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July 16, 2018


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Washington Update

Utility Participation Needed in Resource Recovery Data Collection Survey

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Value of Federal Infrastructure Loans

Congress Enters into Conference on Reclamation Funding Bill, EPA Funding Bill Up Next

Environmental Protection Agency Seeking Additional Comments on WOTUS

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a supplemental notice to clarify, supplement, and seek additional comment to an earlier proposal to repeal the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The notice reiterates the agency’s intent to permanently repeal the WOTUS rule and its intent to recodify the pre-2015 regulations. Comments are due by August 13, 2018.


State Updates and Member Spotlight

Welcome New Members!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:

Florida: Daytona Beach Studies Direct Potable Reuse

WateReuse Association member the City of Daytona Beach is partnering with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and St. Johns River Water Management District on a two year direct potable reuse pilot project. The 200,000 gallons per day facility treats water using membranes and ultraviolet light. One of the demonstration’s test objectives is to provide technical support for public acceptance. Read More.

California: SFPUC to Expand Incentives for On-Site Water Reuse

WateReuse Association member the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is voting Tuesday on a proposal to expand its grant incentive program for building owners to install non-potable water systems to include smaller buildings and breweries. Under the proposal, projects that replace at least 450,000 gallons of potable water annually could receive up to $100,000 in grant funding. The SFPUC created the grant program in June 2012 and has so far provided $2 million in grants to five projects. Read More.

California: Ventura City Council Selects IPR Over DPR

Under court order to reduce the amount of water discharged to the Santa Clara River Estuary, WateReuse Association member the City of Ventura has decided to pursue indirect potable reuse (IPR) instead of direct potable reuse (DPR). While there is no difference in cost or water quality, California has an existing regulatory framework for IPR but is still developing DPR regulations. The direction from the City Council to pursue IPR will not be final until environmental studies are completed. Read More.

Thailand: Xylem Helps Thais Pump Water from Cave to Save Trapped Soccer Team

WateReuse Association member Xylem helped pump water from a cave in Thailand last week, assisting in the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach. Xylem CEO Patrick Decker reached out to one of the officials leading rescue efforts and received authorization to dispatch a team of engineers that were able to boost pumping power by 40 percent. They were able to make recommendations on things such as changing cabling layout and adjusting the flow of hoses to improve pumping power. Read More.


Research Update

Twelve Water Reuse Projects Funded for 2018 Under California Grant

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) has initiated research on future and innovative recycled water uses under two grants totaling $4.5 million recently awarded by the California State Water Resources Control Board. Of the total grant amount, $2 million will be designated for potable reuse research, and $1.5 million will be for non-potable reuse. The research under both grants will be leveraged by a WRF fundraising effort to advance potable reuse, not only in California but throughout the U.S and world, and to establish potable reuse as a reliable solution to the nation’s water supply challenges and as a sustainable component of integrated water management. Read More.


Conferences and Events

Webcast: Water Reuse: From Aspiration to Implementation

How can a utility or business make the leap from a concept to a successful water recycling program? Join us on Wednesday, July 18 at 2 pm EDT for an insightful panel discussion of the realistic challenges, priorities and planning steps involved in developing a water reuse program. Moderated by Jon Freedman of SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions, the panel will provide case studies, lessons learned, financing tips, and recommendations to help utilities and industry take water reuse from an aspiration to implementation. Panelists include representatives from a utility, industry, and the U.S. EPA. Register Now.

 Upcoming Events

8th Annual Water Reuse in Texas: Conference and Expo @ McAllen Convention Center
May 23 – May 24 all-day

WateReuse Texas, Water Environment Association of Texas, and Texas American Water Works Association invite you to attend the 8th Annual Water Reuse Conference in Texas — co-sponsored by our three associations.

Keynote Speaker Announced!

Pat Sinicropi, Executive Director of WateReuse Association, will provide a keynote discussion on the future of water reuse, Texas’ role as a reuse pioneer, and the EPA’s upcoming Water Reuse Action Plan. As Executive Director of WRA, Ms. Sinicropi works closely with regulators and lawmakers to help advance and advocate for water reuse.

You can register online using a credit card, or by filling out the pdf form below and returning it to the WEAT office.

Conference Registration 

Exhibitor Registration

Space is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 8×10 booths are $400 apiece. Fill out the Exhibitor Registration Form and return it to the WEAT office.

Sponsor Opportunities are still available at every level, place your organization’s name in front of senior managers and decision makers. Sponsorship is available at three levels, starting at $250. The benefits of each tier are listed in the sponsorship form.

Arizona Water Reuse Symposium @ Little America Hotel in Flagstaff
Jul 28 – Jul 30 all-day

Arizona Water Reuse Symposium

Register online HERE.
To complete registration by mail,use this FORM. (form attached)
Sponsorship Opportunities can be found HERE (form attached)
Symposium Program will be posted soon.  Check back often.

2019 WateReuse Arizona Awards 
Deadline to nominate: June 11, 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

Little America Hotel Flagstaff
2515 East Butler Avenue, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
(928) 779-7900

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 jeff.biggs@tucsonaz.gov


34th Annual WateReuse Symposium @ Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Sep 8 @ 8:00 am – Sep 11 @ 12:00 pm
34th Annual WateReuse Symposium @ Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina | San Diego | California | United States

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.

2020 WateReuse California Annual Conference @ Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Mar 15 @ 8:00 am – Mar 17 @ 5:00 pm
2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference @ Hyatt Regency Indian Wells
Mar 21 @ 8:00 am – Mar 23 @ 5:00 pm

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