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!
Presented in partnership with The Water Research Foundation, this presentation will cover key components of successful onsite non-potable water systems.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members and WRF Subscribers: Free
Across the nation, onsite non-potable water systems (ONWS) are becoming increasingly common as a means to conserve and recycle water. Ensuring consistent implementation is one of the principal challenges for ONWS programs, particularly when multiple, new stakeholders are involved. Water Research Foundation project 4909 sought to identify key knowledge gaps and provide the resources needed to aid in the smooth implementation of ONWS. Through interaction with the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems, the project team identified common pitfalls that have impacted the design, operation, permitting, and implementation of ONWS.
This presentation will cover key components of a successful ONWS program including: (1) treatment goals that control public health risk, (2) effective design of both treatment and non-treatment (i.e., management) barriers, (3) strategies for effective operation and monitoring of ONWS systems, and (4) frameworks for regulating and permitting ONWS. The goal of this presentation is to convey the importance of stakeholder knowledge for consistent protection of public health at ONWS installations. This information will be presented through a survey of the projects two main deliverables: the comprehensive guidance manual and interactive training modules.
- Brian Pecson, Ph.D., P.E., Principal Engineer, Trussell Technologies
- Brie Post, P.E., Senior Engineer, Trussell Technologies
- Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Are water recycling utilities well prepared to address the COVID-19 crisis and other potential future risks?
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
The America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) requires all utilities serving 3,300 or more people to complete a risk and resilience assessment (RRA) for their water systems, followed by the completion of an emergency response plan (ERP). The RRA’s are part of an overall effort to improve the ability of water systems to prepare for and respond to events from water resource limitations to cyber attacks, from extreme weather to an assault on the utility, and from contamination to treatment and distribution infrastructure, among others. In short, it is an all-hazards approach to managing risk.
This webcast will discuss how water reuse interacts with the RRAs and highlight some the ways that risks are viewed and managed from an AWIA perspective. It will also discuss how we are interpreting and acting upon risk in the midst the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and how we can use RRAs to prepare for future risks. This webcast will offer a fresh look at risk and resilience through the lens of preparation and response. The presentation will begin with an overview of AWIA requirements, RRAs, and the role of water reuse in those assessments followed by a focus on risk and risk perceptions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
– featuring Brian Biesemeyer, Scottsdale Water “Arizona’s First Direct Potable Reuse System”