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
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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.
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!
WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series
You’re invited to learn about Israel’s water reuse technology and policy approaches as part of a knowledge sharing partnership between the US and Israel. Israel has accomplished extensive infrastructure, regulatory, and institutional reform to recycle over 85 per cent of its wastewater for beneficial uses as a solution to extreme water stress.
This three-session tour will cover Israel’s water reuse regulatory approaches, case studies, technology, and agricultural irrigation applications relevant to the US perspective. Participants are encouraged to attend the session(s) most relevant to their interests.
- Session 1: Policy and Regulation of Water Reuse in Israel
Tuesday, May 25 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT
- Session 2: Israel’s Approach to Water Reuse Implementation, Technology, and Mechanisms
Wednesday, May 26 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT
- Session 3: Increasing Israel’s Agricultural Irrigation Efficiency through Recycled Water
Thursday, May 27 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT
This event is hosted by the Israeli Ministry for Environmental Protection, the Economic & Trade Mission at the Embassy of Israel, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in collaboration with the Israel Water Authority, Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Israel Ministry of Health, WaterEdge.IL, WateReuse Association, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
This event is in fulfillment of Action 11.1 in the National Water Reuse Action Plan, “Facilitate U.S.-Israel Collaboration on Water Reuse.” and in support of the EPA/Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection Memorandum of Understanding.
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WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series
WateReuse Arizona Section Meeting & Webinar
10:30 am – 11:30 am Pacific | 1:30 – 2:30 pm Eastern
WateReuse Members: Free
Process Interrupted: Using BOR Funded Desalination Research to Evaluate an Innovative Process Train to Halt the Salt Accumulation in a Sewer-shed from Cooling Towers while also Promoting a Circular Economy.
- Eric Dole, PE, PSAP, Garver USA
- Michael Watts, PhD, Garver USA
- Yuliana Porras-Mendoza, US Bureau of Reclamation
The Southwest U.S. is challenged by freshwater scarcity and salt accumulation in its watersheds. A significant contributor to salt loading in urban sewer-sheds are the many industrial and commercial cooling towers that dot the landscape. These towers are very effective at cooling in arid environments; however, they use scarce freshwater resources to absorb heat through evaporation while accumulating the salts and minerals that must be discharged as blowdown.
Garver was selected by the Bureau of Reclamation’s Desalination and Water Purification Research Program Pitch to Pilot to research a novel treatment train that will reduce the amount of salt discharged from industrial cooling tower blowdown.
Garver’s zero liquid discharge, membrane desalination treatment train is estimated to remove more than two tons of salt from the 600 ton cooling tower blowdown and saved approximately 200,000 gallons of make-up water from the potable water supply over the eight-month field-testing portion of the pilot study. The reduction of salt discharged to the sewer will benefit the local wastewater treatment plants and the local watershed, while also improving the water quality of the cooling towers with a low energy intensity treatment train.
This presentation will address the BOR Desalination Pitch to Pilot Program, the thought process behind the EC, UF, GAC, RO with VAED concentrate management treatment train and report on commissioning efforts to date.
Eric is a senior project manager at Garver where he serves as the Water and Energy Practice Leader. He specializes in delivering sustainable infrastructure solutions through optimized hydraulic systems and optimized treatment processes. In 2019, Eric was selected for the Water Research Foundation’s 12-person Energy Advisory Committee where he advises the group on energy efficiency and process optimization projects.
Eric was one of the world’s first water professionals to be certified as a Pump Systems Assessment Professional (PSAP) through the Hydraulics Institute, which allows him to set the standard for pump systems assessments and optimization techniques, leading to energy efficient and reliable systems. His process mechanical expertise can be seen in his patented designs for two zero liquid discharge brine management systems, of which one was awarded the 2011 AZ Water Reuse Project of the Year Award and the other was selected for RO concentrate treatment in the Bureau of Reclamation Desalination Pitch to Pilot Research Project that started in September 2020 and is scheduled for commissioning in May 2021.
Dr. Michael Watts is a reclaimed water strategist, and the water reuse practice leader with Garver. His experience includes water quality analysis, water reclamation, and publication of peer-reviewed water research. In addition, he has developed and implemented bench- and pilot-scale treatment evaluations, and assisted utilities with compliance with water quality and water reuse regulations. Dr. Watts joined Garver in 2013.
Yuliana Porras-Mendoza is the Advanced Water Treatment Research Coordinator for the Research and Development Office with United States Bureau of Reclamation. After eighteen years with Reclamation, she is one of the Chemical Engineering experts in water treatment whose work expands from membrane development, testing of advanced water treatment technologies, to technology transfer. She holds a US Patent in the area of new membrane chemistries titled “Chlorine resistant amides, polyamides, and membranes made from the same” (US 9056284 B2, granted 6/16/2015). Ms. Porras-Mendoza’s current role is to develop the advanced water treatment strategy for the Research and Development Office within Reclamation and to manage and administer the Desalination and Water Purification Research (DWPR) Program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Science and Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, as well as a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, Austin.
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Learn how digital platforms that include artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used to improve asset management strategies and operational efficiencies.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
WateReuse Members: Free
In this webcast, our presenters will introduce how digital platforms that include artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can be used to improve asset management strategies and operational efficiencies, as well as enhance source control, validate unit process performance, predict product water quality and make sound decisions for assessing suitability of product water for human consumption.
The data collected from pilot and full-scale potable reuse treatment trains have been used to develop artificial neuron networks as part of an ML platform. The platform clearly demonstrates that ML can be used to predict, for example, the product water total organic carbon (TOC) concentration of a pilot advanced treatment facility and the specific fluxes on the third stage of a full-scale advanced treatment facility as the feed quality and operating conditions are changed.
The methodology used and model outputs will be discussed during the webcast. The presenters will also examine how we can couple AI/ML concepts with the Internet of Things (IoT) and next generation of the SCADA systems to operate and maintain assets efficiently while significantly enhancing public and regulatory confidence in potable reuse projects.
- Ufuk Erdal, Arcadis
- Jim Cooper, Arcadis
- Raluca Constantinescu, Arcadis
- Ozan Erdal, University of Washington
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Remote – Zoom
Friday, June 4, 2021
11:00 am to 2pm EST // 10 to 1 CST // 9:00 to 12 MST // 8:00 to 11 PST
When: Jun 8, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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