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February 17, 2020

One Day Left — 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

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

President’s FY 2021 Budget Request Slashes Water Reuse Funding

EPA Announces $2.7 Billion for Water Infrastructure, Including Water Recycling

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $2.7 billion for State Revolving Funds (SRFs). This funding assists states, tribes and territories with water infrastructure, including water recycling projects. In 2020, EPA is providing approximately $1.6 billion in new federal grant funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and more than $1.07 billion in new federal grant funding for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). These funds can also be combined with EPA’s WIFIA loans to create a powerful, innovative financing solution for major water reuse projects.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Member!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new member:

California: Otay Water District Appoints Jose Martinez as New General Manager

The Otay Water District Board of Directors announced that it has appointed Assistant Chief of Water Operations Jose Martinez as the new general manager. Martinez has more than 18 years of management and leadership experience in private and public organizations. He managed and designed construction projects for SAIC, Incorporated for five years, from 2007 to 2012, prior to working at Otay Water. Read More.

Idaho: Nampa Receives 10-Year Permit to Use Recycled Water

Last week, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality issued a water reuse permit to the city of Nampa for irrigation and industrial uses. The 10-year permit is the first of its kind issued to a city in Idaho. Nampa discharges approximately 11 million gallons of treated water into Indian Creek every day. Implementing a recycled water program creates a clear path forward for the city to achieve NPDES permit compliance five years ahead of the 2031 deadline. Read More.

Oklahoma: Garver to Study Feasibility of Indirect Potable Reuse for the City of Norman

Lake Thunderbird, the primary source of drinking water for Norman and two surrounding cities, could become a drought-resilient water supply following a pilot study led by WateReuse Association member Garver. The project, which is funding by a Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse grant from the Bureau of Reclamation, will determine if indirect potable reuse is feasible at the lake. The pilot study will begin later this year and will be completed in 2022. Read More.

Oregon: Clean Water Services Uses Beer to Promote Purified Water

WateReuse Association member Clean Water Services will provide purified water to eight breweries to make beer for the Oregon Brewers Festival in July. The utility developed a mobile Pure Water Wagon to showcase water purification technology at events like this one. The beer serves as an entertaining way to have a conversation with the public about the technology behind creating safe and sustainable water supplies. Read more.

Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable Releases Guidelines for Water Reuse

Last week, the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable released Context-Based Decision Guide for Water Reuse and Recycling, a guidance report to accelerate internal conversations and decisions at the regional and facility level with regards to investments in water recycling. The report discusses why transitioning beyond reduction in water use is important and frames decision-making in the context of local watershed conditions around a particular facility. The document also provides tips for accelerating conversations on water recycling within companies and with other water stakeholders. Download Report.

WateReuse Communications Tools and Resources

Need to Illustrate the Value of Water Reuse Investment? Use Our Flyer and Infographic

Utilities must make a compelling case to ratepayers, policymakers, and other stakeholders that investment in water recycling is the right decision. Use our flyer and infographic to illustrate that Investment in water reuse builds communities that are modern, sustainable and stable—ready for families to flourish and businesses to grow. The infographic highlights examples of recycled water from coast to coast and documents the value they bring.

Conferences and Events

Member Registration to Open March 26 for the 35th Annual WateReuse Symposium

Learn about the dramatic expansion of water recycling throughout the United States and stay up-to-date on the latest water reuse technology, research, and policy approaches at the 35th Annual WateReuse Symposium, September 13-16, 2020, in Denver, Colorado. Organized around the theme Reaching New Heights in Water Reuse, the 2020 Symposium will feature a comprehensive technical program, plenary sessions that provide perspective on the future of water reuse, and an exciting keynote presentation by Peter Kageyama, author of For the Love of Cities. Following last year’s sellout Symposium, WateReuse is offering an exclusive, member only registration period beginning March 26. Mark your calendar today so that you can reserve your space at the 35thh Annual WateReuse Symposium.

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!

Upcoming Events

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 – 3:30 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:

  • Special Introduction by Omer Bab, Director of Trade and Regulatory Policy, Embassy of Israel and Danny Greenwald, Senior Deputy Director General for Regulation, Israel Water Authority
  • 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
Feb
21
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Feb 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Feb
24
Fri
Leg-Reg Committee Meeting
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Please contact Jennifer West for details

WRCA Leg-Reg Committee Meeting @ virtual
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

For more information contact Jennifer West

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