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July 13, 2020

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Washington Update

Coalition Releases Statement in Support of Water Recycling and Other Priorities

Last week, a coalition of water sector associations, companies, and organizations, including the WateReuse Association, released a set of joint legislative policy priorities, which will be communicated to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

The document highlights the importance of reauthorizing and funding the Title XVI-WIIN Water Reclamation and Reuse Program and the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program in upcoming legislation. It also calls for the creation of a federal Interagency Working Group of Water Reuse to facilitate coordination of reuse-related activities across federal departments.

Bureau of Reclamation Announces Availability of $20 Million for Water Reuse Projects

On July 10, the Bureau of Reclamation published the 2021 funding opportunity announcement for congressionally authorized Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects. Applications are due on September 10, 2020, at 4 p.m. MDT. Reclamation anticipates that it will award $20 million to 6-10 projects. The recipients must provide at least 75% cost-share. Funding opportunity announcement number BOR-DO-20-F008 is available on grants.gov.

EPA Releases Water Utility COVID-19 Financial Impact Tool

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a tool to help water utilities assess the financial impact of COVID -19 on operations. The tool provides information about the financial and operational health of water utilities. The financial impact tool was developed by the EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center. Visit the EPA website to access the Water Utility COVID-19 Financial Impact Tool.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Members!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:

California: WateReuse Participates in Conversation with Tom Steyer

California: State Awards $15 million to Water Recycling and Reuse Projects

The California Department of Water Resources has awarded more than $15 million in grant funds to advance several regional water projects in San Diego County, ranging from water recycling and reuse to water conservation.

The San Diego County Water Authority submitted the funding request on behalf of the San Diego Integrated Regional Water Management Plan, a program that aims to improve water resources planning in the region.

The funding supports water recycling projects for several WateReuse Association members including the City of Oceanside, San Elijo Joint Powers Authority, the City of San Diego, and the Fallbrook Public Utility District. Read More.

Florida: New Law Provides $40 Million for Reuse, Mandates Potable Reuse Regulations

Nevada: Water Reclamation Featured in “Nevadans at Work” Video Series

Last week, the Clark County Water Reclamation District’s water recycling facility was profiled in the video series, “Nevadans at Work.” The facility recycles water for irrigation and cooling electrical plants. In the video, wastewater operator Gilbert Cruz leads a tour of the facility and discusses the treatment processes and technologies used. Watch here.

Research Update

WRF Names Trussell Technologies as Lead Researcher for COVID-19 Study

The Water Research Foundation announced that Trussell Technologies will lead the project Interlaboratory and Methods Assessment of the SAWS-CoV-3 Genetic Signal in Wastewater (project 5089). The project will gather information from over sixty U.S.-based laboratories and thirty laboratories outside the U.S. to provide an assessment of the methods currently used at laboratories and facilities to find reliable methods of measurement of the SAR-CoV-2 genetic signal. Read More.

WateReuse Communications Tools and Resources

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 and Events

Upcoming Events

Jul
25
Thu
Central Coast Chapter Meeting
Jul 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Our next WateReuse Central Coast chapter meeting will be on Thursday, July 25 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. This will be a virtual-only meeting hosted on Teams.

Our main presentation will focus on Prepping Your Wastewater for Future Potable Reuse. The City of Ventura is embarking on a project to upgrade its water reclamation facility (VWRF) in anticipation of its inclusion into a potable reuse treatment train coupled with an Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF). The design objective for the VWRF is to maximize the available log reduction values (LRVs) for viruses, Giardia cysts, and Cryptosporidium oocysts (V/G/C) through the use of membrane bioreactor (MBR) and ultraviolet (UV) disinfection treatment techniques. Through new regulatory pathways, this project was able to develop a framework for projected baseline LRVs of 1/2.5/2.5 for MBR and 1.5/4/4 for UV disinfection, with the opportunity for additional LRVs via MBR challenge testing, that could be used for indirect/direct potable reuse (IPR/DPR) credits.

An agenda will be distributed prior to the meeting.

Jul
28
Sun
Arizona WateReuse 2024 Symposium @ Little America Hotel
Jul 28 – Jul 30 all-day
Jul
30
Tue
WRCA Agricultural Reuse Committee
Jul 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Aug
6
Tue
A Framework for Permitting Innovation in the Wastewater Sector to Support Water Reuse
Aug 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A Framework for Permitting Innovation in the Wastewater Sector to Support Water Reuse

11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
This webcast is free of charge.
PDHs: 1

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This webcast, co-hosted by the U.S. EPA, will present the key outcomes of an expert workshop that sought to understand how the permitting process can better support innovative water resource management solutions, such as water reuse. The webcast will detail five characteristics to support a permitting process that is not a painful hurdle, but rather an opportunity for mutual creativity between regulators, regulated entities, and the engaged public. Webcast participants will learn about how this framework can be applied to their unique circumstances, work being done by EPA and partners, and how innovation can be better facilitated through permitting.

 

Speakers:

  • Justin Mattingly, Water Reuse Program, U.S. EPA
  • Michael Kiparsky, University of California, Berkley 
  • Dave Smith, Water Innovation Services 
  • Felicia Marcus, Stanford University
Aug
9
Fri
WateReuse California Legislative-Regulatory Committee Meeting
Aug 9 @ 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)

Aug
13
Tue
WRCA Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Aug 13 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Our next meeting will be on August 13th  at Hyperion Treatment Plant in Playa Del Rey.

Please RSVP by Friday, August 2nd by filling out the form at this link: https://forms.office.com/r/tkAibX4HnB.

Aug
15
Thu
WateReuse Texas Board Meeting
Aug 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Moulton Nigel Water District
Aug 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Aug
16
Fri
Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting
Aug 16 all-day

Joint Meeting with Northern California chapter, time and location TBD.

Northern California Chapter Meeting
Aug 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The meeting will be May 17 at Mitchell Park Community Center 3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto. The topic is Commissioning, Operations and Compliance perspectives and we will have presentations from:

  • Steven Garner, Director of Certification for AWWA Cal-Nevada will be presenting what it takes to get an AWTO Certification for purified systems
  • Vincent Gruffat and Brandon Jacka, Engineer and Operations Managers for Natural Systems Utilities (NSU) will be presenting the perspectives from operating Onsite non potable water systems
  • Derrick Mansell, Operations Manager of Orange County Water District will be presenting the challenges and lessons learned from operating the world’s largest IPR system

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