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!
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pacific; 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Eastern
Fee: WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
Singapore is a small island nation and is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. In the early years of its nation building, with limited land to collect and store rainwater, Singapore faced drought, floods and water pollution. These challenges inspired the Public Utilities Board (PUB), Singapore’s National Water Agency, to strategize and seek innovative ideas, develop capabilities and secure a sustainable supply of water. Today, PUB has developed a diversified and sustainable water supply strategy for Singapore with the Four National Taps. The Four National Taps are local catchment water, imported water, NEWater and desalinated water.
This Webinar focuses on Singapore’s third National Tap, NEWater. NEWater refers to the high-grade reclaimed water that is produced using advanced membrane and ultraviolet technologies. It is primarily supplied to non-domestic sectors such as wafer fabrication plants, petrochemical plants, manufacturing industries and commercial buildings for industrial and air-conditioning purposes. A small percentage of NEWater is also injected into the reservoirs before being treated at the waterworks for drinking water supply. Participants of this Webinar will learn about the development of NEWater in Singapore, including R&D efforts and strategies to overcome various operational challenges.
Bingrui Liu has been the Operations Engineer at Kranji NEWater Factory since 2017 after graduating from Boston University with a BA(Hons) in Chemistry.
Joelyn Tan joined the Operations team at Bedok NEWater Factory (BNF) in 2018, bringing along her technical knowledge as well as experience with the latest industry innovations.
Melanie Tan was the Plant Manager for Bedok NEWater Factory from 2010 – 2013 and will be facilitating the session. She currently serves as the Northern California Reuse Practice Leader for Kennedy Jenks.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
This webcast will summarize the California Environmental Flows Framework and its application in the Los Angeles River. Across the country, state and local agencies are promoting water reuse and recycling to conserve water resources. Reuse and recycling of treated wastewater can result in a reduction of instream flow and can impact existing and future instream beneficial uses, setting up potential conflicts between policies aimed at promoting reuse, protecting water quality, and managing ecological resources. Agencies in California have come together to develop a statewide environmental flows framework that can be used to establish seasonal flow criteria. This framework is currently being applied in the Los Angeles River watershed to better evaluate the cumulative impacts of potential flow reductions associated with several water reuse and water capture projects. The project will provide a science-based approach for assessing flow necessary to sustain beneficial uses. The project outcomes will be used to help establish technically sound flow recommendations and evaluate the consequences of alternative flow scenarios for the LA River. This project may also serve as a model for assessing similar situations in other river systems across the state.
Dr. Eric Stein is a head of the Biology Department at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP). Dr. Stein oversees a variety of projects related to in-stream and coastal water quality, bioassessment, hydromodification, watershed modeling, and assessment of wetlands and other aquatic resources. His research focuses on effects of human activities on the condition of aquatic ecosystems, and on developing tools to better assess and manage those effects.
WOW! Wonders of Water Brownie Journey Jumpstart
Our event is a series of activities and presentations for Brownie Girl Scouts to earn a badge called Wow! Wonders of Water Journey – LOVE Water. Girl Scouts can sign up through the council events page. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Erica Marti (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Overview of activities:
- learning about the water cycle through active movement and visual demonstration
- learning about water pollution, especially how our community is affected by stormwater runoff
- learning about the unique water system in the Las Vegas Valley
Our event is now posted on the Girl Scout events page. Please share with anyone who has a Girl Scout (2nd, 3rd grades).