February 4, 2019
Deadline Thursday: Don’t Miss Your Chance to Tell Your Water Reuse Story at the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium, Submit Your Abstract Today!
Join WateReuse in Washington, DC for Water Week 2019, March 31-April 6
Continuing Resolution Opens Government, Funds Key Water Infrastructure Programs
Bureau of Reclamation Intervenes in Colorado River Drought Deal
State Updates and Member Profiles
Welcome New Member!
The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new member:
California: Legislation Introduced to Change Terminology for Recycled Water
California: Las Virgenes and Triunfo Partner on Pure Water Project
WateReuse Association members Las Virgenes Municipal Water District and Triunfo Sanitation District have formed an alliance to build a $120-million purification project that will treat wastewater normally released into local streams and return it to the customer as safe drinking water. Construction will begin this spring on a $3 million demonstration project that will begin operating later in the year with the ability to treat between 50 and 100 gallons a minute. The full-scale project is expected to be complete by 2030. Read More.
California: One Week Left to Obtain WateReuse California Gear Before Annual Conference
The WateReuse California (WRCA) Gear Store will be open for one more week! If you haven’t been able to purchase your WRCA swag, now is the time! As a reminder, all pieces will be embroidered with the WateReuse California Logo. Please note that this is a store for members to purchase WateReuse Apparel, and is not a fundraiser for WateReuse. The store will remain open until Saturday February 9, 2019. Once the store closes all orders will be processed and shipped within 3 weeks. If you have any questions about the store or ordering process, please see the contact information in the online store. Check out the WateReuse California Store here and place your order!
Georgia: Stadium’s Water Reuse System Combats Atlanta’s Flood Problems
Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the location for Saturday’s Superbowl, opened in August 2017 as North America’s first LEED platinum venue complete with a water recycling system. A significant component of the facility’s sustainability initiatives include water conservation, with a focus on reducing the amount of flooding in its neighborhood in northwestern Atlanta. The stadium has a capacity to store over 2 million gallons of storm water on site. The facility is equipped with a 680,000-gallon cistern for rainwater recapture and reuse, which goes towards landscape irrigation and the site’s cooling tower. Read More.
Oregon: Intel Secures $150 Million in Bonds for Water Recycling Project
The State of Oregon approved a $150 million in industrial development bonds to help Intel finance a $600 million water recycling facility, which could cut Intel’s water consumption by a third. Intel uses its Hillsboro, Oregon, factory to produce microchips, which requires large amounts of water to clean silicon wafers as residue accumulates on them throughout the production process. The tax-exempt bonds allow Intel to pay interest rates that are as much as 25 percent below standard corporate bond interest rates. Read More.
New Research Addresses Monitoring, Treatment, and Agriculture
The Water Research Foundation released several new reports on research related to water reuse:
- Review of Non-Culture-Based Methods for Pathogen Monitoring in Potable Reuse (Reuse-14-17/4768)
- Predicting Reverse Osmosis Removal of Unique Organics (Reuse-14-19/4769)
- Carlsbad Desalinated Seawater Integration Study (Desal-15-06/4773)
- Agricultural Use of Recycled Water: Impediments and Incentives (Reuse-15-08/4775)
Conferences and Events
Webcast: Community Engagement for Potable Reuse Success
Please join us on February 14, Valentine’s Day, to learn about the latest techniques in engagement and public education that will help your community fall in love with potable reuse. The water professionals on this panel have one common objective: to ensure a potable reuse project will be evaluated on its own merits and not dismissed as dangerous and too risky to pursue. The presenters will describe key elements that have helped their past efforts and discuss new outreach tactics they are relying on to take their outreach efforts to the next level. Register Now!
Register for the 2019 WateReuse California Annual Conference
Registration is open for the 2019 WateReuse California Annual Conference to be held March 17-19, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove, CA. The conference is designed for individuals, organizations, and agencies that are associated with or interested in the design, management, operation, and use of water recycling facilities and projects in California. Register Now!
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”