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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

Aug
10
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Aug 10 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting When: Aug 10, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrceCrrTkoHte5InJPp1ssED67OREJfdAm After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Aug
11
Wed
Discussion on Desalination – Treatments, Research, and the Future (Webcast)
Aug 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Discussion on Desalination – Treatments, Research, and the Future (Webcast)

11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

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. NAWI recently released a new research and development roadmap series on desalination and treatment of nontraditional source waters for power, resource extraction, industry, municipal, and agriculture.

Presenters

  • Wendy Ridderbusch, Executive Director, CalDesal
  • Mark Dononvan, GHD
  • Peter Fiske, Executive Director, NAWI and Director of the Water-Energy Resilience Research Institute
Aug
19
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Aug 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Aug
24
Tue
Inland Empire WateReuse Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Aug 24 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Zoom Meeting

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

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsf-yhqD8sHdym0HbW8iFiaZW3kNVOSKTs

Meeting ID: 821 5121 2028
Passcode: 467932
Dial-In Number: 1 877 853 5257

AGENDA

10:30  Welcome

Maroun El-Hage, Chapter President, EMWD

10:35  DPR Update

Jennifer West, Managing Director, WateReuse California

10:55  Overview of Metropolitan Water District (MWD) Funding Programs 

  • Local Resources Program
  • On-Site Retrofit Program
  • Stormwater for Direct Use Pilot Program

Speakers: Jessica Arm and Noosha Razavian, MWD

11:35  IEUA RP-5 Construction Update

Brian Wilson, Senior Engineer, IEUA

11:45  Legislative and Regulatory Update

Cathleen Pieroni, Manager of Inter-Agency Relations, IEUA

11:55  Closing Comments & Adjourn

Maroun El-Hage, Chapter President, EMWD

Aug
26
Thu
Central Coast Chapter Meeting
Aug 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Zoom Log-In Information

https://zoom.us/j/94393460500

Meeting ID: 943 9346 0500

Sep
12
Sun
PNCWA 2021: Building Professional Excellence in Water Quality @ Boise Centre
Sep 12 – Sep 15 all-day
WateReuse Pacific Northwest (WR-PNW) and the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA) are partnering to bring members a 2021 conference technical program that includes sustainable approaches to water reuse as one of many one-water solutions. WR-PNW will present a water reuse track at the PNCWA Annual Conference to benefit members, advance ongoing innovation, and showcase industry collaboration. The track will occur Tuesday, September 14, with options for single-day attendance packages available. Please join our one-day track and engage in our common vision to advance regional water reuse. The full conference will include in-person and virtual attendance formats, September 13-15. Learn more and register.
PNCWA REUSE TRACK // Tuesday, Sept. 14 Ripples of Change Creating Our Future  
SESSION START TIME PNCWA SESSION PRESENTATION PRESENTER
1 8 AM 13A The National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP) and what it means for the Pacific Northwest Sharon Napier and Ashley Harper
2 8:45 AM 13A State focused partnerships towards advancing reuse in Idaho, Oregon and Washington Nick Smith, Jacque Klug and Holly Tichenor
3 10:30 AM 13B So you need a permit in the Pacific Northwest…now what? ID, OR and WA State Regulators
4 11:15 AM 13B Water Reuse: Waste of Time or Innovative Jay Irby
Lunch 12 PM LUNCH
5 1:15 PM 20A Launching Community Recycled Water Use through Collaborative Planning for Multiple Drivers Todd Miller
6 2 PM 20A Using Research to Inform Community Decisions about Recycled Water Use Jacque Klug
7 3 PM 20B Case Study for Datacenter Cooling Water Reuse Bob Davis
8 3:45 PM 20B Strategic Planning: the key to internal alignment and program momentum Haili Matsukawa
Registration is live! Head to the website for registration options.
Sep
17
Fri
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Third Quarter 2021 @ J.W. Marriott L.A. LIVE
Sep 17 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Third Quarter:
Los Angeles, J.W. Marriott L.A. LIVE
Friday, Sept 17, 2021
11:00 am to 2pm EST // 10 to 1 CST // 9:00 to 12 MST // 8:00 to 11 PST

Sep
19
Sun
2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference @ JW Marriott LA Live
Sep 19 – Sep 21 all-day

Do not miss the 2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference! Join us in-person at the JW Marriott LA Live in Los Angeles or participate virtually from the comfort of your office. Our Annual Conference is where California’s water recycling community comes together each year to learn, network, and discover the latest trends in the design, management, operation, and use of water recycling facilities and projects.

Learn More

2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference
JW Marriott Live LA
September 19-21, 2021

Oct
5
Tue
World Water-Tech North America
Oct 5 – Oct 6 all-day
World Water-Tech North America

The WateReuse Association is pleased to support the World Water-Tech North America Summit, connecting the global water ecosystem on October 5-6.

Join 350 stakeholders driving change across the water value chain, with speakers from utilities (public and private), billion-dollar venture funds, international engineering giants, and technology companies (start-ups and unicorns). YOU’RE GUARANTEED hot debates, new ideas and fresh faces!

This incredible group of cross-industry voices will come together to trade insights about how to accelerate watershed resilience, and identify opportunities to transform the industry through innovation and investment. Will you be joining them? ​​​​​​

Save a further 10% with The WateReuse Association’s discount code: WRA10

Register

 

Oct
12
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Oct 12 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Zoom Meeting

When: Oct 12, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAldOGtrj4vGdA1-zAqXG6sUz3jo_lrRTJP

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

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