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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

Mar
29
Wed
Potable Reuse Committee Meeting
Mar 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Apr
11
Tue
WRCA Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Apr 11 all-day
Apr
12
Wed
2023 WRTX Annual Membership Meeting @ George R Brown Convention Center
Apr 12 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

After the membership meeting ends (around 6:15 pm), we will gather folks interested in reuse at Truck Yard Houston for a Reuse Happy Hour co-hosted with the WEAT Reuse Committee.

Truck Yard Houston is a 3-minute walk from the convention center at 2118 Lamar St. Houston, TX 77003.

If you have trouble finding us that evening, please call 832 619-9496.

Apr
18
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Apr 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Apr
20
Thu
WRCA Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting @ virtual
Apr 20 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ South Coast Water District
Apr 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
May
2
Tue
2023 WateReuse Colorado Conference @ SEEC Building, University of Colorado Boulder
May 2 @ 7:30 am – 6:00 pm

Colorado’s Challenging Water Future: Where are we with Water Reuse?

Join us at the 2023 WateReuse Colorado Conference on May 2 2023! The conference will bring together water reuse professionals to share the latest research, innovation, and experiences to address the growing need for water recycling in Colorado and across the country. WRCO is pleased to conduct this event in collaboration with CU Boulder. Make plans to attend the conference for learning, networking, and engaging in discussions with the experts of reuse community, while enjoying the view of beautiful Boulder Flatirons!

Event Info

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May
12
Fri
Board of Trustees Meeting
May 12 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Please contact Jennifer West for details

May
16
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
May 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Jun
9
Fri
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Second Quarter 2023
Jun 9 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Friday, June 9, 2023

11:00 am to 2:00 pm ET (Remote)

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