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January 25, 2021

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Washington Update

President Biden Announces Appointees for EPA and DOI

President Biden Pushes Stimulus Proposal and Rejoins Climate Paris Agreement

Bureau of Reclamation Awards $9.5 million for Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects

The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation is providing $9.5 million for two congressionally authorized Title XVI projects in California and Hawaii. WateReuse member Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District received $8.9 million to support the expansion of its Regional Wastewater Reclamation Facility. The County of Hawaii, Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant received over $500,000 for improvements to the distribution system, new pipelines, and expanded treatment. Read more.

WateReuse Supports Agriculture-Water Coalition Effort to Increase Water Infrastructure Funding

WateReuse joined an agricultural-water coalition, which includes farm groups and water districts from 15 states, in urging the Biden Administration and new Congress to provide new funding to kick-start water recycling, reuse, and desalination projects. The coalition of more than 200 entities submitted letters to President Biden and Democrat and Republican congressional leadership calling federal investment in western water management “essential.” The letters also recommended funding focusing on water conservation, water storage, new federal financing mechanism, and increased efficiency in regulating and permitting processes. The coalition was spearheaded by the California Farm Bureau, Association of California Water Agencies, Family Farm Alliance, National Water Resources Association and Western Growers. Read more.

U.S. EPA Releases Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on PFOA and PFOS

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeking comments on whether EPA should consider regulating perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERLCA) and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Comments will be due 60 days after publication in the federal register. WateReuse supports the timely establishment of a federal Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for PFOA and PFOS in accordance with the established regulatory process under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Read more.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Member!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new member:

California: Diablo Water District Sets Sights on Recycled Water Program

The Diablo Water District Board of Directors announced a new five-year strategic plan, which includes “committing to partner with associated agencies to establish a recycled water program for our community, as part of the district’s water supply portfolio.” The strategic plan was developed through conversations around the environment, water supply resiliency, critical infrastructure of the district, and customers’ needs. The plan also includes efforts to increase groundwater monitoring wells, explore alternative water rate structures, and establish policies to mitigate negative impacts on local groundwater. The district obtains, treats and supplies water for about 42,000 people, parks, schools and businesses in the Bay area.  Read more.

Florida: Orange County Public Works Demonstrates Successful Stormwater Harvesting

Orange County Public Works is celebrating a successful 12-month stormwater harvesting demonstration project that increased groundwater recharge, offset potable water use, and prevented 150,000 gallons of stormwater runoff from leaving the site. The goal of the $70,000 project was to “demonstrate the volume reduction of potable or drinking water and water quality benefit of the stormwater system.” To implement the project, Orange County Public Works partnered with Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., Environmental Conservations Solutions, Inc., and OptiRTC.  Read more.

International Update

Dubai Unveils Terra Pavilion Powered with Recycled Water and Solar Power

A new Terra Pavilion, which uses a greywater recycling system and solar power, was unveiled last week ahead of Expo 2020 Dubai. Expo 2020 is a months-long event that features a series of pavilions to increase awareness about the challenges faced by humanity. Focused on sustainability and climate change, the Terra Pavilion incorporates a water recycling system that reduces irrigation water use by 75%. The facility is powered by 1,055 solar panels. Read more.

Indian City Looks to Water Recycling to Claim Recognition as Cleanest City

The Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) of India increased water recycling for gardening and fountain maintenance to 30%. The increase was motivated by a competition to claim the “cleanest city” tag during the Swachh Survekshan 2021 event. City officials believe their focused efforts on water recycling will bolster the city’s “cleanliness quotient.” Read more.  

Member Resources and Benefits

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 our flyer and infographic to 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, Webcasts and Events

Webcast: Water Reuse Policy in the 117th Congress and Biden Administration

January 27, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET

Please join us for a webcast with Washington insiders to examine what’s on the congressional agenda for 2021 and what water-related priorities the Biden Administration is likely to push in its first year. Register here.

Webcast: Stormwater Capture Drivers, Impediments, and Future Visions

February 3, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET

Join a group of stormwater management leaders from around the US to discuss stormwater capture motivations and drivers, barriers to progress, and future directions. The audience will learn about opportunities to market and advance stormwater capture. Register here.

Webcast: Communicating about Potable Reuse and Public Health –Tools for Success

February 17, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET

This webcast will describe methods to communicate with stakeholders – including healthcare providers – regarding the human health safeguards associated with potable reuse implementation. Register here.

Upcoming Events

May
15
Sun
Florida WateReuse Week
May 15 – May 21 all-day
May
17
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
May 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
May
18
Wed
Direct Potable Reuse in the Four Corners
May 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Direct Potable Reuse in the Four Corners

11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

The Four Corners region includes the arid western states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. These four states have several common challenges to providing reliable water supplies including: rapid population growth, severe long term drought conditions, and dwindling or overallocated natural water sources. Indirect potable reuse is currently being practiced in these states, often through managed groundwater replenishment or incidental means. Is engineered potable reuse the next step to building safe, reliable, and resilient water resource portfolios?

While water utilities in the Four Corners states are taking steps toward direct potable reuse (DPR), each of these states face different implementation challenges. This panel discussion delves into the progress and issues regarding DPR in the region.

Speakers:

  • Brian Biesemeyer CITY OF SCOTTSDALE, AZ
  • Robert Fowlie REPRESENTING THE VILLAGE OF CLOUDCROFT, NM
  • Steve Gallegos CITY OF RIO RANCHO, NM
  • Raymond Garrison CITY OF SOUTH JORDAN, UT
  • Tyson Ingles CO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
  • Sarah Page UTAH DIVISION OF DRINKING WATER
  • Austa Parker BROWN AND CALDWELL
  • Javier Setovich CITY OF GOODYEAR, AZ
  • Katie Vanyo BROWN AND CALDWELL
  • Matt Benak, TOWN OF CASTLE ROCK, CO
May
20
Fri
Florida Water Reuse Week: The Role of Education and Outreach in Florida’s Growing Reuse Landscape
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Florida Water Reuse Week: The Role of Education and Outreach in Florida’s Growing Reuse Landscape

11 am ET | 8 am PT (1 hour)
WateReuse Members and Florida Water Reuse Week Registrants: Free; Others: $49
Registrants for Florida Water Reuse Week will receive a discount code for free webcast registration
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

Florida reuses 34 percent of its wastewater compared to the national average of about 7 percent. A recent statewide survey showed that 75 percent of Floridians are familiar with the concept of using reclaimed water for irrigation, industrial uses, and other non-drinking purposes. However, as the state is undergoing record-setting growth and rulemaking for direct potable reuse, additional education and outreach is needed to gain public acceptance. Water professionals and utilities from across the state are working collaboratively through WateReuse Florida to develop and implement consistent messaging on how reuse will safely supply Florida’s future. As Florida celebrates Water Reuse Week May 15-21, join us to hear about the latest education and outreach efforts happening to support traditional and potable reuse at the local and state level.

  • Robyn Felix, Communications & Board Services Bureau Chief, Southwest Florida Water Management District
  • Tamara Richardson, P.E., Director of Polk County Utilities
  • Shea Dunifon, Education Coordinator, Pinellas County Utilities, Florida

WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ TBD
May 20 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Jun
8
Wed
WRSD Quarter 2 Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Jun 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Jun
10
Fri
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Second Quarter 2022 @ Virtual
Jun 10 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Second Quarter:
Remote
Friday, June 10, 2022: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm EST

WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ TBD
Jun 10 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Jun
14
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Jun 14 all-day
Jun
16
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Jun 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

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