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February 3, 2020

Not to be Missed — Reaching New Heights in Water Reuse: 2020 Annual WateReuse Symposium, Submit Your Ideas Today

Do you have knowledge to share on water recycling? Examples of successful water recycling projects? Critical research discoveries related to the science of reuse? If you do, the WateReuse Association is inviting technical abstract submissions for the 35th Annual WateReuse Symposium, September 13-16, 2020 in the mile-high city of Denver, Colorado. The Annual WateReuse Symposium is the nation’s premier conference on water recycling – attracting water professionals for several days of knowledge-sharing, networking, and fun! The 2020 Symposium is being planned in collaboration with The Water Research Foundation and will include presentations on the latest reuse-related research. Abstracts are due February 18, 2020.

Washington Update

House Democrats Renew Infrastructure Push Including Investments in Water Recycling

WateReuse Delivers Support Letter for New Water Recycling Legislation

EPA Gears Up for Release of National Water Reuse Action Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is on track to release the National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP) on February 27. The WRAP is a blueprint for advancing the adoption of water recycling as a tool for water resources management across the country. We anticipate that the WRAP will include an ambitious set of nearly three dozen actions that will be led by a diverse range of actors, from industry to government agencies to academia. WateReuse has been working closely with EPA, our members, and our partners to guide the development of the WRAP, and we look forward to its release in the coming weeks.

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.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Members!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:

California: New Water Recycling Projects to Reduce Seawater Intrusion

WateReuse Association member utilities along California’s coast are intensifying their efforts to reduce the invasion of seawater into groundwater supplies by injecting millions of gallons of recycled water underground. The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District, Soquel Creek Water District, City of Santa Cruz, and Monterey One Water are among the agencies that are implementing new projects that treat resources such as wastewater, stormwater, food industry processing water, and agricultural runoff and inject substantial amounts into aquifers. The additional groundwater will both enhance potable water supplies and help prevent saltwater from seeping further into coastal California’s massive subterranean reservoirs. Read More.

Georgia: Richmond Hill Secures Financing for Water Reuse, Prepares for Business Growth

The City of Richmond Hill secured a $3 million loan from the Georgia Environmental Financing Authority to complete phase 2 of a new water recycling program that will provide water for manufacturing processes and irrigation. The loan will help finance the installation of water main, sewer force main, and water reuse main infrastructure. Crews have been busy installing new pipes so the area around the new interchange will be ready for potential future businesses. Read More.

Texas: Section President Eva Steinle-Darling Discusses Potable Reuse

WateReuse Texas President Eva Steinle-Darling of Carollo Engineers shared her insight on technology trends for addressing contaminants of concern and pathogens in potable water reuse applications during a recent interview on WaterWorld’s The Drop. Steinle-Darling discussed the proactive approach the water sector takes in potable reuse and how it pays dividends when a new class of contaminants makes waves in the water industry. Watch the Interview.

WateReuse Communications Tools and Resources

Profiles in Reuse: Flyer Explains Safety and Reliability of Potable Reuse

The WateReuse Association released a new flyer, Profiles in Reuse: Potable Reuse, which members can use to inform ratepayers, elected officials, and other stakeholders about the safety and reliability of using purified water as part of the drinking water supply. The flyer also supports WateReuse’s Medical Community Initiative, which seeks to build support for potable reuse among medical and public health officials. This flyer is the first in a series of Profiles in Reuse that will serve as resources for member communication on water recyclingDownload Flyer.

Conferences and Events

Webcast: Developing Regulatory Frameworks for Potable Reuse

Join us on February 5 to learn about recent efforts in Colorado and Florida that are paving the way for potable reuse. WateReuse Colorado sponsored the formation of an Independent Advisory Expert Panel to develop regulatory guidelines, while WateReuse Florida brought together a diverse group of water professionals and end users to participate in a consensus based effort to identify and address technical, regulatory, and implementation barriers. Learn about the approach taken in each state, the specific recommendations included in the framework documents, and the next steps in the regulatory processes. Register Today!

Submit an Abstract for the 35th Annual WateReuse Symposium

The WateReuse Association is inviting technical abstract submissions for the 35th Annual WateReuse Symposium, September 13-16, 2020 in the mile-high city of Denver, Colorado. The Annual WateReuse Symposium is the nation’s premier conference on water recycling – attracting water professionals for several days of knowledge-sharing, networking, and fun. Abstracts are due February 18, 2020.

Upcoming Events

Jun
13
Tue
WRCA Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Jun 13 all-day
Our next bimonthly meeting of the Los Angeles WateReuse Chapter will be hosted by the Water Replenishment District of Southern California, and the meeting will be held at: Albert Robles Center (ARC) for Water Recycling and Environmental Learning 4320 San Gabriel River Pkwy Pico Rivera, CA 90660 Many thanks to PERC Water for also sponsoring our lunch, which will begin at 11:00 a.m. The formal meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. A tour of the ARC will follow the formal meeting, starting at 1:15 p.m. If you plan to attend in person, please RSVP by Friday, June 9th to Jennifer Jacobus via e-mail at jjacobus@rinconconsultants.com. Please indicate if you plan on joining for lunch, the formal meeting, and/or the tour, so that we may get an accurate count. There will also be an option to participate in the meeting virtually. A Zoom meeting registration link will be sent out with the agenda about one week prior. If there are others in your organization interested in attending, please forward a copy of this meeting notice to them.
Jun
15
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ South Coast Water District
Jun 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Jun
16
Fri
IN PERSON/HYBRID Sacramento Meeting
Jun 16 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Jun
20
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Jun 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Jun
21
Wed
MAWRA Monthly Meeting
Jun 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Jun
22
Thu
WRTX Board Meeting
Jun 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Innovations in Agricultural Water Reuse: Successes, Challenges, and Funding Opportunities
Jun 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Innovations in Agricultural Water Reuse: Successes, Challenges, and Funding Opportunities

1 pm PT | 4 pm ET (1 hour)
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, agriculture accounts for more than 80% of the nation’s water consumption. Water reuse is uniquely suited to provide resilience, local control, environmental protection, and high water quality for this critical demand. Join our webcast to learn about two innovative approaches to securing America’s food supply with water reuse, strategies for overcoming obstacles, and gain insight on how USDA conservation programs can be a valuable resource in funding these projects.

Presenters:

  • Dr. Chris Hay, Conservation Design Scientist, Iowa Soybean Association
  • Julie Hawkins, State Conservationist, USDA-NRCS
  • Mike McCullough, Director of External Affairs, Monterey One Water
Jun
29
Thu
WRFL Board Meeting
Jun 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Jul
18
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Jul 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Jul
20
Thu
MAWRA Monthly Meeting
Jul 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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