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February 11, 2019

 

Washington Update

Calling all WateReuse Members: Join Us on Capitol Hill for Water Week 2019

Congressional Hearings Highlight Water Recycling, Water Infrastructure Funding

Five WateReuse Members Receive Federal Funding for Water Recycling

Trump Announces His Choice for Secretary of Interior

On February 4, President Trump announced that he would nominate David Bernhardt to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI). Bernhardt currently serves as the Acting Secretary, following the resignation of Ryan Zinke. He formerly represented oil companies as a private lobbyist. The DOI is responsible for the management and conservation of most federal land and natural resources; it oversees such agencies as the Bureau of Reclamation, the United States Geological Survey, and the National Park Service.

President Calls for Bipartisan Action on Infrastructure in State of the Union Address

Congress Finalizes Committee Rosters

 

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Members!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:

California: Pure Water Monterey Project is Nearing Completion

The Pure Water Monterey advanced treatment plant is expected to begin producing a new source of potable water this summer. A project of WateReuse Association members Monterey One Water and Monterey Peninsula Water Management District, the project is designed to produce up to 3,500 acre-feet of highly treated water per year to the Monterey Peninsula for injection into the Seaside basin and later extraction and use at a cost of $85 million. The project will also provide 200 acre-feet per year of reserve water for the Seaside basin and eventually up to 4,400 acre-feet per year in additional tertiary treated irrigation water for Salinas Valley agricultural use. Read More.

 

Association News

WateReuse Executive Director Participates on “One Water” Policy Panel

Green Industry Designation Available to WateReuse Utility Members

All member utilities of the WateReuse Association have free access to the Recycled Water User Network and are eligible to receive a green industry designation Water StarTM and the Water StarTM label, an excellent marketing tool to promote your commitment as stewards of local water resources and to raise the profile of water recycling.  A 20 minute presentation is available for viewing, and an invitation letter  describes how you can join the over 40 utilities that have already signed up as a Partner.

 

Conferences and Events

Record Interest in Participating in the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium

Webcast: Community Engagement for Potable Reuse Success

Please join us on February 14, Valentine’s Day, to learn about the latest techniques in engagement and public education that will help your community fall in love with potable reuse. The water professionals on this panel have one common objective: to ensure a potable reuse project will be evaluated on its own merits and not dismissed as dangerous and too risky to pursue. The presenters will describe key elements that have helped their past efforts and discuss new outreach tactics they are relying on to take their outreach efforts to the next level. Register Now!

Register for the 2019 WateReuse California Annual Conference

Registration is open for the 2019 WateReuse California Annual Conference to be held March 17-19, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove, CA. The conference is designed for individuals, organizations, and agencies that are associated with or interested in the design, management, operation, and use of water recycling facilities and projects in California. Register Now!

Upcoming Events

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
Mar
6
Sun
Meeting of the Board of Directors – First Quarter 2022 @ San Antonio
Mar 6 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

First Quarter:

Sunday, March 6, 2022 ~  8:00 am to 12:00 pm CST, San Antonio

Board Workshops:
Thursday, March 3, 2022 – Saturday, March 5, 2022
Thursday, March 3 ~ Board Dinner
Friday, March 4 ~ Meeting all day
Saturday, March 5 ~ Meeting in Morning

 

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