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!
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
– 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Pure Water Monterey, located at 14811 Del Monte Blvd, Marina, CA 93933. The meeting includes lunch and a tour.
– Please RSVP no later than 1/22/20.
- To RSVP to attend in person, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/6hbco4sVPJRosRe46. Detailed driving and parking directions will be provided to those who RSVP.
- To register to participate via webinar, please complete this form: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4714919568173938700 .
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
Today’s technology allows us to treat virtually any source of water to meet any need including drinking, but many states lack regulations to allow potable reuse projects to move forward. WateReuse Association State Sections are taking the lead in collaborating with regulatory agencies and other stakeholders to develop regulatory frameworks to implement potable reuse. Join us to learn about recent efforts in Colorado and Florida that are paving the way for potable reuse.
The State of Colorado is considering regulating direct potable reuse (DPR). To support this effort, WateReuse Colorado sponsored the formation of an Independent Advisory Expert Panel to develop regulatory guidelines for the state. Larry Schimmoller, chair of the Panel, will review the process used to develop the regulatory guidelines, discuss the specific recommendations included in the guidelines, and present the next steps in the regulatory process.
WateReuse Florida took the initiative to bring together a diverse group of water professionals and end user stakeholders to participate in a consensus base effort to identify and address technical, regulatory, and implementation barriers to potable reuse in Florida. The Florida Potable Reuse Commission was formed to develop a framework document for potable reuse implantation in Florida to augment future water supply and support water quality initiatives. Lynn Spivey, WateReuse Florida President, and Potable Reuse Commission Chair, will be discussing the 18-month effort and the newly published Framework document.
Chair, Independent Advisory Expert Panel, Colorado DPR Framework Project
Global Technology Leader for Water Reuse, Jacobs
Chair, Florida Potable Reuse Commission
President, WateReuse Florida
Director of Utilities, City of Plant City (Florida)
The event includes a meeting of the Board Trustees and a webinar on PFAS.
WateReuse Nevada’s inaugural inter-state gathering for water professionals to discuss current topics and future trends. Topics will cover the current state and future prospects of water recycling in Nevada; state, agency, and industry partnership; and a current look at scientific advancements at Nevada universities.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
A group of chemicals known as PFAS – perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances – has garnered the public’s attention and posed treatment challenges for recycled water utilities. What is the latest science on effective treatment for PFAS? This webcast focuses on the fate of PFAS in recycled water destined for potable reuse, and will include results from different advanced treatment processes ranging from bench-scale evaluations to permanent potable reuse treatment demonstration projects. The data illustrate important considerations during treatment selection, design, and operation to meet PFAS treatment goals.
Reuse Innovation Lead and Principal Technologist
Mark your calendars for May 19-20, 2020 for the WateReuse Pacific Northwest annual conference. This year’s conference will be held at King County’s Brightwater Center, an environmental education and event center located on the Brightwater Treatment Plant campus. An impressive conference program is being planned featuring innovative reuse projects, research, education and community outreach, new regulatory directions and an operator session tailored to reuse facility operations.