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June 15, 2020

Washington Update

WateReuse Submits Letter on U.S. EPA’s PFAS Regulatory Determinations

The WateReuse Association submitted a letter in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) determination to regulate certain Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in drinking water. WateReuse supports the timely establishment of a federal Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) in accordance with the established regulatory process under the Safe Drinking Water Act, and asks that regulatory decisions be based on science, tied to public health and environmental risk, and informed by an understanding of treatment technologies. The letter urges EPA to consider the guiding principles developed by WateReuse in the fall 2019.

Bureau of Reclamation Awards Grant Funding to WateReuse Members

WateReuse Members Receive WIFIA Loans from U.S. EPA

U.S. EPA Releases State Revolving Fund Matrix of Water Reuse Eligibilities

As part of the National Water Reuse Action Plan, EPA released a matrix to explain the ways in which water reuse projects are eligible for support through the Drinking and Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) Programs. The information included in the matrix illustrates eligibility across five source waters and seven different end uses; these are provided as examples, and are not intended to cover all possible sources and uses. EPA plans to continue releasing information highlighting the past performance of the SRF programs in support of water reuse projects, and will also report on best practices for state Clean Water SRFs.

State Updates and Member Profiles

California: WateReuse California and CASA Urge Increased Funding for CA CWSRF

Last week, WateReuse California and the California Association of Sanitation Agencies submitted a letter to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWB) urging increased funding for the California Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). In a comment letter on the Intended Use Plan for the CWSRF, the two organization asked for a funding a level commensurate with California’s economic standing and significant need for infrastructure, job creation, and water supply investment. Over the last three years, the amount of funding has steadily declined, to a low of around $200 million in FY 2019-2020. Read More.

California: San Diego Water Board Unanimously Approves Potable Reuse Permit

The City of San Diego can now add purified water to the Miramar Reservoir for Phase 1 of the Pure Water San Diego program. The San Diego Water Board unanimously adopted an order that grants a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. The permit is the first of its kind in California, and contains limits on what can be discharged, monitoring, and reporting requirements to ensure water quality and public health. Read more about the Phase 1 project.

California: South County Ag Program to Provide Recycled Water for Agriculture

WateReuse Association member Regional San has selected a team of Brown and Caldwell and Carollo Engineers to develop a program to irrigate crops with recycled water instead of groundwater. The $375 million South Sacramento County Agriculture & Habitat Lands Recycled Water Program is one of the largest agricultural reuse projects in the country. It will irrigate up to 16,000 acres of permanent agriculture and habitat conservation land with up to 50,000 acre-feet per year of water. This massive reuse will lessen the dependence on the over drafted groundwater in the southern part of Sacramento County. Read More.

Florida: Crystal River Looks to Increase Recycled Water Sent to Duke Energy

To minimize the impact of wastewater discharges on the local watershed, the City of Crystal River is looking to increase the amount of reclaimed water that it sends to two Duke Energy coal facilities. The city currently provides about 750,000 to 800,000 gallons a day of reclaimed water to the coal plants, which decreases Duke Energy’s reliance on groundwater and gives the city a needed end use for its reclaimed water. The city is negotiating an offer to send additional reclaimed water to the company’s Citrus Combined-Cycle Natural Gas Plant. Read More.

Research Update

Researchers Find Current Practices in Water Treatment Protect Public Health in the Age of COVID-19

Do our existing water systems adequately protect public health in the age of COVID-19? An editorial by Brian Pecson of Trussell Technologies, Daniel Gerrity of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, and others in Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology provides perspective on what is known and what is being learned through current research. The 15 contributing scientists and engineers recommend that the industry leverage past findings on similar coronaviruses and the growing body of research on SARS-CoV-2 to estimate its impact on our water systems. To date, the preliminary findings provide reassurance that SARS-CoV-2 is unlikely to reset the requirements for public health protection in the water industry. Current requirements for robust, multiple-barrier treatment systems appears to be a solid foundation for the control of emerging and future pathogens as well. Read More.

NACWA White Paper Offers Funding, Financing Options to Address COVID-19 Economic Challenges

In a newly released white paper, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) estimates that the clean water sector could face an economic impact of approximately $16 billion from the coronavirus pandemic. The white paper outlines various funding and financing options the federal government could take to help municipal clean water utilities cope. Without direct federal funding, NACWA asserts that clean water agencies will see significant revenue challenges from the economic disruption that will exacerbate existing affordability challenges and affect future investments. Read More.

WateReuse Communications Tools and Resources

Engaging the Public Health Community on Water Reuse? Check out Our Online Resources

Although water reuse is a proven, science-based process that has been used safely in communities around the world for decades, the public is often skeptical when the concept is first introduced into a community. To build acceptance among medical and health professionals, WateReuse has launched the Medical Community Initiative and begun developing resources to support members in engaging with the public health community. Visit our website for videos, articles, and presentations that support engagement with medical professionals. New tools are being developed so check back for updates.

Awards and Recognition for Water Reuse

Water Sector Seeks Applications for Utility of the Future Today Recognition Program

The application period is open for the Utility of the Future Today recognition program, which honors water resource recovery facilities for community engagement, watershed stewardship, water reuse, and recovery of other resources such as energy and nutrients. The Utility of the Future Today concept is as a model for utilities to achieve more efficient operations, enhanced productivity, and long-term sustainability. The WateReuse Association participates in the joint initiative with the Water Environment Federation, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and the Water Research Foundation Public and private water sector utilities of all sizes that can demonstrate achievement of the application requirements are encouraged to apply by July 17 at 5 p.m. EDT.

Conferences and Events

Register for the 2020 WateReuse California Virtual Conference by June 17

Join WateReuse California for an easy to navigate, virtual conference experience beginning June 24-25 from the comfort of your office or home office. The conference will include more than 50 technical presentations with audience Q&A and handouts, live and interactive panel discussions, an interactive sponsor and exhibitor hall, and a virtual cocktail party reception. Kristin Peer, Deputy Secretary and Special Counsel for Water Policy at Cal EPA will give a keynote presentation on COVID-19 Challenges and California’s Water Resilience Portfolio. The registration deadline is June 17, 2020. Sessions will be presented on June 24 and June 25 and continue to be available for viewing until July 31, 2020. Register Now.

Upcoming Events

Oct
13
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Zoom Video Conference
Oct 13 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
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Oct
15
Thu
Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting
Oct 15 all-day
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Oct 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Oct
21
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Oct 21 all-day
Oct
26
Mon
9th Annual Water Reuse in Texas Virtual Conference
Oct 26 @ 1:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 5:00 pm

Co-Produced by WateReuse Texas, WEAT and TAWWA, the Water Reuse in Texas Virtual Conference is Monday, October 26-27.

Learn More.

Oct
29
Thu
What Strikes Fear in the Hearts of Arizona Water and Wastewater Utilities? Brine Management
Oct 29 @ 10:00 am

WateReuse Arizona Section Meeting & Webinar

Will be hosted at Brown and Caldwell if able to gather in person.

There has been a perception that brine management is a “down the road” issue for water providers in Arizona.  However, for the Phoenix Metro West Valley and the Tucson area water suppliers, that is not the case.  The Easy button to discharge to the sanitary sewer system is a short term fix that is not working.  Brine ponds smell and are expensive.  Regional solutions may be required.  An update on the Central Arizona Salinity Study options and new options will be reviewed with associated costs presented.  This update can provide a basis for the continuing, collaborative, brine management conversation.

Presenter

Maria Brady, Project Manager, Stantec Consulting
Maria Brady is a Project Manager with Stantec Consulting.  She has more than 30 years’ experience in water, wastewater, storm water, and environmental management projects.  Maria graduated from Washington State and Colorado State Universities with BS and MS degrees in Agricultural Engineering. Maria has lived in Arizona for 34 years…which makes her an Arizona native in dog years!!  Maria is the Central Arizona Trustee for WateReuse and if you ask her about DPR you are in for a lively conversation.

Nov
18
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Nov 18 all-day
Dec
4
Fri
2020 4th Quarter Meeting of the Board of Directors
Dec 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Dec
8
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Zoom Video Conference
Dec 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

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Dec
17
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Dec 17 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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