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June 18, 2018

33rd Annual WateReuse Symposium: Quenching Our Thirst: Potable Reuse Track Provides Latest Learning and Information on What’s Happening Across the Country


Washington Update

Senate Committee Advances EPA Spending Bill

Senate Committee Discusses Bill Expanding WIFIA to Reclamation

Waters of the United States Rule Faces Another Hurdle


State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Members!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:

California: WateReuse California Joins Operator Certification Program

The WateReuse California (WRCA) Board of Trustees recently contributed $25,000 to the Advanced Water Treatment (AWT) Operator Certification Program, which is being developed by the CA-NV Section of the American Water Works Association and the CA Water Environment Association. WRCA believes an AWT Operator Certificate Program will help increase public confidence in potable water reuse. The California State Water Resources Control Board recommended an AWT Operator Certification Program in its 2016 Direct Potable Reuse report to the California Legislature. For information about WRCA’s involvement in this effort, please contact Charles LaSalle.

California: Construction Progresses on Treatment Facilities in Paso Robles

WateReuse Association member the City of Paso Robles is building new tertiary treatment facilities, with 60 percent of the construction now completed. These facilities will produce recycled water for irrigation that will help solve the problem of declining groundwater levels. The facilities will also enable the city to comply with more strict requirements for release of treated water to the Salinas River. The project will be complete and in operation by Jan. 2019. Read More.

Florida: SWFWMD to Co-Fund Reclaimed Water Master Plan for Hernando County

WateReuse Association member the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) is co-funding a new Reclaimed Water Master Plan for the Hernando County Utility that will provide ecological benefit and cost-effective use of the water. Several options are under consideration for the future of reclaimed water in the county that include aquifer recharge, irrigation, and agriculture. Read More.

Wisconsin: Paper Mill Partners with Local Utility to Build Reclaimed Water System

Green Bay Packaging announced plans to partner with NEW Water, Green Bay’s local metropolitan water treatment facility, to construct a reclaimed water system at a new $500 million paper mill that will use recycled water for production and not discharge any wastewater back into the environment. The new facility will replace a 71-year-old plant, allow the company to double production, and add 200 new full-time jobs. Groundbreaking is scheduled for September 2018. Read More.


Association News

Dallas-Fort Worth Utilities Discuss Water Reuse with WRA Executive Director

2018 Awards for Excellence in Water Reuse: Nominations Due June 27

The WateReuse Association is accepting nominations for the 2018 Awards for Excellence in Water Reuse through Wednesday, June 27. The WateReuse Awards for Excellence celebrate communities, businesses, public-private partnerships, non-profit organizations and individuals that are making significant contributions toward advancing the adoption of water reuse in their community or elsewhere. The award categories have been modernized to showcase and celebrate the wide range of innovative ways in which water reuse is being deployed across the country, and the individuals and organizations leading these efforts. Learn More.


Conferences and Events

Webcast: From Collection System to Tap: Designing Direct Potable Reuse Systems for Resilience

How can you build a potable reuse system that runs without disruption and gives you the ability to respond to and recover from issues quickly? Join us on Wednesday, July 11 at 2 pm EDT to learn about a new Water Research Foundation report that provides direct potable reuse (DPR) resilience guidance essential for any utility planning, designing or considering a DPR system. The webcast will discuss DPR resilience techniques at each stage from wastewater source control through wastewater treatment, advanced water treatment, and distribution. The presenters will also discuss application of risk assessment methods to aid decision makers in evaluating resilience enhancing alternatives and identifying alternatives associated with the maximum risk reduction per triple bottom cost — people, plant and profit. Register Now.

 Upcoming Events

Georgia Association of Water Professionals Annual Conference & Expo @ Savannah Convention Center
Jul 14 – Jul 17 all-day

Georgia Association of Water Professionals Annual Conference & Expo

The Annual Conference & Expo is targeted towards everyone in and around the State of Georgia involved in water and/or wastewater which includes, but is not limited to, Utility Directors, Operators, City/State/County Government Officials, Manufacturers Representatives, Consultants and Engineers. Learn more.

Arizona Water Reuse Symposium @ Little America Hotel in Flagstaff
Jul 28 – Jul 30 all-day
Arizona Water Reuse Symposium @ Little America Hotel in Flagstaff

The 2019 Arizona Water Reuse Symposium co-hosted by WateReuse Arizona and AZ Water Association will be held July 28 – 30, 2019 at Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona. We will kick off the event with our welcome reception and 4th Annual Purple Water Balloon Battle on Sunday evening. Our Monday evening dinner will return to Hart Prairie Lodge at Snow Bowl and this year, attendees have the option to take a Sunset chair lift ride up and down before dinner.


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2019 WateReuse Arizona Awards

The 2019 WateReuse Arizona Awards will be presented during the Arizona Water Reuse Symposium.
Deadline to nominate: June 14, 2019

WateReuse Arizona will present awards in the following categories:
1. Project of the Year
2. Program of the Year
3. Person of the Year


Little America Hotel Flagstaff
2515 East Butler Avenue, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
(928) 779-7900

A block of rooms has been set aside for symposium attendees through July 7th. The room rate of $145 per night will be honored thereafter for symposium attendees, but only based on availability of rooms. Ask for group sales and mention “Water Reuse Symposium” to receive the discounted rate, or use this link:



For any questions about sponsorship, please contact Jeff Biggs at jeff.biggs@tucsonaz.gov


34th Annual WateReuse Symposium @ Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Sep 8 @ 8:00 am – Sep 11 @ 12:00 pm
34th Annual WateReuse Symposium @ Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina | San Diego | California | United States

The 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium is your one stop for all things water reuse. Whether you are new to reuse or an experienced veteran, a robust collection of concurrent sessions covering key policy, technology, operational, and research issues allows you to customize a unique Symposium experience. Plenary sessions explore the broader policy and planning issues that will shape the future.

2020 WateReuse California Annual Conference @ Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Mar 15 @ 8:00 am – Mar 17 @ 5:00 pm
2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference @ Hyatt Regency Indian Wells
Mar 21 @ 8:00 am – Mar 23 @ 5:00 pm

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