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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

Jul
16
Tue
WateReuse Mid-Atlantic Presents: Water Recycling in the Capital Region
Jul 16 @ 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm
This event is free for all attendees. The WateReuse Mid-Atlantic Section is hosting its inaugural event, Water Recycling in the Capital Region, on Tuesday, July 16, 2024 at D.C. Water. Register Now!Water Recycling in the Capital Region,” will bring together utilities, businesses, and local stakeholders to explore water recycling as a critical tool to help surrounding communities achieve their sustainability and resilience goals. The event will include two panels focusing on existing municipal reuse services as well as decentralized and onsite operations from throughout the greater capital area. Following the panels, attendees are invited to a networking reception.
Event Schedule:
  • 1:30pm-2:00pm – Welcoming Remarks: David Gadis, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, DC Water (invited)
  • 2:00pm-3:15pm – Panel: Centralized Municipal Water Recycling
    • Hampton Roads Sanitation District, VA
    • Upper Occoquan Service Authority, VA
    • Howard County, MD
    • City of Westminster, MD
    • Loudoun County, VA
  • 3:15pm-3:30pm – Break
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – Panel: Decentralized/Onsite/Stormwater Capture and Reuse
    • Fairfax County, VA
    • AlexRenew, VA
  • 4:30pm-4:45pm – Closing Remarks
  • 4:45pm-6:00pm – Happy Hour Networking & Reception on the DC Water HQO Rooftop
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Jul 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Jul
18
Thu
WateReuse Colorado Meeting
Jul 18 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Our next meeting is coming up next week on Thursday, July 18, 2024 from 10am – 12pm. Attached please find the agenda for the meeting as well as the minutes from the May 2024 meeting for your review prior to the meeting.

Here is the information of the location of the meeting if you plan to attend in person, please remember we expect to have the scholarship winners at this meeting to hear about their research and to get to meet them. Thank you to Denver Water and the Water Quality Lab at CSU Spur for hosting us next week. There is a Microsoft Teams calendar invite that went out if you will not be able to attend in person.

Location:

Water Quality Lab at CSU Spur

Hydro Building on the 3rd Floor, Room 309

Address:

4777 National Western Dr

Denver, CO 80216

Parking is located north of the building, past the Dumb Friends League and Equine Center

There will be Denver Water employees available to escort you as this part of the building requires badge access.

Jul
25
Thu
Central Coast Chapter Meeting
Jul 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Our next WateReuse Central Coast chapter meeting will be on Thursday, July 25 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. This will be a virtual-only meeting hosted on Teams.

Our main presentation will focus on Prepping Your Wastewater for Future Potable Reuse. The City of Ventura is embarking on a project to upgrade its water reclamation facility (VWRF) in anticipation of its inclusion into a potable reuse treatment train coupled with an Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF). The design objective for the VWRF is to maximize the available log reduction values (LRVs) for viruses, Giardia cysts, and Cryptosporidium oocysts (V/G/C) through the use of membrane bioreactor (MBR) and ultraviolet (UV) disinfection treatment techniques. Through new regulatory pathways, this project was able to develop a framework for projected baseline LRVs of 1/2.5/2.5 for MBR and 1.5/4/4 for UV disinfection, with the opportunity for additional LRVs via MBR challenge testing, that could be used for indirect/direct potable reuse (IPR/DPR) credits.

An agenda will be distributed prior to the meeting.

Jul
28
Sun
Arizona WateReuse 2024 Symposium @ Little America Hotel
Jul 28 – Jul 30 all-day
Aug
6
Tue
A Framework for Permitting Innovation in the Wastewater Sector to Support Water Reuse
Aug 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A Framework for Permitting Innovation in the Wastewater Sector to Support Water Reuse

11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
This webcast is free of charge.
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

 

 

This webcast, co-hosted by the U.S. EPA, will present the key outcomes of an expert workshop that sought to understand how the permitting process can better support innovative water resource management solutions, such as water reuse. The webcast will detail five characteristics to support a permitting process that is not a painful hurdle, but rather an opportunity for mutual creativity between regulators, regulated entities, and the engaged public. Webcast participants will learn about how this framework can be applied to their unique circumstances, work being done by EPA and partners, and how innovation can be better facilitated through permitting.

 

Speakers:

  • Justin Mattingly, Water Reuse Program, U.S. EPA
  • Michael Kiparsky, University of California, Berkley (invited)
  • Dave Smith, Water Innovation Services (invited)
  • Felicia Marcus, Stanford University (invited)
Aug
9
Fri
WateReuse California Legislative-Regulatory Committee Meeting
Aug 9 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Please find below the 2024 schedule for the Legislative-Regulatory Committee. All in-person meetings will be held at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Sacramento offices located at: 1121 L Street, Suite 900, Sacramento.]

 

Both in-person and virtual meetings will occur from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Those indicated as virtual will occur over Zoom and a link will be provided on the agenda.

 

The 2024 WRCA Annual Conference will be at the: Hyatt Regency Orange County.

 

Please save the date for our 2024 meeting dates:

 

1. January 19 – in person

2. March 8 – virtual

3. March 22 – in person

4. April 12 – virtual

5. May 10 – in person

6. May 31 – virtual

7. June 21 – virtual

8. August 9 – virtual

9. September 16 – in person (at annual conference)

Aug
13
Tue
WRCA Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Aug 13 all-day
Aug
15
Thu
WateReuse Texas Board Meeting
Aug 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Moulton Nigel Water District
Aug 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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