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August 3, 2020

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Washington Update

House Energy and Water Funding Bill Moves Forward, Includes Funding for Water Reuse Grants

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a package of funding bills that includes the Energy and Water Appropriations bill for FY 2021. As WateReuse reported previously, the bill includes $11.8 million for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI-WIIN Water Reclamation and Reuse Program and $24 million for the Desalination and Water Purification Program.

Given the limited amount of time before the end of FY 2020, Congress will almost certainly pass a continuing resolution at some point in September to extend current funding levels and allow more time for negotiations. WateReuse is working with members of the House and Senate to increase funding for Title XVI-WIIN in final FY 2021 appropriations legislation.

U.S House of Representatives Passes Water Resources Development Act of 2020

Last week, the U.S. House passed its version of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (WRDA). Unlike the version passed by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the House bill focuses narrowly on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its ability to carry out water resource development projects and studies.

WateReuse is actively working with members of the House and Senate to ensure that water recycling priorities that were included in the Senate version—and in separate infrastructure legislation in the House—are included in the final conference agreement for WRDA. House and Senate negotiators are expected to begin informally conferencing their respective bills over the August recess.

Negotiations Continue on Next COVID-19 Relief Package

The White House, Senate, and House of Representatives continued negotiations on the next COVID-19 relief package into the weekend with little progress. As supplemental unemployment benefits expired on July 31, no deal had been reached on either a comprehensive relief package or a more limited extension of unemployment benefits. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has set up votes on a limited extension; however, Democrats are expected to oppose the move in favor of negotiating a more comprehensive relief package.

The Senate released their $1 trillion COVID-19 relief package last week. The legislation does not include relief for municipalities nor support for low-income ratepayers, both of which were included in the most recent House-passed relief bill, the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800).

Report Finds $375 Million Funding Gap for State Drinking Water Programs

The Association of State Drinking Water Agencies (ASDWA) released an analysis last week on the necessary resources for states and territories to run their drinking water programs and protect public health. The report found the funding gap for 2020 to be $375 million, increasing to $469 million in 2029. The funding gap has increased by $197 million since the previous analysis in 2011 due to increasing demands on state programs to address unregulated contaminants such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and harmful algal blooms (HABs), and to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal share of program funding has decreased by 8% since the previous analysis in 2011. The report was referenced in testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change on July 28.

COVID-19 Spotlight

Water is Essential to America’s COVID-19 Recovery

Politico highlighted the importance of water utilities in supplying water and sanitation during the coronavirus pandemic and estimated a $30 billion fallout across the water and wastewater sector. Moratoriums on utility cutoffs in combination with historic unemployment rates, the closing of offices, slowed production, and emptied airports all create the perfect storm for lost revenue essential to water and wastewater providers. The water sector continues to push Congress to address the water industry’s growing affordability challenge. Read More.

WateReuse Awards for Excellence

Submit a Nomination for the 2021 WateReuse Awards for Excellence 

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

Georgia: Momentum is Building for Water Reuse Across State

Water Resources Planner for Athens-Clarke County, Marilyn Hall, shared Georgia’s journey with water reuse and recycling in a recent LinkedIn blog. She highlights the growing momentum as “water providers, regulators, and researchers continue to make new investments in both potable and non-potable water recycling.” Cities across Georgia are providing recycled water for industrial cooling, such as Douglasville-Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority, recycled water for irrigation in Savannah, Braselton, and Winder, and indirect potable reuse in Gwinnett County and the Clayton County Water Authority. Read More.

California: Governor Newsom Looks to Expand Water Recycling in Final Water Resilience Plan

Maryland: Bureau of Reclamation Doubles Federal Cost Share for East Coast Potable Reuse Pilot Study

The City of Westminster will receive double the federal funding it expected for a $700,000 pilot project that could lead to the first potable reuse program in the State of Maryland. The eight month pilot program will study the feasibility of purifying treated wastewater and returning it to the city’s reservoir. The Bureau of Reclamation was interested in supporting water reuse projects outside of the West Coast and looked to a city like Westminster that faces similar water security challenges. Instead of the typical 25% cost share, the federal grant will cover 50% of the study’s costs under Reclamation’s Desalination and Water Purification Program. The Maryland Department of the Environment is overseeing a study in tandem with the pilot to assess the nutrient loading to the reservoir. Read More.

Member Resources and Benefits

Use WateReuse Connect to Learn and Exchange Ideas with Peers

In this time of social distancing, opportunities for peer-to-peer networking are more important than ever. WateReuse members can use WateReuse Connect to access a member-to-member network of more than 7,000 water recycling practitioners, business leaders, regulators, academics, and technology providers. Recent discussion topics have included innovative partnerships, scheduling of recycled water deliveries, downstream flows, and COVID-19. Post your questions, observations, and unique challenges on our online platform to benefit from the unique experiences of other members across the nation and around the world. It’s simple to use with your member login information. For help accessing WateReuse Connect, please email Member Services.

Conferences and Events

Bulk Registrations Available for 35th Annual WateReuse Virtual Symposium: For Every Five Registrations, Get One Free!

Join us for the 35th Annual WateReuse Virtual Symposium to provide your entire team with high quality professional development and training on all aspects of water reuse. For every five registrations purchased, a free registration will be added – a cost savings of over $500! Take advantage of this team discount and the lack of travel expenses to provide professional development to your core team as well as staff who may be new to water reuse, and save in professional development costs! Launching online September 14-16, 2020, the Annual WateReuse Symposium is the premier conference devoted to water recycling and offers more than 100 hours of technical presentations. Registrants can access the full program for up to 45 days – the virtue of going virtual is that you do not have to miss any content offerings! Register Now!

Upcoming Events

Jul
12
Tue
Managed Aquifer Recharge: Tucson’s Reclaimed Water Story
Jul 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Managed Aquifer Recharge: Tucson’s Reclaimed Water Story
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour) WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49 PDHs: 1 Register Now! The Tucson Water Reclaimed Water system is nearly 40 years old.  Early storage of excess effluent occurred in traditional constructed aquifer recharge facilities.  More recently, Tucson has advanced the concept of managed aquifer recharge, a practice that essentially leaves water in the local rivers and streams to naturally recharge the aquifer. This not only provides an aquifer recharge credit for the utility but creates natural riparian habitats in the desert for the community to enjoy. One project, the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project, has restored perennial stream flow to the river in downtown Tucson for the first time since the river dried up nearly 100 years ago. This presentation will provide a briefing on the Tucson Water Reclaimed system with a particular focus on the three managed aquifer recharge projects that are occurring in the Santa Cruz River. Presenter: John Kmiec, Director, Tucson Water
Jul
19
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Jul 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Jul
24
Sun
Arizona Water Reuse Symposium 2022
Jul 24 – Jul 26 all-day
Arizona Water Reuse Symposium 2022

Early Bird Registration and Discount Room Rate Expire July 7!

AZ Water Association and the Arizona Section of WateReuse Association will once again bring together thought leaders from across the Southwest for our annual symposium at Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona July 24 – 26, 2022.

Sunday:  Kick-off Reception and 6th Annual Purple Water Balloon Battle at 5:00 PM.  Pick a team/t-shirt color (ASU, NAU, UA or Purple if you want to be Switzerland) and get in the game.

Monday:  Full day of Symposium sessions with breakfast & lunch at Little America Hotel.  Shuttle to dinner at The Museum Club.

Tuesday: Half-day workshop: “Defining the Future of Direct Potable Reuse in Arizona”

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Register and Book Your Hotel Reservation

Jul
28
Thu
WateReuse Pacific Northwest – Oregon Summer Summit and Social
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Free event

July 28, 2022
Summit: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Social: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Register Today!

The Summer Summit and Social will offer an on-site approach to learn about recycled water and its many benefits and opportunities, as well as network with leaders in water reuse along with local and state representatives.

Join us to learn about the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission (MWMC)’s current recycled water uses at its treatment facilities, the next step in advancing recycled water for community use, and the immense opportunities for recycled water’s future role as an integrated environmental and water management asset. Engage with other leaders to discuss the positive impact recycled water can make on the One Water we all share.

Register for an optional morning tour of the MWMC’s Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant and Biocycle Farm on Friday, July 29 at 9 a.m.

Summit Location: MWMC’s Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, 410 River Avenue, Eugene, OR

Who: WateReuse members, water industry leaders, local and state representatives

Cost: The Summit, Social and Tours are free, but registration is required.

Aug
5
Fri
WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ TBD
Aug 5 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Aug
9
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Aug 9 all-day
Aug
16
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Aug 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Aug
18
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Aug
24
Wed
A Sustainable Solution to Meet Data Center Water Need – Water Reuse, Innovation and Partnership
Aug 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A Sustainable Solution to Meet Data Center Water Need – Water Reuse, Innovation and Partnership

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

Register Now!

According to the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the nation’s data centers collectively consumed 165 billion gallons of water in 2014. Without intervention and investment, water and energy use of data centers is expected to continue growing rapidly. These trends risk putting data centers into competition with other growing businesses for space, energy, and water, and pose a challenge for data center development in regions with limited water resources. In this webcast, Arcadis and Tomorrow Water will discuss their CoFlow concept which involves the co-location of water reclamation facilities and data centers to allow exchanging water and cooling capacities.

Presenters:

  • Ufuk Erdal, Arcadis
  • Jon Liberzon, Tomorrow Water
Aug
26
Fri
Northern California Chapter Meeting Q3 (Palo Alto/Virtual)
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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