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July 27, 2020

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Washington Update

Senate Subcommittee Hearing Focuses on Water Recycling

U.S House and Senate Defense Authorization Bills Exclude EPA PFAS Directives

Last week, both the House and the Senate passed their respective versions of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021. Both bills include provisions related to the study of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), and to the cleanup of the compounds on military bases. However, neither bill includes language previously sought to direct EPA to list certain PFAS as hazardous under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); nor do the bills direct EPA to establish primary drinking water regulations for PFAS within a specific timeframe.

Congress Begins Discussions on Next COVID-19 Bill

U.S. EPA Releases First Quarterly Update on the National Water Reuse Action Plan Implementation

EPA SBIR Program Seeks to Invest in Water Reuse Technologies

The U.S. EPA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program is funding up to $100,000 for technology innovations that support water reuse. The program is looking for innovative ideas in water treatment or monitoring. Interested parties need to apply by August 28, 2020. Learn More.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Member!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new member:

California: East County Advanced Water Purification Program Receives $86M for Potable Reuse

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California approved $86 million in funding for the East County Advanced Water Purification Program, a collaborative effort between Padre Dam Municipal Water District, Helix Water District, the City of El Cajon and the County of San Diego. Purified recycled water will be blended with water in Lake Jennings and treated at the R.M. Levy Water Treatment Plant before being distributed into the drinking water system. The project will provide up to 30 percent of drinking water demand and be one of the first potable reuse projects in the State of California to use new reservoir augmentation regulations. Read More.

New York: New York City Launches 2020 Pilot Program to Encourage Onsite Reuse

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection is using its 2020 Water Conservation and Reuse Grant Pilot Program to encourage onsite water reuse and other conservation measures in New York City. The program will award up to $1 million to institutional, multi-family residential, or commercial customers to implement projects that cost more than $50,000. This application round will extend from July 2020 through September 15, 2020 and interested parties may participate in an informational webinar on July 29. Read More.

Virginia: HRSD Secures Funding for $1 Billion Aquifer Recharge Project

The Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) recently secured $100 million from the Virginia Resources Authority to support its Sustainable Water Infrastructure for Tomorrow (SWIFT) program, which will inject purified recycled water into the rapidly depleting aquifer that provides drinking water in southeastern Virginia. In addition, HRSD expects to sign on the first chunk of a $930 million federal loan in September. The project will inject about 120 million gallons a day of treated water from five plants by 2030. Read More.

Member Spotlight: Clean Water Services CEO on New Approaches to Reuse and Restoration

Diane Taniguchi-Dennis, Chief Executive Officer at Clean Water Services, shared CWS’s experience in expanding their reuse program to provide ecological benefits in a recent LinkedIn blog. CWS has long been an innovator, touting programs addressing public perception such as Pure Water Brew. Now, they are taking this innovative spirit and a one water approach to combine ecological restoration and water reuse. The utility aims to demonstrate the multiple benefits achieved with their Fernhill Natural Treatment System. Read More.

Global Update

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company Expands Recycled Water Distribution Program

The Abu Dhabi Distribution Company was awarded projects worth up to $245 million to expand recycled water distribution to nearly 85 million imperial gallons per day. The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company said the program expansion will allow recycled water use for municipal landscaping, commercial, and agriculture operations. Read More.

WateReuse Communications Tools and Resources

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.

Conferences and Events

EPA Webinar: Water Reuse for Agricultural Purposes

Join the U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development, Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research Program for a free webinar on July 29 from 2:00-3:00 pm ET. The presentation will cover two research topics: Inactivation of RNA Viruses by Solar and UV Irradiation for Agricultural Reuse and Emerging Contaminants in Agro-Food Systems. Learn more and register here.

Upcoming Events

Oct
13
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Zoom Video Conference
Oct 13 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvfu-rrDkiH93ieQvZRH7XnfhxV3KN73Xs
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Oct
15
Thu
Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting
Oct 15 all-day
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Oct 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Oct
21
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Oct 21 all-day
Oct
26
Mon
9th Annual Water Reuse in Texas Virtual Conference
Oct 26 @ 1:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 5:00 pm

Co-Produced by WateReuse Texas, WEAT and TAWWA, the Water Reuse in Texas Virtual Conference is Monday, October 26-27.

Learn More.

Oct
29
Thu
What Strikes Fear in the Hearts of Arizona Water and Wastewater Utilities? Brine Management
Oct 29 @ 10:00 am

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.

Presenter

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.

Nov
18
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Nov 18 all-day
Dec
4
Fri
2020 4th Quarter Meeting of the Board of Directors
Dec 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Dec
8
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Zoom Video Conference
Dec 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErcOypqjgsHtwmGaUIM0hd5mvgjfwX4pgY

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Dec
17
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Dec 17 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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