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August 30, 2021

Annual WateReuse Symposium: Catch-Up on Expert Discussion from 2021 and Prepare for 2022

Did you miss the virtual 2021 WateReuse Symposium in March? Explore critical topics in water recycling with our WateReuse Symposium White Paper Series, which summarize conversations from the live roundtable discussions and associated breakout sessions. Then get ready for the 37th Annual WateReuse Symposium, March 6-9, 2022, in San Antonio and on the WateReuse virtual conference platform. The Call for Presentations will open September 9 and Super Saver registration opens October 4 exclusively for WateReuse members. If you normally take advantage of early-bird registration discounts, this year you will be able to register earlier and save even more. Learn more.

Washington Update

House Adopts Budget Resolution – Take Action Now to Secure Water Recycling Funding

Deadline Today – Your Input Needed: Communication Survey on Pharmaceuticals 

The WateReuse California Communications Collaborative Group is gathering information about how water and/or wastewater agencies address contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) and pharmaceuticals when discussing water reuse with stakeholders and the public to support Action 2.9 of the Water Reuse Action Plan Action. Through the survey, the action team hopes to better understand public concerns, how they’re addressed, and if there are needs for additional information materials and resources. Please take a few minutes to respond to the surveyThe deadline to complete the survey is Monday, August 30 at 11:59 pm PT.

EPA Announces $25 Million in WIIN Grants

The U.S. EPA announced $25 million in available funding through the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act grants to improve drinking water. The cycle is eligible under the EPA’s Small Underserved and Disadvantage Communities (SUDC) Grant Program for states, tribes, and territories. Applications are accepted through June 30, 2022.  Read more.  

State Updates and Member Profiles

CA: EPA Administrator Announces WIFIA Loan for Pure Water San Diego, Tours Ventura’s Water Recycling Facility

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, joined by EPA Administrator Michael Regan and other state and federal leaders, formally kicked off construction of the city’s Pure Water program on August 20. “Climate stress is often experienced as water stress, something California knows all too well,” said EPA Administrator Michael Regan. “That’s why we’re prioritizing investments in innovative projects like Pure Water San Diego, which will improve the city’s resilience to climate change impacts, protect water quality, and support economic vitality by creating jobs.” Regan also announced a new $120 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to support the project. This visit to Pure Water San Diego followed Regan’s tour of Ventura’s water recycling facility.  Read more.

CA: Las Virgenes and Triunfo Joint Powers Authority Earn Award for Pure Water Project

The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District and Triunfo Water & Sanitation District continue to receive recognition for the Pure Water Project, a demonstration facility for a proposed initiative to purify recycled water to help meet the region’s potable water needs. Operated by the Las Virgenes-Triunfo Joint Powers Authority (JPA), the facility serves as an education center for the public to learn about the advanced water purification process, while training staff and operators on new treatment technology prior to the planned full-scale facility launch in 2030. The JPA received the California Association of Sanitation Agencies’ Award of Excellence in Innovation and Resiliency earlier this month. The project also received the 2021 WateReuse Award for Excellence in March. Read more.

CO: PureWater Colorado Mobile Demonstration Project’s Impact Reaches Utah

As a part of ongoing reporting to identify solutions to Utah’s biggest challenges, The Salt Lake Tribune highlighted the new PureWater Colorado Mobile Demonstration Project as a means of testing technology and garnering public support. Colorado Springs Utilities, Colorado School of Mines, and Carollo Engineers developed the mobile trailer to demonstrate direct potable reuse. “In Utah and Colorado, we need to think very creatively about where water comes from and where it goes, and what we can do to preserve both its quality and its quantity,” notes Tzahi Cath, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. Read more.

TX: McAllen Featured for Historical Leadership in Water Reuse

In the heart of the drought-prone Rio Grande Valley, McAllen Public Utility has used recycled water for non-potable applications for over 20 years, conserving potable water and ensuring a resilient water supply. What started as a reuse program focused on supplying water to cooling towers and a local golf course has now grown to include a variety of applications. The utility now provides recycled water for residential irrigation, saving 1.5 billion gallons of potable water annually. 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 has been extended to September 30, 2021. Take the survey now!

Research Update

Synthesis Report Highlights Completed and Ongoing Potable Reuse Research

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) released an updated synthesis report on its potable reuse research. The report details research on indirect potable reuse and discusses the shift toward direct potable reuse. It includes a high-level summary of research related to best practices, criteria and regulations, communications, and more. The report is available for download after the creation of a free public plus account on the WRF website. Read more.

WRF Invites Participation in Stormwater Harvesting Survey

Stormwater and water supply program managers are invited to participate in a survey for Water Research Foundation (WRF) project 4841, Assessing the State of Knowledge and Research Needs for Stormwater Harvesting. WRF researchers are gathering data on the range of stormwater harvesting practices at local, regional, and state levels. Survey findings will inform a synthesis document on stormwater harvesting projects and associated research needs. Take the survey.

WateReuse Member Resources and Benefits

Interested in Becoming More Involved in WateReuse? Join a Committee!

Are you ready to become more involved with the WateReuse Association and share your water reuse expertise? Join one of our committees to drive industry thought leadership on water reuse related issues impacting your community or business, access best practices, and network with leaders focused on similar issues. All employees of WateReuse member organizations are eligible to participate. Mark you calendar for this upcoming meeting:

International Reuse Committee Meeting
September 14, 2021
2 pm – 3 pm ET | 11 am-12 pm PT 

The International Reuse Committee engages in education and outreach activities to facilitate greater knowledge sharing of water recycling policies and technologies across the globe and is an opportunity for members to network with colleagues.

If you are interested in joining a committee, please email Heather Strathearn for more information. Read more.

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

Two Days 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.

WRAP Webcast: Evaluating Benefits of Stormwater Capture and Use: Why and How?

September 7, 2021
9 am PT | 12 pm ET (2 hours)  

This webcast is the fourth in a series of meetings exploring opportunities and challenges associated with stormwater capture and use. The webcast will explore why evaluations of project benefits are critical to building support for projects and obtaining project funding, and how practitioners actually evaluate these benefits. This effort is part of the national Water Reuse Action Plan’s Action 3.3. Register here.

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 (1.5 hours)

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

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

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
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Jul 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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”

View Program

Register and Book Your Hotel Reservation

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.

WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ TBD
Aug 5 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Aug 9 all-day
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Aug 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
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.


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

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