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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

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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