Call for Abstracts: 2020 WateReuse Symposium
The WateReuse Association invites technical abstract submissions for the 35th Annual WateReuse Symposium, September 13-16, 2020 in the mile-high city of Denver, Colorado. The Annual WateReuse Symposium is the nation’s premier conference on water recycling – attracting water professionals for several days of knowledge-sharing, networking, and fun! The 2020 Symposium is being planned in collaboration with The Water Research Foundation and will include presentations on the latest reuse-related research. Abstracts are due February 18, 2020.
National Blue Ribbon Commission Comments on National Water Reuse Action Plan
Congress Reaches Deal on FY 2020 Appropriations Legislation
Last week, top congressional negotiators reached a deal on federal funding for FY 2020. The agreement significantly reduces the chance of a government shutdown on December 20 when the current funding extension expires. At the time of writing, the text of the appropriations package had not yet been released. The House is expected to take up the legislation on Tuesday, December 17 before sending it to the Senate for consideration. Stay tuned for detailed information about the funding levels included for key water recycling programs.
Save the Date: Join Us for Water Week 2020 to Advance Water Recycling
Make plans to join the WateReuse Association in Washington, DC for the National Water Policy Fly-In during Water Week 2020, April 26-May 1. Water Week is the only national policy event of the year that draws together water professionals from across the country to advocate for the unique needs of recycled water, drinking water, and clean water utilities. Water Week is an opportunity to advance policy priorities for water utilities, including greater federal investment in water infrastructure, and a celebration of the role utilities play in communities nationwide. WateReuse encourages our members to participate so that we can ensure that recycled water is an integral part of the Water Week message.
State Updates and Member Profiles
California: Metropolitan Water District Approves $285M for Pure Water San Diego
WateReuse Association member the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California announced it will provide up to $285.6 million in incentives to San Diego’s Pure Water recycling project over the next 25 years. The $1.4 billion project, being developed by the City of San Diego, will use advanced treatment processes to purify cleaned wastewater to create a drinking supply for the city’s residents. The funding will come from Metropolitan’s Local Resources Program, which provides financial incentives for the development of local water supplies, such as water recycling, groundwater recovery and desalination. Read more.
California: WateReuse California Seeks Nominations for Awards of Excellence
WateReuse California is accepting nominations for the Annual Awards of Excellence, which will be presented during a ceremony at the 2020 California Annual Conference in San Francisco, March 15-17, 2020. The awards recognize agencies, customers, and individuals that have demonstrated exceptional leadership in advancing water recycling in California. Award nominations are due January 10, 2020. Learn More.
Oregon: WateReuse Board Treasurer Diane Taniguchi-Dennis Receives 2019 Water Finance & Management Award
Diane Taniguchi-Dennis, the Chief Executive Officer of Clean Water Services and WateReuse Association Board of Directors Treasurer, was presented the 2019 Water Finance & Management Award. The award recognizes leaders in the water sector who are driving innovation and who have had a lasting and meaningful impact in their utility or field. Taniguchi-Dennis is a nationally recognized water leader serving on the boards of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, WateReuse, and The Water Research Foundation. Clean Water Services is renowned for its achievements in resource recovery and serves about 600,000 residents in the urbanized portions of the Tualatin River Watershed. Read More.
WateReuse Communications Tools and Resources
Profiles in Reuse: Flyer Explains Safety and Reliability of Potable Reuse
The WateReuse Association released a new flyer, Profiles in Reuse: Potable Reuse, which members can use to inform ratepayers, elected officials, and other stakeholders about the safety and reliability of using purified water as part of the drinking water supply. The flyer also supports WateReuse’s Medical Community Initiative, which seeks to build support for potable reuse among medical and public health officials. This flyer is the first in a series of Profiles in Reuse that will serve as resources for member communication on water recycling. Download Flyer.
Conferences and Events
Webcast: Integrating Onsite Water Reuse with Centralized Treatment Systems
Can onsite water reuse systems be successfully integrated with a community’s centralized treatment system? Please join us December 19 to learn about successes and lessons learned in communities that encourage onsite water reuse. You will also learn about model legislation and a soon-to-be-released training manual developed by the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems to advance more widespread adoption of onsite non-potable water systems. Register Now!
2020 WateReuse California Annual Conference
Do not miss the 2020 WateReuse California Annual Conference, March 15-17, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, California! The conference is designed for individuals, organizations, and agencies that are associated with or interested in the design, management, operation, and use of water recycling facilities and projects in California. Register Now!
Mazars Presents Women of Water Summit, Women in Water Awards
Mazars USA is launching the Women of Water Summit – a dynamic event promoting industry-leading women and fostering discussion around how to enhance the position of women in the sector. The event will take place January 9, 2020 in Arlington, VA and will feature presenters from several WateReuse member organizations. Mazars USA is also accepting nominations for the Top 10 Influential Women in Water Awards. Nominations are due December 20, 2019 and winners will be announced at the Mazars Women of Water Summit.
Presented in partnership with The Water Research Foundation, this presentation will cover key components of successful onsite non-potable water systems.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members and WRF Subscribers: Free
Across the nation, onsite non-potable water systems (ONWS) are becoming increasingly common as a means to conserve and recycle water. Ensuring consistent implementation is one of the principal challenges for ONWS programs, particularly when multiple, new stakeholders are involved. Water Research Foundation project 4909 sought to identify key knowledge gaps and provide the resources needed to aid in the smooth implementation of ONWS. Through interaction with the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems, the project team identified common pitfalls that have impacted the design, operation, permitting, and implementation of ONWS.
This presentation will cover key components of a successful ONWS program including: (1) treatment goals that control public health risk, (2) effective design of both treatment and non-treatment (i.e., management) barriers, (3) strategies for effective operation and monitoring of ONWS systems, and (4) frameworks for regulating and permitting ONWS. The goal of this presentation is to convey the importance of stakeholder knowledge for consistent protection of public health at ONWS installations. This information will be presented through a survey of the projects two main deliverables: the comprehensive guidance manual and interactive training modules.
- Brian Pecson, Ph.D., P.E., Principal Engineer, Trussell Technologies
- Brie Post, P.E., Senior Engineer, Trussell Technologies
- Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
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Are water recycling utilities well prepared to address the COVID-19 crisis and other potential future risks?
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
The America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) requires all utilities serving 3,300 or more people to complete a risk and resilience assessment (RRA) for their water systems, followed by the completion of an emergency response plan (ERP). The RRA’s are part of an overall effort to improve the ability of water systems to prepare for and respond to events from water resource limitations to cyber attacks, from extreme weather to an assault on the utility, and from contamination to treatment and distribution infrastructure, among others. In short, it is an all-hazards approach to managing risk.
This webcast will discuss how water reuse interacts with the RRAs and highlight some the ways that risks are viewed and managed from an AWIA perspective. It will also discuss how we are interpreting and acting upon risk in the midst the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and how we can use RRAs to prepare for future risks. This webcast will offer a fresh look at risk and resilience through the lens of preparation and response. The presentation will begin with an overview of AWIA requirements, RRAs, and the role of water reuse in those assessments followed by a focus on risk and risk perceptions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
– featuring Brian Biesemeyer, Scottsdale Water “Arizona’s First Direct Potable Reuse System”