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February 10, 2020

Not to be Missed — Reaching New Heights in Water Reuse: 2020 Annual WateReuse Symposium, Submit Your Abstracts Today

Do you have knowledge to share on water recycling? Examples of successful water recycling projects? Critical research discoveries related to the science of reuse? If you do, the WateReuse Association  invites you to submit a technical abstract 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 from across the country for four 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.

Washington Update

Administration’s FY 2021 Budget Request Expected Today

Department of Energy Announces $1 Million Prize for Water Recycling Technology

Annual Reports for WIFIA and the U.S.EPA Highlight Value of Water Reuse

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its first Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program annual report last week. Through 2019, the WIFIA program has financed more than $3.5 billion in loans, including water recycling projects sponsored by WateReuse Association members. EPA has received $1.4 billion in loan requests for water reuse projects since its inception in 2014 and announced in 2019 that water reuse was one of its funding priorities for the year. EPA also released a 2019 Year in Review for all of the agency’s programs that highlights its efforts to promote greater water recycling nationwide and facilitate the development of the National Water Reuse Action Plan.

Be an Advocate for Reuse: Join Us for National Water Policy Fly-In

Make plans to join the WateReuse Association in Washington, DC April 27-28 for the National Water Policy Fly-In during Water Week 2020. Presented jointly by WateReuse, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment Federation, and the Water Research Foundation, the Fly-In includes networking, education, and Capitol Hill visits to advocate on behalf of water utilities. Water Week is an opportunity to advance policy priorities, including greater federal investment in water infrastructure, and a celebration of the role utilities play in communities nationwide. WateReuse encourages our members to participate so that together we can ensure that recycled water is an integral part of the Water Week message. Register today to reserve your space.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Member!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new member:

California: WRCA Provides Comments on Governor’s Water Resilience Portfolio

Last week, WateReuse California (WRCA) provided comments on Governor Gavin Newsom’s draft 2020 Water Resilience Portfolio, which featured many recommendations contained in the California WateReuse Action Plan. Over the last six months, members of the WRCA Board of Trustees and our California  Managing Director, Jennifer West, met with the California State Water Board, Cal-EPA, the California Resources Agency, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to discuss reuse issues and make recommendations for what should be included in the portfolio. View Comment Letter.

California: Pure Water Monterey Secures Final State Approval to Begin Operating

WateReuse Association member Pure Water Monterey secured the final state approval for its potable reuse project and is poised to begin operating by mid-February. The $126 million project is designed to convert a variety of wastewater sources ranging from Peninsula municipal wastewater to Salinas Valley agricultural wash water and runoff into 3,500 acre-feet of potable water per year. The project is required to store a 1,000 acre-foot reserve in the basin before any water is extracted for use, a process expected to take about three months. Read More.

Colorado: WateReuse Colorado Releases Guidance for DPR Rules

WateReuse Colorado (WRCO) recently announced the release of Guidelines for Direct Potable Reuse in Colorado, an effort to provide expert guidance to the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. WRCO sponsored an Independent Advisory Panel administered by the National Water Research Institute to develop this consensus report that includes recommendations for regulations, policy, and guidance to help define the path toward DPR. Currently, no state regulations prohibit or govern DPR in Colorado. Learn more.

WateReuse Members Receive NACWA’s National Environmental Achievement Awards

Twelve WateReuse Association members were recognized for their outstanding commitment to environmental protection with a National Environmental Achievement Award presented by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) last week at its Winter Conference in Atlanta. Members were recognized for distinguished leadership, operations and environmental performs, education programs, public service, watershed collaboration, and workforce development. View the List of Honorees.

WateReuse Communications Tools and Resources

How Can You Offer Recognition to Your Recycled Water Customers? Participate in the Recycled Water User Network

Are you interested in recognizing recycled water customers as community water stewards or offering an incentive for new customers to come onboard? Participate in the Recycled Water User Networka members-only network for businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations that use recycled water, including customers of water utilities and organizations that recycle water onsite. The network gives businesses, governments and nonprofits that use recycled water the opportunity to receive a green designation, WATER STAR®, and access to information and resources on recycled water. Learn More.

Conferences and Events

Examine Local Reuse Issues: Participate in a State WateReuse Conference

Make plans to participate in conferences and events planned by WateReuse State Sections to highlight local water reuse challenges and solutions. WateReuse Nevada will host a half day workshop in Las Vegas on February 11 and WateReuse California hosts its Annual Conference March 15-17 in San Francisco. Later in the year, WateReuse Pacific Northwest will host a conference May 18-20 in Woodinville, Washington and WateReuse Texas convenes its Annual Conference July 20-21 in Frisco. Learn More.

Webcast: National Water Reuse Action Plan: Collaboration and Implementation

Join us March 4 for an inside look at the national Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP), an effort to foster greater consideration of water reuse facilitated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in partnership with other governmental and non-governmental water sector organizations. Staff from EPA will describe the plan, its genesis, and the all-important implementation phase. Register today to learn how you can stay engaged and collaborate on advancing water reuse as part of an integrated water resources management approach. Register Now!

Creating the Water Workforce of the Future Webinar Series: People Are a Utility’s Most Important Asset

Recruiting and retaining a talented and diverse workforce is one of the most important challenges facing today’s water and wastewater utilities. It often takes many partners to create a truly sustainable and motivated workforce. Join EPA and other partners on February 18 to hear how utilities can collaborate to reach the next generation of the water workforce. Register Now!

Upcoming Events

May
12
Wed
Water Reuse in Bioenergy Production – A Pathway to Conservation and Resiliency (Webcast)
May 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Water Reuse in Bioenergy Production – A Pathway to Conservation and Resiliency (Webcast)
Join May Wu, Principal Environmental System Scientist with Argonne National Laboratory, for a webcast on the role of water reuse in bioenergy production. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET WateReuse Members: Free | Others: $49 Register Now! Production of bioenergy from a range of feedstocks and biorefining pathways requires a substantial amount of water for irrigation, conversion process, cooling, and steam generation. Because the feedstock varies with climate and soil regions, an increased production will have implications in the availability of regional and local freshwater resources across the U.S. It is critical to understand how fit-for-purpose water recycling can be used to conserve freshwater. This webcast presents findings from an Argonne National laboratory analyses of potential recycled water use to produce biofuels from conventional crops and algae and generate power by incorporating technology, climate, and geospatial-temporal components. Findings suggest a significant potential of producing advanced biofuel while doubling the amount of recycled water in use nationally. Results from this project support informed decision-making and strategic planning for water sustainable bioenergy development.

Presenter

May Wu is a principal environmental system scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. Her research interests are water resource use, water quality, and wastewater management in the production of biofuels and conventional energy.
May
25
Tue
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Oregon Workshop 3
May 25 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Washington Workshop 3
May 25 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

Israel Water Reuse Virtual Tour (Webcast)
May 25 @ 10:00 am – May 27 @ 12:00 pm
Israel Water Reuse Virtual Tour (Webcast)

You’re invited to learn about Israel’s water reuse technology and policy approaches as part of a knowledge sharing partnership between the US and Israel. Israel has accomplished extensive infrastructure, regulatory, and institutional reform to recycle over 85 per cent of its wastewater for beneficial uses as a solution to extreme water stress.

Register Now!

This three-session tour will cover Israel’s water reuse regulatory approaches, case studies, technology, and agricultural irrigation applications relevant to the US perspective. Participants are encouraged to attend the session(s) most relevant to their interests.

  • Session 1: Policy and Regulation of Water Reuse in Israel
    Tuesday, May 25 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT
  • Session 2: Israel’s Approach to Water Reuse Implementation, Technology, and Mechanisms
    Wednesday, May 26 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT
  • Session 3: Increasing Israel’s Agricultural Irrigation Efficiency through Recycled Water
    Thursday, May 27 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT

This event is hosted by the Israeli Ministry for Environmental Protection, the Economic & Trade Mission at the Embassy of Israel, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in collaboration with the Israel Water Authority, Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Israel Ministry of Health, WaterEdge.IL, WateReuse Association, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

This event is in fulfillment of Action 11.1 in the National Water Reuse Action Plan, “Facilitate U.S.-Israel Collaboration on Water Reuse.” and in support of the EPA/Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection Memorandum of Understanding.

May
26
Wed
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Idaho Workshop 2
May 26 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

May
27
Thu
Process Interrupted: Using BOR Funded Desalination Research to Evaluate an Innovative Process Train (Webcast)
May 27 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

WateReuse Arizona Section Meeting & Webinar
10:30 am – 11:30 am Pacific | 1:30 – 2:30 pm Eastern
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

The Southwest U.S. is challenged by freshwater scarcity and salt accumulation in its watersheds. A significant contributor to salt loading in urban sewersheds are the many industrial and commercial cooling towers that dot the landscape. These towers are very effective at cooling in arid environments; however, they use scarce freshwater resources to absorb heat through evaporation while accumulating the salts and minerals that must be discharged as blowdown.

Garver was selected by the Bureau of Reclamation’s Desalination and Water Purification Research Program Pitch to Pilot to research a novel treatment train that will reduce the amount of salt discharged from industrial cooling tower blowdown.

Garver’s zero liquid discharge, membrane desalination treatment train is estimated to remove more than two tons of salt from the 600 ton cooling tower blowdown and saved approximately 200,000 gallons of make-up water from the potable water supply over the eight-month field-testing portion of the pilot study.  The reduction of salt discharged to the sewer will benefit the local wastewater treatment plants and the local watershed, while also improving the water quality of the cooling towers with a low energy intensity treatment train.

This presentation will address the BOR Desalination Pitch to Pilot Program, the thought process behind the EC, UF, GAC, RO with VAED concentrate management treatment train and report on commissioning efforts to date.

Presenter

Eric Dole is a senior project manager at Garver where he serves as the Water and Energy Practice Leader.  He specializes in delivering sustainable infrastructure solutions through optimized hydraulic systems and optimized treatment processes.  In 2019, Eric was selected for the Water Research Foundation’s 12-person Energy Advisory Committee where he advises the group on energy efficiency and process optimization projects.

Eric was one of the world’s first water professionals to be certified as a Pump Systems Assessment Professional (PSAP) through the Hydraulics Institute, which allows him to set the standard for pump systems assessments and optimization techniques, leading to energy efficient and reliable systems.  His process mechanical expertise can be seen in his patented designs for two zero liquid discharge brine management systems, of which one was awarded the 2011 AZ Water Reuse Project of the Year Award and the other was selected for RO concentrate treatment in the Bureau of Reclamation Desalination Pitch to Pilot Research Project that started in September 2020 and is scheduled for commissioning in May 2021.

Jun
1
Tue
Digital Platform, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Potable Reuse Projects (Webcast)
Jun 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Digital Platform, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Potable Reuse Projects (Webcast)

Learn how digital platforms that include artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used to improve asset management strategies and operational efficiencies.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

In this webcast, our presenters will introduce how digital platforms that include artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can be used to improve asset management strategies and operational efficiencies, as well as enhance source control, validate unit process performance, predict product water quality and make sound decisions for assessing suitability of product water for human consumption.

The data collected from pilot and full-scale potable reuse treatment trains have been used to develop artificial neuron networks as part of an ML platform. The platform clearly demonstrates that ML can be used to predict, for example, the product water total organic carbon (TOC) concentration of a pilot advanced treatment facility and the specific fluxes on the third stage of a full-scale advanced treatment facility as the feed quality and operating conditions are changed.

The methodology used and model outputs will be discussed during the webcast. The presenters will also examine how we can couple AI/ML concepts with the Internet of Things (IoT) and next generation of the SCADA systems to operate and maintain assets efficiently while significantly enhancing public and regulatory confidence in potable reuse projects.

Presenters

  • Ufuk Erdal, Arcadis
  • Jim Cooper, Arcadis
  • Raluca Constantinescu, Arcadis
  • Ozan Erdal, University of Washington
Jun
4
Fri
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Second Quarter 2021 @ Virtual
Jun 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Second Quarter:
Remote – Zoom
Friday, June 4, 2021
11:00 am to 2pm EST // 10 to 1 CST // 9:00 to 12 MST // 8:00 to 11 PST

Jun
8
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Jun 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Zoom Meeting

When: Jun 8, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrcOurqT8rHNbep0DGS8jHvaxNGuGs2cbu

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Jun
16
Wed
Desalination Research and Technology (Webcast)
Jun 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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