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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

Feb
22
Thu
WateReuse Texas Board Meeting
Feb 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
WateReuse Florida – Board Meeting
Feb 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Feb
27
Tue
WateReuse Florida Webcast: Exploring Funding Opportunities for Reuse
Feb 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
WateReuse Florida Webcast: Exploring Funding Opportunities for Reuse

As pressure continues to build on our water resources and inflation continues to climb there is a need to further implement the cost-effective use of recycled water. In Florida, regulations such as the state’s SB 64 requirement for beneficial reuse, watershed nutrient limits, elimination of ocean outfalls, and limitations on our traditional sources of drinking water are driving our industry to implement solutions quickly that are more expensive than traditional reclaimed water projects. This has driven a demand on State and Federal agency funding. Join our expert panel to learn about a multitude of available funding sources available to municipalities east of the Mississippi. Topics include the application process and what to expect when awarded.

Register Here

Feb
29
Thu
Potable Reuse Permitting & Compliance Committee Meeting #1
Feb 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
We are looking forward to seeing you on Zoom on the 29th.  The Save the Date that was shared at our last meeting is attached and below.
Agenda for the 29th to follow.
You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Feb 29, 2024 10:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwoceiurzkoGNA4cmYn0-gbQQrgEI_JPWv5

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

WRCA Communications Collaborative Meeting @ Virtual
Feb 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Mar
8
Fri
Northern California Chapter Meeting
Mar 8 all-day
WateReuse California Legislative-Regulatory Committee Meeting
Mar 8 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Please find below the 2024 schedule for the Legislative-Regulatory Committee. All in-person meetings will be held at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Sacramento offices located at: 1121 L Street, Suite 900, Sacramento.]

 

Both in-person and virtual meetings will occur from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Those indicated as virtual will occur over Zoom and a link will be provided on the agenda.

 

The 2024 WRCA Annual Conference will be at the: Hyatt Regency Orange County.

 

Please save the date for our 2024 meeting dates:

 

1. January 19 – in person

2. March 8 – virtual

3. March 22 – in person

4. April 12 – virtual

5. May 10 – in person

6. May 31 – virtual

7. June 21 – virtual

8. August 9 – virtual

9. September 16 – in person (at annual conference)

Mar
11
Mon
WRTX Reception at the National WateReuse Symposium
Mar 11 – Mar 12 all-day
2024 WateReuse Symposium @ Hilton Denver City Center
Mar 11 – Mar 14 all-day
2024 WateReuse Symposium @ Hilton Denver City Center

The 39th Annual WateReuse Symposium is a celebration of a unique moment for water reuse. New funding, new collaborations, and new regulatory frameworks are elevating opportunities for reuse projects nationwide. As water reuse practitioners, we have reached this summit together. Together we can remove barriers and empower safer, more resilient, and more sustainable communities and businesses with water reuse.

Learn More

Meeting of the Board of Directors – First Quarter 2024
Mar 11 all-day

In-Person, Denver, CO

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