From Water Diversion to Water Reuse – Learn Why Water Reuse is the Wave of the Future
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
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.
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2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
Today’s technology allows us to treat virtually any source of water to meet any need including drinking, but many states lack regulations to allow these projects to move forward. WateReuse Association State Sections are taking the lead in collaborating with regulatory agencies and other stakeholders to develop regulatory frameworks to implement potable reuse. Join us to learn about recent efforts in Colorado and Florida that are paving the way for potable reuse.
The State of Colorado is considering regulating direct potable reuse (DPR). To support this effort, WateReuse Colorado sponsored the formation of an Independent Advisory Expert Panel to develop regulatory guidelines for the state. Larry Schimmoller, chair of the Panel, will review the process used to develop the regulatory guidelines, discuss the specific recommendations included in the guidelines, and present the next steps in the regulatory process.
WateReuse Florida took the initiative to bring together a diverse group of water professionals and end user stakeholders to participate in a consensus base effort to identify and address technical, regulatory, and implementation barriers to potable reuse in Florida. The Florida Potable Reuse Commission was formed to develop a framework document for potable reuse implantation in Florida to augment future water supply and support water quality initiatives. Lynn Spivey, WateReuse Florida President, and Potable Reuse Commission Chair, will be discussing the 18-month effort and the newly published Framework document.
Chair, Independent Advisory Expert Panel, Colorado DPR Framework Project
Global Technology Leader for Water Reuse, Jacobs
Chair, Florida Potable Reuse Commission
President, WateReuse Florida
Director of Utilities, City of Plant City (Florida
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The event includes a meeting of the Board Trustees and a webinar on PFAS.
WateReuse Nevada’s inaugural inter-state gathering for water professionals to discuss current topics and future trends. Topics will cover the current state and future prospects of water recycling in Nevada; state, agency, and industry partnership; and a current look at scientific advancements at Nevada universities.
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Mark your calendars for May 19-20, 2020 for the WateReuse Pacific Northwest annual conference. This year’s conference will be held at King County’s Brightwater Center, an environmental education and event center located on the Brightwater Treatment Plant campus. An impressive conference program is being planned featuring innovative reuse projects, research, education and community outreach, new regulatory directions and an operator session tailored to reuse facility operations.
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