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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

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

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErcOypqjgsHtwmGaUIM0hd5mvgjfwX4pgY

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

Dec
9
Wed
Water Reuse in Palestine: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainability, Food Security, and Economic Growth
Dec 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Water Reuse in Palestine: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainability, Food Security, and Economic Growth

Join Dr. A. Rasem Hasan, a professor and researcher at An-Najah National University in Nablus, West Bank, to learn about recent challenges, social and technical, and proposed solutions to increase water recycling in Palestine.

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Join Us!
1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern | 10:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Although a small country with many water resource challenges, Palestine relies on agriculture as a critical component of its economy. About 50 percent of the land is designated agricultural yet only 7 percent is irrigated, creating an opportunity for water reuse to play a key role in water conservation, food security, and economic growth. Join Dr. A. Rasem Hasan, a professor and researcher at An-Najah National University in Nablus, West Bank, to learn about recent challenges, social and technical, and proposed solutions to increase water recycling in Palestine.

Dr. Hasan will present research on how to overcome funding limitations to develop water reuse projects of varying sizes in a semi-arid to arid region. The presentation will discuss rural wastewater management and reuse, industrial wastewater management, brackish water desalination for drinking and irrigation, and climate change adaptation.

Join us for a presentation organized by the WateReuse International Committee that will offer insight into the unique experiences of communities where low funded projects can have significant impact on society.

Moderator

  • Dr. Zoreh Movahed, WATEK

Presenter

  • Dr. A. Rasem Hasan is currently the Director of Water and Environmental Studies institute, and faculty member of Civil Engineering Department, at An-Najah National University in Nablus, West Bank, Palestine. He has as a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Miami, Florida, USA, MSc in Water Engineering from Birzeit University, Palestine, and B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Mutah University, Jordan. Dr. Hasan received several academic awards and has 20+ years of work experience as consultant and academic in the fields of water and environmental engineering. His research interests are water desalination, wastewater treatment and management, water reuse, and hazardous waste management.
Dec
17
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Dec 17 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Mar
15
Mon
36th Annual WateReuse Symposium
Mar 15 – Mar 25 all-day
36th Annual WateReuse Symposium

36th Annual WateReuse Symposium: Redefining Resiliency

March 15-25, 2021

Join us for a series of live and on demand virtual roundtables!

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