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.