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.
As pressure continues to build on our water resources and inflation continues to climb there is a need to further implement the cost-effective use of recycled water. In Florida, regulations such as the state’s SB 64 requirement for beneficial reuse, watershed nutrient limits, elimination of ocean outfalls, and limitations on our traditional sources of drinking water are driving our industry to implement solutions quickly that are more expensive than traditional reclaimed water projects. This has driven a demand on State and Federal agency funding. Join our expert panel to learn about a multitude of available funding sources available to municipalities east of the Mississippi. Topics include the application process and what to expect when awarded.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Please find below the 2024 schedule for the Legislative-Regulatory Committee. All in-person meetings will be held at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Sacramento offices located at: 1121 L Street, Suite 900, Sacramento.]
Both in-person and virtual meetings will occur from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Those indicated as virtual will occur over Zoom and a link will be provided on the agenda.
The 2024 WRCA Annual Conference will be at the: Hyatt Regency Orange County.
Please save the date for our 2024 meeting dates:
1. January 19 – in person
2. March 8 – virtual
3. March 22 – in person
4. April 12 – virtual
5. May 10 – in person
6. May 31 – virtual
7. June 21 – virtual
8. August 9 – virtual
9. September 16 – in person (at annual conference)
The 39th Annual WateReuse Symposium is a celebration of a unique moment for water reuse. New funding, new collaborations, and new regulatory frameworks are elevating opportunities for reuse projects nationwide. As water reuse practitioners, we have reached this summit together. Together we can remove barriers and empower safer, more resilient, and more sustainable communities and businesses with water reuse.
In-Person, Denver, CO