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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

Jun
24
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2020 WateReuse California Virtual Conference
Jun 24 – Jul 31 all-day
2020 WateReuse California Virtual Conference

Launching June 24 -25

Don’t Miss the FIRST EVER WateReuse California virtual conference!

Join us for an easy to navigate, virtual conference experience.This is MORE than just a Replacement Event for the March 2020 Conference, this is an opportunity for our community to stand TOGETHER in these unprecedented times to recognize the good work we do and share ideas for the future. The WateReuse California virtual conference will be available online until July 31, 2020.
Jul
15
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Jul 15 all-day
Jul
16
Thu
Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting
Jul 16 all-day
Jul
17
Fri
Webcast: How Water Reuse Creates New Ways to Manage Wastewater Discharge
Jul 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

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11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific | 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

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With many communities facing wastewater discharge limits for nutrients or temperature in Pacific Northwest waterways, reuse offers a water quality compliance strategy that can create wastewater, habitat and watershed benefits. This webcast will showcase two examples of how water reuse is being examined to address nutrient and thermal loading in marine and river water sources.

We will learn how water reuse is being looked at by the Bay Area Clean Water Agencies (BACWA) in the San Francisco Bay area to reduce nutrient loading to the estuary through a coordinated multi-utility assessment. With many parallels to Puget Sound in Washington State, BACWA’s planning can provide some ideas for how reuse might be part of the nutrient reduction plan for Puget Sound and other nutrient impaired waterways.

We will then shift attention to Western Oregon to hear from Clean Water Services in the Portland region. Clean Water Services has a long track-record of investing in innovative solutions to TMDLs. We will learn reuse is being examined to help their utility comply with thermal discharge limits.

Presenters

  • Dave Clark, Senior Vice President, Wastewater Market Sector Director, HDR Engineering
  • Jared Kinnear, Reuse Manager, Clean Water Services
  • Susan Schlangen, Engineer, Water Systems Consulting
Jul
22
Wed
Webcast: Protection of Source Waters When Practicing Indirect Potable Reuse – A Collaborative Approach
Jul 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

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2:00 – 3:15 pm Eastern | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

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Lake Lanier is a major source of water supply to the North Georgia region. Many communities surrounding Lake Lanier rely on it for both discharge of effluent as well as their sourcewater for drinking purposes. This practice, known as indirect potable reuse or surface water augmentation, provides a sustainable water supply solution for the region’s growing population. Specifically, in Gwinnett County, Georgia, the majority of the county’s 56 MGD of treated wastewater is discharged to the Lake, which is also the primary drinking water source. This transformation of wastewater into a valuable supply of sourcewater requires careful planning, monitoring, and protection of Lake Lanier.

While there have been various water research projects and planning efforts implemented throughout the Lake Lanier Watershed in the past, there does not exist a centralized coordinated plan that documents, facilitates, and coordinates an approach to developing the ideation, planning, prioritization, management, resourcing, and funding of applied water research projects.

In response to this identified need, The Water Tower, the new global innovation hub in Gwinnett County, Georgia, is leading the effort to create a forum through which stakeholders and researchers will work together to develop a Lake Lanier Watershed Research Master Plan. The Plan will provide a multi-year research roadmap of project concepts to address critical needs in the Lake Lanier Watershed.  Funding for prioritized projects will be crowdsourced among the stakeholders and the be the focus of nonprofit, public and private grant applications.  The research projects will be competitively bid, with regional and international third party technical expert oversight, and managed by The Water Tower, a 501c3 focused on research and innovation.

Presenters

  • Kristan VandenHeuvel, Strategic Director of Research and Engagement, The Water Tower
  • Steve Leo, Client Service Manager, Constantine Engineering
  • Jeff Mosher, Principal Technologist, Carollo Engineers
Jul
30
Thu
A Panel Discussion: Past, Present, & Future Reuse as Part of Arizona’s Water Portfolio
Jul 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

WateReuse Arizona Section Meeting & Webinar
10 am PDT | 10 am MST | 1 pm EDT
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 2

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Arizona’s water managers and policy makers have long touted the practice of using treated wastewater in many areas of the state and putting it to beneficial use.  However, every community uses effluent differently depending on their community’s needs, history, and make-up the other sources of their water resources portfolio. Differences range from the size and locations of their reclaimed purple pipe system, to recharge facilities for Long Term Storage Credits, to exchange agreements, and the next horizon of DPR. What kind of investments are communities making to secure their water future using effluent? How and why are there differences and similarities between these communities. This panel discussion aims at asking how communities from Northern to Southern Arizona, and from East to West Valley use treated effluent as a component of their water resources portfolio.

Panel Members

  • Brian Biesemeyer, City of Scottsdale
  • Eric Braun, Town of Gilbert
  • Barbara Chappell, City of Goodyear
  • Kathryn Sorensen, City of Phoenix
  • Tim Thomure, City of Tucson
  • Erin Young, City of Flagstaff

Moderators

  • Troy Walker
  • Gretchen Baumgardner

Panel Outline

START TIME END TIME DURATION TOTAL Description
10:00 AM 10:05 AM 0:05 0:05 Moderator Introduction to Webinar and panelist
10:05 AM 11:05 AM 1:00 1:05 Each Panelist gives a brief (10 min) presentation on their effluent uses and how that equates to their water resources portfolio
11:05 AM 11:25 AM 0:20 1:25 Q&A
11:25 AM 11:40 AM 0:15 1:40 Audience Q&A
11:40 AM 11:50 AM 0:10 1:50 Panelist each give a closing remark
11:50 AM 11:55 AM 0:05 1:55 Moderator closes panel discussion

Questions

  • Are there plans to build additional infrastructure to increase or change the way your organization uses its effluent?
  • What hurdles to you see do drive that infrastructure investment, if any?
  • How important do you see effluent as being a portion of your water resources portfolio? Does it play a significant role in planning for the future?
  • What role has getting public buy-in to developing reuse projects?
    • Regarding buy-in from your organization’s leadership as well.
  • In looking back over your organization’s history, and hindsight is always 20/20, but can you talk about lessons learned or are there things about how the way your organization uses its effluent you would change if you could go back, knowing what you know now?
  • Are there currently any regulatory hurdles that are preventing greater use of recycled water?
  • In 2019 the prohibition for Direct Potable Reuse was lifted. What are your thoughts about the viability of this for your organization?
Jul
31
Fri
From Urban to Rural: Water Reuse Case Studies in the Pacific Northwest
Jul 31 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

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11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific | 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1.5

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Join us as we learn how water reuse is being reimagined and employed in different ways and scales. We will hear from the Portland Water Bureau regarding decentralized on-site non-potable water reuse to address water resource challenges for the City of Portland. Chris Wanner is a commissioner of the National Blue Ribbon Commission on On-site Non-Potable Reuse and will discuss how Portland’s efforts fit into the Commission’s work on advancing on-site non-potable water reuse. We will then shift attention to a smaller community in the Pacific Northwest, the City of Hagerman, Idaho, to learn how they transitioned from discharging to the river to recycling their water and putting it to good use.

Presenters

  • Chris Wanner, Portland Water Bureau
  • Dan Ayers, JUB Engineers
  • Justin Hulme, Public Works Superintendent, City of Hagerman, ID
Aug
11
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Aug 11 all-day
Aug
19
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Aug 19 all-day
Aug
20
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Aug 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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