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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

Apr
18
Thu
WRAZ Section Meeting & Webcast
Apr 18 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
WRAZ Section Meeting & Webcast

WateReuse Arizona: Water Reuse and Small-Scale Water Treatment for Remote Communities

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Webcast: 10:30 – 11:30 Arizona Time/PT (11:30 MT | 1:30 ET)

Arizona Section Meeting (Lunch Provided): 11:30AM-1:00PM PT

In-Person Location: Carollo Offices, 4600 E Washington St, Suite 500, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Members: Free (Be sure to log in)
Non-Members: $55
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Description:
In Arizona’s metropolitan areas, future water portfolios will include both water reuse and the utilization of nonideal water sources, such as brackish groundwater. What is the water future of Arizona’s remote communities? This presentation will give an overview of challenges facing safe water access in remote communities and highlight projects with remote, marginalized communities in the Navajo Nation from Dr. Vicky Karanikola’s Optimization Research for Environmental Sustainability Lab (University of Arizona). Projects include the assessment of the potential for water reuse in the Navajo Nation, small-scale off-grid water treatment design optimization, and performance testing of a small-scale solar nanofiltration system. Attendees can expect to not only learn the technical considerations but also cultural considerations when completing water projects with remote communities.
Presenter:
Lynn Carroll Lynn is a first-year Ph.D. student in environmental engineering at the University of Arizona. She is working in Dr. Karanikola’s Optimization Research for Environmental Sustainability Lab (KORES), where her research is focused on the performance and suitability of nanofiltration for small-scale off-grid water treatment. Prior to starting her Ph.D., Lynn completed her undergraduate degree in biosystems engineering at the University of Arizona. During her undergraduate degree, she completed internships at both Hazen and Sawyer and Carollo. Lynn was also a recipient of the WateReuse Scholarship in 2022. katielynn@arizona.edu
Moderator:
Erin Young Water Resources Manager, City of Flagstaff eyoung@flagstaffaz.gov    
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Apr 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Meeting will be in person at IRWD’s Michelson WRP with lunch sponsored by Rincon Consultants.

  • Michelson Water Recycling Plant and Biosolids Facility Overview
    • Jose Zepeda – Director of Water and Recycling Operations, IRWD
  • North San Diego Water Reuse Coalition
    • Rosalyn Prickett, Rincon Consultants

We will also have a tour of the Michelson WRP post meeting for those that would like to attend.

Please make sure to RSVP so we have an accurate headcount for the lunch and tour: RSVP Response Form. Thank you.

Apr
25
Thu
WateReuse Texas Board Meeting
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
May
10
Fri
WateReuse California Legislative-Regulatory Committee Meeting
May 10 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Please find below the 2024 schedule for the Legislative-Regulatory Committee. All in-person meetings will be held at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Sacramento offices located at: 1121 L Street, Suite 900, Sacramento.]

 

Both in-person and virtual meetings will occur from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Those indicated as virtual will occur over Zoom and a link will be provided on the agenda.

 

The 2024 WRCA Annual Conference will be at the: Hyatt Regency Orange County.

 

Please save the date for our 2024 meeting dates:

 

1. January 19 – in person

2. March 8 – virtual

3. March 22 – in person

4. April 12 – virtual

5. May 10 – in person

6. May 31 – virtual

7. June 21 – virtual

8. August 9 – virtual

9. September 16 – in person (at annual conference)

May
16
Thu
WateReuse California Agricultural Reuse Committee
May 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
May
17
Fri
Northern California Chapter Meeting
May 17 all-day
May
21
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
May 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
May
22
Wed
WateReuse Florida 2024 Reuse Summit
May 22 all-day
May
28
Tue
Joint Meeting with S.C. DHEC @ SCAWWA/WEASC Offices in Columbia, SC
May 28 all-day
May
31
Fri
WateReuse California Legislative-Regulatory Committee Meeting
May 31 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Please find below the 2024 schedule for the Legislative-Regulatory Committee. All in-person meetings will be held at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Sacramento offices located at: 1121 L Street, Suite 900, Sacramento.]

 

Both in-person and virtual meetings will occur from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Those indicated as virtual will occur over Zoom and a link will be provided on the agenda.

 

The 2024 WRCA Annual Conference will be at the: Hyatt Regency Orange County.

 

Please save the date for our 2024 meeting dates:

 

1. January 19 – in person

2. March 8 – virtual

3. March 22 – in person

4. April 12 – virtual

5. May 10 – in person

6. May 31 – virtual

7. June 21 – virtual

8. August 9 – virtual

9. September 16 – in person (at annual conference)

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