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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: WateReue & AWE Members: Free; Others: $49
Can onsite water reuse systems be successfully integrated with a community’s centralized treatment system? New legislation is being adopted around the country to remove barriers to onsite water reuse and communities like San Francisco are leading the way in demonstrating how onsite non-potable water systems can supplement centralized treatment and extend water supplies. This presentation will discuss important lessons learned in San Francisco, which has been requiring onsite water reuse in new large developments for seven years. You will also learn how model legislation developed by the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems is being adopted across the country to encourage the use of alternative water supplies. The presentation will also provide a preview of the National Blue Ribbon Commission’s new training manual for onsite reuse, which will be released in early 2020, and discuss future research priorities aimed at advancing more widespread adoption of onsite non-potable water systems.
Mary Ann Dickinson
President and CEO
Alliance for Water Efficiency
Director of Water Resources
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
Congress enters 2020 with the next Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) in its sights. Hearings and discussions have begun in earnest within the committees of jurisdiction in both the House and Senate. A number of important bills that were introduced or debated in 2019 may see further consideration in 2020 in the context of development of the next WRDA. At the same time, the Trump Administration will release its FY 2021 budget request as early as February, prompting Congress to launch the FY 2021 appropriations cycle.
Please join us January 8 at 2 p.m. ET for a webcast with Washington insiders to examine what’s on the congressional agenda for 2020 and how you can position your utility or company to have a voice at the table. 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 travel to Washington for Water Week in the Spring or are just interested in what to expect from Congress in 2020, this webcast will be a national advocacy primer for water professionals.
Greg Fogel, Policy Director, WateReuse Association
Mia O’Connell, President, O’Connell & Dempsey, LLC
Mia’s focus for three decades has been in the water resource and environment arenas. Mia has focused her efforts for her public agency and water clients on Corps of Engineers, EPA and Department of Interior projects. Mia works with the Corps in the flood protection, ecosystem restoration, navigation and water supply areas.
Geoff Bowman, Vice President, Van Scoyoc Associates
Having spent large parts of two decades as a staff member on the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Geoff Bowman offers clients an insider’s perspective on the policy, players, and politics involved in those issues.
Save the Date! More information to be posted soon.
WateReuse Texas, Water Environment Association of Texas, and Texas American Water Works Association invite you to the 9th Annual Water Reuse in Texas Conference: Extending our Water Frontier, July 20-21, 2020 at the Embassy Suites in Frisco, Texas. The program will present the latest on operations, financing, planning, and water quality. Pat Sinicropi, Executive Director of WateReuse Association, will provide a keynote discussion on the future of water reuse, Texas’ role as a reuse pioneer, and EPA’s Water Reuse Action Plan. There also opportunities to exhibit and sponsor. Save the date! Registration will open January 2020.
The Annual WateReuse Symposium is the nation’s premier conference on water recycling and the only conference dedicated solely to water reuse laws, policy, funding, research, technology, and public acceptance.
Save the Date!
35th Annual WateReuse Symposium
Hilton Denver City Center
September 13-16. 2020
Call for Abstracts coming soon!