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January 20, 2020

Not to Be Missed:  35th Annual WateReuse Symposium

The WateReuse Association invites technical abstract submissions for the 35th Annual WateReuse Symposium, September 13-16, 2020 in the mile-high city of Denver, Colorado. The Annual WateReuse Symposium is the nation’s premier conference on water recycling – attracting water professionals for several days of knowledge sharing, networking, and fun! The 2020 Symposium is being planned in collaboration with The Water Research Foundation and will include presentations on the latest reuse-related research. Abstracts are due February 18, 2020. Submit an Abstract Now!

Washington Update

New Legislative Package Includes Significant Investments in Water Recycling

House Democrats Plan Release of Infrastructure Package

Save the Date: Join Us for Water Week 2020 to Advance Water Recycling

Make plans to join the WateReuse Association in Washington, DC for the National Water Policy Fly-In during Water Week 2020, April 26-May 1. Water Week is the only national policy event of the year that draws together water professionals from across the country to advocate for the unique needs of recycled water, drinking water, and clean water utilities. Water Week is an opportunity to advance policy priorities for water utilities, including greater federal investment in water infrastructure, and a celebration of the role utilities play in communities nationwide. WateReuse encourages our members to participate so that we can ensure that recycled water is an integral part of the Water Week message.    

Member Profiles

California: Epic Clean Tec Tests Onsite Reuse in San Francisco High Rise

WateReuse Association member Epic Clean Tec is conducting a six-month onsite water recycling pilot study in a new 754-unit luxury apartment building in San Francisco. The pilot captures the water used in 55 units and treats it for non-potable applications. The city of San Francisco recently passed an ordinance requiring water recycling in all new commercial buildings larger than 250,000 square feet. Epic Clean Tec also treats the solids captured in the building with a chemical process to make fertilizer. Read More.

Florida: Potable Reuse Commission Issues Final Regulatory Framework Report

The Florida Potable Reuse Commission (PRC) has released its final report, Framework for the Implementation of Potable Reuse in Florida, which is the result of a two-year consensus-based effort by water professionals and a diverse stakeholder group. The PRC, comprised of eleven members with the president of WateReuse Florida serving as the chair, has already begun using the report as an advocacy tool. Legislation that follows the recommendations of the report was filed in the Florida House of Representatives on November 20. A separate bill makes an appropriations request of $500,000 for WateReuse Florida to educate the public on potable reuse. To view the report, click here. To learn more about the development of the report, join us for a webcast on February 5 at 2 pm ET.

Georgia: Master Plan to Bring Recycled Water to Northeast Athens, University of Georgia

WateReuse Association member Athens-Clark County Public Utilities last week presented an update to the Mayor and Commission on a plan to pipe non-potable recycled water to industrial areas in northeast Athens and to parts of the University of Georgia. The county’s demand for water will exceed its maximum withdrawal limit from Bear Creek Reservoir by 2050. To address this, ACC Public Utilities Department completed the design of a “reuse system master plan” in 2018. Read More.

New York: Environmental Group Calls for a Water Reuse Roadmap for Long Island

The Seatuck Environmental Association is calling for a Long Island water reuse roadmap to ensure a sustainable water supply. Although there has been increasing concern over the years about chemical contaminants in the island’s water supply, Seatuck notes quantity is an equivalent problem as the groundwater reservoir is the sole source of potable water. Existing water recycling on Long Island includes a golf course in Suffolk. Read More.

DuPont Expands Water Reuse Technology Portfolio

WateReuse Association member DuPont Water Solutions has completed its acquisitions of four water recycling technology companies. With its recent acquisitions, DuPont adds to its portfolio of water purification and separation technologies, including ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis and ion exchange resins. The four companies acquired by DuPont are GmbH, Memcor, Desalitech and OxyMem Limited. Read More.

WateReuse Communications Tools and Resources

Need to Illustrate the Value of Water Reuse Investment? Use Our Flyer and Infographic

Utilities must make a compelling case to ratepayers, policymakers, and other stakeholders that investment in water recycling is the right decision. Use ourflyer and infographicto illustrate that Investment in water reuse builds communities that are modern, sustainable and stable—ready for families to flourish and businesses to grow. The infographic highlights examples of recycled water from coast to coast and documents the value they bring.

Conferences and Events

Webcast: Developing Regulatory Frameworks for Potable Reuse

Today’s technology allows us to treat virtually any source of water to meet any need including drinking, but many states lack regulations to allow potable reuse projects to move forward. Join us on February 5 at 2 pm ET to learn how WateReuse Association State Sections are taking the lead in collaborating with regulatory agencies and other stakeholders to develop regulatory frameworks to implement potable reuse. Representatives from WateReuse Colorado and WateReuse Florida will discuss their recent efforts to facilitate the implementation of potable reuse. Register Now!

Upcoming Events

Apr
15
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Apr 15 all-day
Webcast: Breaking Down Implementation Barriers for Onsite Non-Potable Water Systems
Apr 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Webcast: Breaking Down Implementation Barriers for Onsite Non-Potable Water Systems

Presented in partnership with The Water Research Foundation, this presentation will cover key components of successful onsite non-potable water systems.

Webcast
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members and WRF Subscribers: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

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.

Presenters

  • 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
Apr
21
Tue
Webcast: America’s Water Infrastructure Act – Implications for Water Reuse and COVID-19
Apr 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Webcast: America’s Water Infrastructure Act - Implications for Water Reuse and COVID-19

Are water recycling utilities well prepared to address the COVID-19 crisis and other potential future risks?

Join Us!
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

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.

Presenters

  • Ben Stanford, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Hazen and Sawyer
  • Douglas Crawford-Brown, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Apr
24
Fri
Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting
Apr 24 all-day
May
1
Fri
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Santa Margarita Water District
May 1 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
May
28
Thu
Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
May 28 @ 10:00 am

Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
– featuring Brian Biesemeyer, Scottsdale Water “Arizona’s First Direct Potable Reuse System”

Jun
9
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Jun 9 all-day
Jun
17
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Jun 17 all-day
Jun
18
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Jun 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Jul
15
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Jul 15 all-day

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