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June 24, 2019

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Washington Update

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.

Upcoming Events

Apr
15
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Apr 15 all-day
Webcast: Breaking Down Implementation Barriers for Onsite Non-Potable Water Systems
Apr 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Webcast: Breaking Down Implementation Barriers for Onsite Non-Potable Water Systems

Presented in partnership with The Water Research Foundation, this presentation will cover key components of successful onsite non-potable water systems.

Webcast
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members and WRF Subscribers: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

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Across the nation, onsite non-potable water systems (ONWS) are becoming increasingly common as a means to conserve and recycle water. Ensuring consistent implementation is one of the principal challenges for ONWS programs, particularly when multiple, new stakeholders are involved. Water Research Foundation project 4909 sought to identify key knowledge gaps and provide the resources needed to aid in the smooth implementation of ONWS. Through interaction with the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems, the project team identified common pitfalls that have impacted the design, operation, permitting, and implementation of ONWS.

This presentation will cover key components of a successful ONWS program including: (1) treatment goals that control public health risk, (2) effective design of both treatment and non-treatment (i.e., management) barriers, (3) strategies for effective operation and monitoring of ONWS systems, and (4) frameworks for regulating and permitting ONWS. The goal of this presentation is to convey the importance of stakeholder knowledge for consistent protection of public health at ONWS installations. This information will be presented through a survey of the projects two main deliverables: the comprehensive guidance manual and interactive training modules.

Presenters

  • Brian Pecson, Ph.D., P.E., Principal Engineer, Trussell Technologies
  • Brie Post, P.E., Senior Engineer, Trussell Technologies
  • Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Apr
21
Tue
Webcast: America’s Water Infrastructure Act – Implications for Water Reuse and COVID-19
Apr 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Are water recycling utilities well prepared to address the COVID-19 crisis and other potential future risks?

Join Us!
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

The America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) requires all utilities serving 3,300 or more people to complete a risk and resilience assessment (RRA) for their water systems, followed by the completion of an emergency response plan (ERP). The RRA’s are part of an overall effort to improve the ability of water systems to prepare for and respond to events from water resource limitations to cyber attacks, from extreme weather to an assault on the utility, and from contamination to treatment and distribution infrastructure, among others. In short, it is an all-hazards approach to managing risk.

This webcast will discuss how water reuse interacts with the RRAs and highlight some the ways that risks are viewed and managed from an AWIA perspective. It will also discuss how we are interpreting and acting upon risk in the midst the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and how we can use RRAs to prepare for future risks. This webcast will offer a fresh look at risk and resilience through the lens of preparation and response. The presentation will begin with an overview of AWIA requirements, RRAs, and the role of water reuse in those assessments followed by a focus on risk and risk perceptions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presenters

Dr. Ben Stanford is an Associate Vice President with Hazen and Sawyer in the Denver office where he leads the implementation of innovations in water, wastewater, and water reuse. He is currently leading or supporting over a dozen risk and resilience projects in FL, NC, TX, CO, AZ, and CA.

Dr. Douglas Crawford-Brown is Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was Founding Director of the Institute for the Environment, and at the University of Cambridge, where he was Director of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research.

Apr
24
Fri
Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting
Apr 24 all-day
May
1
Fri
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Santa Margarita Water District
May 1 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
May
28
Thu
Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
May 28 @ 10:00 am

Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
– featuring Brian Biesemeyer, Scottsdale Water “Arizona’s First Direct Potable Reuse System”

Jun
9
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Jun 9 all-day
Jun
17
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Jun 17 all-day
Jun
18
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Jun 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Jul
15
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Jul 15 all-day

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