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July 20, 2020

Reaching New Heights in Water Reuse: Bulk Registrations NOW Available for 35th Annual WateReuse Virtual Symposium: For Every Five Registrations, Get One Free!

Washington Update

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.
Read More.

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.
Read More.

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!

Upcoming Events

Jan
21
Fri
Special Board Meeting: Marketing Analysis Deep Dive @ Virtual
Jan 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Friday, January 21, 2022  Remote 8 am – 9:30 am PT / 11 am -12:30 pm EST Bluefield Marketing Assessment
Jan
25
Tue
What the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Means for Your Community: Program Implementation Details and Timeline
Jan 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
What the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Means for Your Community: Program Implementation Details and Timeline

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

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At the end of 2021, Congress and the Administration passed the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which provided $1 billion for Western water recycling programs through the Bureau of Reclamation and roughly $48 billion for nationwide programs administered by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Office of Water. The IIJA includes $550 million over 5 years for the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Grants Program and $450 million for a Competitive Grant Program for Large-Scale Water Recycling Projects. It also authorizes the first nationwide water recycling program—the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program; and establishes a federal interagency working group on water reuse.

As 2022 begins, federal agencies like the EPA and Bureau of Reclamation are making important decisions about program implementation and the distribution of available funding. Join our webcast on January 25 to learn about the resources included in the IIJA, how your community can access those resources, and what the Administration’s plans are for program implementation and stakeholder engagement.

Speakers:

  • Amanda Erath, Program Analyst, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
  • Deirdre Finn, Executive Director, Council of Infrastructure Financing Authorities
  • Greg Fogel, Policy Director, WateReuse Association
  • Justin Mattingly, Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Jan
26
Wed
CA: How the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and California State Water Recycling Funding Can Help Your Community Advance Water Reuse
Jan 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
CA: How the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and California State Water Recycling Funding Can Help Your Community Advance Water Reuse

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

Register Now!

At the end of 2021, Congress and the Administration passed the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), 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 includes $550 million over 5 years for the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Grants Program and $450 million for a Competitive Grant Program for Large-Scale Water Recycling Projects. It also authorizes the first nationwide water recycling program—the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program; and establishes a federal interagency working group on water reuse.

As part of the state budget process, the California Legislature and the Governor included $150 million in grants for groundwater cleanup and water recycling projects and $50 million for the Pure Water San Diego project. Additional funding of up to $200 million in grants for these projects was also included in out year funding in the California budget. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) also received significant additional federal funding and the California budget authorized funds for use as the state required match.

As 2022 begins, agencies like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Reclamation, and California State Water Board are making important decisions about program implementation and the distribution of available funding. Join this webcast on January 26 to learn about state and federal financial resources and how your community can access those resources.

Speakers:

  • Amanda Erath, Program Analyst, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
  • Mike Downey, P.E., Supervising Engineer, Division of Financial Assistance, State Water Resources Control Board
  • Greg Fogel, Policy Director, WateReuse Association
  • Jennifer West, Managing Director, WateReuse California
Jan
28
Fri
WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ Virtual
Jan 28 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Feb
1
Tue
Second Annual Nevada Water Reuse Symposium @ Tuscany Suites & Casinos Las Vegas NV
Feb 1 @ 8:15 am – 11:45 am
Second Annual Nevada Water Reuse Symposium @ Tuscany Suites & Casinos Las Vegas NV

Join Nevada’s state gathering for water reuse professionals, exploring the state of the science and trends in the state. The meeting will include a groundbreaking case study, a summary of state initiatives, and a technical update. The event is co-located with the Nevada Water Environment Association Reunited in Water 2022 Conference.

Register at the link below and select WateReuse as your registration type:

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Feb
4
Fri
WateReuse California Q1 Board of Trustees Meeting (virtual)
Feb 4 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Feb
8
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Feb 8 all-day
Feb
17
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Feb 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Feb
18
Fri
Special Board Meeting: Operational Assessment Deep Dive @ Virtual
Feb 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

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

WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ Virtual
Feb 18 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

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