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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

Jan
21
Fri
Special Board Meeting: Marketing Analysis Deep Dive @ Virtual
Jan 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Friday, January 21, 2022  Remote 8 am – 9:30 am PT / 11 am -12:30 pm EST Bluefield Marketing Assessment
Jan
25
Tue
What the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Means for Your Community: Program Implementation Details and Timeline
Jan 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
What the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Means for Your Community: Program Implementation Details and Timeline

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 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (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 2022 begins, federal agencies like the EPA and Bureau of Reclamation are making important decisions about program implementation and the distribution of available funding. Join our webcast on January 25 to learn about the resources included in the IIJA, how your community can access those resources, and what the Administration’s plans are for program implementation and stakeholder engagement.

Speakers:

  • Amanda Erath, Program Analyst, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
  • Deirdre Finn, Executive Director, Council of Infrastructure Financing Authorities
  • Greg Fogel, Policy Director, WateReuse Association
  • Justin Mattingly, Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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:

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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

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