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June 3, 2019

Explore the Future of Water Recycling at the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium, Register Today

Washington Update

FY 2020 Appropriations and Budget Update: WateReuse Secures Increased Funding for Water Recycling Programs

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Members!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:

California: Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County Increase Recycled Water Use by 7.5%

WateReuse Association member the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County used 96.63 million gallons of recycled water per day in fiscal year 2016-2017, a 7.5 percent increase, according to its just released 28th Annual Status Report on Recycled Water Use. The 150-page report describes the water distribution systems, effluent water quality, the recycled water users, and the future goals for the water recycling program. The Sanitation Districts have continuously endeavored to develop local water supplies and reduce the amount of water imported into the region. Read more.

California: Federal Appropriations Bill Includes $4.1 Million to Deliver Recycled Water to North Valley Farmers

Rep. Josh Harder (D-CA) announced that he secured $4.1 million for the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program in the House Energy and Water Development appropriations bill. The program provides as much as 30,600 acre-feet of water per year for agricultural customers in the Del Puerto Water District (DPWD). The Cities of Turlock and Modesto provide the recycled water to DPWD, which then distributes that water to local farmers. Water supplies have been impacted by drought and pumping restrictions in the area, making it difficult for farmers to access the water they need. Read more.

California: Ironhouse Sanitary District Opens Recycled Water Fill Station

On June 1, the Ironhouse Sanitary District, a WateReuse Association member, kicked off its Residential Recycled Water Fill Station for the 2019 summer season. In operation every summer since 2015, the fill station provides water for lawns, vegetable gardens, car washing, and more. Customers need to bring their own containers, up to 300 gallons, to collect their recycled water to take home and can make as many visits back per day, during open hours, as they wish.  Read more.

Association Update

WateReuse Association Presents Webcast on Water Reuse Action Plan

The WateReuse Association hosted a webcast on May 21 on the EPA’s effort to facilitate the development of a National Water Reuse Action Plan that will better integrate federal policy and leverage the expertise of both industry and government to ensure the effective use of the nation’s water resources. EPA officials discussed the process for developing the plan, including outreach and engagement at water sector and energy events and connecting with other federal agencies. To facilitate water sector and member input on the plan, WateReuse hosted two workshops, released a member survey, and will submit a report based on feedback gathered during EPA’s public comment period, which ends July 1.  EPA will release a draft of the Water Reuse Action Plan during the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium, September 8-11, 2019, in San Diego, California.

Conferences and Events

Section Conferences Examine Local Water Recycling Issue

WateReuse Sections hosted successful regional conferences in Boise, Idaho and McAllen, Texas focusing on unique local water recycling issues. WateReuse Texas joined the Water Environment Association of Texas and Texas American Water Works Association to present the 2019 Water Reuse in Texas Conference on May 23–24, with 160 attendees. WateReuse Executive Director Patricia Sinicropi gave a keynote presentation on the future of water reuse and Texas’ role as a reuse pioneer. WateReuse Pacific Northwest, the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association, and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality presented the 2019 Idaho Reuse & Operators Conference on May 21-23. The Idaho Reuse Conference and the Idaho Operators Conference were combined for the first time this year.

Webcast: Innovative Strategies for Municipal Water Reuse

As the municipal water reuse market experiences unprecedented growth and geographic expansion, where are the best opportunities? Please June us on June 5 at 2 pm to gain insight into the evolving municipal water reuse market, learn how utilities can see a return on their investment in reuse, and get the latest forecasts on how the market is poised to take off on a large scale. Learn More.

Upcoming Events

Dec
19
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Dec 19 all-day
Integrating Onsite Water Reuse with Centralized Treatment Systems
Dec 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Webcast
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: WateReue & AWE Members: Free; Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

Can onsite water reuse systems be successfully integrated with a community’s centralized treatment system? New legislation is being adopted around the country to remove barriers to onsite water reuse and communities like San Francisco are leading the way in demonstrating how onsite non-potable water systems can supplement centralized treatment and extend water supplies. This presentation will discuss important lessons learned in San Francisco, which has been requiring onsite water reuse in new large developments for seven years. You will also learn how model legislation developed by the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems is being adopted across the country to encourage the use of alternative water supplies. The presentation will also provide a preview of the National Blue Ribbon Commission’s new training manual for onsite reuse, which will be released in early 2020, and discuss future research priorities aimed at advancing more widespread adoption of onsite non-potable water systems.

Moderator:
Mary Ann Dickinson
President and CEO
Alliance for Water Efficiency

Presenter:
Paula Kehoe
Director of Water Resources
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Jan
8
Wed
National Advocacy Opportunities for Water Reuse in 2020
Jan 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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

Register Now!

Congress enters 2020 with the next Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) in its sights. Hearings and discussions have begun in earnest within the committees of jurisdiction in both the House and Senate. A number of important bills that were introduced or debated in 2019 may see further consideration in 2020 in the context of development of the next WRDA. At the same time, the Trump Administration will release its FY 2021 budget request as early as February, prompting Congress to launch the FY 2021 appropriations cycle.

Please join us January 8 at 2 p.m. ET for a webcast with Washington insiders to examine what’s on the congressional agenda for 2020 and how you can position your utility or company to have a voice at the table. Top Washington water sector lobbyists will discuss the status of key legislation and explain the opportunities to advance a water reuse policy agenda. Whether you plan to travel to Washington for Water Week in the Spring or are just interested in what to expect from Congress in 2020, this webcast will be a national advocacy primer for water professionals.

Presenters

Moderator:
Greg Fogel, Policy Director, WateReuse Association

Mia O’Connell, President, O’Connell & Dempsey, LLC
Mia’s focus for three decades has been in the water resource and environment arenas. Mia has focused her efforts for her public agency and water clients on Corps of Engineers, EPA and Department of Interior projects. Mia works with the Corps in the flood protection, ecosystem restoration, navigation and water supply areas.

Geoff Bowman, Vice President, Van Scoyoc Associates
Having spent large parts of two decades as a staff member on the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Geoff Bowman offers clients an insider’s perspective on the policy, players, and politics involved in those issues.

Feb
11
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Feb 11 all-day
Mar
15
Sun
2020 WateReuse California Annual Conference @ Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Mar 15 @ 8:00 am – Mar 17 @ 5:00 pm
2020 WateReuse California Annual Conference @ Hyatt Regency San Francisco | San Francisco | California | United States

The Annual WateReuse California Conference brings together utilities, businesses, policymakers, and large water users from across the state to examine the latest issues and technologies in water recycling.

Jun
9
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Jun 9 all-day
Aug
11
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Aug 11 all-day
Sep
13
Sun
35th Annual WateReuse Symposium @ Hilton Denver City Center
Sep 13 – Sep 16 all-day
35th Annual WateReuse Symposium @ Hilton Denver City Center

The Annual WateReuse Symposium is the nation’s premier conference on water recycling and the only conference dedicated solely to water reuse laws, policy, funding, research, technology, and public acceptance.

Save the Date!

35th Annual WateReuse Symposium
Hilton Denver City Center
Denver, Colorado
September 13-16. 2020

Call for Abstracts coming soon!

Oct
13
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Oct 13 all-day
Dec
1
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Dec 1 all-day

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