December 10, 2018
Call for Abstracts: 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium
Stopgap Spending Bill Delays Decisions on EPA Funding for Two Weeks
California Political Leaders Seek Federal Funds for Water Recycling, Desalination and Storage
Trump Rule Would Limit EPA’s Control Over Water Pollution
State Updates and Member Profiles
Welcome New Members!
The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:
California: WateReuse California Celebrates a Successful 2018
WateReuse California (WRCA) is celebrating a year of success that includes leadership on efforts to revise recycled water policy, key legislative wins, active local chapters, and a well-attended annual conference. WRCA has been successfully working to revise and improve numerous sections of the California Recycled Water Policy — a regulatory policy that touches almost every aspect of recycled water production and delivery in California. The section also championed successful legislation that expands onsite water recycling and sets standards for recycled water in efficiency planning. WRCA continues to support water reuse research and play an integral in developing potable reuse regulations. Read More.
Florida: Joint Agency Project to Reduce Groundwater Demand, Nitrogen Loading
WateReuse Association members the Southwest Florida Water Management District and Florida Department of Environmental Protection is partnering with Hernando County on the US 19 Reclaimed Water Project designed to reduce groundwater demand and nitrogen loading. A 3 million gallon tank at the Glen Wastewater Treatment Plant will store recycled water, which will then be used for irrigation, industrial purposes, and irrigate commercial and residential properties. The treated water will be pumped along US 19 via 16” pipes to irrigate Timber Pines and service other utility customers. Read More.
Texas: Austin Includes Recycled Water Mandates in Water Plan
Austin approved a 100-year plan for the city’s water use and drought resiliency that looks to initiate ordinances related to water conservation through mandates on recycled water systems that treat wastewater for non-drinking use and systems that collect rain and storm water runoff for reuse. The plan will also emphasize water supply enhancement through the creation of innovative reservoir and well systems. Ordinances mandating businesses employ recycled water systems will be introduced gradually under the plan. Read More.
Texas: Missouri City Expands Surface Water Reuse Program
As Missouri City prepares for a plan to expand its water supply by tapping into more surface water, the Houston suburb also plans to reuse much of that water for purposes such as filling lakes and irrigating medians, soccer fields, and other common areas. This expansion, expected to begin in 2019, will double the amount of potable water produced to 20 million gallons per day. A future third phase will produce up to 33 million gallons of drinking water per day by 2030. The community already reuses about 5 billion gallons per day. Read More.
Conferences and Events
Webcast: Using Onsite Water Recycling Systems to Transform Water Management
Please join us on December 11 at 2 p.m. ET to learn how established metropolitan areas such as San Francisco and Denver are incorporating onsite non-potable water systems to diversify their water supply portfolios and transform the way water is managed in buildings. The presenters will discuss specific legislative and regulatory changes that have removed barriers to onsite water recycling, as well as national efforts to build consensus on water quality standards and permitting approaches. Register Now!
Webcast: National Advocacy Opportunities for Water Reuse – An Insider Guide to the 116th Congress
What is the status of key federal legislation with potentially large consequences for water reuse? On January 16 at 2 p.m. ET, Washington insiders will discuss what to expect in the new Congress and share insight on how you can position your utility or company to have a voice at the table. In a divided Congress, Members will have to work to find common ground. One perennial favorite bipartisan issue, which may find traction, is infrastructure legislation. Register Now!
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Join Dr. A. Rasem Hasan, a professor and researcher at An-Najah National University in Nablus, West Bank, to learn about recent challenges, social and technical, and proposed solutions to increase water recycling in Palestine.
1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern | 10:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
Although a small country with many water resource challenges, Palestine relies on agriculture as a critical component of its economy. About 50 percent of the land is designated agricultural yet only 7 percent is irrigated, creating an opportunity for water reuse to play a key role in water conservation, food security, and economic growth. Join Dr. A. Rasem Hasan, a professor and researcher at An-Najah National University in Nablus, West Bank, to learn about recent challenges, social and technical, and proposed solutions to increase water recycling in Palestine.
Dr. Hasan will present research on how to overcome funding limitations to develop water reuse projects of varying sizes in a semi-arid to arid region. The presentation will discuss rural wastewater management and reuse, industrial wastewater management, brackish water desalination for drinking and irrigation, and climate change adaptation.
Join us for a presentation organized by the WateReuse International Committee that will offer insight into the unique experiences of communities where low funded projects can have significant impact on society.
- Dr. Zoreh Movahed, WATEK
- Dr. A. Rasem Hasan is currently the Director of Water and Environmental Studies institute, and faculty member of Civil Engineering Department, at An-Najah National University in Nablus, West Bank, Palestine. He has as a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Miami, Florida, USA, MSc in Water Engineering from Birzeit University, Palestine, and B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Mutah University, Jordan. Dr. Hasan received several academic awards and has 20+ years of work experience as consultant and academic in the fields of water and environmental engineering. His research interests are water desalination, wastewater treatment and management, water reuse, and hazardous waste management.