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.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
– 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Pure Water Monterey, located at 14811 Del Monte Blvd, Marina, CA 93933. The meeting includes lunch and a tour.
– Please RSVP no later than 1/22/20.
- To RSVP to attend in person, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/6hbco4sVPJRosRe46. Detailed driving and parking directions will be provided to those who RSVP.
- To register to participate via webinar, please complete this form: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4714919568173938700 .
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
Today’s technology allows us to treat virtually any source of water to meet any need including drinking, but many states lack regulations to allow these projects to move forward. WateReuse Association State Sections are taking the lead in collaborating with regulatory agencies and other stakeholders to develop regulatory frameworks to implement potable reuse. Join us to learn about recent efforts in Colorado and Florida that are paving the way for potable reuse.
The State of Colorado is considering regulating direct potable reuse (DPR). To support this effort, WateReuse Colorado sponsored the formation of an Independent Advisory Expert Panel to develop regulatory guidelines for the state. Larry Schimmoller, chair of the Panel, will review the process used to develop the regulatory guidelines, discuss the specific recommendations included in the guidelines, and present the next steps in the regulatory process.
WateReuse Florida took the initiative to bring together a diverse group of water professionals and end user stakeholders to participate in a consensus base effort to identify and address technical, regulatory, and implementation barriers to potable reuse in Florida. The Florida Potable Reuse Commission was formed to develop a framework document for potable reuse implantation in Florida to augment future water supply and support water quality initiatives. Lynn Spivey, WateReuse Florida President, and Potable Reuse Commission Chair, will be discussing the 18-month effort and the newly published Framework document.
Chair, Independent Advisory Expert Panel, Colorado DPR Framework Project
Global Technology Leader for Water Reuse, Jacobs
Chair, Florida Potable Reuse Commission
President, WateReuse Florida
Director of Utilities, City of Plant City (Florida
The event includes a meeting of the Board Trustees and a webinar on PFAS.
WateReuse Nevada’s inaugural inter-state gathering for water professionals to discuss current topics and future trends. Topics will cover the current state and future prospects of water recycling in Nevada; state, agency, and industry partnership; and a current look at scientific advancements at Nevada universities.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
A group of chemicals known as PFAS – perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances – has garnered the public’s attention and posed treatment challenges for recycled water utilities. What is the latest science on effective treatment for PFAS? This webcast focuses on the fate of PFAS in recycled water destined for potable reuse, and will include results from different advanced treatment processes ranging from bench-scale evaluations to permanent potable reuse treatment demonstration projects. The data illustrate important considerations during treatment selection, design, and operation to meet PFAS treatment goals.
Reuse Innovation Lead and Principal Technologist
Mark your calendars for May 19-20, 2020 for the WateReuse Pacific Northwest annual conference. This year’s conference will be held at King County’s Brightwater Center, an environmental education and event center located on the Brightwater Treatment Plant campus. An impressive conference program is being planned featuring innovative reuse projects, research, education and community outreach, new regulatory directions and an operator session tailored to reuse facility operations.