Learn about Water Recycling Products and Services at the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium
Encourage Congress to Support Water Reuse Funding during Recess
Bureau of Reclamation Awards $16.98 Million to Five Water Recycling Projects
The U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation announced that it is awarding $16.98 million to five communities in California, Hawaii and Texas to help plan, design and construct congressionally authorized Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects. Title XVI is the only federal program that provides funding specifically for water reuse projects in 17 western states and Hawaii. The WateReuse Association members receiving funding are the Padre Dam Municipal Water District ($778 thousand), City of San Diego ($10.4 million), Rancho California Water District ($1.7 million), and El Paso Water Utilities ($3.5 million). Read More.
State Updates and Member Profiles
California: Escondido Selects Team to Build Water Recycling Facility for Avocado Crop Irrigation
WateReuse Association member the City of Escondido selected the design build team of Brown and Caldwell and Filanc to plan and construct a $45 million reverse osmosis treatment facility that will produce recycled water for agricultural use. Avocado crops in Escondido generate about $40 million in revenue per year, but are currently irrigated with potable water due to their sensitivity to saline levels. The facility is expected to begin construction in early 2020 and come online in December 2021. Read More.
WateReuse Member Xylem Makes Fortune’s “Change the World” List for Second Year
WateReuse Association member Xylem has been included on Fortune’s 2019 “Change the World” list for a second year running. The Change the World list is a ranking of 50 companies that have made a significant social impact through their core business strategy. Xylem was recognized for its work with customers and communities around the world to bring digital transformation to the water sector and create a more water-secure, sustainable world through water recycling and other technologies. Read More.
WateReuse Customer Communications Tools and Resources
How Can You Offer Recognition to Your Recycled Water Customers? Participate in the Recycled Water User Network
Are you interested in recognizing recycled water customers as community water stewards or offering an incentive for new customers to come onboard? Participate in the Recycled Water User Network, a members-only network for businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations that use recycled water, including customers of water utilities and organizations that recycle water onsite. The network gives businesses, governments and nonprofits that use recycled water the opportunity to receive a green designation, Water StarTM, and access to information and resources on recycled water. Learn More.
Conferences and Events
Webcast: Membranes 101 – The Basics and Beyond
How are membranes used in water recycling and what are the typical operational tasks? Please join us on September 26 at 2 p.m. ET for Membranes 101: The Basics and Beyond to learn how membranes can be used alone, or in conjunction with complementary technologies, to remove a broad range of contaminants from water. This range of capabilities has contributed to the widespread use of membranes to treat water, wastewater, and recycled water. The presentation will explain the types of membranes and their uses, review proper maintenance, and provide viewers with insight into this popular treatment technology. Register Now!
PresentersBingrui Liu has been the Operations Engineer at Kranji NEWater Factory since 2017 after graduating from Boston University with a BA(Hons) in Chemistry. Joelyn Tan joined the Operations team at Bedok NEWater Factory (BNF) in 2018, bringing along her technical knowledge as well as experience with the latest industry innovations. Melanie Tan was the Plant Manager for Bedok NEWater Factory from 2010 – 2013 and will be facilitating the session. She currently serves as the Northern California Reuse Practice Leader for Kennedy Jenks.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
This webcast will summarize the California Environmental Flows Framework and its application in the Los Angeles River. Across the country, state and local agencies are promoting water reuse and recycling to conserve water resources. Reuse and recycling of treated wastewater can result in a reduction of instream flow and can impact existing and future instream beneficial uses, setting up potential conflicts between policies aimed at promoting reuse, protecting water quality, and managing ecological resources. Agencies in California have come together to develop a statewide environmental flows framework that can be used to establish seasonal flow criteria. This framework is currently being applied in the Los Angeles River watershed to better evaluate the cumulative impacts of potential flow reductions associated with several water reuse and water capture projects. The project will provide a science-based approach for assessing flow necessary to sustain beneficial uses. The project outcomes will be used to help establish technically sound flow recommendations and evaluate the consequences of alternative flow scenarios for the LA River. This project may also serve as a model for assessing similar situations in other river systems across the state.
Dr. Eric Stein is a head of the Biology Department at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP). Dr. Stein oversees a variety of projects related to in-stream and coastal water quality, bioassessment, hydromodification, watershed modeling, and assessment of wetlands and other aquatic resources. His research focuses on effects of human activities on the condition of aquatic ecosystems, and on developing tools to better assess and manage those effects.
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WOW! Wonders of Water Brownie Journey Jumpstart
Our event is a series of activities and presentations for Brownie Girl Scouts to earn a badge called Wow! Wonders of Water Journey – LOVE Water. Girl Scouts can sign up through the council events page. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Erica Marti (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Overview of activities:
- learning about the water cycle through active movement and visual demonstration
- learning about water pollution, especially how our community is affected by stormwater runoff
- learning about the unique water system in the Las Vegas Valley
Our event is now posted on the Girl Scout events page. Please share with anyone who has a Girl Scout (2nd, 3rd grades).