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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.
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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