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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

2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference @ JW Marriott LA Live
Sep 19 @ 1:00 pm – Sep 21 @ 3:30 pm
2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference @ JW Marriott LA Live
Do not miss the 2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference! Join us in-person at the JW Marriott LA Live in Los Angeles or participate virtually from the comfort of your office. Our Annual Conference is where California’s water recycling community comes together each year to learn, network, and discover the latest trends in the design, management, operation, and use of water recycling facilities and projects. Learn More 2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference JW Marriott Live LA September 19-21, 2021
Webcast: Coast to Coast – Direct Potable Reuse Regulatory Development
Sep 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Webcast: Coast to Coast – Direct Potable Reuse Regulatory Development

11:00 am – 12:30 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

In this webcast, a panel of experts will discuss the state regulatory development process for direct potable reuse in California and Florida, as well as others currently being formulated. The panel will explore the nuanced differences in the development process, the regulations, and the future outlook of direct potable reuse across the country.


  • Dr. Zeynep Erdal, Integrated Solutions Leader, Black & Veatch
  • Jo Ann Jackson, One Water Planning Practice Leader, Black & Veatch
  • David Ammerman, Water, Wastewater and Reuse Division Director, City of Altamonte Springs, Florid

Register here

World Water-Tech North America
Oct 5 – Oct 6 all-day
World Water-Tech North America

The WateReuse Association is pleased to support the World Water-Tech North America Summit, connecting the global water ecosystem on October 5-6.

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). YOU’RE GUARANTEED hot debates, new ideas and fresh faces!

This incredible group of cross-industry voices will come together to trade insights about how to accelerate watershed resilience, and identify opportunities to transform the industry through innovation and investment. Will you be joining them? ​​​​​​

Save a further 10% with The WateReuse Association’s discount code: WRA10



Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Oct 12 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Zoom Meeting

When: Oct 12, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:


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

Navigating Onsite Water Reuse Regulations – Utility Perspective
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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

Register Now!

This webcast will explore explore the experiences of several utilities across the country in planning, establishing, and setting up onsite water reuse programs. A panel of utility representatives will offer expert insight into navigating various state regulations or regulatory development processes. Join us to learn about drivers for incorporating onsite reuse into long term planning, approaches to balancing onsite and centralized reuse, public acceptance, monitoring requirements, challenges faced, and more. The audience will learn about each utilities onsite reuse journey during an engaging panel discussion amongst the presenters.


The panelists will represent the following utilities:

  • Austin Water
  • Denver Water
  • New York City Department of Environmental Protection (Alan Cohn, Managing Director, Integrated Water Management)
  • San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (Taylor Nokhoudian, Program Manager)
  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Hawaii
Webcast: Water Reuse in the 87th Session of the Texas Legislature
Oct 14 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Webcast: Water Reuse in the 87th Session of the Texas Legislature

9:30 am – 11:00 pm PT | 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm ET
WateReuse and WEAT Members: Free
Others: $65

Register Now!

Join WateReuse Texas and WEAT’s discussion about water bills passed the 87th Session of the Texas Legislature!

While the 87th Session of the Texas legislature was not a water-heavy session, a number of water reuse bills did pass that will substantively impact reuse in Texas. This webinar will discuss several water bills passed in the 87th Session of Texas legislature, including SB 3, and will focus specific attention to the water reuse bills including SB 905 and SB 601. Presenters from the TCEQ will discuss the implementation process and timeline for SB 3, SB 905, and SB 601. The TCEQ will also discuss HB 2771, the produced water discharge bill that was passed during the 86th Session of Texas legislature and has been successfully implemented by the TCEQ.


  • Julie Nahrgang, Exectuve Director, WEAT|TACWA
  • Cari-Michel Lacaille, Deputy Director of the Water Supply Division, TCEQ
  • Laurie Fleet, TCEQ
  • Mark Vega, General Manager, McAllen Public Utility


  • Nathan Vassar, Lloyd Gosselink

Registration and Sponsorship:

Complimentary registration for WEAT and WRT members.

Non-member Registration ($65)
Registration includes webinar and 1-year of WEAT-only membership.

Sponsorship opportunities are currently available!
Webinar Sponsorship – $300
Sponsorship includes your name and logo acknowledgment at the webinar, on the WEAT website, and on WEAT social media pages.

Orange County Chapter Meeting
Oct 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Inland Empire WateReuse Chapter Meeting & Elections @ TBD
Oct 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Webcast: Agricultural Reuse in California: Moving to the Next Level
Nov 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Webcast: Agricultural Reuse in California: Moving to the Next Level

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

Register Now!

Join WateReuse California’s Agricultural Reuse Committee to learn about agricultural water reuse in production, planned projects, and new opportunities. An expert panel of agricultural reuse practitioners will share their experiences, lessons learned, and outlook for agriculture reuse in California. Following the panel, the audience will be encouraged to submit questions for a moderated Q&A.  Agricultural reuse refers to recycled water used in an agricultural setting. Water is treated and used again, employing effective and efficient processes to meet specific quality standards for the intended end use. Water that is treated and cleaned for agricultural reuse includes municipal wastewater, wastewater from plants that process agricultural products, and runoff from fields after irrigation (also known as tailwater).


North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program
William Wong
Director of Utilities
City of Modesto

City of Fresno
Rick Staggs
Assistant Director
Department of Public Utilities Wastewater

Escondido MFRO
Angela Morrow, P.E.
Deputy Director of Utilities / Construction and Engineering
Utilities | City of Escondido

Havest Water
José R. Ramírez, P.E.
Senior Civil Engineer
Water Recycling Program Manager
Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District

Register here

Meeting of the Board of Directors – Fourth Quarter 2021 @ Virtual
Dec 3 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Fourth Quarter:
Remote – Zoom
Friday, Dec 3, 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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