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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

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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