WateReuse Association Secures Wins in House-Passed INVEST Act
WateReuse Members Testify in Support of Investment in Large-Scale Water Recycling Projects
Action Needed: Help Keep Water Recycling a Top Priority by Taking Action Today!
House Appropriations Committee Passes EPA Funding Bill
WRAP Update: Listening Sessions Held for Rural Community Water Reuse
National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP) partners, including the U.S. EPA, WateReuse Association, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Rural Water Association, and American Water Works Association, held two virtual listening sessions in support of WRAP Action 8.5. Information gathered through these listening sessions will inform next steps for this action, specifically expected training sessions and potential assistance opportunities. Communities participated from all over the U.S., including California, Florida, Colorado, and Washington.
These listening sessions centered around why rural communities are interested in reuse, what some of the rural challenges are to implementing water reuse projects, and what types of support are most helpful to address these challenges. Topics discussed included project financing, regulatory uncertainty, and workforce requirements. Please contact Heather Strathearn (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in getting involved in this action.
State Updates and Member Profiles
Section Spotlight: Bay Area Recycled Water Landscape Guide Released
WateReuse California (WRCA) is pleased to announce the release of a Bay Area guide to using recycled water on landscapes: “Irrigating San Francisco Bay Area Landscapes with Recycled Water.” The guide is an easy to use 20-page document that includes a plant list for the Bay Area. WRCA hopes its Bay Area members will use the guide by posting it on their websites and making it available to their customers. The primary author of the guide is Nelda Matheny, who is a senior consultant with HortScience. Eric Hansen, formerly with Silicon Valley Clean Water, helped initiate and manage the project. Support for the development of the guide came from the Bay Area Clean Water Agencies and a number of individual agencies in the Bay Area. The guide is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Bahman Sheikh, who provided numerous editorial reviews. Learn more.
FL: New Law Eliminates Non-Beneficial Surface Water Discharges, Paving the Way for More Potable Reuse
After passing unanimously in both the Florida House and Senate, SB 64, Reclaimed Water was signed by Governor Ron DeSantis last week. Under this legislation, utilities will submit plans to the Department of Environmental Protection by 2032 to begin “eliminating non-beneficial surface water discharges” by treating the water to drinking water quality standards. The Florida legislature recognizes that “sufficient water supply is imperative to the future of the state and that potable reuse is a source of water which may assist in meeting future demand for water supply.” Read the bill.
FL: DEP Launches New One Water Website to Provide Education on Recycled Water
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) launched a new website, One Water Florida, to provide transparent and accurate information on the safety and need for potable reuse in the state. WateReuse Florida successfully advocated for the development of potable reuse regulations as part of its work with the Potable Reuse Commission and has worked collaboratively with state regulatory authorities on potable reuse outreach. The One Water Florida website notes that recycled water is part of Florida’s state plan to ensure future water supplies and protect the environment. It includes information on recycled water projects and quick facts on recycled water in the context of Florida’s environmental and regulatory landscape. Visit the One Water Florida website.
SC: Facility Upgrade Allows Ridgeland to Recycle Water for Agriculture and Environmental Restoration
The Town of Ridgeland recently celebrated the launch of an upgraded water reclamation facility that will allow the community to treat up to 1.6 million gallons of wastewater per day and reuse it to irrigate agriculture and augment environmental flows. The $10 million upgrade to the Jimmy Mixson Water Reclamation Facility, made possible by grants from the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, positions the town for growth. Read more.
TX: New Law Requires TCEQ to Develop a Potable Reuse Guidance Document
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) will soon begin developing a regulatory guidance manual to explain the TCEQ rules that apply to potable reuse as directed by Senate Bill 905, signed into law by Governor Gregg Abbott in June. WateReuse Texas members worked to impact and shape the bill to help agencies better understand the process for permitting potable reuse projects in the state. The bipartisan legislation does not create new rules or permitting. Read more.
VA: Recycled Water Could Bring Data Centers to Warrenton
The Planning Commission in the Town of Warrenton has identified recycled water as a key solution for attracting data centers that would provide a revenue boost for the community. The commission is in talks with representatives from Amazon and a proposed ordinance would require the use of recycled water for cooling, reducing the impact on local water needs and providing resiliency for the data center. Warrenton’s Planning Commission is interested extending Virginia’s recycled water “digital gateway,” which includes WateReuse members Loudoun Water and Fauquier County Water and Sanitation. Read more.
WA: Quincy Partners with Microsoft to Open Industrial Reuse Facility
The City of Quincy opened the Quincy Water Reuse Utility (QWRU) last week, which treats water used in Microsoft’s data centers and returns it to them for cooling. The closed-loop system, funded in part by Microsoft, includes 10 separate treatment facilities. The QWRU is expected to save 390 million gallons of water per year. Read more.
Member Resources and Benefits
Profiles in Reuse: Flyer Showcases Benefits and Opportunities for Industrial Reuse
Do you need to introduce a new customer to the concept of industrial reuse or find innovative examples? The WateReuse Association’s latest Profiles in Reuse flyer, Industrial Reuse, outlines the benefits of industrial reuse, makes the business case for industry to invest in water recycling, and presents brief case studies that illustrate the many ways in which businesses across the U.S. rely on water reuse to operate. The flyer is designed to introduce new audiences to the concept of industrial water reuse. View and download 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.
Conferences, Webcasts and Events
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 scholarship and awards luncheon, as well as a reception at the Arizona Snow Bowl. 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 program will include 48 technical sessions, seven 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.
WRAP Webcast: Multi-Agency Water Reuse Programs: Insights in Interagency Collaboration
July 7, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
Join our panel of experts for a lively discussion of lessons learned through a year-long effort to interview and document the work it takes to bring multi-agency water reuse projects to fruition. The webcast will cover the lessons learned by key regional projects and share insight on governance, regulations, economic and financial barriers, technical and operational issues and leadership. Register here.
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.
Save the Date: 37th Annual WateReuse Symposium in San Antonio, Texas
ark 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. The 2022 Symposium will be our first national conference with an in-person component since 2019! This is a not-to-be missed opportunity to learn about the latest trends in water recycling and network with colleagues in person.
- Mary Eggert, Global Water Works
- Mr. Girish Kale, Suez Water Technologies & Solutions – South Asia
- Arun Kumar, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
- Dr. Snehalatha Mekala, Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA)
- Suhail Rahman, CoEvolve Estates
- Greta Zornes, CDM Smith
Please join us for the last Inland Empire WateReuse Chapter Meeting of 2021!
WEDNESDAY, December 15, 2021 // 10:30 am – noon
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS for IE WateReuse President-Elect
Come join the IE Chapter Board and help bring engaging topics and in-person meetings to the IE chapter in 2022! The President Elect position will be up for election at the 12/15 meeting – the position is 3 consecutive 1-year terms, beginning with President-Elect, then moving into the President and Past President roles. More information can be found in the chapter Bylaws (attached). Please contact any of the current board members (copied on this email) if you are interested or would like to nominate someone else. Nominations will be accepted at the meeting as well.
- Election for IE WateReuse President-Elect
- DPR Update – Jennifer West, Managing Director, WateReuse California
- Brine Discharge in the IE Brine Line: Current and Future State – Jeff Mosher, General Manager, SAWPA
- Final Presentation – TBD
When: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 // 10:30 am – noon
Meeting ID: 859 7995 4755
Dial-in Number: (720) 707-2699
Maroun El-Hage, Chapter President, EMWD
10:35 WateReuse Inland Empire Board of Directors Election for President Elect
Maroun El-Hage, Chapter President Elect, EMWD
10:45 DPR Update
Jennifer West, Managing Director, WateReuse California
11:10 Brine Discharge in the IE Brine Line: Current and Future State
Jeff Mosher, General Manager, SAWPA
11:55 Closing Comments & Adjourn
Maroun El-Hage, Chapter President, EMWD
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
January 2022 ushers in new opportunities in water recycling and reuse advocacy with both the Administration and Congress. In November 2021, Congress passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act 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 also reauthorized the Alternative Water Source Grants Program, creating a nationwide reuse program and established a federal interagency working group on water reuse. While many priorities were included in the IIJA, WateReuse continues to urge Congress to authorize and appropriate additional essential water recycling programs.
Please join us on January 12 for a webcast with Washington insiders to examine what’s on the congressional agenda for 2022 and what water-related priorities the Biden Administration is likely to continue driving progress on. Top Washington water sector lobbyists will discuss the status of key legislation and explain the opportunities to advance a water reuse policy agenda. Whether you plan to participate in our Water Week in the spring or are interested in what to expect from Congress and the Administration in 2022, this webcast will help get you up to speed.
- Greg Fogel, Policy Director, WateReuse Association
- David Leiter, President, Plurus Strategies
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Friday, January 21, 2022
8 am – 9:30 am PT / 11 am -12:30 pm EST
Bluefield Marketing Assessment
Friday, February 18, 2022
8 am – 9:30 am PT / 11 am -12:30 pm EST
Association Headquarters Operational Assessment
Sunday, March 6, 2022 ~ 8:00 am to 12:00 pm CST, San Antonio
Thursday, March 3, 2022 – Saturday, March 5, 2022
Thursday, March 3 ~ Board Dinner
Friday, March 4 ~ Meeting all day
Saturday, March 5 ~ Meeting in Morning
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.