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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

Jan
27
Wed
Water Reuse Policy in the 117th Congress and Biden Administration (Webcast)
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Water Reuse Policy in the 117th Congress and Biden Administration (Webcast)
Please join 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. Register Now! Join Us! 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET| 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT WateReuse Members: Free Others: $49 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. Top Washington water sector lobbyists will discuss the status of key legislation and explain the opportunities to advance a water reuse policy agenda. Whether you plan to participate in our Virtual Water Week in the spring or are interested in what to expect from Congress and the new Administration in 2021, this webcast will be a national advocacy primer for water professionals.

Presenters

  • Mia O’Connell, President, O’Connell & Dempsey, LLC
  • Pete Evich, Vice President, Van Scoyoc Associates
  • Jon Freedman, Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs, SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions
  • Greg Fogel, Policy Director, WateReuse Association
 
Feb
3
Wed
Stormwater Capture Drivers, Impediments, and Future Visions (Webcast)
Feb 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Register Now!
Join Us!
2:00 – 4:00 pm ET| 11:00 am – 1:00 pm PT
Fee: Complimentary

Join a group of stormwater management leaders from around the US to discuss stormwater capture motivations and drivers, barriers to progress, and future directions. This group will touch on questions such as:

  • Why are communities pursuing stormwater capture for use now?
  • How do community interests in stormwater harvesting vary across the country?
  • What factors get in the way of progress?
  • Where do we want to be with stormwater capture in 20 years?

The audience will learn about the different motivators, unique strategies, and opportunities to market and advance stormwater capture across the U.S.

Presenters

  • Randy Bartlett, Fairfax County VA
  • Sharlene Leurig, Texas Water Trade/Austin Water Forward
  • Mark Doneux, St. Paul, MN Capitol Region Watershed District
  • James Moore, Georgia Association of Water Professionals
  • Enrique Zaldivar, City of Los Angeles
  • Lynn Broaddus, Water Environment Federation
  • Drew Wenzel, Google

This webinar will be the first of a series of four webinars as part of the National Water Reuse Action Plan, Action 2.3.3. Co-sponsors include the WateReuse Association, U.S. EPA, National Association of Municipal Stormwater Agencies (NMSA), Re-Inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt), Water Environment Federation, and Johnson Foundation at Wingspread (JFW).

Save the Date

Join us for the second webinar in this series.

Developing Stormwater Treatment Standards – Where’s the Action?
February 23, 2021
2:00 – 4:00 pm ET

Feb
5
Fri
Containment of Covid-19 on a College Campus via Wastewater-Based Epidemiology (Webcast)
Feb 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

WateReuse Arizona Section Meeting & Webinar
9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific | 12:00 – 1:00 pm Eastern
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

Wastewater-based epidemiology was utilized to detect SARS-Cov-19 in the wastewater of student dorms upon re-entry of University of  Arizona students in the fall semester of 2020. Positive wastewater samples allowed for subsequent targeted clinical testing of dorm students and the identification of both symptomatic and asymptomatic Covid-19 infections. Early detection of infected individuals resulted in reduced exponential spread of Covid-19 and allowed the university to remain open throughout the semester.

Presenter

Ian Pepper, Director, WEST Center & Professor, Environmental Science

Dr. Pepper is an environmental microbiologist whose research has focused on the fate and transport of pathogens in air, water, soils and municipal wastes. More recently, he has investigated the potential for real-time detection of contaminants in water distribution systems. Dr. Pepper is Professor in the Community, Environment, and Policy Department in the UA College of Public Health, as well as Professor in the Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering. In addition to his duties at the WEST Center, he is director of the National Science Foundation Water Quality Center at the UA.

He also teaches a graduate level laboratory class on Environmental Microbiology, and an undergraduate class on Pollution Science. He has co-authored numerous books and journal articles on Environmental Microbiology and Pollution Science, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Microbiology, the American Society of Agronomy, and the Soil Science Society of America.

He received his Ph.D. in Soil Microbiology from The Ohio State University, M.S. in Soil Biochemistry from Ohio State, and B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Birmingham, Great Britain.

Feb
9
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Feb 9 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Zoom Meeting 

When: Feb 9, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpceCqqz4tEtNiOeRgAqBZza_hcILDEx10

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

Feb
17
Wed
Communicating about Potable Reuse and Public Health: Tools for Success (Webcast)
Feb 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Register Now!

Join Us!
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET| 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49

As more communities face water quantity challenges, water reuse is a viable option to expand drinking water sources.  Although all water is recycled as it moves through the environment, the practice of treating wastewater to be used for potable water is sometimes met with skepticism. Some of this stems from the “toilet to tap” campaigns that may have led to more rejection of water reuse than acceptance.

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.  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.  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.

Presenters

  • Karla Mendez, PhD Candidate, UTHealth Houston School of Public Health, El Paso campus
  • Kristina Mena, MSPH, PhD, Regional Dean and Associate Professor, UTHealth Houston School of Public Health, El Paso campus
Feb
25
Thu
Los Angeles Chapter Virtual Happy Hour
Feb 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Virtual Happy Hour Via Zoom

Register in advance to participate:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwudeCsqTsoGt2oVFyg_xaPdNJ9GN6BzN-M

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

Mar
12
Fri
Meeting of the Board of Directors – First Quarter 2021 @ Virtual
Mar 12 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

First Quarter:
Remote – Zoom
Friday, March 12, 2021
11:00 am to 2pm EST // 10 to 1 CST // 9:00 to 12 MST // 8:00 to 11 PST

Mar
15
Mon
36th Annual WateReuse Symposium
Mar 15 – Mar 25 all-day
36th Annual WateReuse Symposium

36th Annual WateReuse Symposium: Redefining Resiliency

March 15-25, 2021

Join us for a series of live and on demand virtual roundtables!

Learn More

Apr
13
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Apr 13 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Zoom Meeting

When: Apr 13, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkd-6tqjsiH9ztJm_6CN-heC5W3IEcOK7V

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

Jun
4
Fri
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Second Quarter 2021 @ Virtual
Jun 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Second Quarter:
Remote – Zoom
Friday, June 4, 2021
11:00 am to 2pm EST // 10 to 1 CST // 9:00 to 12 MST // 8:00 to 11 PST

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