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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

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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

Jan
27
Wed
Water Reuse Policy in the 117th Congress and Biden Administration (Webcast)
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Water Reuse Policy in the 117th Congress and Biden Administration (Webcast)
Please join Washington insiders to examine what’s on the congressional agenda for 2021 and what water-related priorities the Biden Administration is likely to push in its first year. Register Now! Join Us! 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET| 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT WateReuse Members: Free Others: $49 January 2021 marks the beginning of both a new administration in the White House and a new Congress. While Congress passed a number of key pieces of legislation in the final days of 2020, much work remains to be done, including the reauthorization of important water recycling programs. At the same time, the Biden Administration is coming in with an ambitious agenda related to climate change, the environment, and infrastructure, among other issues. 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 participate in our Virtual Water Week in the spring or are interested in what to expect from Congress and the new Administration in 2021, this webcast will be a national advocacy primer for water professionals.

Presenters

  • Mia O’Connell, President, O’Connell & Dempsey, LLC
  • Pete Evich, Vice President, Van Scoyoc Associates
  • Jon Freedman, Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs, SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions
  • Greg Fogel, Policy Director, WateReuse Association
 
Feb
3
Wed
Stormwater Capture Drivers, Impediments, and Future Visions (Webcast)
Feb 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Register Now!
Join Us!
2:00 – 4:00 pm ET| 11:00 am – 1:00 pm PT
Fee: Complimentary

Join a group of stormwater management leaders from around the US to discuss stormwater capture motivations and drivers, barriers to progress, and future directions. This group will touch on questions such as:

  • Why are communities pursuing stormwater capture for use now?
  • How do community interests in stormwater harvesting vary across the country?
  • What factors get in the way of progress?
  • Where do we want to be with stormwater capture in 20 years?

The audience will learn about the different motivators, unique strategies, and opportunities to market and advance stormwater capture across the U.S.

Presenters

  • Randy Bartlett, Fairfax County VA
  • Sharlene Leurig, Texas Water Trade/Austin Water Forward
  • Mark Doneux, St. Paul, MN Capitol Region Watershed District
  • James Moore, Georgia Association of Water Professionals
  • Enrique Zaldivar, City of Los Angeles
  • Lynn Broaddus, Water Environment Federation
  • Drew Wenzel, Google

This webinar will be the first of a series of four webinars as part of the National Water Reuse Action Plan, Action 2.3.3. Co-sponsors include the WateReuse Association, U.S. EPA, National Association of Municipal Stormwater Agencies (NMSA), Re-Inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt), Water Environment Federation, and Johnson Foundation at Wingspread (JFW).

Save the Date

Join us for the second webinar in this series.

Developing Stormwater Treatment Standards – Where’s the Action?
February 23, 2021
2:00 – 4:00 pm ET

Feb
5
Fri
Containment of Covid-19 on a College Campus via Wastewater-Based Epidemiology (Webcast)
Feb 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

WateReuse Arizona Section Meeting & Webinar
9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific | 12:00 – 1:00 pm Eastern
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

Wastewater-based epidemiology was utilized to detect SARS-Cov-19 in the wastewater of student dorms upon re-entry of University of  Arizona students in the fall semester of 2020. Positive wastewater samples allowed for subsequent targeted clinical testing of dorm students and the identification of both symptomatic and asymptomatic Covid-19 infections. Early detection of infected individuals resulted in reduced exponential spread of Covid-19 and allowed the university to remain open throughout the semester.

Presenter

Ian Pepper, Director, WEST Center & Professor, Environmental Science

Dr. Pepper is an environmental microbiologist whose research has focused on the fate and transport of pathogens in air, water, soils and municipal wastes. More recently, he has investigated the potential for real-time detection of contaminants in water distribution systems. Dr. Pepper is Professor in the Community, Environment, and Policy Department in the UA College of Public Health, as well as Professor in the Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering. In addition to his duties at the WEST Center, he is director of the National Science Foundation Water Quality Center at the UA.

He also teaches a graduate level laboratory class on Environmental Microbiology, and an undergraduate class on Pollution Science. He has co-authored numerous books and journal articles on Environmental Microbiology and Pollution Science, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Microbiology, the American Society of Agronomy, and the Soil Science Society of America.

He received his Ph.D. in Soil Microbiology from The Ohio State University, M.S. in Soil Biochemistry from Ohio State, and B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Birmingham, Great Britain.

Feb
9
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Feb 9 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Zoom Meeting 

When: Feb 9, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpceCqqz4tEtNiOeRgAqBZza_hcILDEx10

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Feb
17
Wed
Communicating about Potable Reuse and Public Health: Tools for Success (Webcast)
Feb 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Register Now!

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

As more communities face water quantity challenges, water reuse is a viable option to expand drinking water sources.  Although all water is recycled as it moves through the environment, the practice of treating wastewater to be used for potable water is sometimes met with skepticism. Some of this stems from the “toilet to tap” campaigns that may have led to more rejection of water reuse than acceptance.

Quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) is a framework that evaluates the many factors impacting water reuse practices and management, as well as those influencing community perception.  With the emergence of new pathogens, such as SARS-CoV-2, the acceptance of water recycling as part of a community’s drinking water sustainability plan may be even more challenging.  This webcast will describe how QMRA may be used to communicate with stakeholders – including healthcare providers – the human health safeguards associated with water reuse implementation.

Presenters

  • Karla Mendez, PhD Candidate, UTHealth Houston School of Public Health, El Paso campus
  • Kristina Mena, MSPH, PhD, Regional Dean and Associate Professor, UTHealth Houston School of Public Health, El Paso campus
Feb
25
Thu
Los Angeles Chapter Virtual Happy Hour
Feb 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Virtual Happy Hour Via Zoom

Register in advance to participate:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwudeCsqTsoGt2oVFyg_xaPdNJ9GN6BzN-M

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Mar
12
Fri
Meeting of the Board of Directors – First Quarter 2021 @ Virtual
Mar 12 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

First Quarter:
Remote – Zoom
Friday, March 12, 2021
11:00 am to 2pm EST // 10 to 1 CST // 9:00 to 12 MST // 8:00 to 11 PST

Mar
15
Mon
36th Annual WateReuse Symposium
Mar 15 – Mar 25 all-day
36th Annual WateReuse Symposium

36th Annual WateReuse Symposium: Redefining Resiliency

March 15-25, 2021

Join us for a series of live and on demand virtual roundtables!

Learn More

Apr
13
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Apr 13 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Zoom Meeting

When: Apr 13, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkd-6tqjsiH9ztJm_6CN-heC5W3IEcOK7V

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Jun
4
Fri
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Second Quarter 2021 @ Virtual
Jun 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Second Quarter:
Remote – Zoom
Friday, June 4, 2021
11:00 am to 2pm EST // 10 to 1 CST // 9:00 to 12 MST // 8:00 to 11 PST

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