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February 22, 2021

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Washington Update

WateReuse Meets with EPA Acting Assistant Administrator and Office Directors; Advocates for Focus on Water Recycling

On Thursday, February 18, WateReuse Association staff, along with staff from other national water sector associations, met virtually with Radhika Fox, President Biden’s nominee for Assistant Administrator for Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Fox was joined by each of the Office of Water’s individual office directors. During the meeting, WateReuse outlined major priorities for the year, including the continued evolution and implementation of the National Water Reuse Action Plan, the creation of a federal interagency working group on water reuse, and the enactment of a major piece of infrastructure legislation that features water recycling as a climate resiliency tool.

Fox noted three priorities the Administration intends to focus on with respect to water management, at least in the short term, which include: cyber security threats in light of the breach at a Florida utility; affordability issues with respect to low-income rate-payers; and, resiliency as a pathway for addressing solutions to climate change.  WateReuse will be holding a follow-up meeting with EPA in the coming weeks to discuss how water recycling aligns with these goals.  

Water Recycling Investment and Improvement Act Reintroduced

Congresswomen Grace Napolitano (D-CA) reintroduced the Water Recycling Investment and Improvement Act (H.R. 1015), which extends the authorization of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI competitive grants program, and increases the program’s authorized funding level from $50 million to $500 million. WateReuse worked closely with Congresswoman Napolitano on her legislation and will continue to advance Title XVI goals as part of ongoing conversations about infrastructure investments. The bill was reintroduced with 13 co-sponsors from California, Texas, Arizona, and Nevada. Read more.

COVID Relief Package Nears a Vote in the House; Legislation Includes Relief for Water Utility Ratepayers and Localities

Congress is pushing this week to pass a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package through the budget reconciliation process, which will allow the Senate to pass the bill with a simple majority vote rather than the 60 votes that is typically required to end debate. The House Budget Committee is meeting today to ready the reconciliation package for consideration on the House floor. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) has said that he aims to send the package to the Senate by the end of the week. The Senate may at that point choose to amend the legislation and send it back to the House for further consideration.

The reconciliation package includes $500 million for the Department of Health and Human Services’ Low-Income Household Drinking Water and Wastewater Emergency Assistance Program. Congress previously provided $638 million for the program in last year’s COVID relief package. The bill also includes $350 billion to help states, localities, and tribal governments offset revenue losses due to the pandemic. WateReuse will continue to provide updates on the package as it moves through the budget reconciliation process.

Water Reuse Action Plan Engagement Opportunity: WateReuse Joins New Action Focused on Quantifying Water Reuse Practices

In partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Water Environment Federation, the WateReuse Association is collaborating on the development of new Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP) action item to improve the understanding of the national state of water reuse. Action 2.5.5: “Identify Methodologies to Quantify Reuse Practices” will build upon existing approaches to clarify the extent of water reuse around the nation. The development phase includes identifying milestones and defining a scope for the action. WateReuse members are encouraged to provide input or participate in developing the action. Please contact Aliza Furneaux, WateReuse Program and Policy Manager, at afurneaux@watereuse.org to become engaged.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Member Spotlight: Digital Reality Becomes the First Member of the WateReuse Recycled Water User Network

Digital Reality, an international firm that provides data center services, is the first organization to join the WateReuse Association’s Recycled Water User Network. WateReuse invites businesses, governments, and nonprofit organizations that are users of recycled water to join the network for knowledge sharing, networking, and to receive a blue designation: WATER STAR®. Digital Reality’s SJC10 Silicon Valley Data Center in Santa Clara, CA will use municipally treated recycled water to meet 50% of its cooling needs when the project is complete. Read more.

California: Members Develop Guidelines for Recycled Water Signage

The WateReuse California Communications Collaborative Group released guidelines last week to assist utilities and recycled water users in creating a more uniform message on signs that appear at public properties. The WateReuse Recycled Water Signage Guidelines include suggestions for sign composition, color, font, size, and message. The guidelines also offer translations of frequently used messages on recycled water signs. The document can be used to gather ideas for creative approaches to recycled water signs, or it can be used as a reference of sign options to consider using. Read more.

Idaho: Draft Water Reuse Permit Accepting Public Comments

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is accepting public comments on a draft water reuse permit for Rapid River Water and Sewer District. The permit would allow the district to discharge to a subsurface distribution while protecting public health and the environment. Comments will be accepted until March 10, 2020. Read more.

International Update

India: Railways Decrease Fresh Water Usage through Water Recycling System

Indian railways are recycling all of the water used to wash diesel locomotive engines as part of a green initiative. About 6,000 liters of water mixed with oil, grease, and cleaning agents is treated daily for irrigation on and near the facility. The water recycling facility includes a storage pond to ensure that all the water is used beneficially. Read more.

Italy: Urban Parks Design Dedicated to Water Reuse and Climate Awareness Wins Award

A concept that proposes making urban parks more climate resilient with water recycling as a central feature won “Most advanced idea” at the global Climathon Awards 2020. Led by citizens from Florence, Italy, the Start Park is a multi-purpose concept that provides both urban green area and infrastructure dedicated to water reuse, drainage, and activities on climate education. Read more.

Member Resources and Benefits

Visit the WateReuse Webcast Library to Stay Informed

Did you miss a WateReuse webcast you really wanted to see? Or are you looking for information to support your water recycling program? The WateReuse Webcast Library is available exclusively to members and includes over 100 presentations that you can watch on demand with a member login. WateReuse presents webcasts on water recycling technology, operations, research, and policy issues and archives them for member use. Visit the WateReuse Webcast Library to make your selection.

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Conferences, Webcasts and Events

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.

Webinar: Deep Dive into Net Zero Water and the Water/Energy Nexus

February 25, 2021
8:00 am – 10 am ET

How is onsite water recycling related to the energy used to heat water in buildings? This question and others will be answered in a webinar sponsored by Built Environment Plus, the Living Future Collaborative of New England, and Natural Systems Utilities. Alternative water supplies, such as rain water capture reuse, greywater reuse and black water reuse provide water resiliency in urban settings, and can also provide energy resiliency as well, in the Northeastern US. The presentation includes case studies and a tour from New York City, where onsite water reuse has been going on for over 16 years. The panel will discuss how onsite water reuse can be a practical option in New England cities. Registers 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

Jul
16
Tue
WateReuse Mid-Atlantic Presents: Water Recycling in the Capital Region
Jul 16 @ 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm
This event is free for all attendees. The WateReuse Mid-Atlantic Section is hosting its inaugural event, Water Recycling in the Capital Region, on Tuesday, July 16, 2024 at D.C. Water. Register Now!Water Recycling in the Capital Region,” will bring together utilities, businesses, and local stakeholders to explore water recycling as a critical tool to help surrounding communities achieve their sustainability and resilience goals. The event will include two panels focusing on existing municipal reuse services as well as decentralized and onsite operations from throughout the greater capital area. Following the panels, attendees are invited to a networking reception.
Event Schedule:
  • 1:30pm-2:00pm – Welcoming Remarks: David Gadis, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, DC Water (invited)
  • 2:00pm-3:15pm – Panel: Centralized Municipal Water Recycling
    • Hampton Roads Sanitation District, VA
    • Upper Occoquan Service Authority, VA
    • Howard County, MD
    • City of Westminster, MD
    • Loudoun County, VA
  • 3:15pm-3:30pm – Break
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – Panel: Decentralized/Onsite/Stormwater Capture and Reuse
    • Fairfax County, VA
    • AlexRenew, VA
  • 4:30pm-4:45pm – Closing Remarks
  • 4:45pm-6:00pm – Happy Hour Networking & Reception on the DC Water HQO Rooftop
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Jul 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Jul
18
Thu
WateReuse Colorado Meeting
Jul 18 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Our next meeting is coming up next week on Thursday, July 18, 2024 from 10am – 12pm. Attached please find the agenda for the meeting as well as the minutes from the May 2024 meeting for your review prior to the meeting.

Here is the information of the location of the meeting if you plan to attend in person, please remember we expect to have the scholarship winners at this meeting to hear about their research and to get to meet them. Thank you to Denver Water and the Water Quality Lab at CSU Spur for hosting us next week. There is a Microsoft Teams calendar invite that went out if you will not be able to attend in person.

Location:

Water Quality Lab at CSU Spur

Hydro Building on the 3rd Floor, Room 309

Address:

4777 National Western Dr

Denver, CO 80216

Parking is located north of the building, past the Dumb Friends League and Equine Center

There will be Denver Water employees available to escort you as this part of the building requires badge access.

Jul
25
Thu
Central Coast Chapter Meeting
Jul 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Our next WateReuse Central Coast chapter meeting will be on Thursday, July 25 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. This will be a virtual-only meeting hosted on Teams.

Our main presentation will focus on Prepping Your Wastewater for Future Potable Reuse. The City of Ventura is embarking on a project to upgrade its water reclamation facility (VWRF) in anticipation of its inclusion into a potable reuse treatment train coupled with an Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF). The design objective for the VWRF is to maximize the available log reduction values (LRVs) for viruses, Giardia cysts, and Cryptosporidium oocysts (V/G/C) through the use of membrane bioreactor (MBR) and ultraviolet (UV) disinfection treatment techniques. Through new regulatory pathways, this project was able to develop a framework for projected baseline LRVs of 1/2.5/2.5 for MBR and 1.5/4/4 for UV disinfection, with the opportunity for additional LRVs via MBR challenge testing, that could be used for indirect/direct potable reuse (IPR/DPR) credits.

An agenda will be distributed prior to the meeting.

Jul
28
Sun
Arizona WateReuse 2024 Symposium @ Little America Hotel
Jul 28 – Jul 30 all-day
Aug
6
Tue
A Framework for Permitting Innovation in the Wastewater Sector to Support Water Reuse
Aug 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A Framework for Permitting Innovation in the Wastewater Sector to Support Water Reuse

11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
This webcast is free of charge.
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

 

 

This webcast, co-hosted by the U.S. EPA, will present the key outcomes of an expert workshop that sought to understand how the permitting process can better support innovative water resource management solutions, such as water reuse. The webcast will detail five characteristics to support a permitting process that is not a painful hurdle, but rather an opportunity for mutual creativity between regulators, regulated entities, and the engaged public. Webcast participants will learn about how this framework can be applied to their unique circumstances, work being done by EPA and partners, and how innovation can be better facilitated through permitting.

 

Speakers:

  • Justin Mattingly, Water Reuse Program, U.S. EPA
  • Michael Kiparsky, University of California, Berkley (invited)
  • Dave Smith, Water Innovation Services (invited)
  • Felicia Marcus, Stanford University (invited)
Aug
9
Fri
WateReuse California Legislative-Regulatory Committee Meeting
Aug 9 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

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)

Aug
13
Tue
WRCA Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Aug 13 all-day
Aug
15
Thu
WateReuse Texas Board Meeting
Aug 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Moulton Nigel Water District
Aug 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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