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June 29, 2020

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Washington Update

WateReuse Association Secures Key Wins in House $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

Join WateReuse for a Virtual Town Hall with Congressional Staff

WateReuse Submits Letter in Support of Private Activity Bonds for Water Infrastructure

In response to H.R. 2, the WateReuse Association submitted a joint letter to leadership of the House Ways and Means Committee urging the removal of the volume cap on private activity bonds (PABs) for water infrastructure projects. With communities nationwide facing serious investment gaps in water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure, PABs are an effective option for the federal government to support long-term, capital-intensive infrastructure projects.

The letter states, “Congress already eliminated the volume cap on PABs issued to build airports, high-speed rail, ports, or solid waste disposal sites. Similarly, water and wastewater projects, like these projects—are complex, multi-year efforts. An annual volume cap hinders the use of PABs for water infrastructure projects because of the long planning cycles. Elimination of the volume cap would unleash an effective tool for state and local governments to increase needed investment in water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure.”

Bureau of Reclamation Awards $5.8 Million for Desalination and Reuse

The Bureau of Reclamation awarded $5.8 million to 22 laboratory and pilot-scale water reuse and desalination research projects, including projects sponsored by WateReuse Association members the City of Westminster in Maryland and Silicon Valley Clean Water in California.

The City of Westminster was awarded $347,500 to support the first potable reuse pilot project in the State of Maryland. Silicon Valley Clean Water received $799,908 toward a study on how a novel anaerobic biological treatment system could be integrated with potable and non-potable reuse treatment trains for more efficient treatment. The $5.8 million in federal funding was matched by $9.3 million in non-federal cost-share for certain projects.

EPA Seeks Vacancies for National Drinking Water Advisory Council

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is inviting nominations to fill vacancies on the National Drinking Water Advisory Council. Established by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the 15-member council provides independent advice, consultation, and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on matters relating to the activities, functions, policies, and regulations required by the SDWA. EPA is filling five vacancies with three-year appointments from December 2020 through December 2023. Nominations are due July 13, 2020.

Stormwater Experts Call for Clearer Guidelines for EPA’s Industrial Stormwater Permit

In response to a call for water-sector feedback on proposed updates to the U.S. EPA’s Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP), the Water Environment Federation (WEF) convened stormwater experts that made recommendations for “clearer permit guidelines and reiterated that effective stormwater control at the industrial level reduces regulatory burdens on the other types of EPA permittees.” WEF developed six workgroups specializing in areas such as stormwater control measures, monitoring requirements, and PAHs. Read More.

State Updates and Member Profiles 

Welcome New Member!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new member:

Texas: El Paso Water to Recharge Aquifer with Rio Grande Water

El Paso Water is designing a new indirect potable reuse project that will take treated Rio Grande water during plentiful years and use it to recharge a local aquifer. In a recent blog post, El Paso Chief Technical Officer and WateReuse President, Gilbert Trejo, describes how the project will “bank” water in wet years so that it is available in drought years. The project will capture stormwater and receive some quantity of wastewater treated to drinking water standards. Read More.

Wyoming: DEQ Provides First-Ever Permits to Land Apply Cleaned Produced Water

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) approved a first of its kind permits allowing Encore Green Environmental to land apply uncontaminated produced water that meets the state’s water quality standards in three counties. Encore Green works with energy companies and ranchers to recycle produced water from oil and gas drilling to improve Wyoming’s soil, air, and vegetation. These permits build upon Encore Green’s initial permit for a pilot project with ranchers. Read More.

Member Profile: Suez to Donate $1.75 Million to North American COVID-19 Charities

In the face of a pandemic that has created unprecedented suffering across the United States and Canada, SUEZ, which operates in North America as SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions and SUEZ North America, is earmarking a donation of $1.75 million that will be directed to food pantries, health care facilities, United Way, and similar COVID-19 emergency response organizations. In North America, SUEZ provides drinking water and wastewater treatment, as well as waste collection services, to communities across the United States and Canada. The company will be making similar donations in other countries in which it operates. Read More.

Research Update

Water Research Foundation Publishes Guidance on Wastewater Surveillance of COVID-19

The Water Research Foundation published guidance from the International Water Research Summit on Environmental Surveillance of COVID-19 Indicators in Sewersheds. The guidance presents recommendations from global experts on potential uses of wastewater surveillance for tracking COVID-19, sampling design, analytical tools, and communication of results to public health decision makers, the public, and other key stakeholders. Read More.

Rice University, Howard University, and Black & Veatch Partner to Advance Water Reuse

The National Science Foundation has provided $400,000 in grants to conduct research on Houston’s wastewater system resiliency. A team of researchers from Rice University, Howard University, and Black & Veatch are assessing how wastewater treatment strategies, such as reuse, can promote space, energy, and cost-efficient resilience. With the advancement of many wastewater facilities, the group will be focusing on biofilm-based technologies, evaluating their resiliency at full-scale during wet weather events. Read More.

WateReuse Communications Tools and Resources

Understanding Potable Reuse: New Video Educates Public Health and Medical Community

The WateReuse Association’s video, Understanding Potable Reuse: A Safe and Sustainable Supply, discusses the science-based treatment processes that are used safely in communities around the world. In the video, experts from academia, public health, and utilities discuss the value of engaging with the medical community and including discussions of water in public health education. The video was produced as part of the WateReuse Public Health and Medical Community Initiative.

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

WateReuse California Hosts Successful Virtual Conference

WateReuse California welcomed nearly 600 people to its first virtual conference, which launched June 24-25. The conference included 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 gave a keynote presentation on COVID-19 Challenges and California’s Water Resilience Portfolio. The conference continues to available to conference registrants, on demand, through the end of July.

WateReuse Pacific Northwest Hosts Webcast Series in July

  • Reuse for Managing Nutrients – July 17, 11:00-12:30 PDT
    How can water reuse help you manage nutrients and water quality? Our presenters will discuss two examples: “Reuse Opportunities in San Francisco Bay Nutrient Reduction” and “Recycled Water for TMDL Compliance at Clean Water Services in Oregon.” Presented by WateReuse Pacific Northwest, the presentation will explore how two communities have used water recycling to improve water quality. Register Now!
  • Reuse in the Pacific Northwest – July 31, 11:00-12:30 PDT
    Join us for an overview of how water recycling is expanding as a critical water management strategy in the Pacific Northwest region. From decentralized reuse in Portland to wastewater management options for small communities, water reuse is increasingly seen as a vital tool. The presentation will include case studies from Portland, Oregon and Hagerman, Idaho. Register Now!

Upcoming Events

Jun
24
Wed
2020 WateReuse California Virtual Conference
Jun 24 – Jul 31 all-day
2020 WateReuse California Virtual Conference

Launching June 24 -25

Don’t Miss the FIRST EVER WateReuse California virtual conference!

Join us for an easy to navigate, virtual conference experience.This is MORE than just a Replacement Event for the March 2020 Conference, this is an opportunity for our community to stand TOGETHER in these unprecedented times to recognize the good work we do and share ideas for the future. The WateReuse California virtual conference will be available online until July 31, 2020.
Jul
8
Wed
Webcast: COVID-19 Research – Preliminary Findings from Sewershed Research and Implications for Water Reuse
Jul 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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

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This presentation will give an overview of the COVID-19 research in wastewater that CDM Smith is conducting with multiple clients in the U.S. and Canada. The second half of the presentation will link the findings and learnings from the COVID-19 research to water reuse.  For example, an understanding of viral loads, variability among communities and within communities, and online or field qPCR methods are essential to measuring the Sars-CoV-2 virus in wastewater and predicting future reemergence. This detailed, increased monitoring of sewersheds coupled with fast-tracked development of more mobile analytical methods may lead to better monitoring and understanding of wastewaters, as a source for IPR or DPR.

Presenters

  • Anna Mehrotra, PhD, PE – Environmental Engineer, CDM Smith
  • Greta Zornes, PhD – CDM Smith Practice Leader for Reuse & Industrial Treatment
Jul
15
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Jul 15 all-day
Jul
16
Thu
Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting
Jul 16 all-day
Jul
17
Fri
Webcast: How Water Reuse Creates New Ways to Manage Wastewater Discharge
Jul 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Join Us!
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific | 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

With many communities facing wastewater discharge limits for nutrients or temperature in Pacific Northwest waterways, reuse offers a water quality compliance strategy that can create wastewater, habitat and watershed benefits. This webcast will showcase two examples of how water reuse is being examined to address nutrient and thermal loading in marine and river water sources.

We will learn how water reuse is being looked at by the Bay Area Clean Water Agencies (BACWA) in the San Francisco Bay area to reduce nutrient loading to the estuary through a coordinated multi-utility assessment. With many parallels to Puget Sound in Washington State, BACWA’s planning can provide some ideas for how reuse might be part of the nutrient reduction plan for Puget Sound and other nutrient impaired waterways.

We will then shift attention to Western Oregon to hear from Clean Water Services in the Portland region. Clean Water Services has a long track-record of investing in innovative solutions to TMDLs. We will learn reuse is being examined to help their utility comply with thermal discharge limits.

Presenters

  • Dave Clark, Senior Vice President, Wastewater Market Sector Director, HDR Engineering
  • Jared Kinnear, Reuse Manager, Clean Water Services
  • Susan Schlangen, Engineer, Water Systems Consulting
Jul
20
Mon
9th Annual Water Reuse in Texas Conference: Extending our Water Frontier @ Embassy Suites
Jul 20 – Jul 21 all-day

Co-Produced by WateReuse Texas, WEAT and TAWWA, the Water Reuse in Texas Conference is Monday-Tuesday, July 20-21 in Frisco, TX.

Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts is now open for the 2020 Water Reuse Texas Conference. Submit your abstract by April 10, 2020, to be a part of the reuse conversation in Texas. Abstracts must be one page or less and include the title, author(s), and up to three subject areas within the broad categories of:

  • Utility Operations,
  • Follow the Money
  • Water Reuse Planning
  • Water Quality Issues
  • Industrial Issues
  • Other

All abstract submissions are through the online form at: https://forms.gle/abJtrJxJN51f…

Additional detail can be found on the Call for Abstracts Flyer- Coming Soon.

Seeking Nominations for the Ed Archuleta Award

The purpose of the Ed Archuleta Award is to encourage and recognize water reuse leaders and those who have made outstanding contributions in the field of water reuse within the State of Texas. Please submit all nominations by May 15, 2020.

For more information please see the nomination form.

Registration includes admittance to:

  • Reuse 101: – 1-5PM, July 20
  • Conference Night Out Event: 6-9PM, July 21
  • Technical Program: 8:30AM-4:30PM, July 21

NEW Latest Technologies in Emerging Contaminants Workshop:

  • Collaboration with the WEF Disinfection & Public Health Committee
  • Additional Registration Fee- $60
  • 10AM-1PM, July 20

Registration Form- Coming Soon

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Place your organization’s name in front of senior managers and decision makers. Sponsorship is available at three levels, the benefits of each tier are listed in the sponsorship form- coming soon.

  • Silver Sponsor- $350
  • Gold Sponsor- $500
  • Reception Sponsor- $750
  • Lanyard Sponsor – SOLD OUT, Carollo
  • Banner Sponsor – SOLD OUT, Plummer

Exhibitor Opportunities:

Exhibitor registration is now open. Space is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 8×10 booths are $400 apiece. Fill out the Exhibitor Registration Form and return it to the WEAT office.

Lodging:

Embassy Suites Frisco Hotel and Conference Center

7600 John Q. Hammons Drive, Frisco, Texas, 75034, USA

Conference Room Rate: $139/night. Mention Water Reuse to get the conference room rate. Reservations must be made by July 5, 2020, to receive the special rate. For reservations call: 1.972.712.7200

Jul
22
Wed
Webcast: Protection of Source Waters When Practicing Indirect Potable Reuse – A Collaborative Approach
Jul 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Join Us!
2:00 – 3:15 pm Eastern | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

Lake Lanier is a major source of water supply to the North Georgia region. Many communities surrounding Lake Lanier rely on it for both discharge of effluent as well as their sourcewater for drinking purposes. This practice, known as indirect potable reuse or surface water augmentation, provides a sustainable water supply solution for the region’s growing population. Specifically, in Gwinnett County, Georgia, the majority of the county’s 56 MGD of treated wastewater is discharged to the Lake, which is also the primary drinking water source. This transformation of wastewater into a valuable supply of sourcewater requires careful planning, monitoring, and protection of Lake Lanier.

While there have been various water research projects and planning efforts implemented throughout the Lake Lanier Watershed in the past, there does not exist a centralized coordinated plan that documents, facilitates, and coordinates an approach to developing the ideation, planning, prioritization, management, resourcing, and funding of applied water research projects.

In response to this identified need, The Water Tower, the new global innovation hub in Gwinnett County, Georgia, is leading the effort to create a forum through which stakeholders and researchers will work together to develop a Lake Lanier Watershed Research Master Plan. The Plan will provide a multi-year research roadmap of project concepts to address critical needs in the Lake Lanier Watershed.  Funding for prioritized projects will be crowdsourced among the stakeholders and the be the focus of nonprofit, public and private grant applications.  The research projects will be competitively bid, with regional and international third party technical expert oversight, and managed by The Water Tower, a 501c3 focused on research and innovation.

Presenters

  • Kristan VandenHeuvel, Strategic Director of Research and Engagement, The Water Tower
  • Steve Leo, Client Service Manager, Constantine Engineering
  • Jeff Mosher, Principal Technologist, Carollo Engineers
Jul
30
Thu
Section Meeting & Webinar
Jul 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Jul
31
Fri
From Urban to Rural: Water Reuse Case Studies in the Pacific Northwest
Jul 31 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Join Us!
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific | 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1.5

Register Now!

Join us as we learn how water reuse is being reimagined and employed in different ways and scales. We will hear from the Portland Water Bureau regarding decentralized on-site non-potable water reuse to address water resource challenges for the City of Portland. Chris Wanner is a commissioner of the National Blue Ribbon Commission on On-site Non-Potable Reuse and will discuss how Portland’s efforts fit into the Commission’s work on advancing on-site non-potable water reuse. We will then shift attention to a smaller community in the Pacific Northwest, the City of Hagerman, Idaho, to learn how they transitioned from discharging to the river to recycling their water and putting it to good use.

Presenters

  • Chris Wanner, Portland Water Bureau
  • Dan Ayers, JUB Engineers
  • Justin Hulme, Public Works Superintendent, City of Hagerman, ID
Aug
11
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Aug 11 all-day

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