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February 8, 2021

Integrating Public Health and Water Reuse: Register for the 36th Annual WateReuse Symposium to Join the Conversation!

Washington Update

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.

International Update

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.

Research Update

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.

Upcoming Events

Mar
8
Fri
Northern California Chapter Meeting
Mar 8 all-day
WateReuse California Legislative-Regulatory Committee Meeting
Mar 8 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Please find below the 2024 schedule for the Legislative-Regulatory Committee. All in-person meetings will be held at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Sacramento offices located at: 1121 L Street, Suite 900, Sacramento.]

 

Both in-person and virtual meetings will occur from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Those indicated as virtual will occur over Zoom and a link will be provided on the agenda.

 

The 2024 WRCA Annual Conference will be at the: Hyatt Regency Orange County.

 

Please save the date for our 2024 meeting dates:

 

1. January 19 – in person

2. March 8 – virtual

3. March 22 – in person

4. April 12 – virtual

5. May 10 – in person

6. May 31 – virtual

7. June 21 – virtual

8. August 9 – virtual

9. September 16 – in person (at annual conference)

Mar
11
Mon
WRTX Reception at the National WateReuse Symposium
Mar 11 – Mar 12 all-day
2024 WateReuse Symposium @ Hilton Denver City Center
Mar 11 – Mar 14 all-day
2024 WateReuse Symposium @ Hilton Denver City Center

The 39th Annual WateReuse Symposium is a celebration of a unique moment for water reuse. New funding, new collaborations, and new regulatory frameworks are elevating opportunities for reuse projects nationwide. As water reuse practitioners, we have reached this summit together. Together we can remove barriers and empower safer, more resilient, and more sustainable communities and businesses with water reuse.

Learn More

Meeting of the Board of Directors – First Quarter 2024
Mar 11 all-day

In-Person, Denver, CO

Mar
19
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Mar 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Mar
21
Thu
Central Coast Chapter Meeting
Mar 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This will be a virtual-only meeting hosted on Teams.  Steve Wait will lead our main presentation which will focus on messaging to support water reuse projects and initiatives during times of above-average precipitation. There may be opportunities to compile resources and create a tool kit that could be utilized by staff to foster better support and messaging to governing bodies and the public.

Mar
22
Fri
WateReuse California Legislative-Regulatory Committee Meeting
Mar 22 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Please find below the 2024 schedule for the Legislative-Regulatory Committee. All in-person meetings will be held at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Sacramento offices located at: 1121 L Street, Suite 900, Sacramento.]

 

Both in-person and virtual meetings will occur from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Those indicated as virtual will occur over Zoom and a link will be provided on the agenda.

 

The 2024 WRCA Annual Conference will be at the: Hyatt Regency Orange County.

 

Please save the date for our 2024 meeting dates:

 

1. January 19 – in person

2. March 8 – virtual

3. March 22 – in person

4. April 12 – virtual

5. May 10 – in person

6. May 31 – virtual

7. June 21 – virtual

8. August 9 – virtual

9. September 16 – in person (at annual conference)

Mar
26
Tue
Inland Empire Chapter Meeting
Mar 26 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

We hope you can join us for this in-person meeting and tour. Join us for a variety of presentations, a tasty lunch, networking opportunities, and an intriguing tour of the Eurofins Laboratory in Pomona. It’s a perfect blend of insights, connections, and exploration—all in one event!


Please join us for the next Inland Empire WateReuse Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 // 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location:   Eurofins Drinking Water Testing

941 Corporate Center Dr.

Pomona, CA 91768

Agenda to Follow

Apr
9
Tue
Water Policy Fly-In 2024 @ Hilton Washington DC National Mall The Wharf
Apr 9 all-day

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