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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

Apr
15
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Apr 15 all-day
Webcast: Breaking Down Implementation Barriers for Onsite Non-Potable Water Systems
Apr 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Webcast: Breaking Down Implementation Barriers for Onsite Non-Potable Water Systems

Presented in partnership with The Water Research Foundation, this presentation will cover key components of successful onsite non-potable water systems.

Webcast
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members and WRF Subscribers: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

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.

Presenters

  • 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
Apr
21
Tue
Webcast: America’s Water Infrastructure Act – Implications for Water Reuse and COVID-19
Apr 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Webcast: America’s Water Infrastructure Act - Implications for Water Reuse and COVID-19

Are water recycling utilities well prepared to address the COVID-19 crisis and other potential future risks?

Join Us!
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

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.

Presenters

  • Ben Stanford, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Hazen and Sawyer
  • Douglas Crawford-Brown, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Apr
24
Fri
Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting
Apr 24 all-day
May
1
Fri
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Santa Margarita Water District
May 1 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
May
28
Thu
Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
May 28 @ 10:00 am

Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
– featuring Brian Biesemeyer, Scottsdale Water “Arizona’s First Direct Potable Reuse System”

Jun
9
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Jun 9 all-day
Jun
17
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Jun 17 all-day
Jun
18
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Jun 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Jul
15
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Jul 15 all-day

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