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February 15, 2021

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Washington Update

Water Reuse Action Plan Engagement Opportunity: Webcast to Discuss Treatment Standards for Stormwater Capture and Use

Join us Tuesday, February 23 for an informative webcast on Treatment Standards for Stormwater Capture and Use, presented as part of the implementation of the national Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP). This free webcast explores how agencies are tackling this issue now and reviews current efforts to establish treatment standards tailored to stormwater and rainwater use. The presentation is designed to help identify future research and development priorities addressing stormwater capture treatment standards. It is the second in a series of web-based events associated with WRAP Action Item 2.3.3., which focuses on opportunities and challenges related to urban stormwater capture and use. Register here.

Water Assistance Program Included in COVID Relief Reconciliation Package

Congressional committees began drafting a set of bills that will, when put together, comprise the proposed $1.9 trillion COVID relief package sought by the White House. The House Energy and Commerce Committee marked up legislation, which includes $500 million for the Health and Human Services Department to help low-income households pay for drinking water and wastewater services. The House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee passed its own portion of the reconciliation package, including $95.5 billion in funding for the transportation industry, FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund, and other relief programs. The legislation does not include infrastructure spending or broader stimulus investments outside of immediate COVID relief investments. In the Senate, committees have not yet started to mark up their portions of the reconciliation package. After each committee of jurisdiction passes their legislation, the full set of bills will be combined into a single reconciliation package, which can then be passed with simple majorities in the House and Senate.

Talks Begin on Major Infrastructure Package: WateReuse Works to Ensure Water Recycling Included

President Biden met last week with a bipartisan group of senators to discuss infrastructure spending, and to urge quick action this year. Following the meeting, Senator Tom Caper (D-DE), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, noted that he intends to move legislation related to surface transportation as well as water infrastructure. The EPW Committee is expected to start holding infrastructure-related hearings soon.

Department of Energy Announces Clean Energy-Powered Desalination Winners

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced ten winners for the ADAPT stage of the Wave to Water Prize, which aims to develop clean energy-powered desalination technologies to provide communities in need with potable water. The $3.3 million program is a three-year effort to test wave-energy powered desalination devices. The ADAPT stage is the third in a series of five competitions leading up to the final open water test. Read more

COVID-19 Update

CDC Encourages Water Sector to Get COVID-19 Vaccination

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encouraged water sector employees to get the COVID-19 vaccination when it becomes available to them during a webinar last week. Dr. R. Reid Harvey, the Deputy Team Lead for the CDC’s Essential Workers Vaccine Task Force, provided an overview of vaccine distribution and implementation and discussed the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. CDC recommends that water and wastewater workers be vaccinated in Phase 1c, which is designated for “other essential workers,” people aged 65-74, and people aged 16-74 with underlying medical conditions. Vaccine distribution began with Phase 1a, which included healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities. The second phase, 1b, incudes people aged 75 and older and frontline essential workers such as fire fighters, police, public transit workers, and others. The CDC has also developed a toolkit to help utilities set up a workplace vaccination program. The webinar was part of a series on COVID-19 vaccinations for different groups of essential workers.

State Updates and Member Profiles

California: Natural Resources Secretary Looks to Stormwater and Recycled Water for Supply Diversification

California Secretary for Natural Resources, Wade Crawfoot, points to aquifer recharge with stormwater and increasing recycled and surface water supplies as important steps in meeting California’s goal to build water resilience. Crawfoot’s remarks came during a keynote address at recent virtual irrigation conference, which was convened on the heels of the Department of Water Resources’ disappointing data from its annual snowpack survey. The statewide snowpack stood at only 70% of average, an indicator that the state’s water supplies will face pressure later this year.  Read more.

Florida: Panhandle Utilities Plan Regional Water Reuse System

An agreement to establish a regional water reuse program in the Florida panhandle is being heralded as an example for the state. The City of Gulf Breeze established an agreement with South Santa Rosa Utility System, Holley Navarre Water system, and Navarre Beach Water System to deliver 1.4 million gallons per day of reclaimed water throughout the Fairpoint Peninsula. The water will be used for irrigation and to protect against saltwater intrusion. The Beneficial Reclaim Strategic Plan outlines four phases to connect three water utility systems. Read more.

International Update

Danish Brewer Uses Water Recycling to Reduce Carbon Footprint

The Carlberg Group announced a major investment in water recycling technology at its Federicia Brewery in Denmark. The investment will reduce potable water consumption at the facility from 2.9 hl of water per 1 hl of beer to 1.4 hl to 1 hl (or about 37 gallons of water to 26 gallons of beer). The company has also achieved an overall reduction of carbon emissions by 30% since 2015. Read more.  

Member Resources and Benefits

Have a Question You’d Love to Ask a Peer? Use WateReuse Connect to Find the Answer

In this time of social distancing, opportunities for peer-to-peer networking are more important than ever. WateReuse members can use WateReuse Connect to access a member-to-member network of more than 7,000 water recycling practitioners, business leaders, regulators, academics, and technology providers. Recent discussion topics have included innovative partnerships, scheduling of recycled water deliveries, and steam generation. Post your questions, observations, and unique challenges on our online platform to benefit from the unique experiences of other members across the nation and around the world. It’s simple to use with your member login information. For help accessing WateReuse Connect, please email Member Services.

Conferences, Webcasts and Events

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.

EPA Webinar: Incorporating Community Priorities into Investment Decision-Making

February 17, 2021
9:30 am PT | 12:30 pm ET

The webinar will cover the Augmented Alternatives Analysis (AAA) Method to incorporate community needs and priorities into decision-making. This webinar will provide an overview of the AAA method and accompanying guide and resources and provide an example of an organization that is currently engaged in the AAA method. The High Line Canal Conservancy, along with Denver Water, Mile High Flood District and local jurisdictions are working together to transition the High Line Canal with The Stormwater Transformation and Enhancement Program. This innovative program will bring a new life to the High Line Canal as a green infrastructure system that provides for stormwater management. Register here.

U.S. State Department Webinar: Empowering Youth for Water Security

February 23, 2021
7:30 am PT | 10:30 am ET

In advance of World Water Day on March 22, this program focuses on empowering youth and young professionals seeking to develop careers in the water-related sectors by profiling the interdisciplinary nature of professional development opportunities. The expert panel represents different career paths in water resources management – civil society, government, and the private sector – and will explore several example career paths in each area. Learn more.

EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Eligibility Webinar

February 23, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET

Learn about WIFIA’s different project type eligibilities to help determine if your project is a good fit for financing. There will be a short question and answer period at the end of this webinar. Register here.

18th Annual EPA Drinking Water Workshop: Small System Challenges and Solutions

August 30 – September 2, 2021 EPA’s free annual drinking water workshop, held in partnership with the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA), will be virtual this year. The workshop will provide in-depth information and training on solutions and strategies for handling small drinking water system challenges with a focus on monitoring, distribution, source, and treatment topics. Learn more on the event page.

Upcoming Events

Jan
30
Mon
Australian Water Reuse Perspectives
Jan 30 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Australian Water Reuse Perspectives
Hosted by WateReuse Association’s International Reuse Committee Date & Time: US & Canada: Jan 30, 5:00pm-6:30pm ET | 2:00pm-3:30pm PT Sydney, Australia: Jan 31, 9:00am-10:30am AEDT PDHs: 1.5 hours WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49 Register Now! Join us on January 30 to hear about ways that the driest inhabitated continent on earth – Australia – is utilizing water recycling. Communities recognize that water is too precious to use just once. Water recycling has a long history for irrigation, industrial use, and purple pipes for household outdoor use and toilet flushing. In Western Australia, Perth’s Groundwater Replenishment Scheme provides purified recycled water for drinking, and other cities are now exploring this option. This webcast will cover Australia’s experience with water recycling, the future and regulatory outlook, and the emerging use of recycled water for green hydrogen, as Australia moves towards a decarbonised future. Moderator: Danielle Francis, Manager Policy and Strategy, Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) Presenters:
  • Kate Miles, Head of System and Asset Planning, Sydney Water
  • Nick Turner, Senior Principal of Strategic Programs, Water Corporation
  • Simon Prunster, Energy and Emissions Specialist, Yarra Valley Water
  • David Cunliffe, Principal Water Quality Adviser, SA Health in South Australia
Jan
31
Tue
3rd Annual Nevada WateReuse Symposium @ The Nugget
Jan 31 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
3rd Annual Nevada WateReuse Symposium @ The Nugget

Please join us for our third annual WateReuse Nevada symposium!

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Event Flier

Sessions: 

  • Keynote: Water Scarcity & Reuse in Southern Nevada 
  • Regulatory Perspectives: Nevada, California, Arizona, and Colorado 
  • State of the Science: UNLV, UNR, Desert Research Institute, Tahoe Environmental Research Center 

We are looking for sponsors! 
Contact: sabrina.dodos@cityofhenderson.com 

Call 1-800-648-1177 and ask for the Nevada Water Resources group rate (GNWRA23). Direct book HERE. $69 Mon-Thurs The room rates are available through December 28, 2022 

Feb
2
Thu
WRCA Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting @ virtual
Feb 2 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Feb
10
Fri
Board of Trustees Meeting
Feb 10 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Please contact Jennifer West for details

Feb
14
Tue
Agricultural Reuse Committee @ Virtual
Feb 14 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

For more information contact Rosario Cortes

WRCA Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ LACSD Joint Administration Office (JAO)
Feb 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Tour of the San Jose Creek WRP will follow starting at 1:15 pm

Hosted by Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, and lunch will be sponsored by AECOM.

For in-person attendance, please RSVP to jjacobus@rinconconsultants.com by Friday, February 10. Virtual attendance option also available.

 

Agenda

WRCA Inland Empire Chapter Meeting @ Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority
Feb 14 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Feb
15
Wed
WRTX: Tel Aviv to Texas: Lessons Learned from the 2022 WateReuse Israel Delegation
Feb 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
WRTX: Tel Aviv to Texas: Lessons Learned from the 2022 WateReuse Israel Delegation

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February 15, 2023 Time: 1:00pm CT | 2:00pm ET

As a global leader in water reuse, Israel takes a very intentional and integrated approach to producing and maintaining its water supply. They combine desalination, water recycling of municipal wastewater and stormwater capture, and reuse to ensure sustainable supplies. Nearly 90 percent of Israel’s treated wastewater is reused for agricultural irrigation purposes.

In November 2022, over 40 representatives from the U.S. water sector, including utilities, industry, states, and the federal government, traveled to Israel as part of a science, technology, and policy informational exchange focused on water reuse practices. This intensive week of learning about the Israeli approach to managing its water resources included several delegates from Texas.

The panelists will share their general experience as part of the delegation (5-10 mins each) and then we will ask a few prepared questions about lessons learned and how those could be applied to Texas communities. If time allows, we will take questions from the audience.

Moderator: 

Paula Paciorek, Division Manager, Houston Water Planning

Presenters:

  • Eva Steinle-Darling, Water Reuse Technical Practice Director, Carollo Engineers
  • Hunter Adams, Environmental Laboratory Supervisor, City of Wichita Falls – Cypress Environmental Laboratory
  • Erika Crespo, Assistant Deputy Director, Water Quality Division, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
  • Kobe Nagar, CEO and Co-Founder, 374 Water

 

Feb
16
Thu
WRCA Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Moulton Nigel Water District
Feb 16 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Key topic will be on urban runoff diversions; more details forthcoming.

For more information contact Kraig Erickson

Feb
17
Fri
WRCA Northern California Chapter Meeting @ virtual
Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

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