Call for Abstracts: 2020 WateReuse Symposium
Do you have expertise in water reuse? The WateReuse Association invites technical abstract submissions for the 35th Annual WateReuse Symposium, September 13-16, 2020 in the mile-high city of Denver, Colorado. The Annual WateReuse Symposium is the nation’s premier conference on water recycling – attracting water professionals for several days of knowledge-sharing, networking, and fun! The 2020 Symposium is being planned in collaboration with The Water Research Foundation and will include presentations on the latest reuse-related research. Abstracts are due February 18, 2020.
One Week Left to Comment on Draft National Water Reuse Action Plan
FY 2020 Appropriations Cycle Coming to an End?
The current funding extension, known as a Continuing Resolution (CR), expires at midnight on December 20. This means that Congress must pass new appropriations legislation—either a full package of new funding levels, or another CR—by that time to avoid a government shutdown. In recent days, top House and Senate negotiators reached agreement on how to divide spending across the twelve appropriations subcommittees. This paves the way for final negotiations on specific programmatic spending levels, including for key water recycling programs. However, Congress has not yet decided whether and to what extent to fund the border wall, an issue which once again threatens to derail the appropriations process.
Save the Date: Join Us for Water Week 2020 to Advance Water Recycling
Make plans to join the WateReuse Association in Washington, DC on April 28-29, 2020 for the National Water Policy Fly-In during Water Week 2020, April 26-May 1. Water Week is the only national policy event of the year that draws together water professionals from across the country to advocate for the unique needs of recycled water, drinking water, and clean water utilities. It is not only an opportunity to advance policy priorities for the water utilities, including greater federal investment in water infrastructure, but also to celebrate the role these utilities play in communities nationwide. WateReuse encourages our members to participate so that we can ensure that recycled water is an integral part of the Water Week message.
U.S. EPA Considers Regulating Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
Massachusetts District Court Supports EPA’s Clean Water Act Interpretation
State Updates and Member Profiles
California: Orange County to Launch PFAS Pilot Program for Recycled Water
WateReuse Association member the Orange County Water District (OCWD) announced the launch of a pilot program to determine the best treatment methods for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). OCWD has selected Jacobs, Evoqua Water Technologies, and Carollo, all WateReuse members, to design, implement, and evaluate the program. The lab testing will run on OCWD’s pilot test well water supply and on and OCWD’s nine retail water agencies well water sources. Read More.
California: Paso Robles Completes New Recycled Water Plant
WateReuse member the City of Paso Robles celebrated the completion of a new tertiary treatment facility that will provide water to irrigate public areas such as city parks and golf courses. Another WateReuse member, Black & Veatch, designed the project. The facility produces Title 22-compliant recycled water for beneficial reuse. Read More.
Natural Systems Utilities Expands Onsite Reuse Business
WateReuse Association member Natural Systems Utilities (NSU) announced last week that it has acquired Acqualogic/Kanso (Kanso), which currently manages 28 onsite water and wastewater systems in the San Francisco Bay area. NSU’s previous work in the region includes an onsite water reuse system for Microsoft, which is nearing completing. NSU now operates over 270 onsite, community systems across 10 states. Read More.
WateReuse Customer Communications Tools and Resources
Engaging the Public Health Community on Water Reuse? Check out Our Online Resources
Although water reuse is a proven, science-based process that has been used safely in communities around the world for decades, the public is often skeptical when the concept is first introduced into a community. To build acceptance among medical and health professionals, WateReuse has launched the Medical Community Initiative and begun developing resources to support members in engaging with the public health community. Visit our website for videos, articles, and presentations that support engagement with medical professionals. New tools are being developed so check back for updates.
Conferences and Events
Webcast: Integrating Onsite Water Reuse with Centralized Treatment Systems
Can onsite water reuse systems be successfully integrated with a community’s centralized treatment system? Please join us December 19 to learn about successes and lessons learned in communities that encourage onsite water reuse. You will also learn about model legislation and a soon-to-be-released training manual developed by the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems to advance more widespread adoption of onsite non-potable water systems. Register Now!
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
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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.
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Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
– featuring Brian Biesemeyer, Scottsdale Water “Arizona’s First Direct Potable Reuse System”