U.S. EPA Prioritizes Water Recycling Projects in Water Infrastructure Funding
Trump Administration Announces Finalized Rule on the National Environmental Policy Act
The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released a comprehensive update to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for the first time in over 40 years. The final rule updated regulations applying to the development of infrastructure projects, the management of activities on federal lands, and environmental restoration. NEPA was signed into law by President Richard Nixon and requires federal agencies to consider the environmental effects of proposed projects before they are approved. Read CEQ’s Press Release. Read final rule.
State Updates and Member Profiles
California: San Diego County Advances Water Recycling with $115 Million in Incentives
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California announced that it is providing $115 million in incentives to San Diego County that will increase water recycling to 5.2 billion gallons annually. The funding will be provided to San Diego County Water Authority and its project partners for purified water produced by East County Advanced Water Purification Project and the Escondido Filtration Reverse Osmosis Facility. The purified water will be both conveyed to Lake Jennings and used for agricultural irrigation. Project partners include the Padre Dam Municipal Water District, Helix Water District, and City of Escondido.
California: Los Angeles is One Step Closer to Recycling 100% of Treated Water
The City of Los Angeles broke ground on the Hyperion Membrane Bioreator (MBR) Pilot Facility with a virtual celebration. The pilot facility will test MBRs from three different manufacturers for one year, as part of the larger 15-year effort to transform Hyperion into a Zero Wasted Water Production Facility by 2035. The pilot is a joint effort between LA Sanitation & Environment, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and the West Basin Municipal Water District.
Member Spotlight: Local Agriculture is Critical to EMWD’s Nationally Recognized Water Program
Farmers are using recycled water to meet irrigation needs and stay in business in Riverside County, California. Paul Jones, General Manager of Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD), discussed EMWD’s recycled water program and partnerships with the agricultural community in a recent blog post. EMWD recycles 100 percent of water produced at its water reclamation facilities. Read More.
Member Spotlight: Nanostone Water Announces New Appointment
Nanostone Water recently announced that Jonathan Pressdee has been named Executive Vice President of Global Business Development. Pressdee has 30 years of experience in the water industry, including more than 20 years in senior management positions with firms such as AECOM and Black & Veatch. Read More.
WateReuse Communications Tools and Resources
Use WateReuse Connect to Learn and Exchange Ideas with Peers
In this time of social distancing, opportunities for peer-to-peer networking are more important than ever. WateReuse members can use WateReuse Connect to access a member-to-member network of more than 7,000 water recycling practitioners, business leaders, regulators, academics, and technology providers. Recent discussion topics have included innovative partnerships, scheduling of recycled water deliveries, downstream flows, and COVID-19. Post your questions, observations, and unique challenges on our online platform to benefit from the unique experiences of other members across the nation and around the world. It’s simple to use with your member login information. For help accessing WateReuse Connect, please email Member Services.
Conferences and Events
Reaching New Heights in Water Reuse: Register for the 35th Annual WateReuse Virtual Symposium
Learn about the latest developments in water recycling at the 35th Annual WateReuse Virtual Symposium, launching online September 14-16, 2020 using a virtual event platform that offers attendees, sponsors, exhibitors and presenters an experience very close to the experience of an in-person event.
Participate in the Annual WateReuse Symposium from any location and at your convenience—view presentations, chat with colleagues, and browse the exhibit hall. Join us for an in-depth look at the technology, policy, and research innovations that have propelled water reuse to new prominence as a water management strategy. Register today!
Learn about the potable reuse process from start to finish and the coordinated efforts required to pioneer new concepts, overcome hiccups, and secure a critical new water supply.
2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
In today’s rapidly changing and unpredictable world, communities will be looking to potable reuse with increased need, new challenges, and tightened budgets. This panel session will quickly move through the journey of California’s recently commissioned and first-of-its-kind potable reuse project – Pure Water Monterey (PWM).
PWM treats and purifies four types of source water – municipal wastewater, agricultural drainage water, industrial wash water, and urban stormwater runoff – before injecting the water into a local drinking water basin through a public-private partnership. Learn about the potable reuse process from start to finish and the coordinated efforts required to pioneer new concepts, overcome hiccups, and secure a critical new water supply.
- Permitting: PWM was the first new Advanced Water Purification Facility to be permitted under the 2014 adopted regulations for indirect potable reuse. Extensive coordination and communication between the project team, the Division of Drinking Water, and the Regional Board will help guide future projects.
- Design + Construction: Designing with constructability, start up, and operations in mind is key. Through sequential construction photos, 3D renderings, and drone footage, a firsthand look will be used to feature design elements that help streamline construction.
- Startup: Startups are challenging. They involve coordination with multiple parties (e.g. owner, contractor, construction manager, vendors, engineers, subcontractors, and regulators) over an optimistically planned schedule that can be anything but predictable. Special emphasis will be given to aspects unique to startup of AWPFs for potable reuse, including regulatory requirements such as the AOP Acceptance Test and DDW plant inspection.
- Mike McCullough, Monterey One Water
- Rachel Gaudoin, Monterey One Water
- Elaine Howe, Principal Engineer, Trussell Technologies, email@example.com
- Denise Conners, Associate, Larry Walker Associates, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Todd Reynolds, Water Practice Leader, Kennedy Jenks, ToddReynolds@KennedyJenks.com
- Keel Robinson, Principal Engineer, Trussell Technologies,
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The use of purified recycled water to brew beer has been an effective public education tool, but what is the market outlook for growth? Join us to learn about the market drivers and business strategies for breweries and water reuse providers within the beer brewing market. This presentation will provide, in dollars, a market size for water reuse technology providers and brewers as well as the outlook for this market. This information will help companies and municipalities plan for the future and develop comprehensive relationships.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern | 11:00 am – 12:-0 pm Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
- Nathan Goldstein, Industrial Water Analyst, Bluefield Research.
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WateReuse Arizona Section Meeting & Webinar
Will be hosted at Brown and Caldwell if able to gather in person.
There has been a perception that brine management is a “down the road” issue for water providers in Arizona. However, for the Phoenix Metro West Valley and the Tucson area water suppliers, that is not the case. The Easy button to discharge to the sanitary sewer system is a short term fix that is not working. Brine ponds smell and are expensive. Regional solutions may be required. An update on the Central Arizona Salinity Study options and new options will be reviewed with associated costs presented. This update can provide a basis for the continuing, collaborative, brine management conversation.
Maria Brady, Project Manager, Stantec Consulting
Maria Brady is a Project Manager with Stantec Consulting. She has more than 30 years’ experience in water, wastewater, storm water, and environmental management projects. Maria graduated from Washington State and Colorado State Universities with BS and MS degrees in Agricultural Engineering. Maria has lived in Arizona for 34 years…which makes her an Arizona native in dog years!! Maria is the Central Arizona Trustee for WateReuse and if you ask her about DPR you are in for a lively conversation.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific | 2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern
WateReuse Members: Free
There has been a perception that brine management is a “down the road” issue for water providers in Arizona. However, for the Phoenix Metro West Valley and the Tucson area water suppliers, that is not the case. The “Easy button” to discharge to the sanitary sewer system is a short term fix that is not working. Brine ponds smell and are expensive. Regional solutions may be required. An update on the Central Arizona Salinity Study options and new options will be reviewed with associated costs presented. This update can provide a basis for the continuing collaborative brine management conversation.
Maria Brady is a Project Manager with Stantec Consulting. She has more than 35 years’ experience in water, wastewater, storm water, and environmental management projects. Maria graduated from Washington State and Colorado State Universities with BS and MS degrees in Agricultural Engineering. Maria has lived in Arizona for 35 years, which makes her an Arizona native in dog years!! Maria is the Arizona WateReuse Vice President and if you ask her about DPR you are in for a lively conversation.
Mike Priest is a process engineer and design manager with 21 years of specialized work experience in conventional and advanced water and wastewater treatment processes including a focus in granular media and membrane filtration, reverse osmosis, disinfection using ozone, UV, and chlorine, and advanced oxidation processes. Mike has performed over 20 reuse planning and design projects for more than 500 mgd of capacity, including five for potable reuse.
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