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August 5, 2019

From Water Diversion to Water Reuse – Learn Why Water Reuse is the Wave of the Future

Washington Update

FY 2020 Funding for Water Recycling One Step Closer

Federal Agencies Cite Water Recycling as a Joint Priority for Drought Resilience

Meeting of the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems to be held at the 34th WateReuse Symposium

Regulators from nine states and the District of Columbia will participate in a meeting of the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-Potable Water Systems the afternoons of September 9 and 10 during the 34th WateReuse Symposium. In May, WateReuse assumed responsibility for administering the Commission as the founding partners concluded their two-year commitment to advance smart and science-based policy and practice on onsite non-potable reuse. The administrative management of the Commission has transitioned to WateReuse, with the SFPUC continuing to serve as the Commission’s Chair. Updates will be provided as the Commission charts is course for 2020 and beyond.

State Updates and Member Profiles

California: San Bernardino Offers Financial Incentives for Recycled Water, Stormwater Capture

A new program is being offered by the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District (SBVMWD) providing a financial incentive to local water agencies for projects that produce recycled water or capture stormwater. The Local Resource Investment Program provides a financial incentive for twenty years to any agency in SBVMWD’s service area. The East Valley Water District’s Sterling Natural Resource Center recycled 11,000 acre-feet of water, for example. They will receive $173 for every acre-foot of recycled water provided to the region, or approximately $2 million per year for twenty years. Read More.

Florida: Tampa Considers New Potable Reuse Project

WateReuse Association member the City of Tampa will present a plan to the City Council later this month for a new potable reuse program. Tampa currently reclaims about three million gallons of water each day for lawn irrigation in South Tampa. A planned expansion of the irrigation program was rejected in 2009 due to an estimated $1.3 billion cost to expand the purple pipe network. The proposed potable reuse project would make use of the 55 million gallons a day of treated effluent pumped into Tampa Bay. Read More.

New Laws Could Expand Recycling of Produced Water in Permian Basin

New laws in New Mexico and Texas make it clear who is responsible for wastewater produced by oil and gas companies and encourage companies to reuse it or sell it to water management companies for recycling. Passed into law this spring, New Mexico House Bill 546 and Texas House Bill 3246 determined that oil and gas operators own the produced water and they could sell it to recyclers, who then take over legal responsibility for the brine. The New Mexico law went into effect on July 1 while Texas law goes into effect on September 1. At least a dozen water recycling companies operate in the Permian Basin. Read More.

Members Recognized as Forward-Thinking Utilities of the Future

WateReuse Update

How Can You Offer Recognition to 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

Podcast: WateReuse Board Member Offers Global Perspective on Water Reuse

Why is water reuse more successful in some countries than others? WateReuse Association Board Member Jon Freedman, global government affairs leader at Suez, offers his perspective in the latest edition of the Brave Blue World podcast. With Indian city Chennai and others on the brink of a ‘Day Zero’ drought situation, could cleaning up and reusing water be the answer? Tune in to hear Freedman’s perspectives on the obstacles to more widespread water reuse across the world.

Upcoming Events

Apr
15
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Apr 15 all-day
Webcast: Breaking Down Implementation Barriers for Onsite Non-Potable Water Systems
Apr 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Webcast: Breaking Down Implementation Barriers for Onsite Non-Potable Water Systems

Presented in partnership with The Water Research Foundation, this presentation will cover key components of successful onsite non-potable water systems.

Webcast
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members and WRF Subscribers: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

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Across the nation, onsite non-potable water systems (ONWS) are becoming increasingly common as a means to conserve and recycle water. Ensuring consistent implementation is one of the principal challenges for ONWS programs, particularly when multiple, new stakeholders are involved. Water Research Foundation project 4909 sought to identify key knowledge gaps and provide the resources needed to aid in the smooth implementation of ONWS. Through interaction with the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems, the project team identified common pitfalls that have impacted the design, operation, permitting, and implementation of ONWS.

This presentation will cover key components of a successful ONWS program including: (1) treatment goals that control public health risk, (2) effective design of both treatment and non-treatment (i.e., management) barriers, (3) strategies for effective operation and monitoring of ONWS systems, and (4) frameworks for regulating and permitting ONWS. The goal of this presentation is to convey the importance of stakeholder knowledge for consistent protection of public health at ONWS installations. This information will be presented through a survey of the projects two main deliverables: the comprehensive guidance manual and interactive training modules.

Presenters

  • Brian Pecson, Ph.D., P.E., Principal Engineer, Trussell Technologies
  • Brie Post, P.E., Senior Engineer, Trussell Technologies
  • Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Apr
16
Thu
Webcast: Managing Teams Remotely During Times of Crisis
Apr 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join Us!
12:00 – 1:00 pm Eastern ; 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Pacific
Fee: WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
PDHs: 1

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Managing teams remotely is challenging in the best of times, but in times of crisis, executives and team leaders need to develop an entirely new set of management skills to ensure their teams feel supported and cared for as they work to remain productive. Dr. Bill Mitchell, COO of MoreTalent and former executive of fortune 500 companies, specializes in helping leaders develop exceptional performing teams through periods of uncertainty and crisis.  Join Bill and Gilbert Trejo, Chief Technical Officer for El Paso Water, for a special webcast to help you lead your remote team for superior performance and ensure your utility, business or institution successfully manages through this unprecedented public health pandemic.

Presenters

  • Bill Mitchell has been a student of leadership and successful leaders for his entire adult life. His 30 years of leadership experience in leading his own organizations as well as his education, provide a background to help organizations reach new heights.  A magnetic speaker and storyteller with a self-deprecating sense of humor, Dr. Mitchell is able to connect people to ideas and inspire them to think differently, and critically, hold them accountable to taking action that will lead to new behaviors and results. He has extensive experience in igniting and driving human behavior change in complex strategic, technology, and process environments in sectors as diverse as manufacturing, aerospace, education, sales, retail, logistics and healthcare.
  • Gilbert Trejo oversees the technical services portfolio for El Paso Water, which includes engineering, planning and development, and project and construction management. Gilbert is also President of the WateReuse Association.
Apr
21
Tue
Webcast: America’s Water Infrastructure Act – Implications for Water Reuse and COVID-19
Apr 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Are water recycling utilities well prepared to address the COVID-19 crisis and other potential future risks?

Join Us!
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

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The America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) requires all utilities serving 3,300 or more people to complete a risk and resilience assessment (RRA) for their water systems, followed by the completion of an emergency response plan (ERP). The RRA’s are part of an overall effort to improve the ability of water systems to prepare for and respond to events from water resource limitations to cyber attacks, from extreme weather to an assault on the utility, and from contamination to treatment and distribution infrastructure, among others. In short, it is an all-hazards approach to managing risk.

This webcast will discuss how water reuse interacts with the RRAs and highlight some the ways that risks are viewed and managed from an AWIA perspective. It will also discuss how we are interpreting and acting upon risk in the midst the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and how we can use RRAs to prepare for future risks. This webcast will offer a fresh look at risk and resilience through the lens of preparation and response. The presentation will begin with an overview of AWIA requirements, RRAs, and the role of water reuse in those assessments followed by a focus on risk and risk perceptions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presenters

Dr. Ben Stanford is an Associate Vice President with Hazen and Sawyer in the Denver office where he leads the implementation of innovations in water, wastewater, and water reuse. He is currently leading or supporting over a dozen risk and resilience projects in FL, NC, TX, CO, AZ, and CA.

Dr. Douglas Crawford-Brown is Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was Founding Director of the Institute for the Environment, and at the University of Cambridge, where he was Director of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research.

Apr
24
Fri
Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting
Apr 24 all-day
May
1
Fri
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Santa Margarita Water District
May 1 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
May
28
Thu
Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
May 28 @ 10:00 am

Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
– featuring Brian Biesemeyer, Scottsdale Water “Arizona’s First Direct Potable Reuse System”

Jun
9
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Jun 9 all-day
Jun
17
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Jun 17 all-day
Jun
18
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Jun 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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