House and Senate Move Forward with Budget Resolutions
Senate Committees Hold Confirmation Hearings for EPA and USDA Administrators
Congressional PFAS Taskforce Outlines Priorities
The Congressional PFAS Task Force sent a letter signed by 132 Republican and Democratic Members of Congress outlining immediate actions the administration could take to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The letter urges the Administration to establish a nationwide drinking water standard for PFAS, and to designate the chemicals as a hazardous substance. The task force is founded and co-chaired by Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI-).
Watch Recording: National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP) Webinar Discusses Stormwater Capture and Reuse
State Updates and Member Profiles
Arizona: Department of Water Resources Awards Grant for Agricultural Reuse
The Arizona Department of Water Resources awarded a $250,000 grant to EPCOR, a privately-owned utility, to build a new recycled water pipeline for agriculture water users in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The pipeline will deliver up to 2,200 acre-feet of reclaimed water from the Pecan Wastewater Treatment Plant to the New Magma Irrigation and Drainage District in San Tan Valley. The project supports the Lower Colorado Basin Drought Contingency Plan goals to offset agricultural water use with alternative sources. Read more.
Minnesota: Stormwater Capture Helps Golf Course Reduce Pollution
Como golf course in Saint Paul recently completed work on a stormwater capture project that cleans 11 million gallons of runoff from surrounding roads, parking areas, and paths. The project is expected to prevent about 55 pounds of phosphorous from entering Como Lake each year. The project was completed in partnership with the city of Saint Paul and Capitol Region Watershed District. Read more.
WateReuse Members Paving the Way for More Potable Reuse
Potable reuse is here to stay and likely to expand, according to a recent article in Future Human, which discusses the use of purified recycled water for drinking in North American cities. The article cites the work of several WateReuse members who are implementing potable reuse and educating the public on the topic, including the City of San Diego, Xylem, and El Paso Water. WateReuse Executive Director Patricia Sinicropi was quoted: “Direct potable reuse is going to be the future for many communities. We have the technology.” Read more.
Wetlands Projects Showcase Environmental Benefits of Water Recycling
Water reuse projects that restore or construct wetlands provide more than water management benefits; they also help address climate change. Globally, wetlands store nearly two times the amount of carbon than the world’s forests and are home to 40% of animal species. The International Union for Conservation of Nature notes that preserving and restoring wetlands is key to regulating the planet’s climate. Read more.
Investors Eye Growth of Water Recycling in India
While India has less than 5% of the world’s water resources, water demand is expected to increase to 1.5 trillion cubic meters by 2030. This growth makes water recycling an intriguing option for both water providers and investors. Experts have begun comparing the investment cost of building new water treatment versus updating existing systems to use the nearly 70% of wastewater that goes directly into rivers and lakes. Read more.
Solar Thermal Desalination Technologies Shine Light on Future Treatment
Researchers around the world are assessing solar thermal technologies that could prove to be more cost effective than traditional reverse osmosis desalination. The U.S. Department of Energy established a solar desalination prize aimed at producing 1,000 liters of usable water for $1.50. Researchers at Rice University, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and University of California, Berkley believe solar-thermal desalination systems will be able to handle water with twice the salt concentration of sea water. Read more.
Member Resources and Benefits
Now Available! New Activity Booklet Provides Water Reuse Education for Late Elementary and Early Middle School Students
The Project WET Foundation and the WateReuse Association announce the release of a new Water Reuse booklet that introduces students to the world of water reuse with fun activities that develop math and science skills. Students will learn about the urban water cycle, the treatment processes that make water safe to use again, and much more! The booklet was produced with the support of the Arizona, Colorado, Florida, and Texas WateReuse State Sections. Check out the booklet highlights in this short video.
The booklet is available on the Project WET store. WateReuse members interested in ordering 250 copies or more through March 20 will receive a 20% discount using the coupon code: WATEREUSE.
Conferences, Webcasts and Events
CDC Webinar: COVID-19 Vaccinations for Essential Workers in the Water Sector
February 10, 2021
10 am PT | 1 pm ET
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is hosting a series of webinars on COVID-19 vaccination for essential workers. The webinar is for essential workers of the Water Sector will provide an overview of vaccine distribution and implementation and briefly cover safety and efficacy. Participants are encouraged to submit any questions they have when they register so the presenter can address any FAQs. Register here.
Webcast: Communicating about Potable Reuse and Public Health –Tools for Success
February 17, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET
This webcast will describe methods to communicate with stakeholders – including healthcare providers – regarding the human health safeguards associated with potable reuse implementation. Register here.
EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Eligibility Webinar
February 23, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET
Learn about WIFIA’s different project type eligibilities to help determine if your project is a good fit for financing. There will be a short question and answer period at the end of this webinar. Register here.
18th Annual EPA Drinking Water Workshop: Small System Challenges and Solutions
August 30 – September 2, 2021 EPA’s free annual drinking water workshop, held in partnership with the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA), will be virtual this year. The workshop will provide in-depth information and training on solutions and strategies for handling small drinking water system challenges with a focus on monitoring, distribution, source, and treatment topics. Learn more on the event page.
WateReuse Arizona Webinar10:30 am – 11:30 pm PT | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ET WateReuse Members: Free PDHs: 1 Register Now! The Hyperion Advanced Water Purification Facility is a proof-of-concept treatment process that will provide highly treated water for multiple non-potable uses at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant. These uses may include make-up water for cooling towers, toilet flushing, boiler feed makeup and landscape irrigation. The process will also provide an opportunity for the staff at Los Angeles Environment and Sanitation (LASAN) to gain hands-on experience with advanced water purification technologies, including membrane bioreactors, reverse osmosis, UV advanced oxidation and calcite contactors for product water stabilization to prepare operators for future, large scale advanced treatment system operation. The project is being delivered on an aggressive schedule as design-build with Walsh Constructors. The demonstration facility is being constructed on the existing plant site with significant footprint constraints, challenging soil conditions, and existing facilities that must remain in service through construction. A highly variable influent quality and a need for a pure, non-corrosive product water presented some unique challenges for the process design team. This presentation will cover the major challenges, creative solutions and lessons learned from this unique project.
PresenterRob McCandless is the National Reuse Process Engineering Lead with Brown and Caldwell. Rob has over 32 years of experience with a career focused on treatment processes along with project management, planning, process analysis, design, major system procurement, value engineering, and construction. He works with both municipal and industrial clients and specializes in advanced water purification systems and membrane technologies. His background includes a broad spectrum of wastewater and water treatment processes, activated sludge systems, membrane bioreactors, arsenic removal systems, membrane filtration, reverse osmosis, and related support systems. He has both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University. Rob currently serves the Arizona section of WateReuse as the section President.
11:00 am – 12:30 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET
WateReuse Members: Free
Join WateReuse California’s Agricultural Reuse Committee to learn about agricultural water reuse in production, planned projects, and new opportunities. An expert panel of agricultural reuse practitioners will share their experiences, lessons learned, and outlook for agriculture reuse in California. Following the panel, the audience will be encouraged to submit questions for a moderated Q&A. Agricultural reuse refers to recycled water used in an agricultural setting. Water is treated and used again, employing effective and efficient processes to meet specific quality standards for the intended end use. Water that is treated and cleaned for agricultural reuse includes municipal wastewater, wastewater from plants that process agricultural products, and runoff from fields after irrigation (also known as tailwater).
North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program
Director of Utilities
City of Modesto
City of Fresno
Department of Public Utilities Wastewater
Angela Morrow, P.E.
Deputy Director of Utilities / Construction and Engineering
Utilities | City of Escondido
José R. Ramírez, P.E.
Senior Civil Engineer
Water Recycling Program Manager
Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District
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Remote – Zoom
Friday, Dec 3, 2021
11:00 am to 2pm EST // 10 to 1 CST // 9:00 to 12 MST // 8:00 to 11 PST
When: Dec 7, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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10:30 am – 12:00 pm EST (US and Canada) | 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm IST
WateReuse Members: Free
This webcast will feature a summary of the state of practice of water reuse in India. The regional challenges and potential for water reuse in India provide insight for other countries, such as the United States. Specific research and case studies will cover water reuse for agricultural applications. Such applications are of growing importance both in India and internationally. Other examples will draw from community developments that use greywater and blackwater to provide a community value through reuse.
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Super Saver Opens October 4: 37th Annual WateReuse Symposium in San Antonio, Texas
Mark your calendar for the 37th Annual WateReuse Symposium to be held March 5-9, 2022 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas. A special super saver registration rate will be offered exclusively to WateReuse Association members beginning Monday, October 4, 2021—before early-bird registration opens to the general public.