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July 19, 2021

Super Saver Opens October 4:  37th Annual WateReuse Symposium in San Antonio, Texas

Mark your calendar for the 37th Annual WateReuse Symposium to be held March 5-9, 2022 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas. A special super saver registration rate will be offered exclusively to WateReuse Association members beginning Monday, October 4, 2021—before early-bird registration opens to the general public. If you normally take advantage of early-bird registration discounts, this year you will be able to register earlier and save even more. Attendees will have the options to attend in-person in San Antonio, stream the sessions online, or both. This is a not-to-be missed opportunity to learn about the latest trends in water recycling and network with colleagues.

Washington Update

WateReuse Secures $1 Billion for Water Recycling in Senate Bill

Last week, the WateReuse Association scored a major win in western water infrastructure legislation in the Senate. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee passed the Energy Infrastructure Act, which provides $1 billion for water recycling programs, including $550 million for the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Grants Program and $450 million for a large-scale water recycling grants program. The latter program would be limited to projects with a total cost of $500 million or more. The bill serves as the ENR Committee’s marker bill for its portion of a much larger bipartisan infrastructure package that the Senate is expected to finalize in the coming days as discussed further in the next story. The $1 billion included in the ENR bill represents a 500 percent increase over the $40 million that is currently spent each year on water recycling by the Bureau of Reclamation. WateReuse is working to ensure that this funding is retained in the final infrastructure package.

Senate Begins Consideration of Bipartisan Infrastructure Package that Includes Investments in Water Reuse

Action Needed: Urge Congress to Fund Alternative Water Source Grants!

House Appropriations Committee Once Again Proposes Cut to Title XVI-WIIN

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee passed the FY22 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. As it did in prior years, the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee once again proposed a 50 percent cut to the Title XVI-WIIN program, from $20 million to $10 million. We expect the Senate to prevent the funding cut from being included in final FY 2022 appropriations legislation. House leadership has indicated that the Energy and Water Appropriations bill will be joined into a “minibus” package with several other spending bills and brought to the floor prior to July 30, when the House departs for August recess. The Senate has not yet started to write its appropriations bills for FY 2022. WateReuse expects that Congress will pass a “continuing resolution,” which is an extension of last year’s spending levels, before the current fiscal year ends on September 30. This will give appropriators and leadership more time to work out final discretionary funding levels for FY 2022.

EPA Announces Drinking Water Draft Contaminant Candidate List Including PFAS and DBPs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Draft Contaminant Candidate List 5 (CCL 5), which includes 66 individual chemicals, 12 microbes, and three chemical groups: per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), cyanotoxins, and disinfection byproducts (DBPs). The CCL 5 provides the latest list of known drinking water contaminants in public water systems that are not yet regulated, but have the potential to be considered for regulation development to ensure public health is protected.  There will be a 60-day comment period on the Draft CCL5 following its publication on the Federal Register. The final list is expected to be published in July 2022.

Water Recycling Funding Opportunity: WIFIA Letters of Interest Due July 23

Letters of interest to apply for a water infrastructure loan through the U.S. EPA’s WIFIA program are due July 23, 2021. EPA has $5.5 billion in financing available through the FY 2021 Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Program, which has financed several water recycling projects sponsored by WateReuse Association members. WateReuse members who have received WIFIA loans for water recycling projects include: Soquel Creek Water District in California, City of Oceanside in California, and Hampton Roads Sanitation District in Virginia, among others.

WRAP Survey: Please Share Your Facility Data to Help Quantify Municipal Reuse in U.S.

WateReuse Association members are invited to complete a survey (approximately 90-120 minutes) as part of a national Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP) effort to document the amount of water that is recycled in the United States. Under WRAP Action 5.5,  Quantifying the National Volumes of Water Potentially Available for Reuse, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is preparing an update to the 2018 ReNEW Water Project’s Resource Recovery Baseline Report. This report documented resource recovery at water resource recovery facilities in the U.S. and Canada through a combination of data analysis and survey responses from utilities. WateReuse, EPA, and WEF are co-leading Action 5.5 and the update of the ReNEW Water Project is the first milestone. If you have questions about the survey, please contact Patrick Dube (pdube@WEF.org) at WEF.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Member!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new member:

Member Spotlight: Nevada Utility Offers Financial Support to California Reuse Project

Three WateReuse Association members are working across state lines to develop a massive water recycling project. The Southern Nevada Water Authority has offered $750 million towards a $3.4 billion water recycling facility proposed for Southern California. The Metropolitan Water District and the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts are the lead agencies for the project proposal. As a result of their support, Nevada would increase its ability to withdraw water from Lake Mead. Read more.

CA: Governor’s Office Stresses Importance of Using Recycled Water

The governor’s office provided suggestions on how to conserve water, including the use of recycled water for outside projects. This comes as other groups, like the Natural Resources Defense Council, join WateReuse California in calling for the state to invest in recycled water and stormwater capture. Read more.

CO: Denver Water Reduces Diversions, Maintains Streamflow, Promotes Water Reuse

A leader in water recycling and conservation, Denver Water is voluntarily reducing its diversions from the Colorado River. These reductions have resulted in improved flow for streams and tributaries along the river. Nathan Elder, Denver Water’s manager of water supply, stressed the importance of a management approach that includes conservation, water reuse, and development of new water supplies. Read more.

NJ: New Development to Utilize Gray Water Recycling

Jersey City approved a new 337-unit residential development that will include a gray water recycling system with four rain barrels. The New Jersey Green Building Manual states that rainwater harvesting can reduce stormwater runoff, flooding, and pollution. Read more.

TX: WateReuse Texas Blog Explains Implications of New Water Reuse Legislation

A new WateReuse Texas blog post analyzes the advances for water reuse that came out of the 87th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature, which concluded at the end of May. The Produced Water Consortium bill (SB 601) brings together a consortium of academics at Texas Tech, industry experts in oil and gas, and technology experts to research and analyze reuse of produced water. Another bill, SB 905, requires the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to develop and make available to the public a regulatory guidance manual for direct potable reuse. WateReuse Texas will also host a webinar this summer, on a date to be announced, to further explore the implications of this legislation. Read more.

Op-Ed: Rainwater Harvest and Reuse is Key in Addressing Water Shortages, Flooding

Citing the global risk water availability poses, this guest column highlights the importance of smart water management, namely the reuse of rainwater. Particularly in urban areas that experience flooding, rainwater capture and use can provide multiple benefits. Countries like Mexico, Indian, Singapore, and the United States are all employing rainwater harvesting. Read more.

WateReuse Member Resources and Benefits

Engaging the Public Health Community on Water Reuse? Check out Our Online Resources

Although water reuse is a proven, science-based process that has been used safely in communities around the world for decades, the public is often skeptical when the concept is first introduced into a community. To build acceptance among medical and health professionals, WateReuse has launched the Medical Community Initiative and begun developing resources to support members in engaging with the public health community. Visit our website for videos, articles, and presentations that support engagement with medical professionals. New tools are being developed so check back for updates.

Interactive Map on State Water Reuse Policies and Regulations

Do you need information about water reuse policies and regulations from across the United States? Visit the state policy map on our website to find summaries of the regulatory landscape in key states, as well as links to specific polices and regulations. Clicking on a particular state opens a pop-up window with detailed information about the state. WateReuse invites members to help us fill in gaps in knowledge using the comment box provided on the page. The map will be updated periodically as new information is received and/or states update their regulations. View the state policy map here.

WateReuse Conferences, Webcasts and Events

Join Us for Arizona Water Reuse 2021 Symposium

Join WateReuse Arizona and the AZ Water Association for the Arizona Water Reuse 2021 Symposium, July 25-27, 2021 at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, AZ. The program begins Sunday evening with the annual welcome reception followed by two days of sessions on the latest trends in water reuse. The Symposium also includes a scholarship and awards luncheon, as well as a reception at the Arizona Snow Bowl. Learn more and register.

WateReuse Pacific Northwest to Present Water Reuse Track at PNCWA Conference

WateReuse Pacific Northwest (WR-PNW) and the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA) are partnering to bring members a 2021 conference technical program that includes sustainable approaches to water reuse as one of many one-water solutions. WR-PNW will present a water reuse track at the PNCWA Annual Conference to benefit members, advance ongoing innovation, and showcase industry collaboration. The track will occur Tuesday, September 14, with options for single-day attendance packages available. Please join our one-day track and engage in our common vision to advance regional water reuse. The full conference will include in-person and virtual attendance formats, September 13-15. Learn more and register.

Building a Resilient Future Together: Register for the 2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference

Registration is open for the 2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference and there are two ways to participate! Participate in-person September 19-21 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Los Angles or join virtually from the comfort of your office. In-person registration includes access to the on-demand, virtual content. The agenda includes technical sessions, panel presentations, two tours, and many networking opportunities. For those who do not wish to attend in person, all major sessions will be simulcast, and technical sessions will be available on the virtual conference platform. Learn more and register.

Bureau of Reclamation Webinar: How to Use Grants.Gov

July 21, 2021
12 pm PT | 3 pm ET (1 hour)

Learn how to use grants.gov to apply for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI water reuse grants and other federal funding opportunities. Reclamation is partnering with grants.gov on a webinar to help familiarize you with the process, including an overview of how to use the site and a question and answer period. There is no registration required. To join the webinar, use this link.

Webcast: Discussion on Desalination – Treatments, Research, and the Future

August 11, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)

In this webcast, a panel of experts from the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI) and CalDesal will discuss the state of desalination in the United States. The panel will explore current practices, technologies, treatments, on-going research, and the future role of desalination in the resiliency of the country’s water supply. You will also learn about NAWI’s research and development roadmap series on desalination and treatment of nontraditional source waters. Register here.

Upcoming Events

Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Dec 7 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting When: Dec 7, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsf-yhqD8sHdym0HbW8iFiaZW3kNVOSKTs After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Water Reuse in India: State of Practice and New Developments
Dec 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

10:30 am – 12:00 pm EST (US and Canada) | 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm IST
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

This webcast will feature a summary of the state of practice of water reuse in India. The regional challenges and potential for water reuse in India provide insight for other countries, such as the United States. Specific research and case studies will likely cover water reuse for agricultural applications. Such applications are of growing importance both in India and internationally. Other examples will likely draw from community developments that utilize greywater and blackwater to provide a community value through reuse. 

Moderator: Abinash Patro, Suez Water Technologies & Solutions – South Asia


  • Mary Eggert, Global Water Works
  • Mr. Girish Kale, Suez Water Technologies & Solutions – South Asia
  • Arun Kumar, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
  • Dr. Snehalatha MekalaFreshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA)
  • Suhail Rahman, CoEvolve Estates
  • Greta Zornes, CDM Smith


Inland Empire WateReuse Chapter Meeting
Dec 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Please join us for the last Inland Empire WateReuse Chapter Meeting of 2021!

WEDNESDAY, December 15, 2021 // 10:30 am – noon

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS for IE WateReuse President-Elect

Come join the IE Chapter Board and help bring engaging topics and in-person meetings to the IE chapter in 2022!   The President Elect position will be up for election at the 12/15 meeting – the position is 3 consecutive 1-year terms, beginning with President-Elect, then moving into the President and Past President roles.  More information can be found in the chapter Bylaws (attached).  Please contact any of the current board members (copied on this email) if you are interested or would like to nominate someone else.  Nominations will be accepted at the meeting as well.


  • Election for IE WateReuse President-Elect
  • DPR Update – Jennifer West, Managing Director, WateReuse California
  • Brine Discharge in the IE Brine Line: Current and Future State – Jeff Mosher, General Manager, SAWPA
  • Final Presentation – TBD

Zoom Meeting

When: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 // 10:30 am – noon


Meeting ID: 859 7995 4755
Dial-in Number: (720) 707-2699


10:30  Welcome

Maroun El-Hage, Chapter President, EMWD

10:35 WateReuse Inland Empire Board of Directors Election for President Elect

Maroun El-Hage, Chapter President Elect, EMWD

10:45 DPR Update

Jennifer West, Managing Director, WateReuse California

11:10 Brine Discharge in the IE Brine Line: Current and Future State

Jeff Mosher, General Manager, SAWPA

11:35  TBD


11:55  Closing Comments & Adjourn

Maroun El-Hage, Chapter President, EMWD

Orange County Chapter Meeting
Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
2022 National Water Reuse Policy Outlook
Jan 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2022 National Water Reuse Policy Outlook

11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour) 
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49 
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

January 2022 ushers in new opportunities in water recycling and reuse advocacy with both the Administration and Congress. In November 2021, Congress passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act which provided $1 billion for Western water recycling programs through the Bureau of Reclamation and roughly $48 billion for nationwide programs administered by EPA’s Office of Water. The IIJA also reauthorized the Alternative Water Source Grants Program, creating a nationwide reuse program and established a federal interagency working group on water reuse. While many priorities were included in the IIJA, WateReuse continues to urge Congress to authorize and appropriate additional essential water recycling programs.

Please join us on January 12 for a webcast with Washington insiders to examine what’s on the congressional agenda for 2022 and what water-related priorities the Biden Administration is likely to continue driving progress on. Top Washington water sector lobbyists will discuss the status of key legislation and explain the opportunities to advance a water reuse policy agenda. Whether you plan to participate in our Water Week in the spring or are interested in what to expect from Congress and the Administration in 2022, this webcast will help get you up to speed.


  • Greg Fogel, Policy Director, WateReuse Association
  • David Leiter, President, Plurus Strategies
Special Board Meeting: Marketing Analysis Deep Dive @ Virtual
Jan 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Friday, January 21, 2022 
8 am – 9:30 am PT / 11 am -12:30 pm EST
Bluefield Marketing Assessment

2nd Annual Water Reuse Symposium @ Tuscany Suites & Casino
Feb 1 all-day
2nd Annual Water Reuse Symposium @ Tuscany Suites & Casino

SAVE THE DATE! 2nd Annual Water Reuse Symposium

Mark your calendar for the 2nd Annual Water Reuse Symposium, February 1, 2022 at the Tuscany Suites & Casino, Las Vegas, NV.

Another year and another exciting program. A detailed program will be out soon. Stay up to date!

Special Board Meeting: Operational Assessment Deep Dive @ Virtual
Feb 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Friday, February 18, 2022
8 am – 9:30 am PT / 11 am -12:30 pm EST
Association Headquarters Operational Assessment

Meeting of the Board of Directors – First Quarter 2022 @ San Antonio
Mar 6 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

First Quarter:

Sunday, March 6, 2022 ~  8:00 am to 12:00 pm CST, San Antonio

Board Workshops:
Thursday, March 3, 2022 – Saturday, March 5, 2022
Thursday, March 3 ~ Board Dinner
Friday, March 4 ~ Meeting all day
Saturday, March 5 ~ Meeting in Morning


37th Annual WateReuse Symposium
Mar 6 @ 1:00 pm – Mar 9 @ 2:00 pm
37th Annual WateReuse Symposium

Super Saver Opens October 4:  37th Annual WateReuse Symposium in San Antonio, Texas

Mark your calendar for the 37th Annual WateReuse Symposium to be held March 5-9, 2022 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas. A special super saver registration rate will be offered exclusively to WateReuse Association members beginning Monday, October 4, 2021—before early-bird registration opens to the general public.

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