December 3, 2018
Climate Assessment Details Water Quality and Supply Challenges
USDA Invests in Innovative Management of California Water Supply
State Updates and Member Profiles
Arizona: State Supreme Court Rules Ski Resort Can Continue to Use Recycled Water
An Arizona resort can keep making snow from recycled water after the state’s Supreme Court ruled November 29 that a nearby tribe’s environmental concerns do not rise above those of the general public. The lawsuit brought by the Hopi Tribe against WateReuse Association member the City of Flagstaff and the Arizona Snowbowl Resort argued that the artificial snow made for skiers and snowboarders is a public nuisance that contaminates natural resources central to the tribe’s culture and religion. The court rejected the tribe’s claims of a “special injury” different from those of a hiker or environmental group that also has an interest in keeping the area pristine. Read More.
California: Las Gallinas Hires New General Manager
WateReuse Association member the Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District hired Mike Prinz as its general manager effective November 26. Prinz previously served as Deputy Director of the Santa Rosa Water Department managing Santa Rosa’s Regional Water Reuse System, one of the largest recycled water facilities in northern California. Las Gallinas serves 32,000 customers in the northern San Rafael area and manages approximately 105 miles of collection lines. Read More.
California: San Diego Receives $614 million WIFIA Loan for Pure Water Project
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a $614 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to WateReuse Association member the City of San Diego on November 27 to help finance its Pure Water project. With EPA’s WIFIA loan, the City of San Diego will construct a new advanced facility to produce 30 million of gallons per day of high-quality drinking water. This additional drinking water supply will save the city money through reduced imported water costs, will benefit the environment through reduced discharges into the ocean, and will provide a reliable, sustainable, water supply for future generations. Read More.
California: WateReuse California Opens Online Store
WateReuse California has just launched an online store for all of your swag needs! The mission is to help members spread their WateReuse pride by providing an opportunity to purchase apparel. All pieces will be embroidered with the WateReuse California Logo. Please note that this is a store for members to purchase WateReuse Apparel, and is not a fundraiser for WateReuse. To provide enough time for members to place orders and receive their apparel prior to the WateReuse California Conference in March 2019, the store will be open now through Saturday February 9, 2019. Once the store closes all orders will be processed and shipped within 3 weeks. If you have any questions about the store or ordering process, please see the contact information in the online store. Check out the WateReuse California Store here and place your order!
Florida: Wetlands Project Receives Excellence Award
WateReuse Association members Jacobs Engineering, Pasco County Utilities, and Southwest Florida Water Management District were recently awarded the Water Environment Federation 2018 Project Excellence Award for the Central Pasco County Beneficial Water Reuse Project, the 4G Wetlands. The 4G Wetlands consist of a 176-acre groundwater recharge wetland system, the largest human-made system of its kind in the world, constructed on uplands pastures. The system is sized to receive five million gallons of reclaimed water per day to passively recharge the surficial and Upper Floridan aquifers, while protecting water quality. Read More.
Texas: El Paso’s Advanced Water Purification Program Profiled on CNN
As part of an investigation into the impacts of climate change on the Rio Grande, CNN correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta visited WateReuse Association member El Paso Water to explore how the agency’s 30 year commitment to developing a diverse and resilient water supply has helped the community withstand the impacts of climate change. With the help of conservation, the world’s largest inland desalination plant, and water reuse, El Paso has created a water supply that has been resilient to cycles of increasing temperatures and drought. The CNN report profiled El Paso’s advance water purification program and included an on camera taste test of the water. Read More.
WateReuse Association Executive Director Discusses All Things Reuse on Water Values Podcast
WateReuse Association Executive Director Patricia Sinicropi Joined The Water Values Podcast for a deep dive into the current state of water reuse. Sinicropi identified current geographic hotbeds in the U.S. for water reuse, discussed the impact of recently passed legislation, and provided her forecast for water reuse in the future. Listen Now.
Conferences and Events
Webcast: Using Onsite Water Recycling Systems to Transform Water Management
Please join us on December 11 at 2 p.m. ET to learn how established metropolitan areas such as San Francisco and Denver are incorporating onsite non-potable water systems to diversify their water supply portfolios and transform the way water is managed in buildings. The presenters will discuss specific legislative and regulatory changes that have removed barriers to onsite water recycling, as well as national efforts to build consensus on water quality standards and permitting approaches. Register Now!
Webcast: National Advocacy Opportunities for Water Reuse – An Insider Guide to the 116th Congress
What is the status of key federal legislation with potentially large consequences for water reuse? On January 16 at 2 p.m. ET, Washington insiders will discuss what to expect in the new Congress and share insight on how you can position your utility or company to have a voice at the table. In a divided Congress, Members will have to work to find common ground. One perennial favorite bipartisan issue, which may find traction, is infrastructure legislation. Register Now!
Call for Abstract for 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium Released this Week
The Call for Abstracts for the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium, September 8 – 11, 2019 in San Diego, CA, will be released this week. This year’s theme is “Collaborate to Innovate.” The program will showcase recycled water collaborations among utilities, farmers, and industry; regulators working together at both the state and federal level; sustainability; public/private partnerships; and, for the first time, the latest in reuse research led by the Water Research Foundation. The Annual WateReuse Symposium is the nation’s premier conference on water recycling. The event attracts more than 500 water professionals from around the nation. Visit the WateReuse website for the latest information.
Launching June 24 -25
Don’t Miss the FIRST EVER WateReuse California virtual conference!
Join us for an easy to navigate, virtual conference experience.This is MORE than just a Replacement Event for the March 2020 Conference, this is an opportunity for our community to stand TOGETHER in these unprecedented times to recognize the good work we do and share ideas for the future.
The WateReuse California virtual conference will be available online until July 31, 2020.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
Champion Sponsor: CDM Smith
This presentation will give an overview of the COVID-19 research in wastewater that CDM Smith is conducting with multiple clients in the U.S. and Canada. The second half of the presentation will link the findings and learnings from the COVID-19 research to water reuse. For example, an understanding of viral loads, variability among communities and within communities, and online or field qPCR methods are essential to measuring the Sars-CoV-2 virus in wastewater and predicting future reemergence. This detailed, increased monitoring of sewersheds coupled with fast-tracked development of more mobile analytical methods may lead to better monitoring and understanding of wastewaters, as a source for IPR or DPR.
- Anna Mehrotra, PhD, PE – Environmental Engineer, CDM Smith
- Greta Zornes, PhD – CDM Smith Practice Leader for Reuse & Industrial Treatment
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific | 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern
WateReuse Members: Free
With many communities facing wastewater discharge limits for nutrients or temperature in Pacific Northwest waterways, reuse offers a water quality compliance strategy that can create wastewater, habitat and watershed benefits. This webcast will showcase two examples of how water reuse is being examined to address nutrient and thermal loading in marine and river water sources.
We will learn how water reuse is being looked at by the Bay Area Clean Water Agencies (BACWA) in the San Francisco Bay area to reduce nutrient loading to the estuary through a coordinated multi-utility assessment. With many parallels to Puget Sound in Washington State, BACWA’s planning can provide some ideas for how reuse might be part of the nutrient reduction plan for Puget Sound and other nutrient impaired waterways.
We will then shift attention to Western Oregon to hear from Clean Water Services in the Portland region. Clean Water Services has a long track-record of investing in innovative solutions to TMDLs. We will learn reuse is being examined to help their utility comply with thermal discharge limits.
- Dave Clark, Senior Vice President, Wastewater Market Sector Director, HDR Engineering
- Jared Kinnear, Reuse Manager, Clean Water Services
- Susan Schlangen, Engineer, Water Systems Consulting
2:00 – 3:15 pm Eastern | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
Lake Lanier is a major source of water supply to the North Georgia region. Many communities surrounding Lake Lanier rely on it for both discharge of effluent as well as their sourcewater for drinking purposes. This practice, known as indirect potable reuse or surface water augmentation, provides a sustainable water supply solution for the region’s growing population. Specifically, in Gwinnett County, Georgia, the majority of the county’s 56 MGD of treated wastewater is discharged to the Lake, which is also the primary drinking water source. This transformation of wastewater into a valuable supply of sourcewater requires careful planning, monitoring, and protection of Lake Lanier.
While there have been various water research projects and planning efforts implemented throughout the Lake Lanier Watershed in the past, there does not exist a centralized coordinated plan that documents, facilitates, and coordinates an approach to developing the ideation, planning, prioritization, management, resourcing, and funding of applied water research projects.
In response to this identified need, The Water Tower, the new global innovation hub in Gwinnett County, Georgia, is leading the effort to create a forum through which stakeholders and researchers will work together to develop a Lake Lanier Watershed Research Master Plan. The Plan will provide a multi-year research roadmap of project concepts to address critical needs in the Lake Lanier Watershed. Funding for prioritized projects will be crowdsourced among the stakeholders and the be the focus of nonprofit, public and private grant applications. The research projects will be competitively bid, with regional and international third party technical expert oversight, and managed by The Water Tower, a 501c3 focused on research and innovation.
- Kristan VandenHeuvel, Strategic Director of Research and Engagement, The Water Tower
- Steve Leo, Client Service Manager, Constantine Engineering
- Jeff Mosher, Principal Technologist, Carollo Engineers
WateReuse Arizona Section Meeting & Webinar
10 am PDT | 10 am MST | 1 pm EDT
Arizona’s water managers and policy makers have long touted the practice of using treated wastewater in many areas of the state and putting it to beneficial use. However, every community uses effluent differently depending on their community’s needs, history, and make-up the other sources of their water resources portfolio. Differences range from the size and locations of their reclaimed purple pipe system, to recharge facilities for Long Term Storage Credits, to exchange agreements, and the next horizon of DPR. What kind of investments are communities making to secure their water future using effluent? How and why are there differences and similarities between these communities. This panel discussion aims at asking how communities from Northern to Southern Arizona, and from East to West Valley use treated effluent as a component of their water resources portfolio.
- Brian Biesemeyer, City of Scottsdale
- Eric Braun, Town of Gilbert
- Barbara Chappell, City of Goodyear
- Kathryn Sorensen, City of Phoenix
- Tim Thomure, City of Tucson
- Erin Young, City of Flagstaff
- Troy Walker
- Gretchen Baumgardner
|START TIME||END TIME||DURATION||TOTAL||Description|
|10:00 AM||10:05 AM||0:05||0:05||Moderator Introduction to Webinar and panelist|
|10:05 AM||11:05 AM||1:00||1:05||Each Panelist gives a brief (10 min) presentation on their effluent uses and how that equates to their water resources portfolio|
|11:05 AM||11:25 AM||0:20||1:25||Q&A|
|11:25 AM||11:40 AM||0:15||1:40||Audience Q&A|
|11:40 AM||11:50 AM||0:10||1:50||Panelist each give a closing remark|
|11:50 AM||11:55 AM||0:05||1:55||Moderator closes panel discussion|
- Are there plans to build additional infrastructure to increase or change the way your organization uses its effluent?
- What hurdles to you see do drive that infrastructure investment, if any?
- How important do you see effluent as being a portion of your water resources portfolio? Does it play a significant role in planning for the future?
- What role has getting public buy-in to developing reuse projects?
- Regarding buy-in from your organization’s leadership as well.
- In looking back over your organization’s history, and hindsight is always 20/20, but can you talk about lessons learned or are there things about how the way your organization uses its effluent you would change if you could go back, knowing what you know now?
- Are there currently any regulatory hurdles that are preventing greater use of recycled water?
- In 2019 the prohibition for Direct Potable Reuse was lifted. What are your thoughts about the viability of this for your organization?
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific | 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern
WateReuse Members: Free
Join us as we learn how water reuse is being reimagined and employed in different ways and scales. We will hear from the Portland Water Bureau regarding decentralized on-site non-potable water reuse to address water resource challenges for the City of Portland. Chris Wanner is a commissioner of the National Blue Ribbon Commission on On-site Non-Potable Reuse and will discuss how Portland’s efforts fit into the Commission’s work on advancing on-site non-potable water reuse. We will then shift attention to a smaller community in the Pacific Northwest, the City of Hagerman, Idaho, to learn how they transitioned from discharging to the river to recycling their water and putting it to good use.
- Chris Wanner, Portland Water Bureau
- Dan Ayers, JUB Engineers
- Justin Hulme, Public Works Superintendent, City of Hagerman, ID