July 16, 2018
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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:
- City of Show Low, AZ
- City West Water (Australia)
- New Braunfels Utilities, TX
- Texas A&M University – Medical Sciences Library
- University of Michigan
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.
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.