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February 1, 2021

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Washington Update

House Announces Leadership for Committees with Key Roles in Water Reuse Policy and Funding

WateReuse Members Profiled in EPA Water Workforce Compendium

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is showcasing the successes of several WateReuse Association members in recruiting and retaining a qualified workforce to manage water reuse, wastewater, and drinking water programs. As a key element of its Water Workforce Initiative, EPA developed a compendium of case studies describing how nine utilities across the country are taking innovative steps to implement workforce programs. The new report, Making Water a Career Choice: A Compendium of Case Studies from Across the Country, highlights efforts on workforce recruitment, retention, competency, and community partnerships.

Utilities profiled in the compendium include WateReuse members Moulton Niguel Water District, AlexRenew, and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. WateReuse is a partner in EPA’s Water Workforce Initiative along with several other national water organizations. Read the case studies report here.

Bureau of Reclamation Points to WateReuse Member Projects to Highlight Value of Federal Investment in Water Recycling

In a new report, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation informed Congress that investment in water recycling is reducing the risk to water supplies in the West. Every 5 years, Reclamation submits a report to Congress under the SECURE Water Act that analyzes projected risks to water supplies in the West using the best available science and highlights collaborative efforts to mitigate those risks. In its report to Congress, Water Reliability in the West: 2021 SECURE Water Act, Reclamation highlights the success of Title XVI projects at El Paso Water Utilities and Pure Water Monterey. The report lists the 749 WaterSmart projects since 2016. Read more

WateReuse and NACWA Joint Comments Included in Finalized Maui Guidance

The U.S. EPA’s guidance memorandum “Applying the Supreme Court’s County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund Decision in the Clean Water Act Section 402 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Program” was quickly finalized before inauguration. The final guidance includes language submitted jointly by the WateReuse Association and NACWA acknowledging stormwater controls, green infrastructure, water reuse and recycling, and groundwater recharge are less likely to trigger a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit under the functionally equivalent test described in a U.S. Supreme Court decision. WateReuse will continue to track the guidance as it becomes clear what the Biden Administration’s next steps will be.

New EPA Grant Program Can Help Utilities Build the Recycled Water Workforce of the Future

Last week, the U.S. EPA released a Request for Applications for the Innovative Water Infrastructure Workforce Development Grant Program. Applications will be accepted through March 26, 2021. Grants are between $200,000 and $500,000 for efforts aimed at innovative career development opportunities in the drinking water, wastewater, and water recycling utility sectors. Read more

Bureau of Reclamation Funds nearly $1.2 Million in Desalination Research

The Bureau of Reclamation announced nearly $1.2 million in funding for eight projects across Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas through the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program. The projects were selected for demonstrating a potential to increase water supply while decreasing cost, energy consumption, and additional environmental impacts. Funding recipients include GHD, National Water Research Institute, New Mexico State University, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Noria Water Technologies, Inc., Texas State University, University of Arizona, and the University of New Mexico. Read more.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Members!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:

Member Spotlight: El Paso Water Receives $4.5 Million to Expand Aquifer Storage and Recharge

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced last week that El Paso Water will receive a $4.5 million grant to expand its aquifer recharge project, which currently injects up to 3 million of gallons of recycled water into the Hueco Balson aquifer daily to slow the decline of aquifer levels. The expansion plan will use a combination of recycled water, treated river water, and stormwater to recharge the aquifer. The Texas Military Commission provided the grant funding to support water resiliency for El Paso’s Fort Bliss. Read more.

Member Spotlight: Hillsborough County’s Bart Weiss Explains the Value of Engaging with Medical Professionals to Support Potable Reuse

Why is it that doctors are only focused on 40% of the human body? According to Bart Weiss, Chief Officer for Innovation and Resiliency at Hillsborough County Public Utilities in Florida, it is because medical professionals are not experts on what makes up the other 60% of the human body: water. In a recent LinkedIn article, Weiss discusses research that indicates that the public trusts medical professionals to tell them what water is safe to drink. As a result, the water recycling industry is taking a leadership role in engaging and educating public health and medical professionals on the safety of drinking water. Read more.

California: High School Researcher Discovers Low-Tech Way to Recycle Water

Shreya Ramachandran, a high school senior, teamed up with the University of California, Berkley to research alternative soap products to allow for more effective gray water recycling. Ramachandran’s efforts centered on her family’s use of soap nuts and a desire to conserve water. The research found graywater produced from the use of soap nuts and several organic detergents in a home could be safely reused for non-potable uses. She has earned several awards and established her own non-profit called The Grey Water Project aimed at educating the public on water reuse practices. Read more.

Texas: State Water Development Board Receives $72 Million to Support Water Infrastructure, Including Water Reuse

The U.S. EPA awarded the Texas State Water Development Board $72.6 million to provide low-interest loans for water recycling and other clean water projects under the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). The loans address water quality infrastructure projects that manage wastewater systems, nonpoint source pollution, or projects to improve water reuse or efficiency. Under the CWSRF, EPA provides grants to all 50 states plus Puerto Rico to capitalize state CWSRF loan programs, and states contribute an additional 20 percent to match the federal grants. Read more.

Member Resources and Benefits

Now Available! New Activity Booklet Provides Water Reuse Education for Late Elementary and Early Middle School Students

The Project WET Foundation and the WateReuse Association announce the release of a new Water Reuse booklet that introduces students to the world of water reuse with fun activities that develop math and science skills. Students will learn about the urban water cycle, the treatment processes that make water safe to use again, and much more! The booklet was produced with the support of the Arizona, Colorado, Florida, and Texas WateReuse State Sections. Check out the booklet highlights in this short video.

The booklet is available on the Project WET store. WateReuse members interested in ordering 250 copies or more through March 20 will receive a 20% discount using the coupon code: WATEREUSE.

Conferences, Webcasts and Events

Webcast: Stormwater Capture Drivers, Impediments, and Future Visions

February 3, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET

Join a group of stormwater management leaders from around the US to discuss stormwater capture motivations and drivers, barriers to progress, and future directions. The audience will learn about opportunities to market and advance stormwater capture. Register here.

Webcast: Communicating about Potable Reuse and Public Health –Tools for Success

February 17, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET

This webcast will describe methods to communicate with stakeholders – including healthcare providers – regarding the human health safeguards associated with potable reuse implementation. Register here.

Upcoming Events

Sep
28
Wed
Partner Event: World Water-Tech North America
Sep 28 – Sep 29 all-day
Partner Event: World Water-Tech North America
World Water-Tech North America: Tackling Water Scarcity through Innovation & Collaboration Now in its 10th year, the World Water-Tech North America Summit returns to Los Angeles in 2022 to accelerate innovation, investment, and collaboration in the North American water ecosystem. Held on September 28-29, the summit will provide water leaders with a platform for high-level discussion, networking, and deal making. Water resources are increasingly under pressure from population growth, aging infrastructure, and the impacts of climate change. In the US and around the globe, efficiency, conservation, and resilience are more important than ever. Hosted in California – home to both innovative utilities and the highest concentration of start-ups in the world, World Water-Tech North America will assemble municipal and industrial leaders, regulators, engineering firms, tech pioneers, and investors to collaborate towards creating smarter, more resilient water systems. An expert speaking faculty featuring water utility executives and the industry’s leading innovators will tackle the critical issues of 2022:
  • Climate Resilience: Innovation to Accelerate Action
  • Pathway to Net Zero: Decarbonizing Water Systems
  • One Water Movement: Bridging Siloes & Strengthening Partnerships
  • Stormwater Management: Capture, Treatment & Reuse
  • Water Reuse: Decentralized & Onsite Solutions for Drought Resilience
  • Circular Systems: Exploring the Potential of Nutrient Recovery
  • Big Data: The Value of Real-Time Analytics
  • Water Quality: Contaminant Monitoring, Detection & Elimination
  • Leakage: Predictive Technologies for Water Loss Prevention
  • Financing: Driving More Capital into Water Innovation
Whether joining in person or virtually, networking is made easy via our online platform where all delegates will be able to meet and collaborate to forge partnerships and develop ideas critical to move the water industry forward. Summit website: https://worldwatertechnorthamerica.com/ Register: https://worldwatertechnorthamerica.com/register/
Access to Safe & Affordable Water: The Case for Water Reuse
Sep 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Access to Safe & Affordable Water: The Case for Water Reuse

1 pm PT | 4 pm ET (1 hour)
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

Water reuse is a principal solution to the challenges of water access, affordability, and resiliency. During this 60-minute webcast water reuse experts will discuss water recycling’s role in affordability through a national and local context.  Attendees will learn about essential investments in water recycling programs throughout the nation that successfully help mitigate the water supply consequences of climate change, support economic stability and growth, and ensure broader water accessibility and affordability, particularly in disadvantaged communities. The webcast will dive deeper into a recently published Texas case study looking at onsite water recycling’s role in affordable housing units conducted by the National Wildlife Federation. Following presentations, attendees are encouraged to engage the panelists in a question-and-answer segment.

To learn more about water reuse affordability check out the WateReuse Affordability Brief and to read the full National Wildlife Federation report click here.

 

Moderator: Victoria Johnson, Global Equity Director, HDR

Presenters:

  • George Hawkins, Moonshoot Missions
  • Paul Jones, Moonshot Missions
  • Jennifer Walker, National Wildlife Federation
Oct
11
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Oct 11 all-day
Oct
18
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Oct 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Oct
20
Thu
Joint Meeting of Orange County and Los Angeles Chapters
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Nov
15
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Nov 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Nov
18
Fri
WateReuse California Q4 Board of Trustees Meeting (in person or virtual TBD)
Nov 18 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Dec
2
Fri
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Fourth Quarter 2022 @ Virtual
Dec 2 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Fourth Quarter:
Remote
Friday, December 2, 2022: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm EST

Dec
15
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ SMWD
Dec 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Dec
20
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Dec 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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