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July 26, 2021

Washington Update

Action Needed: Help Keep Water Recycling a Top Priority by Taking Action Today!

The WateReuse Association continues to work across the House and Senate to help lawmakers understand that investment in water reuse is essential. We are calling on our members to take action today to ensure the final infrastructure package includes funding for water recycling! Please call or write your members of Congress and urge them to fund water recycling programs in upcoming infrastructure legislation.

To get started, you can use our template letter to share your story. The letter includes requests for at least $100 million per year in mandatory funding for both the Pilot Program for Alternative Water Source Grants and the Title XVI-WIIN Water Reclamation and Reuse Competitive Grants Program, along with space for you to tell Congress how water recycling makes a difference for your community or business. If you do not know who to send the letter to, please reach out to Greg Fogel at gfogel@watereuse.org or (805) 570-3038.

If you would like to call your congressional delegation member, you can reach the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. When you reach the office of your representative or senator, ask for the staffer who handles water issues and tell them that you are calling about infrastructure funding. If the front office transfers you to that staffer’s voicemail (which is common!), please leave a message.

Senate Continues Work on Bipartisan Infrastructure Package that Includes Investments in Water Reuse

Senators Introduce Legislation to Increase Funding for Water Recycling

EPA Releases Water Reuse Research Grants Announcement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced the availability of nearly $6.5 million for research that advances innovation in water reuse. The National Priorities: Water Innovation, Science, and Engagement to Advance Water Reuse request for applications (RFA) is focused on addressing multiple water reuse sources and applications across a suite of sub-topics. The RFA seeks proposals to investigate water innovation, information availability, and engagement to advance clean and safe water reuse goals. EPA anticipates making two awards, and there is a cost share requirement. The RFA will close September 29, 2021.

WRAP Survey: Share Your Facility Data to 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. The survey deadline is August 9, 2021. 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:

Section Spotlight: WateReuse California Advocates for $500 Million State Investment in Water Recycling

WateReuse California is urging Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state legislature to invest $500 million in water recycling as part of a drought funding package that will use some of the state’s budget surplus to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Jennifer West, Managing Director of WateReuse California, authored pieces in CalMatters and Napa Valley Register, that explain how funding for water reuse can have both immediate and long-term water supply benefits. The legislature is expected to develop a drought package before the legislative session ends for the year in early September.  Read more.

AZ: Tucson Water Spotlighted as Leader in Water Recycling

Tucson Water is being recognized for its leadership in water recycling. Tucson’s recycled water program can deliver over 30 million gallons of recycled water per day for applications such as irrigation, dust control, fire fighting, industrial uses, and to support wildlife habitat.  With Lake Mead reaching its lowest reservoir level since it was filled, cities like Tucson are modeling what is necessary to adapt to climate change.  Read more.

CO: PureWater Colorado Mobile Demonstration Project Begins Scheduling Tours

Next month, Colorado Springs Utilities will begin offering tours of the PureWater Colorado Demonstration, a mobile trailer that contains advanced water purification equipment that recycles water from the J.D. Phillips Resource Recovery Facility and treats it to meet drinking water standards. The demonstration seeks to advance the science and regulatory framework for direct potable reuse use in Colorado. Colorado Springs was award a $350,000 grant from the Colorado Conservation Board to pursue the project, and constructed the facility with support from Carollo Engineers and Colorado School of Mines. Read more.

FL: WateReuse Florida Acknowledged for One Water Florida Campaign

As a part of the One Water Florida campaign, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is showing its commitment to communicating the benefits of water recycling. Increased investment in water infrastructure and growing need as populations rise in the state have underscored the need for additional water recycling, and water recycling communication. The aim of the campaign is to ensure the public understands that recycled water is safe and sustainable, and a key part of Florida’s water future. Read more.

Member Spotlight: Evoqua Develops Environmentally Friendly Water Reuse Solution for Florida Keys

With surrounding water bodies designated as a National Marine Sanctuary, Key West Resort Utilities partnered with Evoqua Water Technologies to develop a water reuse program. Under strains from population growth and increasingly stringent water quality criteria for effluent, water reuse was the perfect multi-benefit solution for Key West. Now, rather than being discharged, recycled water is used for irrigation and other uses. Read more.

Viewpoint: Nothing ‘Icky’ About Drinking Purified Recycled Water

Noting the growing importance of water reuse, specifically in ensuring a reliable potable water supply, Bloomberg Law summarizes water recycling and highlights projects from San Diego to Colorado Springs. Water reuse is cited as an increasingly common tool to address extreme heat and drought. Read more.

Viewpoint: Green Biz Notes Increasing Importance of Water Recycling

As the west grapples with extreme drought and declining reservoir levels, water reuse is becoming increasingly important, as noted in current proposed legislation. The article ponders why there isn’t more widespread water recycling. Catherine Coleman Flowers, an environmental health advocate with the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice, expressed, If we can treat wastewater to drinking water quality in outer space, “why can’t we do that here on earth.”  Read more.

WateReuse Member Engagement Opportunity

WateReuse California Communications Collaborative Group Meets August 4

The WateReuse California Communications Collaborative Group is having its next meeting on Zoom on Wednesday, August 4 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PDT. The meeting features a virtual tour of the Water Replenishment District’s Albert Robles Center. This will be followed by a discussion and other updates. Register here.

WateReuse Member Resources and Benefits

Profiles in Reuse: Flyer Explains Safety and Reliability of Potable Reuse

Use our flyer, Profiles in Reuse: Potable Reuse, to inform ratepayers, elected officials, and other stakeholders about the safety and reliability of using purified water as part of the drinking water supply. The flyer also supports WateReuse’s Medical Community Initiative, which seeks to build support for potable reuse among medical and public health officials. This flyer is the first in a series of Profiles in Reuse that will serve as resources for member communication on water recyclingDownload Flyer..

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.

Job Opportunity from the WateReuse Career Center

WateReuse Conferences, Webcasts and Events

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.

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.

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.

World Water-Tech North America Virtual Summit, October 5-6, 2021

The WateReuse Association is pleased to support the World Water-Tech North America Summit, connecting the global water ecosystem on October 5-6. 

Join 350 stakeholders driving change across the water value chain, with speakers from utilities (public and private), billion-dollar venture funds, international engineering giants, and technology companies (start-ups and unicorns). YOU’RE GUARANTEED hot debates, new ideas and fresh faces!

This incredible group of cross-industry voices will come together to trade insights about how to accelerate watershed resilience, and identify opportunities to transform the industry through innovation and investment. Will you be joining them? ​​​​​​

Save a further 10% with The WateReuse Association’s discount code: WRA10

Upcoming Events

Managed Aquifer Recharge: Tucson’s Reclaimed Water Story
Jul 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Managed Aquifer Recharge: Tucson’s Reclaimed Water Story
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour) WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49 PDHs: 1 Register Now! The Tucson Water Reclaimed Water system is nearly 40 years old.  Early storage of excess effluent occurred in traditional constructed aquifer recharge facilities.  More recently, Tucson has advanced the concept of managed aquifer recharge, a practice that essentially leaves water in the local rivers and streams to naturally recharge the aquifer. This not only provides an aquifer recharge credit for the utility but creates natural riparian habitats in the desert for the community to enjoy. One project, the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project, has restored perennial stream flow to the river in downtown Tucson for the first time since the river dried up nearly 100 years ago. This presentation will provide a briefing on the Tucson Water Reclaimed system with a particular focus on the three managed aquifer recharge projects that are occurring in the Santa Cruz River. Presenter: John Kmiec, Director, Tucson Water
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Jul 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Arizona Water Reuse Symposium 2022
Jul 24 – Jul 26 all-day
Arizona Water Reuse Symposium 2022

Early Bird Registration and Discount Room Rate Expire July 7!

AZ Water Association and the Arizona Section of WateReuse Association will once again bring together thought leaders from across the Southwest for our annual symposium at Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona July 24 – 26, 2022.

Sunday:  Kick-off Reception and 6th Annual Purple Water Balloon Battle at 5:00 PM.  Pick a team/t-shirt color (ASU, NAU, UA or Purple if you want to be Switzerland) and get in the game.

Monday:  Full day of Symposium sessions with breakfast & lunch at Little America Hotel.  Shuttle to dinner at The Museum Club.

Tuesday: Half-day workshop: “Defining the Future of Direct Potable Reuse in Arizona”

View Program

Register and Book Your Hotel Reservation

WateReuse Pacific Northwest – Oregon Summer Summit and Social
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Free event

July 28, 2022
Summit: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Social: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Register Today!

The Summer Summit and Social will offer an on-site approach to learn about recycled water and its many benefits and opportunities, as well as network with leaders in water reuse along with local and state representatives.

Join us to learn about the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission (MWMC)’s current recycled water uses at its treatment facilities, the next step in advancing recycled water for community use, and the immense opportunities for recycled water’s future role as an integrated environmental and water management asset. Engage with other leaders to discuss the positive impact recycled water can make on the One Water we all share.

Register for an optional morning tour of the MWMC’s Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant and Biocycle Farm on Friday, July 29 at 9 a.m.

Summit Location: MWMC’s Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, 410 River Avenue, Eugene, OR

Who: WateReuse members, water industry leaders, local and state representatives

Cost: The Summit, Social and Tours are free, but registration is required.

WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ TBD
Aug 5 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Aug 9 all-day
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Aug 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
A Sustainable Solution to Meet Data Center Water Need – Water Reuse, Innovation and Partnership
Aug 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A Sustainable Solution to Meet Data Center Water Need – Water Reuse, Innovation and Partnership

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

Register Now!

According to the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the nation’s data centers collectively consumed 165 billion gallons of water in 2014. Without intervention and investment, water and energy use of data centers is expected to continue growing rapidly. These trends risk putting data centers into competition with other growing businesses for space, energy, and water, and pose a challenge for data center development in regions with limited water resources. In this webcast, Arcadis and Tomorrow Water will discuss their CoFlow concept which involves the co-location of water reclamation facilities and data centers to allow exchanging water and cooling capacities.


  • Ufuk Erdal, Arcadis
  • Jon Liberzon, Tomorrow Water
Northern California Chapter Meeting Q3 (Palo Alto/Virtual)
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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