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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

Jul
12
Tue
Managed Aquifer Recharge: Tucson’s Reclaimed Water Story
Jul 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Managed Aquifer Recharge: Tucson’s Reclaimed Water Story
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour) WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49 PDHs: 1 Register Now! The Tucson Water Reclaimed Water system is nearly 40 years old.  Early storage of excess effluent occurred in traditional constructed aquifer recharge facilities.  More recently, Tucson has advanced the concept of managed aquifer recharge, a practice that essentially leaves water in the local rivers and streams to naturally recharge the aquifer. This not only provides an aquifer recharge credit for the utility but creates natural riparian habitats in the desert for the community to enjoy. One project, the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project, has restored perennial stream flow to the river in downtown Tucson for the first time since the river dried up nearly 100 years ago. This presentation will provide a briefing on the Tucson Water Reclaimed system with a particular focus on the three managed aquifer recharge projects that are occurring in the Santa Cruz River. Presenter: John Kmiec, Director, Tucson Water
Jul
19
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Jul 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Jul
24
Sun
Arizona Water Reuse Symposium 2022
Jul 24 – Jul 26 all-day
Arizona Water Reuse Symposium 2022

Early Bird Registration and Discount Room Rate Expire July 7!

AZ Water Association and the Arizona Section of WateReuse Association will once again bring together thought leaders from across the Southwest for our annual symposium at Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona July 24 – 26, 2022.

Sunday:  Kick-off Reception and 6th Annual Purple Water Balloon Battle at 5:00 PM.  Pick a team/t-shirt color (ASU, NAU, UA or Purple if you want to be Switzerland) and get in the game.

Monday:  Full day of Symposium sessions with breakfast & lunch at Little America Hotel.  Shuttle to dinner at The Museum Club.

Tuesday: Half-day workshop: “Defining the Future of Direct Potable Reuse in Arizona”

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Register and Book Your Hotel Reservation

Jul
28
Thu
WateReuse Pacific Northwest – Oregon Summer Summit and Social
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Free event

July 28, 2022
Summit: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Social: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Register Today!

The Summer Summit and Social will offer an on-site approach to learn about recycled water and its many benefits and opportunities, as well as network with leaders in water reuse along with local and state representatives.

Join us to learn about the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission (MWMC)’s current recycled water uses at its treatment facilities, the next step in advancing recycled water for community use, and the immense opportunities for recycled water’s future role as an integrated environmental and water management asset. Engage with other leaders to discuss the positive impact recycled water can make on the One Water we all share.

Register for an optional morning tour of the MWMC’s Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant and Biocycle Farm on Friday, July 29 at 9 a.m.

Summit Location: MWMC’s Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, 410 River Avenue, Eugene, OR

Who: WateReuse members, water industry leaders, local and state representatives

Cost: The Summit, Social and Tours are free, but registration is required.

Aug
5
Fri
WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ TBD
Aug 5 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Aug
9
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Aug 9 all-day
Aug
16
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Aug 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Aug
18
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Aug
24
Wed
A Sustainable Solution to Meet Data Center Water Need – Water Reuse, Innovation and Partnership
Aug 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A Sustainable Solution to Meet Data Center Water Need – Water Reuse, Innovation and Partnership

11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

According to the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the nation’s data centers collectively consumed 165 billion gallons of water in 2014. Without intervention and investment, water and energy use of data centers is expected to continue growing rapidly. These trends risk putting data centers into competition with other growing businesses for space, energy, and water, and pose a challenge for data center development in regions with limited water resources. In this webcast, Arcadis and Tomorrow Water will discuss their CoFlow concept which involves the co-location of water reclamation facilities and data centers to allow exchanging water and cooling capacities.

Presenters:

  • Ufuk Erdal, Arcadis
  • Jon Liberzon, Tomorrow Water
Aug
26
Fri
Northern California Chapter Meeting Q3 (Palo Alto/Virtual)
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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