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July 1, 2019

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Washington Update

Second House FY 2020 Appropriations Package Includes Funding for Water Reuse

WateReuse Delivers Letter Supporting Bipartisan Water Recycling Bill

On June 20, Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Martha McSally (R-AZ), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the Drought Resiliency and Water Supply Infrastructure Act (S. 1932). The WateReuse Association worked closely with the lead cosponsors to draft and build support for the legislation, which includes a 5-year, $100 million reauthorization of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse competitive grant program. On June 14, the WateReuse Association organized a letter, signed by nearly 60 associations, water districts, and companies, expressing strong support for the legislation.

WateReuse Proposes EPA Action to Advance Reuse of Produced Water

In response to a draft EPA study, the WateReuse Association submitted comments to EPA today, proposing specific actions the agency can take to advance the safe reuse of water from onshore oil and gas extraction. The process of oil and gas drilling produces a high quantity of contaminated water, known as produced water, which can be treated and reused for various applications, such as industrial cooling. Reuse of produced water is currently quite limited, and could be significantly expanded to increase and diversify water supply while protecting public health and the environment.

Bureau of Reclamation Announces Funding for Water Reuse Research

The Bureau of Reclamation announced last week the availability of FY 2019 federal funding for communities to conduct research to explore the use of recycled water. Up to $150,000 per project is available for desktop research studies to develop science and decision-support tools, up to $300,000 per project is available for research to improve existing facilities, and up to $750,000 per project is available to study state-of-the-art technology. The funding is offered under the Title XVI water reuse program and applicants must provide at least 75 percent of the total project costs. Proposals are due September 23, 2019.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Members!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:

Florida: Cape Coral Receives $3 Million for Reuse Pipeline

WateReuse Association member the City of Cape Coral received $3 million to build a reclaimed water pipeline in the state budget signed by Governor Ron DeSantis last week. The Caloosahatchee River Crossing pipeline will run from Fort Myers to Cape Coral to provide water for irrigation and reduce nutrients going into the river. Construction of the pipeline is expected to cost about $15 million and will be completed in 2023. Read More.

Groundwater Protection Council Studies Reuse for Produced Water

WateReuse Association member the Groundwater Protection Council released a report on June 24 that examines current regulations, practices, and research needed to expand the reuse of produced water, a byproduct of oil and gas production. Most produced water is reinjected deep underground for disposal or to enhance production, with less than one percent recycled for beneficial use. The report identifies challenges currently limiting the reuse of produced water and provides a framework for the evaluation of reuse options, focusing primarily on research needs. Read more.

Xylem Produces “Reuse Beer” for IWA Water Reuse Conference

WateReuse Association member Xylem partnered with Berlin, Germany’s water utility and the Berlin Centre for Competence for Water to serve beer produced with recycled water at last month’s International Water Association (IWA) conference on water reuse. To help build support for recycled water, Xylem has participated in several other events showcasing beer made with purified recycled water, including past WateReuse Symposiums. Xylem uses creative partnerships to highlight global water challenges and the opportunity to address issues like water scarcity with recycled water. Read More.

Conferences and Events

Webcast: Removing Barriers to Direct Potable Reuse

Upcoming Events

Jan
26
Wed
CA: How the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and California State Water Recycling Funding Can Help Your Community Advance Water Reuse
Jan 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
CA: How the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and California State Water Recycling Funding Can Help Your Community Advance Water Reuse
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour) WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49 PDHs: 1 Register Now! At the end of 2021, Congress and the Administration passed the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which provided $1 billion for Western water recycling programs through the Bureau of Reclamation and roughly $48 billion for nationwide programs administered by EPA’s Office of Water. The IIJA includes $550 million over 5 years for the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Grants Program and $450 million for a Competitive Grant Program for Large-Scale Water Recycling Projects. It also authorizes the first nationwide water recycling program—the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program; and establishes a federal interagency working group on water reuse. As part of the state budget process, the California Legislature and the Governor included $150 million in grants for groundwater cleanup and water recycling projects and $50 million for the Pure Water San Diego project. Additional funding of up to $200 million in grants for these projects was also included in out year funding in the California budget. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) also received significant additional federal funding and the California budget authorized funds for use as the state required match. As 2022 begins, agencies like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Reclamation, and California State Water Board are making important decisions about program implementation and the distribution of available funding. Join this webcast on January 26 to learn about state and federal financial resources and how your community can access those resources. Speakers:
  • Amanda Erath, Program Analyst, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
  • Mike Downey, P.E., Supervising Engineer, Division of Financial Assistance, State Water Resources Control Board
  • Greg Fogel, Policy Director, WateReuse Association
  • Jennifer West, Managing Director, WateReuse California
Jan
28
Fri
WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ Virtual
Jan 28 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Feb
1
Tue
Second Annual Nevada Water Reuse Symposium @ Tuscany Suites & Casinos Las Vegas NV
Feb 1 @ 8:15 am – 11:45 am
Second Annual Nevada Water Reuse Symposium @ Tuscany Suites & Casinos Las Vegas NV

Join Nevada’s state gathering for water reuse professionals, exploring the state of the science and trends in the state. The meeting will include a groundbreaking case study, a summary of state initiatives, and a technical update. The event is co-located with the Nevada Water Environment Association Reunited in Water 2022 Conference.

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Feb
4
Fri
WateReuse California Q1 Board of Trustees Meeting (virtual)
Feb 4 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Feb
8
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Feb 8 all-day
Feb
17
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Feb 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Feb
18
Fri
Special Board Meeting: Operational Assessment Deep Dive @ Virtual
Feb 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Friday, February 18, 2022
Remote
8 am – 9:30 am PT / 11 am -12:30 pm EST
Association Headquarters Operational Assessment

WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ Virtual
Feb 18 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Feb
26
Sat
Northern California Chapter Meeting Q1 (Virtual)
Feb 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mar
6
Sun
Meeting of the Board of Directors – First Quarter 2022 @ San Antonio
Mar 6 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

First Quarter:

Sunday, March 6, 2022 ~  8:00 am to 12:00 pm CST, San Antonio

Board Workshops:
Thursday, March 3, 2022 – Saturday, March 5, 2022
Thursday, March 3 ~ Board Dinner
Friday, March 4 ~ Meeting all day
Saturday, March 5 ~ Meeting in Morning

 

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