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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

Jan
30
Mon
Australian Water Reuse Perspectives
Jan 30 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Australian Water Reuse Perspectives
Hosted by WateReuse Association’s International Reuse Committee Date & Time: US & Canada: Jan 30, 5:00pm-6:30pm ET | 2:00pm-3:30pm PT Sydney, Australia: Jan 31, 9:00am-10:30am AEDT PDHs: 1.5 hours WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49 Register Now! Join us on January 30 to hear about ways that the driest inhabitated continent on earth – Australia – is utilizing water recycling. Communities recognize that water is too precious to use just once. Water recycling has a long history for irrigation, industrial use, and purple pipes for household outdoor use and toilet flushing. In Western Australia, Perth’s Groundwater Replenishment Scheme provides purified recycled water for drinking, and other cities are now exploring this option. This webcast will cover Australia’s experience with water recycling, the future and regulatory outlook, and the emerging use of recycled water for green hydrogen, as Australia moves towards a decarbonised future. Moderator: Danielle Francis, Manager Policy and Strategy, Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) Presenters:
  • Kate Miles, Head of System and Asset Planning, Sydney Water
  • Nick Turner, Senior Principal of Strategic Programs, Water Corporation
  • Simon Prunster, Energy and Emissions Specialist, Yarra Valley Water
  • David Cunliffe, Principal Water Quality Adviser, SA Health in South Australia
Jan
31
Tue
3rd Annual Nevada WateReuse Symposium @ The Nugget
Jan 31 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
3rd Annual Nevada WateReuse Symposium @ The Nugget

Please join us for our third annual WateReuse Nevada symposium!

Register
Event Flier

Sessions: 

  • Keynote: Water Scarcity & Reuse in Southern Nevada 
  • Regulatory Perspectives: Nevada, California, Arizona, and Colorado 
  • State of the Science: UNLV, UNR, Desert Research Institute, Tahoe Environmental Research Center 

We are looking for sponsors! 
Contact: sabrina.dodos@cityofhenderson.com 

Call 1-800-648-1177 and ask for the Nevada Water Resources group rate (GNWRA23). Direct book HERE. $69 Mon-Thurs The room rates are available through December 28, 2022 

Feb
2
Thu
WRCA Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting @ virtual
Feb 2 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Feb
10
Fri
Board of Trustees Meeting
Feb 10 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Please contact Jennifer West for details

Feb
14
Tue
Agricultural Reuse Committee @ Virtual
Feb 14 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

For more information contact Rosario Cortes

WRCA Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ LACSD Joint Administration Office (JAO)
Feb 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Tour of the San Jose Creek WRP will follow starting at 1:15 pm

Hosted by Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, and lunch will be sponsored by AECOM.

For in-person attendance, please RSVP to jjacobus@rinconconsultants.com by Friday, February 10. Virtual attendance option also available.

 

Agenda

WRCA Inland Empire Chapter Meeting @ Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority
Feb 14 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Feb
15
Wed
WRTX: Tel Aviv to Texas: Lessons Learned from the 2022 WateReuse Israel Delegation
Feb 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
WRTX: Tel Aviv to Texas: Lessons Learned from the 2022 WateReuse Israel Delegation

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February 15, 2023 Time: 1:00pm CT | 2:00pm ET

As a global leader in water reuse, Israel takes a very intentional and integrated approach to producing and maintaining its water supply. They combine desalination, water recycling of municipal wastewater and stormwater capture, and reuse to ensure sustainable supplies. Nearly 90 percent of Israel’s treated wastewater is reused for agricultural irrigation purposes.

In November 2022, over 40 representatives from the U.S. water sector, including utilities, industry, states, and the federal government, traveled to Israel as part of a science, technology, and policy informational exchange focused on water reuse practices. This intensive week of learning about the Israeli approach to managing its water resources included several delegates from Texas.

The panelists will share their general experience as part of the delegation (5-10 mins each) and then we will ask a few prepared questions about lessons learned and how those could be applied to Texas communities. If time allows, we will take questions from the audience.

Moderator: 

Paula Paciorek, Division Manager, Houston Water Planning

Presenters:

  • Eva Steinle-Darling, Water Reuse Technical Practice Director, Carollo Engineers
  • Hunter Adams, Environmental Laboratory Supervisor, City of Wichita Falls – Cypress Environmental Laboratory
  • Erika Crespo, Assistant Deputy Director, Water Quality Division, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
  • Kobe Nagar, CEO and Co-Founder, 374 Water

 

Feb
16
Thu
WRCA Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Moulton Nigel Water District
Feb 16 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Key topic will be on urban runoff diversions; more details forthcoming.

For more information contact Kraig Erickson

Feb
17
Fri
WRCA Northern California Chapter Meeting @ virtual
Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

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