February 18, 2019
Join Hundreds of Water Professionals from Across the Country for Water Week 2019
President Trump Signs Legislation on FY 2019 Appropriations Legislation – Including EPA Funding
Title XVI-WIIN Water Recycling Bill Introduced in the House
WateReuse Submits Recommendations to Army Corps of Engineers for Implementing America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018
Senate Permanently Reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund
On February 12, the Senate voted to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which funds, among other conservation efforts, fish and wildlife habitat restoration. It also authorizes or directs the transfer of ownership of Bureau of Reclamation projects to states, tribes, and other non-federal entities. The House is expected to take up and pass the measure before sending it to the President for his signature.
State Updates and Member Profiles
Welcome New Members!
The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:
California: WateReuse California Supports Recognition of Environmental Benefits of Water Reuse
WateReuse California signed onto a joint letter to Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, with recommendations on how to recognize the environmental benefits of recycled water within the current reporting requirements in the state’s recycled water policy. The letter recommends adding an “Other Beneficial Uses” category to separate the reporting of recycled water discharges from the discharge of other treated wastewater. The letter states that recycled water use in natural systems and habitat supports beneficial uses and should not be characterized as primarily a discharge of waste. Read More.
California: Legislation to Make It Easier for Breweries and Wineries to Recycle their Water
New Issue of World Water Features Commentary by WateReuse Executive Director
Recording Available for February Webcast: Community Engagement for Potable Reuse
The WateReuse Association hosted a webcast last Wednesday, Community Engagement for Potable Reuse Success, presenting the latest techniques in engagement and public education to build support for potable reuse. Panelists from California, Colorado, and Texas described key elements that have helped their past efforts and discussed new outreach tactics they are relying on to take their outreach efforts to the next level. View the recording.
Research Survey to Uncover Career Challenges for Women in the Water Sector
Researchers from Boston University, Portland State University and University of Rhode Island have opened a first-of-its-kind survey that focuses solely on career advancement of women in the water sector. The survey is open to women and men at any career stage and the deadline to respond is March 14, 2019.
Conferences and Events
Webcast: What are the Best Opportunities for Industrial Water Reuse?
Please join us on March 13 at 2 pm eastern to learn which industries are investing in water reuse and in what ways. Learn about new data from Bluefield Research that will reveal reuse strategies for key industries, drivers for investment in reuse, the best geographic opportunities for industrial reuse, how industries are collaborating with municipalities, and more. 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!
Save the Date: 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium in San Diego, California
Mark your calendar for the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium is in San Diego, California on September 8-11, 2019. This year’s theme is “Collaborate to Innovate.” We will showcase recycled water collaborations among utilities, farmers, and industry; regulators working together at both the state and federal level; sustainability; public/private partnerships; and, for the first time, the latest in reuse research led by the Water Research Foundation. Learn More.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
– 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Pure Water Monterey, located at 14811 Del Monte Blvd, Marina, CA 93933. The meeting includes lunch and a tour.
– Please RSVP no later than 1/22/20.
- To RSVP to attend in person, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/6hbco4sVPJRosRe46. Detailed driving and parking directions will be provided to those who RSVP.
- To register to participate via webinar, please complete this form: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4714919568173938700 .
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
Today’s technology allows us to treat virtually any source of water to meet any need including drinking, but many states lack regulations to allow these projects to move forward. WateReuse Association State Sections are taking the lead in collaborating with regulatory agencies and other stakeholders to develop regulatory frameworks to implement potable reuse. Join us to learn about recent efforts in Colorado and Florida that are paving the way for potable reuse.
The State of Colorado is considering regulating direct potable reuse (DPR). To support this effort, WateReuse Colorado sponsored the formation of an Independent Advisory Expert Panel to develop regulatory guidelines for the state. Larry Schimmoller, chair of the Panel, will review the process used to develop the regulatory guidelines, discuss the specific recommendations included in the guidelines, and present the next steps in the regulatory process.
WateReuse Florida took the initiative to bring together a diverse group of water professionals and end user stakeholders to participate in a consensus base effort to identify and address technical, regulatory, and implementation barriers to potable reuse in Florida. The Florida Potable Reuse Commission was formed to develop a framework document for potable reuse implantation in Florida to augment future water supply and support water quality initiatives. Lynn Spivey, WateReuse Florida President, and Potable Reuse Commission Chair, will be discussing the 18-month effort and the newly published Framework document.
Chair, Independent Advisory Expert Panel, Colorado DPR Framework Project
Global Technology Leader for Water Reuse, Jacobs
Chair, Florida Potable Reuse Commission
President, WateReuse Florida
Director of Utilities, City of Plant City (Florida
The event includes a meeting of the Board Trustees and a webinar on PFAS.
WateReuse Nevada’s inaugural inter-state gathering for water professionals to discuss current topics and future trends. Topics will cover the current state and future prospects of water recycling in Nevada; state, agency, and industry partnership; and a current look at scientific advancements at Nevada universities.
Mark your calendars for May 19-20, 2020 for the WateReuse Pacific Northwest annual conference. This year’s conference will be held at King County’s Brightwater Center, an environmental education and event center located on the Brightwater Treatment Plant campus. An impressive conference program is being planned featuring innovative reuse projects, research, education and community outreach, new regulatory directions and an operator session tailored to reuse facility operations.