos Las Vegas NV

Join Nevada’s state gathering for water reuse professionals, exploring the state of the science and trends in the state. The meeting will include a groundbreaking case study, a summary of state initiatives, and a technical update. The event is co-located with the Nevada Water Environment Association Reunited in Water 2022 Conference.

Register at the link below and select WateReuse as your registration type:

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Feb
4
Fri
WateReuse California Q1 Board of Trustees Meeting (virtual)
Feb 4 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Feb
8
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Feb 8 all-day
Feb
17
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Feb 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Feb
18
Fri
Special Board Meeting: Operational Assessment Deep Dive @ Virtual
Feb 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Friday, February 18, 2022
Remote
8 am – 9:30 am PT / 11 am -12:30 pm EST
Association Headquarters Operational Assessment

WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ Virtual
Feb 18 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

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