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December 6, 2022

37th Annual WateReuse Symposium

Washington Update

Water Reuse Funding Implementation: How Can Your Community Prepare?

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) provides $1 billion for water recycling projects and tens of billions overall for water infrastructure. For more details on what’s in the package, including program eligibility criteria, cost share rates, and other program components, check out WateReuse’s Water Recycling Practitioner’s Guide to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. For additional information on the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs), you can download Frequently Asked Questions, a funding chart, and information on state match requirements from the Council of Infrastructure Financing Authorities (CIFA) and check out EPA’s infrastructure act webpage.

Last week, WateReuse staff continued discussions with the EPA and Bureau of Reclamation regarding IIJA implementation. Stay tuned for information on a series of WateReuse-sponsored educational and outreach activities over the coming days and weeks, including webcasts in partnership with the Administration in January about how your utility can prepare itself to access this funding.

2022 will bring new legislative goals for water reuse. Register here for our January 12 webcast on the policy forecast for next year.

$7.4 Billion Allocated to States for Water Infrastructure Funding – Learn More in San Antonio this March

Late last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a detailed breakdown of how $7.4 billion will be divided across the states for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs) in fiscal year 2022. And it’s just the start of $44 billion that will be provided through the SRFs over five years following passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). WateReuse is excited to partner with the EPA in providing our members with information on water recycling funds in the package. To learn more about how you can access these tools and resources, join us for funding-related sessions at the 37th Annual WateReuse Symposium.

WateReuse Supports Bipartisan Bill Investing in Smart Water Technology

Applications for EPA’s Enhanced Aquifer Recharge Analysis due January 13

The EPA’s request for applications on Life-Cycle Analysis to Support Cost-effective Enhanced Aquifer Recharge closes January 13, 2022. EPA is seeking proposals for research to develop cost-benefit tools that support Enhanced Aquifer Recharge (EAR) as a viable, safe, and cost-effective water management strategy. Read more.

Government Shutdown Averted with Extended CR  

WateReuse Association

WateReuse Association Officers Elected

Incoming President
Craig Lichty

At the December 3 WateReuse Board Meeting, the Board of Directors elected a new slate of officers, including incoming President Craig Lichty of Black & Veatch. Gilbert Trejo of El Paso Water will remain on the Executive Committee as Past-President. Meet the new officers here.

South Carolina Section Established

The Board of Directors also approved the establishment of South Carolina as the newest WateReuse Section with twelve founding members. David Niesse of Renewable Water Resources in Greenville, SC told the Board of Directors that South Carolina’s water reuse community came together around a recent state water planning process, and with an increase in water reuse interest from industrial and municipal users in the state, they plan to “strike while the iron’s hot.”

Welcome New Member!

The American Membrane Technology Association joins WateReuse Association, contributing an advanced understanding of membrane technology applications.

State Updates and Member Profiles

NPR Highlights Water Reuse as Critical Tool for Water Resilience

WateReuse Association’s Executive Director Patricia Sinicropi joined WateReuse members Amy Dorman of Pure Water San Diego and Newsha Ajami of Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment on NPR’s 1A to discuss water recycling and its importance in advancing resilience. Sinicropi highlighted innovative member projects including Hampton Roads Sanitation District’s SWIFT project, and New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s on-site recycling initiatives. Listen here.

CA: California American Water Seeks Approval to Purchase Additional Purified Water

California American Water filed an application with the California Public Utilities Commission seeking approval of a recent agreement with Monterey One Water and the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District for the purchase of additional purified water from the Pure Water Monterey Project. This expansion is intended to add up to an additional 2,250 acre-feet of purified water, for a total potential production capacity of 5,750 acre-feet per year. Read more.

CO: Denver Water Wins Award for Building-Scale Reuse

Denver Water has won the Platinum Award from Building Design and Construction’s 2021 Building Team Awards for its community engagement and use of water recycling. Denver Water’s new headquarters captures rainwater for irrigation and employs on-site wastewater treatment to irrigate and flush toilets. The building is also LEED-NC Platinum certified. Read more.

TX: Austin Institutes Recycled Water Requirements for New Developments

Starting December 1, new large developments in Austin within 500 feet of a recycled water line will be required to connect for non-potable uses. This policy comes courtesy of a recent Austin Water memo, which also details onsite water reuse system requirements to take effect December 1, 2023. Read more.

VA: Aquifer Replenishment Program Supports Hampton Roads in Improving Water Quality

The measured success of Hampton Roads Sanitation District’s Sustainable Water Infrastructure for Tomorrow (SWIFT) project is allowing the community to defer expensive stormwater projects. SWIFT injects purified water into the region’s underground aquifer, reducing discharges to the Chesapeake Bay by ninety percent. Read more.

Research Update

Recycled Water Proves Key for Sustainable Agriculture

A recent study reveals farmers’ varied levels of knowledge on recycled water, providing insight into educational outreach needs. Researchers found that farmers have a wide range of personal definitions for “recycled water,” and that their personal experience using recycled water affected their willingness to implement it in their operations. Read more.

Blending Potable Reuse and Desalination to Recover More Water

A research paper from University of Southern California focused on opportunities to blend recycled water and salt water streams in water recycling projects in order to increase water production at the lowest possible energy cost. Read more.

Water Reuse Conferences, Webcasts, and Events

Webcast: Water Reuse in India: State of Practice and New Developments

WateReuse International Reuse Committee
December 8, 2021
7:30 am PT | 10:30 am ET | 9:00 pm IST (90 mins)

India is increasingly embracing water reuse to address water scarcity and water quality challenges. Join our international panel of experts for insight into the state of practice for water reuse and the potential for reuse to reshape water management practices in India. The panelists will discuss drivers, regional challenges, and share case studies from agriculture, industry, and community developments. This international exchange is a unique opportunity share knowledge across borders.

Register here.

2022 National Water Reuse Policy Outlook

Register here.

WateReuse Member Resources and Benefits

Visit the WateReuse Webcast Library for On-Demand Technical Education

Did you miss a WateReuse webcast you really wanted to see? Or are you looking for information to support your water recycling program? The WateReuse Webcast Library is available exclusively to members and includes over 100 presentations that you can watch on demand with a member login. WateReuse presents webcasts on water recycling technology, operations, research, and policy issues and archives them for member use. Dive in with the WateReuse Webcast Library.

Job Opportunities from the WateReuse Career Center

Management Technician I/II, City of Ventura, California
Apply by January 3, 2022

Executive Director, Coalition for Clean Water, Olympia, Washington

WateReuse Member Engagement Opportunities

Interested in Becoming More Involved in WateReuse? Join a Committee!

Join a WateReuse committee to drive industry thought leadership on water reuse-related issues impacting your community or business, access best practices, and network with leaders focused on similar issues. Consider joining for this upcoming committee meeting:

Mark your calendar for an upcoming committee meeting:

  • WateReuse Industrial and Commercial Reuse Committee Meeting
    December 9, 2021
    11 pm PT | 3 pm ET (1 hour)
    To join, please email Aliza Furneaux.


Managed Aquifer Recharge: Tucson’s Reclaimed Water Story
Jul 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Managed Aquifer Recharge: Tucson’s Reclaimed Water Story
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour) WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49 PDHs: 1 Register Now! The Tucson Water Reclaimed Water system is nearly 40 years old.  Early storage of excess effluent occurred in traditional constructed aquifer recharge facilities.  More recently, Tucson has advanced the concept of managed aquifer recharge, a practice that essentially leaves water in the local rivers and streams to naturally recharge the aquifer. This not only provides an aquifer recharge credit for the utility but creates natural riparian habitats in the desert for the community to enjoy. One project, the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project, has restored perennial stream flow to the river in downtown Tucson for the first time since the river dried up nearly 100 years ago. This presentation will provide a briefing on the Tucson Water Reclaimed system with a particular focus on the three managed aquifer recharge projects that are occurring in the Santa Cruz River. Presenter: John Kmiec, Director, Tucson Water
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Jul 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Arizona Water Reuse Symposium 2022
Jul 24 – Jul 26 all-day
Arizona Water Reuse Symposium 2022

Early Bird Registration and Discount Room Rate Expire July 7!

AZ Water Association and the Arizona Section of WateReuse Association will once again bring together thought leaders from across the Southwest for our annual symposium at Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona July 24 – 26, 2022.

Sunday:  Kick-off Reception and 6th Annual Purple Water Balloon Battle at 5:00 PM.  Pick a team/t-shirt color (ASU, NAU, UA or Purple if you want to be Switzerland) and get in the game.

Monday:  Full day of Symposium sessions with breakfast & lunch at Little America Hotel.  Shuttle to dinner at The Museum Club.

Tuesday: Half-day workshop: “Defining the Future of Direct Potable Reuse in Arizona”

View Program

Register and Book Your Hotel Reservation

WateReuse Pacific Northwest – Oregon Summer Summit and Social
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Free event

July 28, 2022
Summit: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Social: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Register Today!

The Summer Summit and Social will offer an on-site approach to learn about recycled water and its many benefits and opportunities, as well as network with leaders in water reuse along with local and state representatives.

Join us to learn about the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission (MWMC)’s current recycled water uses at its treatment facilities, the next step in advancing recycled water for community use, and the immense opportunities for recycled water’s future role as an integrated environmental and water management asset. Engage with other leaders to discuss the positive impact recycled water can make on the One Water we all share.

Register for an optional morning tour of the MWMC’s Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant and Biocycle Farm on Friday, July 29 at 9 a.m.

Summit Location: MWMC’s Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, 410 River Avenue, Eugene, OR

Who: WateReuse members, water industry leaders, local and state representatives

Cost: The Summit, Social and Tours are free, but registration is required.

WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ TBD
Aug 5 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Aug 9 all-day
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Aug 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
A Sustainable Solution to Meet Data Center Water Need – Water Reuse, Innovation and Partnership
Aug 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A Sustainable Solution to Meet Data Center Water Need – Water Reuse, Innovation and Partnership

11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

According to the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the nation’s data centers collectively consumed 165 billion gallons of water in 2014. Without intervention and investment, water and energy use of data centers is expected to continue growing rapidly. These trends risk putting data centers into competition with other growing businesses for space, energy, and water, and pose a challenge for data center development in regions with limited water resources. In this webcast, Arcadis and Tomorrow Water will discuss their CoFlow concept which involves the co-location of water reclamation facilities and data centers to allow exchanging water and cooling capacities.


  • Ufuk Erdal, Arcadis
  • Jon Liberzon, Tomorrow Water
Northern California Chapter Meeting Q3 (Palo Alto/Virtual)
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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