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August 6, 2018

 

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Washington Update

WateReuse Submits Letter Supporting the Senate WRDA Bill

Senate Passes Second Minibus Funding EPA

New EPA Head Testifies at Senate Hearing

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State Updates and Member Profiles

Arizona: Report Examines “ick” Factor in Potable Reuse

A recent report broadcast on Arizona Public Media examined the challenges in getting the public comfortable with drinking purified water. Austa Parker of Carollo Engineers discussed a joint WateReuse Colorado and Denver Water initiative, Pure Water Colorado, which offered treatment demonstrations for the public and beer brewing with purified water. University of Pennsylvania Psychologist Paul Rozin and Brent Haddad, a water resources economist at the University of California, Santa Cruz discussed their research on people’s attitudes toward water, which can help water agencies develop compelling educational material. Read More.

California: OCWD and SFPUC Receive WIFIA Infrastructure Loans

California: Bureau of Reclamation Grant Helps Fund Recycled Water Pilot Study

WateReuse Association member Soquel Creek Water District, in collaboration with the City of Santa Cruz, is exploring and evaluating tertiary treatment technology as part of the district’s proposed Pure Water Soquel Project. This small-scale tertiary treatment pilot plant, using ultrafiltration membranes, is on-site at the City of Santa Cruz Wastewater Treatment Facility. The proposed full-scale Pure Water Soquel Project involves potentially recycling approximately 25% of the secondary treated effluent that is currently being discharged out to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary from the Santa Cruz Wastewater Treatment Facility, purifying it, and then using the purified water to replenish the Santa Cruz Mid-County groundwater basin and to create a seawater barrier. This pilot plant is partially funded by a Bureau of Reclamation Title XVI Recycled Water Feasibility Planning Grant for $150,000, which the district received last year. Read More.

Water Utilities Recognized for Transformational Initiatives

 

Association News

The Nominating Committee of the WateReuse Association Board of Directors issued a call for nominations to fill two Board vacancies. Individuals interested in being nominated should submit an application to either Patricia Sinicropi, Executive Director for the WateReuse Association, or to a member of the Nominating Committee by COB Tuesday, August 21. The Nominating Committee will review nominations and select candidates for approval by the full Board at its 3rd Quarter meeting in Austin, Texas on September 9.  Directors are appointed for up to three two-year terms for a total of six years of service. Download the Call for Nominations.

 

Conferences and 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
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
Jul
15
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Jul 15 all-day

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