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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.
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.
Presented in partnership with The Water Research Foundation, this presentation will cover key components of successful onsite non-potable water systems.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members and WRF Subscribers: Free
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.
- 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
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Are water recycling utilities well prepared to address the COVID-19 crisis and other potential future risks?
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
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.
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Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
– featuring Brian Biesemeyer, Scottsdale Water “Arizona’s First Direct Potable Reuse System”