Deadline Approaching! Submit a Proposal for an Opportunity to Present at the 36th Annual WateReuse Symposium
The WateReuse Association invites proposals for presentations at the 36th Annual WateReuse Symposium, a series of live and on demand roundtables presented virtually March 15-25, 2021. Presentation proposals are due December 21, 2020.
Position yourself as a water reuse thought-leader by sharing creative solutions and approaches for water recycling as a public health and resiliency strategy. Share your expertise and leadership across the water sector! Submit a proposal here.
WateReuse invites water reuse experts, practitioners, and researchers to submit presentation proposals for pre-recorded, on demand roundtables to stimulate and provoke discussion, facilitate knowledge transfer and development of competencies, and challenge attendees to think of new and innovative ways to use water recycling to improve water resource management. Submit your proposal by December 21!
Congress Extends Funding for Water Recycling, Eyes Stimulus Package
Congress voted last week to extend the continuing resolution (CR) that is currently funding the government until Friday, December 18. The House and Senate will now work to finalize and approve a full funding package for FY 2021 before the Friday deadline. While the fiscal year begins annually in October, Congress does not often finalize negotiations on a funding package until the winter. In the interim, it simply extends the previous year’s funding levels via a CR.
Visit our earlier post for more information on the differences between the House and Senate FY 2021 draft funding bills. As we reported last week, Congressional leaders have discussed the possibility of attaching a roughly $900 billion stimulus measure to the final appropriations package; however, it is quite possible that they will be unable to reach a stimulus deal in time. Leaders are also considering attaching the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020 to the final funding package. More on WRDA below.
U.S. EPA Issues Draft Guidance on Supreme Court Decision that Could Lead to Increased Regulation for Water Reuse
Last week, the U.S. EPA issued draft guidance on a April 2020 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that groundwater discharges are subject to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting, if the groundwater discharge is “functionally equivalent” to a discharge into a navigable water. This new interpretation could increase the regulatory and cost burden for water reuse projects, including those intended to recharge aquifers, establish saltwater intrusion barriers, and mitigate land subsidence.
While the Court did provide some parameters by which to determine functional equivalence, it left much of the work to EPA. The draft guidance entitled, “Applying the Supreme Court’s County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund Decision in the Clean Water Act Section 402 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Program,” seeks to clarify how the Court’s new jurisdictional test relates to the existing NPDES permitting system, and offers an additional criterion for determining functional equivalence. The WateReuse Association’s Policy Committee will develop comments on the draft guidance, which is open for public comment until January 11, 2021. In the notice, EPA notes that it may pursue a rulemaking to provide further regulatory clarity.
House Passes Water Resources Development Act without Clean Water, Drinking Water, and Water Recycling Provisions
For the past several months, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee have been negotiating a biennial water infrastructure package, often referred to as the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). Earlier in the year, WateReuse was successful in getting top water recycling priorities into several of the bills that House and Senate negotiators were using to develop the final WRDA agreement. Unfortunately, negotiators were only able to reach agreement on items related to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Army Corps projects. As a result, the final 2020 agreement, which the House passed last week, and which the Senate is expected to pass this week, does not include reauthorization provisions for Clean Water Act programs, such as the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program or the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program; nor does the agreement direct the creation of a Federal Interagency Working Group on Water Reuse. The leaders of the committees of jurisdiction have indicated that they will work to pass another infrastructure bill next year that includes clean water, drinking water, and water recycling provisions. WateReuse will continue to work closely with Congress to secure these provisions in the new year.
State Updates and Member Profiles
Member Spotlight: Metropolitan Water District, Southern Nevada Water Authority Collaborate to Explore Development of Recycled Water Project
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) are partnering to explore development of a drought-proof water supply that could reduce reliance on the over-stressed Colorado River. Under an agreement approved December 8 by Metropolitan’s Board of Directors and SNWA’s Board of Directors last month, SNWA will contribute up to $6 million for environmental planning of the Regional Recycled Water Program, a proposed large-scale project to produce high quality water from purified wastewater. The investment by SNWA could lead to an interstate exchange of new locally produced water. Read more.
California: Oceanside May Receive $6 Million for Potable Reuse Construction
The U.S. Secretary of the Interior is expected to recommend a $6 million Title XVI WINN grant award for the construction of the Pure Water Oceanside project. Pure Water Oceanside will purify recycled water to create a local source of potable drinking water. The project will be the first operating advanced water purification facility in San Diego County. Read More.
Florida: Department of Environmental Protection Moves to Phase II of Potable Reuse Rulemaking
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is moving forward with Phase II of rulemaking to ensure proper regulation for implementation of potable reuse programs in the state of Florida. The rules amended in Chapter 62-610 F.A.C. Phase II Reuse of Reclaimed Water and Land Application will address updates necessary to be consistent with recommendations of the Potable Reuse Commission’s 2020 report “Advancing Potable Reuse in Florida: Framework for the Implementation of Potable Reuse in Florida” as required by Florida’s Clean Waterways Act of 2020. WateReuse Florida has been actively involved in leading the efforts that have been completed to date on both indirect and direct potable reuse. WateReuse Florida chaired the Potable Reuse Commission, which prepared the report that provides a framework for potable reuse regulations. FDEP will host a public rulemaking workshop on January 14, 2021.
Florida: Pasco County to Provide Recycled Water to Three New Communities
Pasco County Utilities announced that it will bring reclaimed irrigation water to three new neighborhoods. All three communities have irrigation systems that are being fed by drinking water, with usage charged at current potable water rates. The new systems will provide lower-cost, reclaimed irrigation water to the communities while helping conserve drinking water. Read more.
Member Resources and Benefits
Engaging the Public Health Community on Water Reuse? Check out Our Online Resources
Although water reuse is a proven, science-based process that has been used safely in communities around the world for decades, the public is often skeptical when the concept is first introduced into a community. To build acceptance among medical and health professionals, WateReuse has launched the Medical Community Initiative and begun developing resources to support members in engaging with the public health community. Visit our website for videos, articles, and presentations that support engagement with medical professionals. New tools are being developed so check back for updates.
Conferences, Webcasts and Events
Webcast: Water Reuse Policy in the 117th Congress and Biden Administration
January 2021 marks the beginning of both a new administration in the White House and a new Congress. While Congress passed a number of key pieces of legislation in the final days of 2020, much work remains to be done, including the reauthorization of important water recycling programs. At the same time, the Biden Administration is coming in with an ambitious agenda related to climate change, the environment, and infrastructure, among other issues.
Please join us on January 27 at 2 pm EST for a webcast with Washington insiders to examine what’s on the congressional agenda for 2021 and what water-related priorities the Biden Administration is likely to push in its first year. Top Washington water sector lobbyists will discuss the status of key legislation and explain the opportunities to advance a water reuse policy agenda. Whether you plan to participate in our Virtual Water Week in the spring or are interested in what to expect from Congress and the new Administration in 2021, this webcast will be a national advocacy primer for water professionals. Register here.
- Dr. Veronika Zhiteneva, Project Manager, Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin
- Dr. Christina Jungfer, Project Manager, DECHEMA
- Prof. Dr. Jörg E. Drewes, Chair of Urban Water Systems Engineering, Technical University of Munich
- Markus Büttner, Environmental Engineer, Stadtentwässerung SCHWEINFURT
- Prof. Dr. Thomas Wintgens, Chair of Urban Water Management and Institute of Environemtnal Engineering, RWTH Aachen University
- Prof. Dr. Thomas Dockhorn, Director, Institute of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Braunschweig
- Prof Dr. Aki S. Ruhl, German Environment Agency, Technical University of Berlin
Our next Bimonthly Member Meeting will be held in-person on Tuesday, October 10th at Rowland Water District, 3021 Fullerton Road, Rowland Heights, CA 91748. Lunch will begin at 11:00 a.m., and the formal meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. There will also be an option to participate in the meeting virtually. A Zoom meeting registration link will be sent out with the agenda about one week prior.
Whether you plan to attend in person or via Zoom, please RSVP by Friday, October 6th by filling out the form at this link: https://forms.office.com/r/itWNqv2xh9. Please indicate if you plan on joining for lunch as well as the formal meeting so that we may get an accurate count. This meeting will have a capacity limit of 35 people.
11:00 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
High-recovery desalination processes offer the benefit of increasing water recovery, generally with increasing cost and complexity. Reverse osmosis and electrodialysis desalination processes will be reviewed and compared with respect to high-recovery water reuse applications.
Erin Young, R.G.
Hydrogeologist | Water Resources Manager
City of Flagstaff Water Services
email@example.com | w: (928) 213-2405
Shane Walker, Ph.D., P.E.
Director, Water Resources Center
Professor, Civil, Environmental, & Construction Engineering
Texas Tech University
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Please join the Emerging Professionals Committee for a tour of MWD’s Weymouth Water Treatment Plant on November 1, 2023, from 10 am – 12 pm! Tour capacity is limited to 30 people so please RSVP ASAP to reserve your spot at the link here: https://forms.gle/gxGhtcBLVwWMTG1F7
Constructed in 1941, the Weymouth Water Treatment Plant is the first water treatment plant constructed by the MWD and now has a treatment capacity of 520 million gallons per day! Please check out the fact sheet here for more information: water-treatment-plants-fact-sheet-final_web.pdf (mwdh2o.com)
Event Address: 700 Moreno Ave, La Verne, CA 91750
Parking is available on site.
Following the tour, anyone who is hungry is open to join us at In-N-Out Burger:
Restaurant Address: 2098 Foothill Blvd, La Verne, CA 91750