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!
Presented in partnership with The Water Research Foundation, this presentation will cover key components of successful onsite non-potable water systems.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members and WRF Subscribers: Free
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.
- 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
Are water recycling utilities well prepared to address the COVID-19 crisis and other potential future risks?
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
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.
Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
– featuring Brian Biesemeyer, Scottsdale Water “Arizona’s First Direct Potable Reuse System”