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August 24, 2020

Advanced Registration Closes September 2 for 35th Annual WateReuse Virtual Symposium – Register Today to Reserve Your Spot

Washington Update

EPA Approves Water Reuse Efforts as Part of Virginia’s Water Quality Improvement Plan

Virginia’s $659 million water infrastructure improvements plan for Fiscal Year 2020, includes a $179 million loan to Hampton Roads Sanitation District’s (HRSD) Sustainable Water Infrastructure Tomorrow (SWIFT) System and a $27.8 million loan to the Upper Occoquan Service Authority (UOSA), among four other projects.

At this year’s WateReuse Symposium, you can learn more about HRSD’s SWIFT system which treats water that would otherwise be discharged to the river to drinking water quality standards using advanced water treatment. The loan to UOSA will be used to upgrade the Millard H. Robbins, Jr. water reclamation facility with ozone and new electrical work and piping. The U.S. EPA approved Virginia’s plan providing $32.5 million in funding.

USDA Announces Funding for Regional Conservation Partnership Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a notice of funding availability for up to $360 million for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) in fiscal years 2020 and 2021. RCPP funds partnerships between farmers and entities such as non-government organizations and municipal agencies to address local or regional natural resource concerns. For example, a utility could put together a project, in partnership with a local farm group or conservation district, to provide recycled water to farmers in their service area.

The National Resources Conservation Service (NCRS) seeks to co-invest with partners to implement projects that demonstrate innovative solutions to a range conservation challenges. View the grant funding opportunity here.

WateReuse Awards for Excellence

Submit a Nomination for the 2021 WateReuse Awards for Excellence by September 30

Is your utility or business demonstrating leadership in advancing water recycling? Or do you know of an organization, individual, or partnership that has implemented an innovative solution that will inspire others? If so, submit a nomination for the 2021 WateReuse Awards for Excellence to get the recognition you deserve. Nominations are due September 30, 2020.

The 2021 WateReuse Awards for Excellence will recognize accomplishments for 2019 and 2020. Winners will be recognized in conjunction with the 36th Annual WateReuse Symposium, March 14-17, 2021. Submit a nomination now!

State Updates and Member Profiles

Arizona: Recycled Water Provides Habitat for Endangered Fish

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is poised to release up to 1,000 endangered Gila topminnows in a once dry stretch of the Santa Cruz River that runs through downtown Tucson. Tucson Water has been releasing reclaimed water through its Santa Cruz River Heritage Project since June 2019. The fish already live 45 miles upstream of downtown Tucson in the Santa Cruz. Read More.

Member Spotlight: Reverse Osmosis Helps Yucaipa Provide Pure Recycled Water

Southern California’s Yucaipa Valley Water District has found that the addition of reverse osmosis membranes at its Wochholz Regional Water Recycling Facility is providing the community with exceptionally pure recycled water. The membranes give the facility an advantage in water quality and control of the water treatment plant. The facility continues to test the effectiveness of removing viruses and has conducted whole scale system testing for pathogen removal. Read More.

California: Orange County Awarded $5 Million to Expand Potable Reuse

The Orange County Water District (OCWD) was awarded $5 million in grants from the California State Water Resources Control Board for use toward the construction of the Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) Final Expansion project. The GWRS came online in 2008, producing 70 million gallons per day (MGD) of near-distilled quality water. It underwent an expansion in 2015, increasing production to 100 MGD. Its second and final expansion began in 2019 and will increase capacity to 130 MGD. The GWRS is a joint project between OCWD and Orange County Sanitation District and is the world’s largest water reuse project of its kind. Read More.

International Update

Australia: Recycled Water Plant Provides Water for a Planned Development

Property developer, Celestino, and a private water utility, Flow Systems, teamed up to build a recycled water treatment plant for a new residential development near Sydney. The initiative will provide non-potable recycled water to residents, avoiding any future water restrictions for the new community. Flow Systems believes recycled water is necessary to meet the region’s growing water needs and to build drought resilience. Read More.

Canada: Brewery Uses Beer to Highlight Water Reuse’s Role in a Sustainable Future

Village Brewery released a limited-edition Village Blonde Natural Golden Ale, brewed using recycled water to educate the public about water reuse. The brewery partnered with the University of Calgary’s Advancing Canadian Water Assets and Xylem to ensure the treatment process, which included tertiary treatment with advanced oxidation and nanofiltration, met all safety and drinking water guidelines.  Read More.

Member Resources and Benefits

Are Your Colleagues Connected? Take Advantage of Member Access for Your Entire Team

As a WateReuse Association member organization, your entire staff is entitled to receive our valuable member benefits including WateReuse Review delivered to your inbox, complimentary webcasts, conference discounts, and access to member-only content on the website. To make sure this newsletter and other member alerts reach your team, please circulate our Member Registration Link. Ask your staff to list their Current Employer exactly as shown in our Member Listing so our system recognizes them as a member. From there, we’ll communicate with them directly about all of the resources, materials, and expertise available to WateReuse members.

Conferences and Events

Watch Now: WateReuse Members Discuss Recycled Water in California

WateReuse Association members participated in a panel discussion on recycled water in California during a recent virtual conference sponsored by the Building Industry Association of Southern California. Panelists included Shivaji Deshmukh, General Manager of Inland Empire Utilities Agency, and Brad Coffey, Water Resource Manager for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Jennifer West, Managing Director of WateReuse California, moderated the session. Watch Here.

WateReuse Arizona Hosts Virtual Sessions on Key Arizona Issues

WateReuse Arizona hosted a panel discussion titled Past, Present and Future Reuse as Part of Arizona’s Water Portfolio on July 30, 2020. The panel included representatives from cities of Scottsdale, Flagstaff, Phoenix, Goodyear, Town of Gilbert and Tucson Water and was moderated by Troy Walker of Hazen and Sawyer. The panel explored how communities from Northern to Southern Arizona and from East to West Valley use treated effluent as a component of their water resources portfolio.

The next Arizona section meeting will be held virtually on October 29, 2020. Maria Brady of Stantec Consulting will present: What Strikes Fear in the Hearts of Arizona Water and Wastewater Utilities? Brine Management. This is an important topic for Arizona utilities and useful for any utility facing similar salinity issues Learn More.

Upcoming Events

Apr
20
Tue
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Idaho Workshop 1
Apr 20 all-day
WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop series.
Apr
21
Wed
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Washington Workshop 2
Apr 21 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

Apr
27
Tue
2021 Water Week Policy Zoom-In
Apr 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Register Now!

Join Us!
11:00 am – 1:30 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET
Fee: Free

This webinar is hosted jointly by this year’s Water Week Water Association Partners and will provide attendees the opportunity to hear directly from key EPA officials and Members of Congress on the important regulatory and legislative water policies they are working on now and in the years ahead.

Apr
29
Thu
Resilience through Collaboration: First Year Highlights and Future Directions of the National Water Reuse Action Plan (Webcast)
Apr 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join us for a lively discussion with leaders from across the water sector about the future of water reuse and its importance as a tool to address the impacts of climate change and meet local water demands.

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Please join us for a free webinar on April 29, 2021, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM EDT to celebrate the first year of the National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP), including accomplishments of action leaders and partners and anticipated 2021 outcomes.

The Resilience through Collaboration: First Year Highlights and Future Directions of the National Water Reuse Action Plan webcast will feature remarks from Radhika Fox (EPA’s Acting Assistant Administrator for Water), Felicia Marcus (William C. Landreth Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Water in the West Program), and a roundtable discussion with WRAP action leaders and partners and other water reuse practitioners from around the United States. This event is hosted by EPA in collaboration with the WateReuse Association and other water sector partners.

The roundtable panelists include:

  • Gilbert Trejo, El Paso Water, WateReuse President (moderator)
  • Pinar Balci, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • Mike Markus, Orange County Water District
  • Melissa Klembara, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Brandi Honeycutt, Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment
  • Paula Kehoe, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Chair of the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems

The WRAP collaborative was launched on February 27, 2020 with federal, state, tribal, local, and private sector partners to build technical, financial, and institutional capacity to spur further consideration and implementation of water reuse across the country. The story of the WRAP’s first year of implementation is one of incredible dedication and determination by a growing community of over 100 different organizations. The WRAP collaborative has enabled the formation of new action-based partnerships across the water community to help address local water resource challenges through holistic thinking and integrated efforts to ultimately strengthen our Nation’s water security, sustainability, and resilience.

May
12
Wed
Water Reuse in Bioenergy Production – A Pathway to Conservation and Resiliency (Webcast)
May 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Water Reuse in Bioenergy Production – A Pathway to Conservation and Resiliency (Webcast)

Join May Wu, Principal Environmental System Scientist with Argonne National Laboratory, for a webcast on the role of water reuse in bioenergy production.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
WateReuse Members: Free | Others: $49

Register Now!

Production of bioenergy from a range of feedstocks and biorefining pathways requires a substantial amount of water for irrigation, conversion process, cooling, and steam generation. Because the feedstock varies with climate and soil regions, an increased production will have implications in the availability of regional and local freshwater resources across the U.S. It is critical to understand how fit-for-purpose water recycling can be used to conserve freshwater.

This webcast presents findings from an Argonne National laboratory analyses of potential recycled water use to produce biofuels from conventional crops and algae and generate power by incorporating technology, climate, and geospatial-temporal components. Findings suggest a significant potential of producing advanced biofuel while doubling the amount of recycled water in use nationally. Results from this project support informed decision-making and strategic planning for water sustainable bioenergy development.

Presenter

May Wu is a principal environmental system scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. Her research interests are water resource use, water quality, and wastewater management in the production of biofuels and conventional energy.

May
25
Tue
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Oregon Workshop 3
May 25 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Washington Workshop 3
May 25 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

May
26
Wed
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Idaho Workshop 2
May 26 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

May
27
Thu
WateReuse Arizona Section Meeting
May 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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Jun
1
Tue
Digital Platform, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Potable Reuse Projects (Webcast)
Jun 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Digital Platform, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Potable Reuse Projects (Webcast)

Learn how digital platforms that include artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used to improve asset management strategies and operational efficiencies.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

In this webcast, our presenters will introduce how digital platforms that include artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can be used to improve asset management strategies and operational efficiencies, as well as enhance source control, validate unit process performance, predict product water quality and make sound decisions for assessing suitability of product water for human consumption.

The data collected from pilot and full-scale potable reuse treatment trains have been used to develop artificial neuron networks as part of an ML platform. The platform clearly demonstrates that ML can be used to predict, for example, the product water total organic carbon (TOC) concentration of a pilot advanced treatment facility and the specific fluxes on the third stage of a full-scale advanced treatment facility as the feed quality and operating conditions are changed.

The methodology used and model outputs will be discussed during the webcast. The presenters will also examine how we can couple AI/ML concepts with the Internet of Things (IoT) and next generation of the SCADA systems to operate and maintain assets efficiently while significantly enhancing public and regulatory confidence in potable reuse projects.

Presenters

  • Ufuk Erdal, Arcadis
  • Jim Cooper, Arcadis
  • Raluca Constantinescu, Arcadis
  • Ozan Erdal, University of Washington

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