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June 10, 2019

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Washington Update

WateReuse Submits Comment on EPA’s Interpretive Statement regarding the Application of the National Pollutant discharge Elimination System to Groundwater Discharges

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Members!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:

Arizona: WateReuse Arizona Awards Nominations Extended to June 14

WateReuse Arizona has extended the deadline to submit nominations for its annual awards program to June 14. Arizona will present awards for a water reuse project, an outstanding program, and person of the year. The winners will be announced at the 2019 Arizona Water Reuse Symposium on July 28-29 in Flagstaff. Learn more.

California: Pajaro Valley Water Celebrates 10 years of Water Reuse

WateReuse Association member Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency is celebrating ten years of delivering recycled water to farmers. The agency converted skeptical coastal farmers from groundwater to recycled water to lessen the impact of over pumping. In 2018, the agency provided a record 1.7 billion gallons of recycled water and last year added a new 1.5-million-gallon recycled water storage tank, increasing storage to 2.5 million gallons and easing operational limitations on water delivery. Read more.

California: Jennifer Burke Appointed Director at Santa Rosa Water

WateReuse Association Member Santa Rosa Water appointed a new Director, Jennifer Burke, to oversee recycled water and storm water operations and management, water supply, wastewater collection and treatment, and groundwater. Burke is a 16-year veteran of Santa Rosa Water and has worked in the water industry for 20 years. Read more.

New York: Long Island Environmental Group Urges Water Reuse Study

A Long Island environmental group, Peconic Green Growth, is urging Greenport Village to apply for a state grant to fund an engineering study for a project to recycle effluent that is currently discharged into the Long Island Sound. As envisioned, the project would recycle up to 300,000 gallons of water per day for irrigation, reduce saltwater intrusion, and reduce nitrogen loading in the watershed. The proposed study would identify required treatment levels for reuse, technical and capital needs, estimated costs and maintenance and operational requirements. Read more.

Texas: Dripping Springs to Expand Treatment Plant to Include Potable Reuse Distribution System

The Texas Water Development Board unanimously approved $43 million in Clean Water State Revolving Funds for the City of Dripping Springs to expand its wastewater treatment plant and add water reuse capability. The plan includes a distribution system to provide direct potable reuse, making the project eligible for $1 million in loan forgiveness as a green initiative. Dripping Springs also secured an agreement to provide recycled water to a golf course.  Read more.

Conferences and Events

Webcast: Removing Barriers to Direct Potable Reuse

The number of direct potable reuse (DPR) projects in operation or in development in the United States is growing. Where is DPR moving forward and why? On July 10, join nationally recognized water experts to hear their perspectives on recent scientific, technical, and policy developments in DPR. Learn how the water sector in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, and Texas is proactively collaborating with policymakers to advance the discussion on DPR and remove barriers to implementation. The regulatory frameworks created in these states are changing the national discussion about water supply management and establishing models that can be used elsewhere. Register now.

Green Sports Alliance Summit: WateReuse Association Panel

WateReuse Association members will lead a panel discussion at the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit in Philadelphia, PA on Wednesday June 19. Association members will participate with representatives from the University of Pennsylvania to discuss Water Reclamation on College Campuses. Justin Lyon, Senior Water Strategist & Engineer, Biohabitats, will moderate the session. Bob Salvatelli, Director of Business Development with Sustainable Water will speak on the use of data collected at large universities to inform the development of water reclamation and reuse systems focused on treating black water onsite and returning it for use in the system. Members of the Green Sports Alliance will also be introduced to the Recycled Water Users Network to facilitate greater participation in the network.

Upcoming Events

Apr
15
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Apr 15 all-day
Webcast: Breaking Down Implementation Barriers for Onsite Non-Potable Water Systems
Apr 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Webcast: Breaking Down Implementation Barriers for Onsite Non-Potable Water Systems

Presented in partnership with The Water Research Foundation, this presentation will cover key components of successful onsite non-potable water systems.

Webcast
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members and WRF Subscribers: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

Across the nation, onsite non-potable water systems (ONWS) are becoming increasingly common as a means to conserve and recycle water. Ensuring consistent implementation is one of the principal challenges for ONWS programs, particularly when multiple, new stakeholders are involved. Water Research Foundation project 4909 sought to identify key knowledge gaps and provide the resources needed to aid in the smooth implementation of ONWS. Through interaction with the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems, the project team identified common pitfalls that have impacted the design, operation, permitting, and implementation of ONWS.

This presentation will cover key components of a successful ONWS program including: (1) treatment goals that control public health risk, (2) effective design of both treatment and non-treatment (i.e., management) barriers, (3) strategies for effective operation and monitoring of ONWS systems, and (4) frameworks for regulating and permitting ONWS. The goal of this presentation is to convey the importance of stakeholder knowledge for consistent protection of public health at ONWS installations. This information will be presented through a survey of the projects two main deliverables: the comprehensive guidance manual and interactive training modules.

Presenters

  • Brian Pecson, Ph.D., P.E., Principal Engineer, Trussell Technologies
  • Brie Post, P.E., Senior Engineer, Trussell Technologies
  • Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Apr
21
Tue
Webcast: America’s Water Infrastructure Act – Implications for Water Reuse and COVID-19
Apr 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Are water recycling utilities well prepared to address the COVID-19 crisis and other potential future risks?

Join Us!
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

The America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) requires all utilities serving 3,300 or more people to complete a risk and resilience assessment (RRA) for their water systems, followed by the completion of an emergency response plan (ERP). The RRA’s are part of an overall effort to improve the ability of water systems to prepare for and respond to events from water resource limitations to cyber attacks, from extreme weather to an assault on the utility, and from contamination to treatment and distribution infrastructure, among others. In short, it is an all-hazards approach to managing risk.

This webcast will discuss how water reuse interacts with the RRAs and highlight some the ways that risks are viewed and managed from an AWIA perspective. It will also discuss how we are interpreting and acting upon risk in the midst the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and how we can use RRAs to prepare for future risks. This webcast will offer a fresh look at risk and resilience through the lens of preparation and response. The presentation will begin with an overview of AWIA requirements, RRAs, and the role of water reuse in those assessments followed by a focus on risk and risk perceptions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presenters

Dr. Ben Stanford is an Associate Vice President with Hazen and Sawyer in the Denver office where he leads the implementation of innovations in water, wastewater, and water reuse. He is currently leading or supporting over a dozen risk and resilience projects in FL, NC, TX, CO, AZ, and CA.

Dr. Douglas Crawford-Brown is Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was Founding Director of the Institute for the Environment, and at the University of Cambridge, where he was Director of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research.

Apr
24
Fri
Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting
Apr 24 all-day
May
1
Fri
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Santa Margarita Water District
May 1 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
May
28
Thu
Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
May 28 @ 10:00 am

Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
– featuring Brian Biesemeyer, Scottsdale Water “Arizona’s First Direct Potable Reuse System”

Jun
9
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Jun 9 all-day
Jun
17
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Jun 17 all-day
Jun
18
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Jun 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Jul
15
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Jul 15 all-day

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