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December 13, 2021

37th Annual WateReuse Symposium

Washington Update

State Updates and Member Profiles

Member Update: Communities in CA & AZ Advance Potable Reuse Plans and Perception

Communities across the arid west are making strides in securing funding and public support for innovative potable reuse projects. A recent article about potable reuse technology and public perception highlighted WateReuse members Pure Water San Diego, West Basin Municipal Water District, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Phoenix Water, and Scottsdale Water. Read more.

CA: Minister for the Environment of Denmark Tour Oceanside Reuse Facility

The City of Oceanside hosted an international delegation from Denmark to showcase their San Luis Rey Water Reclamation Facility. “The Oceanside Pure Water plant is world-famous,” said Denmark’s Minister of the Environment Lea Wermelin in remarks made during the visit. She described the facility as a “brilliant example of the measures that California cities are doing to optimize resiliency and to be prepared for growth and future challenges.” Read more.

CA: State Announces Zero Water Deliveries for State Water Project in 2022, Highlighting Value of Reuse

The California State Water Project (SWP) has cut water deliveries for utilities to zero heading into 2022. Some water will still be provided for health and safety needs. This unprecedented action underscores the need for reliable, locally controlled supplies such as recycled water. About 27 million residents and 750,000 acres of cropland rely on deliveries from the SWP which typically delivers water from the wetter northern region of the state to the drier southern region. Read more.

CO: Direct Potable Reuse Stakeholder Meeting

Colorado is underway in developing direct potable reuse regulations. As a part of this process, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will host a stakeholder meeting on December 15 at 1pm MST. The agenda includes a review of the feedback received and next steps for stakeholder engagement in the rulemaking process. Register here.

FL: Daytona Investigates Water Recycling Opportunities

The City of Daytona Beach, in partnership with the St. Johns River Water Management District, has concluded their two-year innovative direct potable reuse Demonstration Testing System. This project will help inform state officials as they move forward with statewide regulations to permit direct potable reuse using this technology. Watch here.

International Update

Water Reuse in India: State of Practice and New Developments

India is increasingly embracing water reuse to address water scarcity and quality challenges. The WateReuse Association International Reuse Committee gathered an international panel of experts to discuss the state of practice for water reuse and the potential for reuse to reshape water management practices in India. The panelists discussed drivers, regional challenges, and shared case studies from agriculture, industry, and community developments. Watch the recording here.

Bangladesh: LEED Platinum-Certified Denim Factory Utilizes Recycled Water

As part of their sustainability measures, the Vintage Denim Studio recycles water from the factory’s washing plant for a fishpond. This pond serves as a space for employees to enjoy the outdoors while at work. Read more.

Water Reuse Conferences, Webcasts, and Events

2022 National Water Reuse Policy Outlook

January 12, 2021
11:00 am PT | 2:00 pm ET | (60 mins)

2022 ushers in new opportunities in water reuse advocacy with both the Administration and Congress. Join us for a discussion of the congressional agenda for 2022 and the likely water-related priorities for the Biden Administration following passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which provides $1 billion for Western water recycling programs and roughly $48 billion for nationwide programs.

Top Washington insiders will discuss status of key legislation and the role of the new federal interagency work group on water reuse, as well as the status of the newly reauthorized Alternative Water Source Grants Program that creates a nationwide reuse program. Whether you plan to participate in our Water Week in the spring or are interested in what to expect from Congress and the Administration in 2022, this webcast will get you up to speed on the opportunities to advance a water reuse policy agenda.

WateReuse Member Resources and Benefits

Policy Briefs: Climate and Affordability

Check out the recent policy briefs published by WateReuse Association. The first highlights how water reuse projects can build resilience, manage energy demands, support public and environmental health, and ensure America’s economic prosperity in the face of climate change. The second brief reviews how communities have incorporated water reuse as a principal solution to the challenges of water access, affordability, and resiliency. Follow the links below to learn more about these two important synergies.

Calendar

Jul
12
Tue
Managed Aquifer Recharge: Tucson’s Reclaimed Water Story
Jul 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Managed Aquifer Recharge: Tucson’s Reclaimed Water Story
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour) WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49 PDHs: 1 Register Now! The Tucson Water Reclaimed Water system is nearly 40 years old.  Early storage of excess effluent occurred in traditional constructed aquifer recharge facilities.  More recently, Tucson has advanced the concept of managed aquifer recharge, a practice that essentially leaves water in the local rivers and streams to naturally recharge the aquifer. This not only provides an aquifer recharge credit for the utility but creates natural riparian habitats in the desert for the community to enjoy. One project, the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project, has restored perennial stream flow to the river in downtown Tucson for the first time since the river dried up nearly 100 years ago. This presentation will provide a briefing on the Tucson Water Reclaimed system with a particular focus on the three managed aquifer recharge projects that are occurring in the Santa Cruz River. Presenter: John Kmiec, Director, Tucson Water
Jul
19
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Jul 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Jul
24
Sun
Arizona Water Reuse Symposium 2022
Jul 24 – Jul 26 all-day
Arizona Water Reuse Symposium 2022

Early Bird Registration and Discount Room Rate Expire July 7!

AZ Water Association and the Arizona Section of WateReuse Association will once again bring together thought leaders from across the Southwest for our annual symposium at Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona July 24 – 26, 2022.

Sunday:  Kick-off Reception and 6th Annual Purple Water Balloon Battle at 5:00 PM.  Pick a team/t-shirt color (ASU, NAU, UA or Purple if you want to be Switzerland) and get in the game.

Monday:  Full day of Symposium sessions with breakfast & lunch at Little America Hotel.  Shuttle to dinner at The Museum Club.

Tuesday: Half-day workshop: “Defining the Future of Direct Potable Reuse in Arizona”

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Register and Book Your Hotel Reservation

Jul
28
Thu
WateReuse Pacific Northwest – Oregon Summer Summit and Social
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Free event

July 28, 2022
Summit: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Social: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Register Today!

The Summer Summit and Social will offer an on-site approach to learn about recycled water and its many benefits and opportunities, as well as network with leaders in water reuse along with local and state representatives.

Join us to learn about the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission (MWMC)’s current recycled water uses at its treatment facilities, the next step in advancing recycled water for community use, and the immense opportunities for recycled water’s future role as an integrated environmental and water management asset. Engage with other leaders to discuss the positive impact recycled water can make on the One Water we all share.

Register for an optional morning tour of the MWMC’s Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant and Biocycle Farm on Friday, July 29 at 9 a.m.

Summit Location: MWMC’s Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, 410 River Avenue, Eugene, OR

Who: WateReuse members, water industry leaders, local and state representatives

Cost: The Summit, Social and Tours are free, but registration is required.

Aug
5
Fri
WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ TBD
Aug 5 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Aug
9
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Aug 9 all-day
Aug
16
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Aug 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Aug
18
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Aug
24
Wed
A Sustainable Solution to Meet Data Center Water Need – Water Reuse, Innovation and Partnership
Aug 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A Sustainable Solution to Meet Data Center Water Need – Water Reuse, Innovation and Partnership

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

Register Now!

According to the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the nation’s data centers collectively consumed 165 billion gallons of water in 2014. Without intervention and investment, water and energy use of data centers is expected to continue growing rapidly. These trends risk putting data centers into competition with other growing businesses for space, energy, and water, and pose a challenge for data center development in regions with limited water resources. In this webcast, Arcadis and Tomorrow Water will discuss their CoFlow concept which involves the co-location of water reclamation facilities and data centers to allow exchanging water and cooling capacities.

Presenters:

  • Ufuk Erdal, Arcadis
  • Jon Liberzon, Tomorrow Water
Aug
26
Fri
Northern California Chapter Meeting Q3 (Palo Alto/Virtual)
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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