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.
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pacific; 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Eastern
Fee: WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
Singapore is a small island nation and is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. In the early years of its nation building, with limited land to collect and store rainwater, Singapore faced drought, floods and water pollution. These challenges inspired the Public Utilities Board (PUB), Singapore’s National Water Agency, to strategize and seek innovative ideas, develop capabilities and secure a sustainable supply of water. Today, PUB has developed a diversified and sustainable water supply strategy for Singapore with the Four National Taps. The Four National Taps are local catchment water, imported water, NEWater and desalinated water.
This Webinar focuses on Singapore’s third National Tap, NEWater. NEWater refers to the high-grade reclaimed water that is produced using advanced membrane and ultraviolet technologies. It is primarily supplied to non-domestic sectors such as wafer fabrication plants, petrochemical plants, manufacturing industries and commercial buildings for industrial and air-conditioning purposes. A small percentage of NEWater is also injected into the reservoirs before being treated at the waterworks for drinking water supply. Participants of this Webinar will learn about the development of NEWater in Singapore, including R&D efforts and strategies to overcome various operational challenges.
Bingrui Liu has been the Operations Engineer at Kranji NEWater Factory since 2017 after graduating from Boston University with a BA(Hons) in Chemistry.
Joelyn Tan joined the Operations team at Bedok NEWater Factory (BNF) in 2018, bringing along her technical knowledge as well as experience with the latest industry innovations.
Melanie Tan was the Plant Manager for Bedok NEWater Factory from 2010 – 2013 and will be facilitating the session. She currently serves as the Northern California Reuse Practice Leader for Kennedy Jenks.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
This webcast will summarize the California Environmental Flows Framework and its application in the Los Angeles River. Across the country, state and local agencies are promoting water reuse and recycling to conserve water resources. Reuse and recycling of treated wastewater can result in a reduction of instream flow and can impact existing and future instream beneficial uses, setting up potential conflicts between policies aimed at promoting reuse, protecting water quality, and managing ecological resources. Agencies in California have come together to develop a statewide environmental flows framework that can be used to establish seasonal flow criteria. This framework is currently being applied in the Los Angeles River watershed to better evaluate the cumulative impacts of potential flow reductions associated with several water reuse and water capture projects. The project will provide a science-based approach for assessing flow necessary to sustain beneficial uses. The project outcomes will be used to help establish technically sound flow recommendations and evaluate the consequences of alternative flow scenarios for the LA River. This project may also serve as a model for assessing similar situations in other river systems across the state.
Dr. Eric Stein is a head of the Biology Department at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP). Dr. Stein oversees a variety of projects related to in-stream and coastal water quality, bioassessment, hydromodification, watershed modeling, and assessment of wetlands and other aquatic resources. His research focuses on effects of human activities on the condition of aquatic ecosystems, and on developing tools to better assess and manage those effects.
WOW! Wonders of Water Brownie Journey Jumpstart
Our event is a series of activities and presentations for Brownie Girl Scouts to earn a badge called Wow! Wonders of Water Journey – LOVE Water. Girl Scouts can sign up through the council events page. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Erica Marti (email@example.com).
Overview of activities:
- learning about the water cycle through active movement and visual demonstration
- learning about water pollution, especially how our community is affected by stormwater runoff
- learning about the unique water system in the Las Vegas Valley
Our event is now posted on the Girl Scout events page. Please share with anyone who has a Girl Scout (2nd, 3rd grades).