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.
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
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.
Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
– featuring Brian Biesemeyer, Scottsdale Water “Arizona’s First Direct Potable Reuse System”