February 25, 2019
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Supreme Court to Consider Scope of Clean Water Act
State Updates and Member Profiles
Welcome New Members!
The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:
California: Los Angeles Announces Plans to Recycle 100% of Wastewater by 2035
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced last Thursday that the City of Los Angeles will recycle 100% of its wastewater by 2035. Hyperion — the largest treatment plant west of the Mississippi River — currently receives 81% of the city’s total wastewater and recycles 27% of the water that flows into the facility. Improvements to Hyperion will cost roughly $2 billion over the next 16 years and create middle class engineering, construction, operations, and maintenance jobs. Currently, 2% of the city’s water supply comes from L.A.’s four water treatment facilities. Read More.
California: New Legislation Seeks to Decrease Wastewater Discharge, Increase Reuse
State Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced legislation last Wednesday that calls for a dramatic decrease in the amount of treated wastewater that is discharged into the ocean each year. SB 332, also known as the Local Water Reliability Act, promotes the development of local water supplies by requiring wastewater treatment facilities to reduce the volume of treated wastewater discharged into the ocean by 50% annually in 2030 and by 95% in 2040. SB 332 will receive its first committee hearing in the coming months. Read More.
Colorado: Castle Rock Announces Plans for Potable Reuse, Begins Outreach
WateReuse Association member the Town of Castle Rock announced that it would begin purifying wastewater to drinking water standards as early as next year. In the winter, 4.5 million gallons of surface water is treated daily at the Plum Creek Reclamation Authority’s wastewater treatment plant in Castle Rock. Castle Rock Water hosted an open house this past Saturday at the Plum Creek Water Purification Facility to share more information with the public about how water reuse is safe, sustainable and economical. Read More.
Florida: Tampa Board Delays Decision on Potable Reuse Until April
The Tampa Bay Water Board voted last Monday to delay a final vote on whether to move forward with a potable reuse project until April. Under a concept in the planning stages for several years, the city would redirect about 50 million gallons a day from the treatment plant into the aquifer, where it would naturally filtrate. Then the water would be pumped back up, with roughly half going to the city’s water treatment plant and the other half to the Hillsborough River reservoir, where Tampa Bay Water could use it to help meet the area’s drinking needs. Read More.
Conferences and Events
Advanced Registration Ends March 4 for the 2019 WateReuse California Annual Conference
Register for the 2019 WateReuse California Annual Conference in Garden Grove, California on March 17-19, 2019. The conference will feature more than 60 technical presentations, technical tours, receptions, an awards luncheon, the annual Gordon Cologne Breakfast, and the ever-popular exhibit hall. Register by Monday, March 4 to have your registration materials waiting for you when you arrive. Register Now!
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!
Webcast: Advancing the Seawater Desalination Knowledge Base
Please join us on March 14 at 3 p.m. eastern to learn about the latest advancements in seawater desalination via reverse osmosis. Presented in partnership with The Water Research Foundation, this webcast will discuss two recent studies that explore advancements in seawater desalination from pretreatment to integration of desalinated water into water systems. Register Now!
Register for the 2019 Idaho Reuse & Operators Conference
The annual water reuse conference enables water and wastewater operators, engineers, public works directors, elected officials, consultants, developers, attorneys, environmental advocates, and other professionals to continue their education, network, and discuss key issues related to water reuse in Idaho and the West. This year, the Idaho Reuse and Operators Conference (IROC) is teaming up with WateReuse Pacific Northwest, the Idaho operators section of the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association, and Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. 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.
Presented in partnership with The Water Research Foundation, this presentation will cover key components of successful onsite non-potable water systems.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members and WRF Subscribers: Free
Across the nation, onsite non-potable water systems (ONWS) are becoming increasingly common as a means to conserve and recycle water. Ensuring consistent implementation is one of the principal challenges for ONWS programs, particularly when multiple, new stakeholders are involved. Water Research Foundation project 4909 sought to identify key knowledge gaps and provide the resources needed to aid in the smooth implementation of ONWS. Through interaction with the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems, the project team identified common pitfalls that have impacted the design, operation, permitting, and implementation of ONWS.
This presentation will cover key components of a successful ONWS program including: (1) treatment goals that control public health risk, (2) effective design of both treatment and non-treatment (i.e., management) barriers, (3) strategies for effective operation and monitoring of ONWS systems, and (4) frameworks for regulating and permitting ONWS. The goal of this presentation is to convey the importance of stakeholder knowledge for consistent protection of public health at ONWS installations. This information will be presented through a survey of the projects two main deliverables: the comprehensive guidance manual and interactive training modules.
- Brian Pecson, Ph.D., P.E., Principal Engineer, Trussell Technologies
- Brie Post, P.E., Senior Engineer, Trussell Technologies
- Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Are water recycling utilities well prepared to address the COVID-19 crisis and other potential future risks?
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
The America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) requires all utilities serving 3,300 or more people to complete a risk and resilience assessment (RRA) for their water systems, followed by the completion of an emergency response plan (ERP). The RRA’s are part of an overall effort to improve the ability of water systems to prepare for and respond to events from water resource limitations to cyber attacks, from extreme weather to an assault on the utility, and from contamination to treatment and distribution infrastructure, among others. In short, it is an all-hazards approach to managing risk.
This webcast will discuss how water reuse interacts with the RRAs and highlight some the ways that risks are viewed and managed from an AWIA perspective. It will also discuss how we are interpreting and acting upon risk in the midst the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and how we can use RRAs to prepare for future risks. This webcast will offer a fresh look at risk and resilience through the lens of preparation and response. The presentation will begin with an overview of AWIA requirements, RRAs, and the role of water reuse in those assessments followed by a focus on risk and risk perceptions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
– featuring Brian Biesemeyer, Scottsdale Water “Arizona’s First Direct Potable Reuse System”