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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.

Calendar

Jan
25
Tue
What the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Means for Your Community: Program Implementation Details and Timeline
Jan 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
What the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Means for Your Community: Program Implementation Details and Timeline
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour) WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49 PDHs: 1 Register Now! At the end of 2021, Congress and the Administration passed the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which provided $1 billion for Western water recycling programs through the Bureau of Reclamation and roughly $48 billion for nationwide programs administered by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Office of Water. The IIJA includes $550 million over 5 years for the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Grants Program and $450 million for a Competitive Grant Program for Large-Scale Water Recycling Projects. It also authorizes the first nationwide water recycling program—the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program; and establishes a federal interagency working group on water reuse. As 2022 begins, federal agencies like the EPA and Bureau of Reclamation are making important decisions about program implementation and the distribution of available funding. Join our webcast on January 25 to learn about the resources included in the IIJA, how your community can access those resources, and what the Administration’s plans are for program implementation and stakeholder engagement. Speakers:
  • Amanda Erath, Program Analyst, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
  • Deirdre Finn, Executive Director, Council of Infrastructure Financing Authorities
  • Greg Fogel, Policy Director, WateReuse Association
  • Justin Mattingly, Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Jan
26
Wed
CA: How the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and California State Water Recycling Funding Can Help Your Community Advance Water Reuse
Jan 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
CA: How the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and California State Water Recycling Funding Can Help Your Community Advance Water Reuse

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

Register Now!

At the end of 2021, Congress and the Administration passed the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which provided $1 billion for Western water recycling programs through the Bureau of Reclamation and roughly $48 billion for nationwide programs administered by EPA’s Office of Water. The IIJA includes $550 million over 5 years for the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Grants Program and $450 million for a Competitive Grant Program for Large-Scale Water Recycling Projects. It also authorizes the first nationwide water recycling program—the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program; and establishes a federal interagency working group on water reuse.

As part of the state budget process, the California Legislature and the Governor included $150 million in grants for groundwater cleanup and water recycling projects and $50 million for the Pure Water San Diego project. Additional funding of up to $200 million in grants for these projects was also included in out year funding in the California budget. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) also received significant additional federal funding and the California budget authorized funds for use as the state required match.

As 2022 begins, agencies like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Reclamation, and California State Water Board are making important decisions about program implementation and the distribution of available funding. Join this webcast on January 26 to learn about state and federal financial resources and how your community can access those resources.

Speakers:

  • Amanda Erath, Program Analyst, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
  • Mike Downey, P.E., Supervising Engineer, Division of Financial Assistance, State Water Resources Control Board
  • Greg Fogel, Policy Director, WateReuse Association
  • Jennifer West, Managing Director, WateReuse California
Jan
28
Fri
WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ Virtual
Jan 28 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Feb
1
Tue
Second Annual Nevada Water Reuse Symposium @ Tuscany Suites & Casinos Las Vegas NV
Feb 1 @ 8:15 am – 11:45 am
Second Annual Nevada Water Reuse Symposium @ Tuscany Suites & Casinos Las Vegas NV

Join Nevada’s state gathering for water reuse professionals, exploring the state of the science and trends in the state. The meeting will include a groundbreaking case study, a summary of state initiatives, and a technical update. The event is co-located with the Nevada Water Environment Association Reunited in Water 2022 Conference.

Register at the link below and select WateReuse as your registration type:

Register
Event Flier

Feb
4
Fri
WateReuse California Q1 Board of Trustees Meeting (virtual)
Feb 4 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Feb
8
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Feb 8 all-day
Feb
17
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Feb 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Feb
18
Fri
Special Board Meeting: Operational Assessment Deep Dive @ Virtual
Feb 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Friday, February 18, 2022
Remote
8 am – 9:30 am PT / 11 am -12:30 pm EST
Association Headquarters Operational Assessment

WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ Virtual
Feb 18 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Feb
26
Sat
Northern California Chapter Meeting Q1 (Virtual)
Feb 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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