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February 24, 2020

Member-Only Registration Opens March 26 for 35th Annual WateReuse Symposium

Get ready to register for this year’s 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 35th Annual WateReuse Symposium!

Washington Update

Watch Live this Thursday: EPA Release of the National Water Reuse Action Plan

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

Make plans to join the WateReuse Association in Washington, DC April 27-28 for the National Water Policy Fly-In during Water Week 2020. Presented jointly by WateReuse, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment Federation, and the Water Research Foundation, the Fly-In includes networking, education, and Capitol Hill visits to advocate on behalf of water utilities. Water Week is an opportunity to advance policy priorities, including greater federal investment in water infrastructure, and a celebration of the role utilities play in communities nationwide. WateReuse encourages our members to participate so that we can ensure that recycled water is an integral part of the Water Week message. Register today to reserve your space.

EPA Announces Proposed Decision to Regulate PFOA and PFOS in Drinking Water

On February 20, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposed decision to regulate perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in drinking water. EPA also proposed regulations on imported products that contain certain persistent long-chain PFAS chemicals that are used as surface coatings. The two proposals are milestones under the EPA’s PFAS Action Plan, a collection of steps the agency is taking to address PFAS and to protect public health. EPA will seek comment on these preliminary determinations for 60 days after the notice is published in the Federal Register.

GAO Report Examines Resilience Planning for Utilities

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an analysis of federal technical and financial assistance strategies to make utilities that produce drinking water and treat wastewater more resilient to extreme weather related to climate change. Water recycling is one strategy that communities use to prepare for potential climate change impacts. GAO recommends that EPA identify technical assistance providers and engage them in a network to help water utilities incorporate climate resilience into infrastructure projects. The report also encourages Congress to consider requiring that climate resilience be considered in planning for federally funded water infrastructure projects.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Member!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new member:

California: Oceanside Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Potable Reuse Project

WateReuse Association member the City of Oceanside celebrated the start of construction for Pure Water Oceanside, a $67 million project that will supply 30 percent of Oceanside’s drinking water. The Pure Water Oceanside system will use advanced technology to treat up to 5 million gallons a day and inject it through wells into the Mission Basin aquifer and eventually become part of the source water for drinking water treatment. The project is scheduled to begin operation in 2022. Read More.

California: Olivenhain and Leucadia Partner to Use More Recycled Water

WateReuse Association members the Olivenhain Municipal Water District (OMWD) and Leucadia Wastewater District (LWD) have entered a partnership to use recycled water to flush sewer lines in their service areas. In addition to sewer line flushing, municipal street sweeping vehicles will also be using recycled water. Prior to this project, LWD did not have access to recycled water in OMWD’s service area. Read More.

Texas: Researchers Conclude Water Reuse Could Be Key for Future of Hydraulic Fracturing

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin predict that enough water will come from the ground as a byproduct of oil production from unconventional reservoirs during the coming decades to counter the need to use fresh water for hydraulic fracturing operations in many of the nation’s large oil-producing areas. A pair of studies released in February also note that while other industries, such as agriculture, might want to recycle some of that water for their own needs, the potential costs involved mean it could be best to keep the water in the oil patch. Read More.

WateReuse Communications Tools and Resources

Engaging the Public Health Community on Water Reuse? Check out Our Online Resources

Although water reuse is a proven, science-based process that has been used safely in communities around the world for decades, the public is often skeptical when the concept is first introduced into a community. To build acceptance among medical and health professionals, WateReuse has launched the Medical Community Initiative and begun developing resources to support members in engaging with the public health community. Visit our website for videos, articles, and presentations that support engagement with medical professionals. New tools are being developed so check back for updates.

Conferences and Events

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!

Examine Local Reuse Issues: Participate in a State WateReuse Conference

Make plans to participate in conferences and events planned by WateReuse State Sections to learn more about local water reuse challenges and solutions. WateReuse California hosts its Annual Conference March 15-17 in San Francisco. Later in the year, WateReuse Pacific Northwest will host a conference May 18-20 in Woodinville, Washington, WateReuse Texas convenes its Annual Conference July 20-21 in Frisco, and the 2020 Water Reuse Arizona Symposium is scheduled for July 26-28 in Flagstaff. Learn More.

Upcoming Events

Oct
13
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Zoom Video Conference
Oct 13 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvfu-rrDkiH93ieQvZRH7XnfhxV3KN73Xs
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Oct
15
Thu
Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting
Oct 15 all-day
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Oct 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Oct
21
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Oct 21 all-day
Oct
26
Mon
9th Annual Water Reuse in Texas Virtual Conference
Oct 26 @ 1:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 5:00 pm

Co-Produced by WateReuse Texas, WEAT and TAWWA, the Water Reuse in Texas Virtual Conference is Monday, October 26-27.

Learn More.

Oct
29
Thu
What Strikes Fear in the Hearts of Arizona Water and Wastewater Utilities? Brine Management
Oct 29 @ 10:00 am

WateReuse Arizona Section Meeting & Webinar

Will be hosted at Brown and Caldwell if able to gather in person.

There has been a perception that brine management is a “down the road” issue for water providers in Arizona.  However, for the Phoenix Metro West Valley and the Tucson area water suppliers, that is not the case.  The Easy button to discharge to the sanitary sewer system is a short term fix that is not working.  Brine ponds smell and are expensive.  Regional solutions may be required.  An update on the Central Arizona Salinity Study options and new options will be reviewed with associated costs presented.  This update can provide a basis for the continuing, collaborative, brine management conversation.

Presenter

Maria Brady, Project Manager, Stantec Consulting
Maria Brady is a Project Manager with Stantec Consulting.  She has more than 30 years’ experience in water, wastewater, storm water, and environmental management projects.  Maria graduated from Washington State and Colorado State Universities with BS and MS degrees in Agricultural Engineering. Maria has lived in Arizona for 34 years…which makes her an Arizona native in dog years!!  Maria is the Central Arizona Trustee for WateReuse and if you ask her about DPR you are in for a lively conversation.

Nov
18
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Nov 18 all-day
Dec
4
Fri
2020 4th Quarter Meeting of the Board of Directors
Dec 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Dec
8
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Zoom Video Conference
Dec 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErcOypqjgsHtwmGaUIM0hd5mvgjfwX4pgY

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Dec
17
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Dec 17 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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