January 14, 2019
Submit an Abstract Today for the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium
Partial Federal Shutdown Continues, Bureau of Reclamation Open for Business
The 116th Congress Gets Underway: New Leaders for Key Water Reuse Committees
115th Enacts Integrated Planning Legislation with Water Reuse Included
Save the Date for Water Week 2019
State Updates and Member Profiles
Welcome New Members!
The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:
- 2POD Ventures
- Maryland Department of the Environment
- McCarthy Building
- NEW Water
- Primozone Production AB
California: Communications Collaborative Group to Convene January 23
The WateReuse California Communications Collaborative Group provides a forum to discuss and collaborate on potable water reuse communications. The group is open to all WateReuse California members. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Office of Brown and Caldwell, located at 210 N. Civic Drive in Walnut Creek.
Please review the agenda and RSVP no later than January 14.
- To RSVP to attend in person, please complete this form.
- To register to participate via webinar, please complete this form.
Meeting participants will brainstorm on creating a term/phrase to brand potable reuse and replace “toilet-to-tap.” When you register, you will be asked to make a suggestion(s) for this term/phrase.
California: WateReuse California Gear Available at Online store
Visit the WateReuse California Gear Store while it is still open! The store’s mission is to help members spread their WateReuse pride by providing an opportunity to purchase apparel. All pieces will be embroidered with the WateReuse California Logo. Please note that this is a store for members to purchase WateReuse Apparel, and is not a fundraiser for WateReuse.
To provide enough time for members to place orders and receive their apparel prior to the WateReuse California Conference in March 2019, the store will be open now through Saturday February 9, 2019. Once the store closes all orders will be processed and shipped within 3 weeks. If you have any questions about the store or ordering process, please see the contact information in the online store. Check out the WateReuse California Store here and place your order!
Florida: Potable Reuse Commission to Convene January 18
Florida’s Potable Reuse Commission (PRC) is a consensus group of stakeholders working to develop a framework for the implementation of potable reuse in Florida. Chaired by WateReuse Florida President Lynn Spivey, the PRC will submit recommendations, proposed legislation, and a regulatory path to policymakers and regulators for consideration. The next PRC meeting will be on Friday, January 18, 2019 at the Toho Water at 9:30 a.m. The materials from previous meetings, future meeting dates and other helpful information is available on WateReuse Florida’s website
Renew Your WateReuse Association Membership and Stay Connected
The WateReuse Association would like to thank everyone for renewing your membership. WateReuse membership is on a calendar year cycle so if you have not renewed for 2019 yet, please do so today to ensure that there is no lapse in all the great benefits of membership. If you have not yet paid your annual dues, please email email@example.com to request assistance.
WateReuse Association Begins Year with New Staff, Big Plans
Conferences and Events
Webcast: National Advocacy Opportunities for Water Reuse – An Insider Guide to the 116th Congress
What is the status of key federal legislation with potentially large consequences for water reuse? On January 16 at 2 p.m. ET, Washington insiders will discuss what to expect in the new Congress and share insight on how you can position your utility or company to have a voice at the table. In a divided Congress, Members will have to work to find common ground. One perennial favorite bipartisan issue, which may find traction, is infrastructure legislation. Register Now!
Register for the 2019 WateReuse California Annual Conference
Registration is open for the 2019 WateReuse California Annual Conference to be held March 17-19, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove, CA. The conference is designed for individuals, organizations, and agencies that are associated with or interested in the design, management, operation, and use of water recycling facilities and projects in California. Register Now!
Webcast: Community Engagement for Potable Reuse Success
Please join us on February 14, Valentine’s Day, to learn about the latest techniques in engagement and public education that will help your community fall in love with potable reuse. The water professionals on this panel have one common objective: to ensure a potable reuse project will be evaluated on its own merits and not dismissed as dangerous and too risky to pursue. The presenters will describe key elements that have helped their past efforts and discuss new outreach tactics they are relying on to take their outreach efforts to the next level. Register Now!
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pacific; 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Eastern
Fee: WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
Singapore is a small island nation and is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. In the early years of its nation building, with limited land to collect and store rainwater, Singapore faced drought, floods and water pollution. These challenges inspired the Public Utilities Board (PUB), Singapore’s National Water Agency, to strategize and seek innovative ideas, develop capabilities and secure a sustainable supply of water. Today, PUB has developed a diversified and sustainable water supply strategy for Singapore with the Four National Taps. The Four National Taps are local catchment water, imported water, NEWater and desalinated water.
This Webinar focuses on Singapore’s third National Tap, NEWater. NEWater refers to the high-grade reclaimed water that is produced using advanced membrane and ultraviolet technologies. It is primarily supplied to non-domestic sectors such as wafer fabrication plants, petrochemical plants, manufacturing industries and commercial buildings for industrial and air-conditioning purposes. A small percentage of NEWater is also injected into the reservoirs before being treated at the waterworks for drinking water supply. Participants of this Webinar will learn about the development of NEWater in Singapore, including R&D efforts and strategies to overcome various operational challenges.
Bingrui Liu has been the Operations Engineer at Kranji NEWater Factory since 2017 after graduating from Boston University with a BA(Hons) in Chemistry.
Joelyn Tan joined the Operations team at Bedok NEWater Factory (BNF) in 2018, bringing along her technical knowledge as well as experience with the latest industry innovations.
Melanie Tan was the Plant Manager for Bedok NEWater Factory from 2010 – 2013 and will be facilitating the session. She currently serves as the Northern California Reuse Practice Leader for Kennedy Jenks.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
This webcast will summarize the California Environmental Flows Framework and its application in the Los Angeles River. Across the country, state and local agencies are promoting water reuse and recycling to conserve water resources. Reuse and recycling of treated wastewater can result in a reduction of instream flow and can impact existing and future instream beneficial uses, setting up potential conflicts between policies aimed at promoting reuse, protecting water quality, and managing ecological resources. Agencies in California have come together to develop a statewide environmental flows framework that can be used to establish seasonal flow criteria. This framework is currently being applied in the Los Angeles River watershed to better evaluate the cumulative impacts of potential flow reductions associated with several water reuse and water capture projects. The project will provide a science-based approach for assessing flow necessary to sustain beneficial uses. The project outcomes will be used to help establish technically sound flow recommendations and evaluate the consequences of alternative flow scenarios for the LA River. This project may also serve as a model for assessing similar situations in other river systems across the state.
Dr. Eric Stein is a head of the Biology Department at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP). Dr. Stein oversees a variety of projects related to in-stream and coastal water quality, bioassessment, hydromodification, watershed modeling, and assessment of wetlands and other aquatic resources. His research focuses on effects of human activities on the condition of aquatic ecosystems, and on developing tools to better assess and manage those effects.
WOW! Wonders of Water Brownie Journey Jumpstart
Our event is a series of activities and presentations for Brownie Girl Scouts to earn a badge called Wow! Wonders of Water Journey – LOVE Water. Girl Scouts can sign up through the council events page. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Erica Marti (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Overview of activities:
- learning about the water cycle through active movement and visual demonstration
- learning about water pollution, especially how our community is affected by stormwater runoff
- learning about the unique water system in the Las Vegas Valley
Our event is now posted on the Girl Scout events page. Please share with anyone who has a Girl Scout (2nd, 3rd grades).