January 21, 2019
Submit a Proposal for a Place on the Podium at the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium
Join WateReuse for the National Water Policy Fly-In
GAO Report Documents Impact of Title XVI in Advancing Water Recycling
Watch: Webcast Provides Insight into the 116th Congress
WateReuse Joins Water Sector in Asking Congress to Include Water Infrastructure in Any Infrastructure Package
State Updates and Member Profiles
California: Metropolitan Water District Approves $3.5 Million in Funding
WateReuse Association member the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s board of directors approved the funding of 15 projects across 11 Metropolitan member agencies. When combined with matching funds from the member agencies, and other local, state and federal resources, an additional $8 million will be infused into the projects. Selected projects include improving seawater desalination technology, using stormwater and recycled water to increase the development of local water supplies, analyzing a reverse osmosis process in brackish groundwater treatment, and piloting artificial intelligence technology in the control systems of a water treatment plant. Read More.
California: WRCA Funded Bioanalytical Monitoring Group Holds First Meeting
The WateReuse California (WRCA) funded Bioanalytical Implementation Advisory Group, administered by the National Water Research Institute, met for the first time on January 10, 2019, in Fountain Valley, California. More than 90 stakeholders participated. State Water Board staff also participated in the meeting and answered questions regarding the monitoring and implementation of the two new bioassays for potable reuse agencies. Two bioassays monitoring tests will be required in March 2020 for potable reuse agencies. The primary purpose of the group is to develop the Standard Operating Procedures for the tests. The advisory group will meet next in March or April. View Meeting Slides.
Texas: Wetlands Reuse Project Creates New Habitat, Community Education
WateReuse Association member the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) is using water reuse to create a wilderness oasis just miles from Dallas. The East Fork Water Reuse Project near Seagoville is one of the largest water reuse projects in the country. Water from the East Fork of the Trinity River flows through the 2,000-acre wetland and is naturally filtered by plants and sunlight. The district is currently building a new pipeline and pump, Trinity River Main Stem Pump Station and Pipeline near Rosser that will add approximately 100 million gallons of water per day from the Trinity. Read More.
WateReuse Member Companies Recognized for Positive Impact
WateReuse Association members Natural Systems Utilities and Biohabitats were included in the Real Leaders list of Top 100 Impact Companies. The awards rank the top companies applying capitalism for greater profit and greater good. These companies are driving a dynamic segment of the economy, bearing a new vision of capitalism that demonstrates that every transaction is an opportunity for both growth and a better world. Read More.
Learn About Agricultural Use of Recycled Water
A just released Water Research Foundation study, Agricultural Use of Recycled Water: Impediments and Incentives (Reuse-15-08/4775), provides a global inventory of successes, delays, and setbacks experienced when switching from traditional agricultural irrigation sources to recycled water. Learn More.
Energy Department Offers Funding for Water Reuse Research
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy included Coal Plant Effluent Water Reuse as an area of interest in a recently announced funding opportunity for research and development projects. DOE will up to $4.8 million in federal funds to universities for up to 12 projects. Under the Coal Plant Water Reuse area of interest, DOE is interested in packaged, modular units that can accept cooling tower blow-down water, treat it as necessary for reuse as plant makeup water, and generate salts that have potential use as a saleable by-product. Read More.
WRF Seeks Proposals for Stormwater Harvesting Research
The Water Research Foundation is requesting proposals for a new project, Assessing the State of Knowledge and Research Needs for Stormwater Harvesting. The selected research team will evaluate the state of the knowledge and research needs through a combination of literature review, web search, and interviews with selected state regulatory agencies to better understand the variation of stormwater harvesting at regional and state levels. The proposal is due by 2 p.m. Mountain on Feb.27, 2019. The project budget is $12,000. Learn More.
Conferences and Events
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”