Register for the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium
Bi-Partisan Drought Legislation Includes $100 Million for Water Reuse
Public Comment Period Ends July 1 for Comments on EPA’s Draft Water Reuse Action Plan
State Updates and Member Profiles
Welcome New Members!
The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:
Arizona: Tucson Water to Use Recycled Water to Revitalize Santa Cruz River
WateReuse Association member Tucson Water will begin this week releasing 2.8 million gallons of recycled water daily to improve conditions in the Santa Cruz River. This added water will bring perennial flow to a section of the river, fostering native vegetation and wildlife along with new recreational and economic opportunities. The project uses existing infrastructure to bring recycled water to the river for in-channel aquifer recharge and riparian habitat expansion. Read More.
California: Montecito Sanitary District’s Water Reuse Pilot Project to Start Soon
WateReuse Association member Montecito Sanitary District will soon begin operating a recycled water pilot project to test technology for its new reuse program. The pilot program will use a pulse-fed reverse osmosis system and may provide water for a neighboring cemetery. Once built, the full-scale facility will provide water for irrigation and groundwater recharge. Read more.
Texas: Austin Water to Meet with Stakeholders to Advance On-Site Reuse
WateReuse Association member Austin Water is hosting an informational workshop on June 25 for architects, building engineers, and developers to encourage on-site water reuse. Workshop attendees will learn about local and national initiatives that demonstrate how these projects can be implemented. Austin Water staff will also seek comments on new ordinance concepts to require developments over 250,000 square feet to use alternative and onsite waters to meet indoor and outdoor non-potable demands. Read More.
WateReuse Members Recognized for Advancing Water Reuse Research
WateReuse Association members San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), and Tampa Bay Water received the Water Research Foundation’s Outstanding Subscriber Awards for their involvement in water reuse research. SFPUC was recognized for its contributions to innovative research on on-site reuse and potable reuse. SNWA’s research and development team mentors post-doctoral students and collaborates with other utilities on water reuse research. Tampa Bay Water was honored for its water supply diversification, which includes desalination. Read more.
Conferences and Events
Webcast: Removing Barriers to Direct Potable Reuse
The number of direct potable reuse (DPR) projects in operation or in development in the United States is growing. Where is DPR moving forward and why? On July 10, join nationally recognized water experts to hear their perspectives on recent scientific, technical, and policy developments in DPR. Learn how the water sector in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, and Texas is proactively collaborating with policymakers to advance the discussion on DPR and remove barriers to implementation. The regulatory frameworks created in these states are changing the national discussion about water supply management and establishing models that can be used elsewhere. Register now.
Executive Director, Members Share Water Reuse Success Stories in Berlin
On June 19, WateReuse Association Executive Director Patricia Sinicropi participated in a panel discussion on innovative U.S. water reuse projects at the 12th IWA International Conference on Water Reclamation and Reuse. In her remarks, Sinicropi highlighted the Hampton Roads Sanitation District’s SWIFT program, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Living Machine, and the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center water reuse pipeline project. The panel also included members Eva Steinle-Darling of Carollo Engineers, Mark Poling of Clean Water Services, and Melissa Meeker of Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources. Justin Mattingly, a research manager with the Water Research Foundation, moderated the session.
PresentersBingrui Liu has been the Operations Engineer at Kranji NEWater Factory since 2017 after graduating from Boston University with a BA(Hons) in Chemistry. Joelyn Tan joined the Operations team at Bedok NEWater Factory (BNF) in 2018, bringing along her technical knowledge as well as experience with the latest industry innovations. Melanie Tan was the Plant Manager for Bedok NEWater Factory from 2010 – 2013 and will be facilitating the session. She currently serves as the Northern California Reuse Practice Leader for Kennedy Jenks.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
This webcast will summarize the California Environmental Flows Framework and its application in the Los Angeles River. Across the country, state and local agencies are promoting water reuse and recycling to conserve water resources. Reuse and recycling of treated wastewater can result in a reduction of instream flow and can impact existing and future instream beneficial uses, setting up potential conflicts between policies aimed at promoting reuse, protecting water quality, and managing ecological resources. Agencies in California have come together to develop a statewide environmental flows framework that can be used to establish seasonal flow criteria. This framework is currently being applied in the Los Angeles River watershed to better evaluate the cumulative impacts of potential flow reductions associated with several water reuse and water capture projects. The project will provide a science-based approach for assessing flow necessary to sustain beneficial uses. The project outcomes will be used to help establish technically sound flow recommendations and evaluate the consequences of alternative flow scenarios for the LA River. This project may also serve as a model for assessing similar situations in other river systems across the state.
Dr. Eric Stein is a head of the Biology Department at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP). Dr. Stein oversees a variety of projects related to in-stream and coastal water quality, bioassessment, hydromodification, watershed modeling, and assessment of wetlands and other aquatic resources. His research focuses on effects of human activities on the condition of aquatic ecosystems, and on developing tools to better assess and manage those effects.
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WOW! Wonders of Water Brownie Journey Jumpstart
Our event is a series of activities and presentations for Brownie Girl Scouts to earn a badge called Wow! Wonders of Water Journey – LOVE Water. Girl Scouts can sign up through the council events page. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Erica Marti (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Overview of activities:
- learning about the water cycle through active movement and visual demonstration
- learning about water pollution, especially how our community is affected by stormwater runoff
- learning about the unique water system in the Las Vegas Valley
Our event is now posted on the Girl Scout events page. Please share with anyone who has a Girl Scout (2nd, 3rd grades).