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.
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.
AZ Water Association and the Arizona Section of WateReuse Association will once again bring together thought leaders from across the Southwest for our annual symposium at Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona July 24 – 26, 2022. Attendee and Sponsorship registration is now open with early-bird pricing expiring on July 7, 2022. A block of rooms has been set aside for symposium attendees through July 7th, 2022. Program agenda coming soon.
Sunday: Kick-off Reception and 6th Annual Purple Water Balloon Battle at 5:00 PM. Pick a team/t-shirt color (ASU, NAU, UA or Purple if you want to be Switzerland) and get in the game.
Monday: Full day of Symposium sessions with breakfast & lunch at Little America Hotel. Shuttle to dinner at Hart Prairie Lodge at Snow Bowl with sunset ski-lift rides.
Tuesday: Half-day of Symposium sessions including breakfast.
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