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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
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
Georgia Association of Water Professionals Annual Conference & ExpoThe Annual Conference & Expo is targeted towards everyone in and around the State of Georgia involved in water and/or wastewater which includes, but is not limited to, Utility Directors, Operators, City/State/County Government Officials, Manufacturers Representatives, Consultants and Engineers. Learn more.
Presented in partnership with the Water Research Foundation, this webcast presents the results of a recently released research project that developed a Decision Support System to help utilities take appropriate real-time actions based on anomalies and events at critical control points.
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: WateReuse Members and WRF Subscribers: Free; Others: $49
As more communities develop potable reuse projects that add purified water directly to drinking water distribution systems, real-time monitoring of systems is more important than ever. Join us on July 24 at 2 pm ET to learn about a new Water Research Foundation research project (Reuse 14-01) that developed a Decision Support Tool to help utility operators and managers take appropriate real-time actions based on anomalies and events at critical control points. The research identified available online sensor technologies that have potential for direct potable reuse (DPR) and conducted risk analysis to determine the necessary sensor platforms and sensitivity required to ensure compliance, safety and identify process anomalies. The Decision Support Tool aggregates information from the group of detectors into an easy to use dashboard for operators. This webcast will include information on sensors, an overview of the Decision Support Tool, and a discussion of how utilities can benefit from this approach. While the research focused on DPR, the concepts developed can be applied to many drinking water, water reclamation, or recycled water facilities or systems.
- Jeff Neemann, Client Director, Black & Veatch
- Jay DeCarolis, Process Engineer, Black & Veatch
- Ian Pepper, Professor, University of Arizona
- Minkyu Park, Assistant Research Professor, University of Arizona
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The 2019 Arizona Water Reuse Symposium co-hosted by WateReuse Arizona and AZ Water Association will be held July 28 – 30, 2019 at Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona. We will kick off the event with our welcome reception and 4th Annual Purple Water Balloon Battle on Sunday evening. Our Monday evening dinner will return to Hart Prairie Lodge at Snow Bowl and this year, attendees have the option to take a Sunset chair lift ride up and down before dinner.
2019 WateReuse Arizona Awards
The 2019 WateReuse Arizona Awards will be presented during the Arizona Water Reuse Symposium.
Deadline to nominate: June 14, 2019
WateReuse Arizona will present awards in the following categories:
1. Project of the Year
2. Program of the Year
3. Person of the Year
AWARD NOMINATION INFO HERE
Little America Hotel Flagstaff
2515 East Butler Avenue, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
A block of rooms has been set aside for symposium attendees through July 7th. The room rate of $145 per night will be honored thereafter for symposium attendees, but only based on availability of rooms. Ask for group sales and mention “Water Reuse Symposium” to receive the discounted rate, or use this link:
For any questions about sponsorship, please contact Jeff Biggs at email@example.com
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WR California Board Meeting
– Aug 9 – 9:30 AM ~ 12:00 PM (Friday)
– Video hosted by Kennedy/Jenks
Rancho Cordova and Irvine Office
Topic: Decentralized Reuse
About this Event
10:00am-11:00am: OPTIONAL Tour of Anaheim’s Water Recycling Demonstration Facility
The 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium is your one stop for all things water reuse. Whether you are new to reuse or an experienced veteran, a robust collection of concurrent sessions covering key policy, technology, operational, and research issues allows you to customize a unique Symposium experience. Plenary sessions explore the broader policy and planning issues that will shape the future.
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