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December 10, 2018

 

Call for Abstracts: 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium

 

Washington Update

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!

Upcoming Events

Jan
26
Wed
CA: How the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and California State Water Recycling Funding Can Help Your Community Advance Water Reuse
Jan 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
CA: How the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and California State Water Recycling Funding Can Help Your Community Advance Water Reuse

11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

At the end of 2021, Congress and the Administration passed the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which provided $1 billion for Western water recycling programs through the Bureau of Reclamation and roughly $48 billion for nationwide programs administered by EPA’s Office of Water. The IIJA includes $550 million over 5 years for the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Grants Program and $450 million for a Competitive Grant Program for Large-Scale Water Recycling Projects. It also authorizes the first nationwide water recycling program—the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program; and establishes a federal interagency working group on water reuse.

As part of the state budget process, the California Legislature and the Governor included $150 million in grants for groundwater cleanup and water recycling projects and $50 million for the Pure Water San Diego project. Additional funding of up to $200 million in grants for these projects was also included in out year funding in the California budget. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) also received significant additional federal funding and the California budget authorized funds for use as the state required match.

As 2022 begins, agencies like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Reclamation, and California State Water Board are making important decisions about program implementation and the distribution of available funding. Join this webcast on January 26 to learn about state and federal financial resources and how your community can access those resources.

Speakers:

  • Amanda Erath, Program Analyst, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
  • Mike Downey, P.E., Supervising Engineer, Division of Financial Assistance, State Water Resources Control Board
  • Greg Fogel, Policy Director, WateReuse Association
  • Jennifer West, Managing Director, WateReuse California
Jan
28
Fri
WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ Virtual
Jan 28 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Feb
1
Tue
Second Annual Nevada Water Reuse Symposium @ Tuscany Suites & Casinos Las Vegas NV
Feb 1 @ 8:15 am – 11:45 am
Second Annual Nevada Water Reuse Symposium @ Tuscany Suites & Casinos Las Vegas NV

Join Nevada’s state gathering for water reuse professionals, exploring the state of the science and trends in the state. The meeting will include a groundbreaking case study, a summary of state initiatives, and a technical update. The event is co-located with the Nevada Water Environment Association Reunited in Water 2022 Conference.

Register at the link below and select WateReuse as your registration type:

Register Event Flier
Feb
4
Fri
WateReuse California Q1 Board of Trustees Meeting (virtual)
Feb 4 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Feb
8
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Feb 8 all-day
Feb
17
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Feb 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Feb
18
Fri
Special Board Meeting: Operational Assessment Deep Dive @ Virtual
Feb 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Friday, February 18, 2022
Remote
8 am – 9:30 am PT / 11 am -12:30 pm EST
Association Headquarters Operational Assessment

WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ Virtual
Feb 18 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Feb
26
Sat
Northern California Chapter Meeting Q1 (Virtual)
Feb 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mar
6
Sun
Meeting of the Board of Directors – First Quarter 2022 @ San Antonio
Mar 6 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

First Quarter:

Sunday, March 6, 2022 ~  8:00 am to 12:00 pm CST, San Antonio

Board Workshops:
Thursday, March 3, 2022 – Saturday, March 5, 2022
Thursday, March 3 ~ Board Dinner
Friday, March 4 ~ Meeting all day
Saturday, March 5 ~ Meeting in Morning

 

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