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!
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pacific; 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Eastern
Fee: WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
Singapore is a small island nation and is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. In the early years of its nation building, with limited land to collect and store rainwater, Singapore faced drought, floods and water pollution. These challenges inspired the Public Utilities Board (PUB), Singapore’s National Water Agency, to strategize and seek innovative ideas, develop capabilities and secure a sustainable supply of water. Today, PUB has developed a diversified and sustainable water supply strategy for Singapore with the Four National Taps. The Four National Taps are local catchment water, imported water, NEWater and desalinated water.
This Webinar focuses on Singapore’s third National Tap, NEWater. NEWater refers to the high-grade reclaimed water that is produced using advanced membrane and ultraviolet technologies. It is primarily supplied to non-domestic sectors such as wafer fabrication plants, petrochemical plants, manufacturing industries and commercial buildings for industrial and air-conditioning purposes. A small percentage of NEWater is also injected into the reservoirs before being treated at the waterworks for drinking water supply. Participants of this Webinar will learn about the development of NEWater in Singapore, including R&D efforts and strategies to overcome various operational challenges.
Bingrui Liu has been the Operations Engineer at Kranji NEWater Factory since 2017 after graduating from Boston University with a BA(Hons) in Chemistry.
Joelyn Tan joined the Operations team at Bedok NEWater Factory (BNF) in 2018, bringing along her technical knowledge as well as experience with the latest industry innovations.
Melanie Tan was the Plant Manager for Bedok NEWater Factory from 2010 – 2013 and will be facilitating the session. She currently serves as the Northern California Reuse Practice Leader for Kennedy Jenks.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
This webcast will summarize the California Environmental Flows Framework and its application in the Los Angeles River. Across the country, state and local agencies are promoting water reuse and recycling to conserve water resources. Reuse and recycling of treated wastewater can result in a reduction of instream flow and can impact existing and future instream beneficial uses, setting up potential conflicts between policies aimed at promoting reuse, protecting water quality, and managing ecological resources. Agencies in California have come together to develop a statewide environmental flows framework that can be used to establish seasonal flow criteria. This framework is currently being applied in the Los Angeles River watershed to better evaluate the cumulative impacts of potential flow reductions associated with several water reuse and water capture projects. The project will provide a science-based approach for assessing flow necessary to sustain beneficial uses. The project outcomes will be used to help establish technically sound flow recommendations and evaluate the consequences of alternative flow scenarios for the LA River. This project may also serve as a model for assessing similar situations in other river systems across the state.
Dr. Eric Stein is a head of the Biology Department at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP). Dr. Stein oversees a variety of projects related to in-stream and coastal water quality, bioassessment, hydromodification, watershed modeling, and assessment of wetlands and other aquatic resources. His research focuses on effects of human activities on the condition of aquatic ecosystems, and on developing tools to better assess and manage those effects.
WOW! Wonders of Water Brownie Journey Jumpstart
Our event is a series of activities and presentations for Brownie Girl Scouts to earn a badge called Wow! Wonders of Water Journey – LOVE Water. Girl Scouts can sign up through the council events page. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Erica Marti (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Overview of activities:
- learning about the water cycle through active movement and visual demonstration
- learning about water pollution, especially how our community is affected by stormwater runoff
- learning about the unique water system in the Las Vegas Valley
Our event is now posted on the Girl Scout events page. Please share with anyone who has a Girl Scout (2nd, 3rd grades).