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August 9, 2021

Washington Update

Senate Poised to Advance Bipartisan Infrastructure Package; Begins Budget Reconciliation Process

Senate Panel Advances Energy and Water Spending Bill, Including Water Reuse Programs

Action Needed: Help Keep Water Recycling a Top Priority by Taking Action Today!

WRAP Update: Quarterly Update Proposes New Actions, Catalogs Achievements

Your Input Needed: Communications Survey on Pharmaceuticals

To support the Water Reuse Action Plan Action 2.9, the WateReuse California Communications Collaborative Group is gathering information about how water and/or wastewater agencies address CECs and pharmaceuticals when discussing water reuse with stakeholders and the public. 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 survey. The deadline to complete the survey is Monday, August 16 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

Deadline Today: Please Share Your Facility Data to Quantify Municipal Reuse in US

WateReuse Association members are invited to complete a survey (approximately 90-120 minutes) as part of a national Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP) effort to document the amount of water that is recycled in the United States. Under WRAP Action 5.5,  Quantifying the National Volumes of Water Potentially Available for Reuse, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is preparing an update to the 2018 ReNEW Water Project’Resource Recovery Baseline Report. This report documented resource recovery at water resource recovery facilities in the U.S. and Canada through a combination of data analysis and survey responses from utilities. WateReuse, EPA, and WEF are co-leading Action 5.5 and the update of the ReNEW Water Project is the first milestone. The survey will close August 9 at 11:59 pm ET. If you have questions about the survey, please contact Patrick Dube (pdube@WEF.org) at WEF.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Member!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new member:

Member Spotlight: Irvine Ranch Water District Reflects on Pioneering Purple Pipe

Ever wonder how purple became the standard color for the pipes that carry non-potable recycled water? It turns out it all began at the Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) back in the 1980s. IRWD interviewed the engineers involved and documented a colorful story of leadership, creativity, and humor. With a limited selection of colors that were not already in use and a colorblind engineer leading the process, IRWD selected a unique shade of purple that even colorblind people could see. Purple pipe is now widely adopted for recycled water both within the United States, and internationally. Read more.

Member Spotlight: Water Reuse Utilities Recognized as Utilities of the Future Today

Eighteen WateReuse Association members are among the agencies being recognized as Utilities of the Future. Launched in 2016, the Utilities of the Future Today recognition program celebrates water utility achievements in partnering and engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients. Members recognized for the first time include Village of Wellington (Florida), Colorado Springs Utilities, and Carlsbad Municipal Water District (California).

Several WateReuse members are being recognized in new areas of performance, including Upper Occoquan Service Authority (Virginia), Scottsdale Water (Arizona), New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Monterey One Water (California), Brunswick County Public Utilities (North Carolina), City of Cape Coral (Florida), Loudoun Water (Virginia), Napa Sanitation District (California), City of Pompano Beach Utilities (Florida), Eastern Municipal Water District (California), McAllen Public Utility (Texas), City of Houston (Texas), Delta Diablo (California), Toho Water Authority (Florida), and Clean Water Services (Oregon). Read more.

Member Spotlight: WateReuse Members Lead in Addressing Western Drought

As a wave of drought moves through the western U.S., WateReuse Association members are being recognized in the environmental publication, Ensia, for their leadership in ensuring resilient local water supplies through water reuse. Pure Water San Diego is featured for its potable reuse efforts. Up north in Los Angeles, West Basin Municipal Water District and the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant are highlighted for their ambitious approaches towards water recycling and ensuring Los Angeles’ water supply. In Arizona, Phoenix is recognized for its long history of indirect potable reuse, while Scottsdale is safely demonstrating direct potable reuse. Read more.

New York Times Profiles Onsite Reuse as Sustainability, Drought Adaptation Tool

To address growing water demands, limited supplies, and overwhelmed wastewater systems, cities and states are incorporating onsite reuse into their regional water management strategies. Epic Cleantec discusses the growing need to reuse water onsite in commercial buildings, highlighting cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, and Boston. In Austin, onsite water reuse is seen as an important tool to ensure water supplies for the increasing number of companies moving to the city. Read more.

Viewpoint: Water-Smart Cities Recycle Water

As demonstrated by cities all over the world, water recycling is an important tool in smart water management. Coupled with conservation practices, both centralized and decentralized water reuse support cities in their sustainability and resiliency goals. Thoughtful landscaping and graywater reuse, for example, can significantly reduce water usage for irrigation. Read more.

Research Update

National Water Reuse Action Plan Action Highlights Research Funding Opportunity

National Water Reuse Action Plan Action 11.1, which seeks to facilitate U.S.-Israel Collaboration on water reuse, is promoting research funding opportunities that can support joint research on water reuse.

  • The U.S.-Israel Binational Industrial R&D (BIRD) Foundation provides a pair of companies (one from the U.S. and one from Israel) with a conditional grant of up to $1 million to meet 50% of their joint project budget. Water is an important topic supported by the BIRD Foundation, including water reuse, wastewater, smart water management, irrigation, desalination, and water treatment. In addition to providing conditional grants, the Foundation will assist companies in identifying potential strategic partners and facilitating introductions. The next funding cycle has an Executive Summary deadline of September 2, 2021. See Call for Proposals.
  • The U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development (BARD) Fund brings together American and Israeli scientists to address important agricultural challenges that concern both countries. BARD research grants provide $310,000 for projects that focus on increasing agricultural productivity, particularly in hot and arid climates, and emphasize plant and animal health, food quality and safety, and environmental issues. BARD also supports international workshops, and offers fellowships for postdoctoral research, senior research scientists and graduate students. Proposals for research grants are due September 13, 2021, while proposals for workshops and fellowships are due January 17, 2022. See the Call for Proposals.

WateReuse Member Resources and Benefits

Have a Question You’d Love to Ask a Peer? Use WateReuse Connect to Find the Answer

WateReuse members can use WateReuse Connect to access a member-to-member network of more than 7,000 water recycling practitioners, business leaders, regulators, academics, and technology providers. Recent discussion topics have included innovative partnerships, scheduling of recycled water deliveries, and steam generation. Post your questions, observations, and unique challenges on our online platform to benefit from the unique experiences of other members across the nation and around the world. It’s simple to use with your member login information. For help accessing WateReuse Connect, please email Member Services.

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

Webcast: Discussion on Desalination – Treatments, Research, and the Future

August 11, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)

In this webcast, a panel of experts from the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI) and CalDesal will discuss the state of desalination in the United States. The panel will explore current practices, technologies, treatments, on-going research, and the future role of desalination in the resiliency of the country’s water supply. You will also learn about NAWI’s research and development roadmap series on desalination and treatment of nontraditional source waters. Register here.

WateReuse Pacific Northwest to Present Water Reuse Track at PNCWA Conference

WateReuse Pacific Northwest (WR-PNW) 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. WR-PNW will present a water reuse track at the PNCWA Annual Conference to benefit members, advance ongoing innovation, and showcase industry collaboration. The track will occur Tuesday, September 14, with options for single-day attendance packages available. Please join our one-day track and engage in our common vision to advance regional water reuse. The full conference will include in-person and virtual attendance formats, September 13-15. Learn more and register.

Building a Resilient Future Together: Register for the 2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference

Registration is open for the 2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference and there are two ways to participate! Participate in-person September 19-21 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Los Angles or join 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. For those who do not wish to attend in person, all major sessions will be simulcast, and technical sessions will be available on the virtual conference platform. Learn more and register.

Super Saver Opens October 4:  37th Annual WateReuse Symposium in San Antonio, Texas

Mark your calendar for the 37th Annual WateReuse Symposium to be held March 5-9, 2022 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas. A special super saver registration rate will be offered exclusively to WateReuse Association members beginning Monday, October 4, 2021—before early-bird registration opens to the general public. If you normally take advantage of early-bird registration discounts, this year you will be able to register earlier and save even more. Attendees will have the options to attend in-person in San Antonio, stream the sessions online, or both. This is a not-to-be missed opportunity to learn about the latest trends in water recycling and network with colleagues.

World Water-Tech North America Virtual Summit, October 5-6, 2021

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

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