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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:
- City of Garland, Texas
- CONSOR Engineers, LLC
- Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.
- Western Reserve Land Conservancy
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.
- To RSVP to attend in person, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/6hbco4sVPJRosRe46. Detailed driving and parking directions will be provided to those who RSVP.
- To register to participate via webinar, please complete this form: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4714919568173938700 .
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
Today’s technology allows us to treat virtually any source of water to meet any need including drinking, but many states lack regulations to allow these projects to move forward. WateReuse Association State Sections are taking the lead in collaborating with regulatory agencies and other stakeholders to develop regulatory frameworks to implement potable reuse. Join us to learn about recent efforts in Colorado and Florida that are paving the way for potable reuse.
The State of Colorado is considering regulating direct potable reuse (DPR). To support this effort, WateReuse Colorado sponsored the formation of an Independent Advisory Expert Panel to develop regulatory guidelines for the state. Larry Schimmoller, chair of the Panel, will review the process used to develop the regulatory guidelines, discuss the specific recommendations included in the guidelines, and present the next steps in the regulatory process.
WateReuse Florida took the initiative to bring together a diverse group of water professionals and end user stakeholders to participate in a consensus base effort to identify and address technical, regulatory, and implementation barriers to potable reuse in Florida. The Florida Potable Reuse Commission was formed to develop a framework document for potable reuse implantation in Florida to augment future water supply and support water quality initiatives. Lynn Spivey, WateReuse Florida President, and Potable Reuse Commission Chair, will be discussing the 18-month effort and the newly published Framework document.
Chair, Independent Advisory Expert Panel, Colorado DPR Framework Project
Global Technology Leader for Water Reuse, Jacobs
Chair, Florida Potable Reuse Commission
President, WateReuse Florida
Director of Utilities, City of Plant City (Florida
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The event includes a meeting of the Board Trustees and a webinar on PFAS.
WateReuse Nevada’s inaugural inter-state gathering for water professionals to discuss current topics and future trends. Topics will cover the current state and future prospects of water recycling in Nevada; state, agency, and industry partnership; and a current look at scientific advancements at Nevada universities.
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Mark your calendars for May 19-20, 2020 for the WateReuse Pacific Northwest annual conference. This year’s conference will be held at King County’s Brightwater Center, an environmental education and event center located on the Brightwater Treatment Plant campus. An impressive conference program is being planned featuring innovative reuse projects, research, education and community outreach, new regulatory directions and an operator session tailored to reuse facility operations.
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