July 23, 2018
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WateReuse Urges Appropriators to Agree to Increased Title XVI Funding
House Passes FY19 Funding Bill for EPA
House Passes Stormwater Infrastructure Task Force Bill
Senate Committee Examines DOI Reorganization Proposal
Member Input Needed – Stormwater and On-site Water Recycling Advocacy Principles
State Updates and Member Profiles
Welcome New Members!
The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:
California: Fresno and Clovis Pursue Permitting for Potable Reuse
WateReuse Association member the City of Fresno and the City of Clovis are among 22 agencies working with the state Water Board on permits to purify recycled water for drinking. Eventually, Fresno plans to add purified water to existing groundwater recharge facilities that allow the water to percolate back into the aquifer over a period of time and mix with the existing freshwater supply. The permitting processes for the two cities is expected to be completed in one to two years. Read More.
Georgia: Mercedes-Benz Stadium Implements Water Reuse, Earns Highest LEED Score
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons, has earned the highest LEED score for a sports venue, in part because of a water reuse program. A 680,000-gallon cistern catches rainwater for reuse in a 1.1-million-gallon cooling tower and for landscape irrigation use. The stadium features waterless urinals and water-efficient fixtures that, in aggregate, use 47 percent less water. The U.S. Green Building Council reports that more than 30 LEED-certified sports venues are open (or opening soon) throughout the country. Read More.
Virginia: Hampton Road Wins U.S. Water Prize for Water Recycling Program
WateReuse Association member Hampton Roads Sanitation District received the U.S. Water Prize from the U.S. Water Alliance for its SWIFT water recycling initiative. The U.S. Water Prize, awarded to HRSD in the public sector category, celebrates outstanding achievement in the advancement of sustainable, integrated, and inclusive solutions to water challenges. The SWIFT programs adds purified water to the Potomac Aquifer, the primary source of drinking water in eastern Virginia. Read More.
Singapore Makes Beer Using Recycled Water
NewBrew, a limited edition American Pale Ale, was produced using the recycled water known as Newater, Singapore’s own brand of recycled water to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Singapore International Water Week. The beer was created by the national water agency and local microbrewery Brewerkz to demonstrate Singapore’s recycled water is within international standards of safe drinking water. The concept of using purified recycled water to brew beer as an outreach tool was pioneered by WateReuse Association member Clean Water Services and introduced at the 30th Annual WateReuse Symposium in Seattle in 2015. Read More.
Florida: Second Potable Reuse Commission Workshop Scheduled for Wednesday
Florida’s Potable Reuse Commission will convene its second workshop on Wednesday, July 25 at the Osceola County UF/IFAS Extension in Kissimmee, Florida. The eleven-member commission, chaired by WateReuse Florida, aims to develop a framework for potable reuse implementation in Florida. The workshop will review a summary of recommendations gathered from stakeholders and discuss topics to be covered in a planned direct potable reuse guidance document. Learn More.
Conferences and Events
Abstract Due July 26 for the 2019 Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition
Submit an Abstract by July 26 to be considered for a place on the program at the 2019 Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition to be held February 25 – March 1, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference explores how the latest developments in membrane technology can enhance water reliability and quality. Each year the conference reveals new directions in water and wastewater treatment technologies, desalting and membrane bioreactor applications. The conference is presented by the American Membrane Technology Association and American Water Works Association. The WateReuse Association is a supporting partner.