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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

Feb
10
Fri
Board of Trustees Meeting
Feb 10 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Please contact Jennifer West for details
Feb
14
Tue
Agricultural Reuse Committee @ Virtual
Feb 14 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

For more information contact Rosario Cortes

WRCA Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ LACSD Joint Administration Office (JAO)
Feb 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Tour of the San Jose Creek WRP will follow starting at 1:15 pm

Hosted by Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, and lunch will be sponsored by AECOM.

For in-person attendance, please RSVP to jjacobus@rinconconsultants.com by Friday, February 10. Virtual attendance option also available.

 

Agenda

WRCA Inland Empire Chapter Meeting @ Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority
Feb 14 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Feb
15
Wed
WRTX: Tel Aviv to Texas: Lessons Learned from the 2022 WateReuse Israel Delegation
Feb 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
WRTX: Tel Aviv to Texas: Lessons Learned from the 2022 WateReuse Israel Delegation

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February 15, 2023 Time: 1:00pm CT | 2:00pm ET


As a global leader in water reuse, Israel takes a very intentional and integrated approach to producing and maintaining its water supply. They combine desalination, water recycling of municipal wastewater and stormwater capture, and reuse to ensure sustainable supplies. Nearly 90 percent of Israel’s treated wastewater is reused for agricultural irrigation purposes.


In November 2022, over 40 representatives from the U.S. water sector, including utilities, industry, states, and the federal government, traveled to Israel as part of a science, technology, and policy informational exchange focused on water reuse practices. This intensive week of learning about the Israeli approach to managing its water resources included several delegates from Texas.


The panelists will share their general experience as part of the delegation (5-10 mins each) and then we will ask a few prepared questions about lessons learned and how those could be applied to Texas communities. If time allows, we will take questions from the audience.


Moderator: 

Paula Paciorek, Division Manager, Houston Water Planning

Presenters:

  • Special Introduction by Omer Bab, Director of Trade and Regulatory Policy, Embassy of Israel and Danny Greenwald, Senior Deputy Director General for Regulation, Israel Water Authority
  • Eva Steinle-Darling, Water Reuse Technical Practice Director, Carollo Engineers
  • Hunter Adams, Environmental Laboratory Supervisor, City of Wichita Falls – Cypress Environmental Laboratory
  • Erika Crespo, Assistant Deputy Director, Water Quality Division, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
  • Kobe Nagar, CEO and Co-Founder, 374 Water

 

Feb
16
Thu
WRCA Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Moulton Nigel Water District
Feb 16 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Key topic will be on urban runoff diversions; more details forthcoming.

For more information contact Kraig Erickson

Feb
17
Fri
WRCA Northern California Chapter Meeting @ virtual
Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Feb
21
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Feb 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Feb
24
Fri
Leg-Reg Committee Meeting
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Please contact Jennifer West for details

WRCA Leg-Reg Committee Meeting @ virtual
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

For more information contact Jennifer West

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