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June 14, 2021

Washington Update

WateReuse Scores Win in House Water Infrastructure Package; Committee Authorizes Major Investments in Water Recycling Programs and Resources

Call to Action: Elevate Water Recycling as an Infrastructure Investment Priority

Following last week’s passage of the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021 (H.R. 1915), which will take a first step in authorizing major investments in water reuse programs, the WateReuse Association is 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. If you would like to send a letter, you can use our template letter to share your story. The letter includes requests for $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 members to tell Congress how water recycling makes a difference for their community or business.

To take action, use the template letter. If you do not know who to send the letter to, reach out to Greg Fogel at gfogel@watereuse.org or 805-570-3038.

If you would like to call, 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!), leave a message.

Senate Appropriation Subcommittee Urges Funding for WIIN-Title XVI Program

In a hearing on the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation, Chairman of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), expressed her deep disappointment over the absence of WIIN Act funding from the President’s FY 2022 budget request. The 2016 Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act provides authorization of funding for water storage, desalination, and water reuse and recycling programs, including the Title XVI-WIIN Water Reuse Grants Program.

As we previously reported, funding for WIIN Act programs was excluded from the President’s FY 2022 budget. In response to questions by Senator Feinstein, the witness from the Bureau of Reclamation noted that the U.S. Department of Interior will soon be sending Congress a supplemental funding request for Title XVI-WIIN and the other WIIN Act programs. WateReuse will monitor this request and report on it when it becomes available.

EPA Awards WIFIA Loan to East County Advanced Water Purification Program

The East County Advanced Water Purification Program, which will produce potable water for San Diego County, received a $388 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan.

Radhika Fox, Acting Assistant Administrator for the EPA Office of Water, presented a sign with the loan amount, noting, “EPA is proud to partner on this project, which uses proven technology to bolster drinking water supplies in this climate-stressed region.”

The project is a collaborative effort between WateReuse members Padre Dam Municipal Water District and County of San Diego, as well as the City of El Cajon and Helix Water District. The program will produce up to 11.5 million gallons of purified water per day. Read more.

WateReuse Served as Advisor on Newly Released 50L Home Coalition Water Reuse Whitepaper

The 50L Home Coalition released a new report, “A Circular Water Future: White Paper on Water Reuse,” which highlights global drivers for integrating water reuse and explores case-studies of urban water use in China, India, Mexico, and the United States. This is the first 50L Home Coalition publication focused on integrating water reuse in homes and cities.

The WateReuse Association serves as an advisor to the group and participated in stakeholder workshops to support the development of the white paper. Download the report here.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Members!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:

CA: Metropolitan Board Confirms Adel Hagekhalil as New General Manager

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has selected Adel Hagekhalil, a national water and infrastructure leader, to serve as its 14th general manager. Hagekhhalil previously severed as Executive Director and General Manager of StreetsLA and Assistant Direct of the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation. He also helped develop the 2040 One Water LA Plan, which included optimization of more than $13 billion in wastewater, recycled water, and stormwater capital improvements. Read more.

MT: Yellowstone Club Receives Final Approval to Use Recycled Water to Make Snow

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality gave final approval last week for the Yellowstone Club to use recycled water to make snow for its ski slopes. The private ski and golf resort will begin using up to 25 million gallons of recycled water to make snow daily beginning in Fall 2022. The project is part of an effort to bolster stream flows and reduce nutrient loading in the Gallatin River. Read more.

Member Spotlight: Hach Welcomes first North America Reuse Lead

Hach Company, a water quality testing and analytical instruments firm, is making new investments in the potable water reuse market and has created a new role to solidify its commitment. Hach recently welcomed Wade Jackson as its first North America Reuse Lead. Jackson brings an extensive background in water reuse and will lead internal cross-functional efforts to accelerate the company’s vision for growth in the North American water reuse market.

Op-Ed: Southwest’s Water Problems Likely to Grow, Reuse Offers Resilience

Peter Annin, director of the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation at Northland College in Ashland, WI, and author of The Great Lakes Water Wars, calls on Western water managers to invest in technologies that provide diverse, drought-resistant local water options. Highlighting the water reuse projects in Scottsdale, AZ and Los Angeles, CA, Annin discusses the importance of local water supplies, especially with low reservoir levels in Lake Mead. Read more.

Research Update

Feedback Requested: Drivers and Barriers for Onsite and Distributed Water Reuse

Columbia University invites WateReuse members to participate in a Survey on Perceptions, Drivers and Barriers around Onsite and Distributed Water Reuse in support of Water Research Foundation project 5040. Advanced treatment and monitoring technologies have made the installation of small-scale water reuse systems an increasingly feasible option in many locations. Experience with onsite and distributed water reuse is not necessary to complete the 10-to-15-minute survey. Take the survey here.

Member Resources and Benefits

Need to Illustrate the Value of Water Reuse Investment? Use Our Flyer and Infographic

Utilities must make a compelling case to ratepayers, policymakers, and other stakeholders that investment in water recycling is the right decision. Use our flyer and infographic to illustrate that Investment in water reuse builds communities that are modern, sustainable and stable—ready for families to flourish and businesses to grow. The infographic highlights examples of recycled water from coast to coast and documents the value they bring.

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

Registration Opens June 16 for the WateReuse California Annual Conference

Mark your calendar for the 2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference taking place September 19-21! You will have the option to participate in-person at the JW Marriott LA Live in Los Angeles or join us virtually. Registration opens June 16, 2021! Learn more.

Webcast: Potable Water Reuse: What Prospects for Europe?

June 24, 2021
8 am PT | 11 am ET (2 hours)

Water Reuse Europe and the WateReuse Association are bringing together speakers from Europe and the U.S. to share their experiences in developing and implementing potable reuse projects with a specific emphasis on regulatory approaches, risk management and communication. This international group of presenters will discuss what is needed to enable wider adoption of potable reuse across Europe’s territories. Register here.

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.

Upcoming Events

Dec
7
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Dec 7 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting When: Dec 7, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsf-yhqD8sHdym0HbW8iFiaZW3kNVOSKTs After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Dec
8
Wed
Water Reuse in India: State of Practice and New Developments
Dec 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

10:30 am – 12:00 pm EST (US and Canada) | 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm IST
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

This webcast will feature a summary of the state of practice of water reuse in India. The regional challenges and potential for water reuse in India provide insight for other countries, such as the United States. Specific research and case studies will likely cover water reuse for agricultural applications. Such applications are of growing importance both in India and internationally. Other examples will likely draw from community developments that utilize greywater and blackwater to provide a community value through reuse. 

Moderator: Abinash Patro, Suez Water Technologies & Solutions – South Asia

Presenters:

  • Mary Eggert, Global Water Works
  • Mr. Girish Kale, Suez Water Technologies & Solutions – South Asia
  • Arun Kumar, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
  • Dr. Snehalatha MekalaFreshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA)
  • Suhail Rahman, CoEvolve Estates
  • Greta Zornes, CDM Smith

 

Dec
15
Wed
Inland Empire WateReuse Chapter Meeting
Dec 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

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.

AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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

Zoom Meeting

When: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 // 10:30 am – noon

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85979954755

Meeting ID: 859 7995 4755
Dial-in Number: (720) 707-2699

AGENDA

10:30  Welcome

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

11:35  TBD

TBD

11:55  Closing Comments & Adjourn

Maroun El-Hage, Chapter President, EMWD

Dec
16
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Jan
12
Wed
2022 National Water Reuse Policy Outlook
Jan 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2022 National Water Reuse Policy Outlook

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

Register Now!

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.

Speakers:

  • Greg Fogel, Policy Director, WateReuse Association
  • David Leiter, President, Plurus Strategies
Jan
21
Fri
Special Board Meeting: Marketing Analysis Deep Dive @ Virtual
Jan 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Friday, January 21, 2022 
Remote
8 am – 9:30 am PT / 11 am -12:30 pm EST
Bluefield Marketing Assessment

Feb
1
Tue
2nd Annual Water Reuse Symposium @ Tuscany Suites & Casino
Feb 1 all-day
2nd Annual Water Reuse Symposium @ Tuscany Suites & Casino

SAVE THE DATE! 2nd Annual Water Reuse Symposium

Mark your calendar for the 2nd Annual Water Reuse Symposium, February 1, 2022 at the Tuscany Suites & Casino, Las Vegas, NV.

Another year and another exciting program. A detailed program will be out soon. Stay up to date!

Feb
18
Fri
Special Board Meeting: Operational Assessment Deep Dive @ Virtual
Feb 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Friday, February 18, 2022
Remote
8 am – 9:30 am PT / 11 am -12:30 pm EST
Association Headquarters Operational Assessment

Mar
6
Sun
Meeting of the Board of Directors – First Quarter 2022 @ San Antonio
Mar 6 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

First Quarter:

Sunday, March 6, 2022 ~  8:00 am to 12:00 pm CST, San Antonio

Board Workshops:
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

 

37th Annual WateReuse Symposium
Mar 6 @ 1:00 pm – Mar 9 @ 2:00 pm
37th Annual WateReuse Symposium

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.

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