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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

Mar
4
Wed
National Water Reuse Action Plan: Collaboration and Implementation
Mar 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Webcast 2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific Fee: Members: $0; Others: $0 Register Now! Join us for an inside look at the much anticipated national Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP), an effort to foster greater consideration of water reuse facilitated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in partnership with other governmental and non-governmental water sector organizations. The WRAP is a blueprint for advancing the adoption of water recycling as a tool for water resources management across the country. It includes an ambitious set of actions that will be led by a diverse range of actors, from industry to government agencies to academia. On September 10, 2019, at the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium in San Diego, California, EPA announced the release of a draft WRAP for public comment. Staff from EPA will join us again to describe the plan, its genesis, and the all-important implementation phase. Register today to learn how you can stay engaged and collaborate on advancing water reuse as part of an integrated water resources management approach.

Presenters

Jeff Lape, National Program Leader for Water Reuse, Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Gilbert Trejo (Moderator), President, WateReuse Association
Mar
13
Fri
Meeting of the Board of Directors @ San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters
Mar 13 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mar
15
Sun
2020 WateReuse California Annual Conference @ Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Mar 15 @ 8:00 am – Mar 17 @ 5:00 pm
2020 WateReuse California Annual Conference @ Hyatt Regency San Francisco | San Francisco | California | United States

The Annual WateReuse California Conference brings together utilities, businesses, policymakers, and large water users from across the state to examine the latest issues and technologies in water recycling.

Mar
18
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Mar 18 all-day
Mar
25
Wed
Effective PFAS Treatment: Challenges and Solutions for Potable Reuse
Mar 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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

Register Now!

A group of chemicals known as PFAS – perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances – has garnered the public’s attention and posed treatment challenges for recycled water utilities. What is the latest science on effective treatment for PFAS? This webcast focuses on the fate of PFAS in recycled water destined for potable reuse, and will include results from different advanced treatment processes ranging from bench-scale evaluations to permanent potable reuse treatment demonstration projects. The data illustrate important considerations during treatment selection, design, and operation to meet PFAS treatment goals.

Presenter

Eva Steinle-Darling
Reuse Innovation Lead and Principal Technologist
Carollo Engineers

Apr
15
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Apr 15 all-day
Apr
24
Fri
Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting
Apr 24 all-day
May
18
Mon
2020 WateReuse Pacific Northwest Conference @ Brightwater Center
May 18 – May 20 all-day

Mark your calendars for May 19-20, 2020 for the WateReuse Pacific Northwest annual conference. This year’s conference will be held at King County’s Brightwater Center, an environmental education and event center located on the Brightwater Treatment Plant campus. An impressive conference program is being planned featuring innovative reuse projects, research, education and community outreach, new regulatory directions and an operator session tailored to reuse facility operations.

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

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