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January 11, 2020

Resilience Redefined: Registration Is Open for the 36th Annual WateReuse Symposium – Reserve Your Spot Today

Washington Update

WateReuse Welcomes New Congress

President-Elect Biden Announces EPA, CEQ, Interior and Climate Nominations

National Water Reuse Action Plan Quarterly Update Showcases Three New Actions

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Member!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new member:

Section Update: WRCA Co-Edits Special Issue of Clean Water Focused on DPR

In a special issue of Clean Water magazine released last week, experts discuss direct potable reuse (DPR) as part of California’s water future. The publication reports on an Expert Panel guiding DPR regulatory development, the research that is helping to fill in information gaps, and the innovative DPR projects leading the way. The special issue was edited in collaboration with WateReuse California (WRCA) and includes a special message from Guest Editor Jennifer West, WRCA’s Managing Director. Clean Water is the publication of the California Water Environment Association. Read more.

California: Farmers Benefit from Central Contra Costa’s Recycled Water

CoCo San Sustainable Farm in Martinez, California is a farm for the community built on reclaimed land and utilizing reclaimed water. The farm is situated on sanitary buffer land owned by the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District. The 15-acre property is irrigated with reclaimed water that farmer Carolyn Phinney boasts is nutrient rich, safe, free, abundant, and the secret to her healthy, high-yielding plants. The water used at the farm was previously discharged into the nearby Suisun Bay and demonstrates the effective reuse of water that is essential to California’s water security. Read more.

Florida: Reclaimed Water Revives Local Park and Wildlife Habitat

The recently opened Ocala Wetland Recharge Park is performing triple duty as a peaceful oasis for visitors, a wildlife habitat, and a conduit for restoring depleted groundwater supplies – thanks to three million gallons of reclaimed water piped in each day from the City of Ocala. As reclaimed water moves through the park, plants and microorganisms treat it further before it seeps into the Upper Floridian Aquifer, which is the primary supply of drinking water for most of north central Florida. A former golf course, the land was already piped for reclaimed water, making it an ideal location for the park. Read more.

Research Update

New Tool Developed to Assess Groundwater Extraction and Land Subsidence

Researchers with the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain, funded by UNESCO, developed a map that models potential land subsidence from groundwater extraction across the world. The map is free of charge and intended for use by authorities and water managers that manage water basins and need to anticipate areas of concern. Predictions of land subsidence are important for arid regions across the world, particularly in places where aquifer pumping is a regular practice. Read more.

Researchers Develop New Water Purification System

Researchers at the University of Maine and Harvard are developing low-cost microfluidic water purification systems that they hope to prototype into portable pulsed-electric-field sterilization systems. This low-cost pulsed electric field kills bacteria, parasites, and viruses using a series of microfluidic channels to expose the water to the electric field. The design eliminates the need for filters in common membrane filtration treatments used to purify water. Read more.

Member Resources and Benefits

Need Information about Agricultural Reuse? Check Out Our Online Resources

Recycled water provides a cost-effective and resilient water supply for agriculture across the U.S. WateReuse has developed a new web page that collects examples, research, and helpful links to connect you with information about agricultural water reuse. Visit our website for videos, articles, and case studies. New information is being developed so check back for updates.

Conferences, Webcasts and Events

Webcast: Water Reuse Policy in the 117th Congress and Biden Administration

January 27, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET

January 2021 marks the beginning of both a new administration in the White House and a new Congress. While Congress passed a number of key pieces of legislation in the final days of 2020, much work remains to be done, including the reauthorization of important water recycling programs. At the same time, the Biden Administration is coming in with an ambitious agenda related to climate change, the environment, and infrastructure, among other issues.

Please join us for a webcast with Washington insiders to examine what’s on the congressional agenda for 2021 and what water-related priorities the Biden Administration is likely to push in its first year. Top Washington water sector lobbyists will discuss the status of key legislation and explain the opportunities to advance a water reuse policy agenda.

Register here.

Webcast: Communicating about Potable Reuse and Public Health –Tools for Success

February 17, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET

As more communities face water quantity challenges, water reuse is a viable option to expand drinking water sources. The practice of treating wastewater to be used for potable water is sometimes met with skepticism. With the emergence of new pathogens, such as SARS-CoV-2, the acceptance of water recycling as part of a community’s drinking water sustainability plan may be even more challenging. 

Quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) is a framework that evaluates the many factors impacting water reuse practices and management, as well as those influencing community perception.  This webcast will describe how QMRA may be used to communicate with stakeholders – including healthcare providers – the human health safeguards associated with water reuse implementation.

Register here.   

Upcoming Events

Feb
27
Tue
WateReuse Florida Webcast: Exploring Funding Opportunities for Reuse
Feb 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
WateReuse Florida Webcast: Exploring Funding Opportunities for Reuse
As pressure continues to build on our water resources and inflation continues to climb there is a need to further implement the cost-effective use of recycled water. In Florida, regulations such as the state’s SB 64 requirement for beneficial reuse, watershed nutrient limits, elimination of ocean outfalls, and limitations on our traditional sources of drinking water are driving our industry to implement solutions quickly that are more expensive than traditional reclaimed water projects. This has driven a demand on State and Federal agency funding. Join our expert panel to learn about a multitude of available funding sources available to municipalities east of the Mississippi. Topics include the application process and what to expect when awarded.

Register Here

Feb
29
Thu
Potable Reuse Permitting & Compliance Committee Meeting #1
Feb 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
We are looking forward to seeing you on Zoom on the 29th.  The Save the Date that was shared at our last meeting is attached and below.
Agenda for the 29th to follow.
You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Feb 29, 2024 10:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwoceiurzkoGNA4cmYn0-gbQQrgEI_JPWv5

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

WRCA Communications Collaborative Meeting @ Virtual
Feb 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
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
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)

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