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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

Oct
13
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Zoom Video Conference
Oct 13 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvfu-rrDkiH93ieQvZRH7XnfhxV3KN73Xs
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Oct
15
Thu
Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting
Oct 15 all-day
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Oct 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Oct
21
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Oct 21 all-day
Oct
26
Mon
9th Annual Water Reuse in Texas Virtual Conference
Oct 26 @ 1:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 5:00 pm

Co-Produced by WateReuse Texas, WEAT and TAWWA, the Water Reuse in Texas Virtual Conference is Monday, October 26-27.

Learn More.

Oct
29
Thu
What Strikes Fear in the Hearts of Arizona Water and Wastewater Utilities? Brine Management
Oct 29 @ 10:00 am

WateReuse Arizona Section Meeting & Webinar

Will be hosted at Brown and Caldwell if able to gather in person.

There has been a perception that brine management is a “down the road” issue for water providers in Arizona.  However, for the Phoenix Metro West Valley and the Tucson area water suppliers, that is not the case.  The Easy button to discharge to the sanitary sewer system is a short term fix that is not working.  Brine ponds smell and are expensive.  Regional solutions may be required.  An update on the Central Arizona Salinity Study options and new options will be reviewed with associated costs presented.  This update can provide a basis for the continuing, collaborative, brine management conversation.

Presenter

Maria Brady, Project Manager, Stantec Consulting
Maria Brady is a Project Manager with Stantec Consulting.  She has more than 30 years’ experience in water, wastewater, storm water, and environmental management projects.  Maria graduated from Washington State and Colorado State Universities with BS and MS degrees in Agricultural Engineering. Maria has lived in Arizona for 34 years…which makes her an Arizona native in dog years!!  Maria is the Central Arizona Trustee for WateReuse and if you ask her about DPR you are in for a lively conversation.

Nov
18
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Nov 18 all-day
Dec
4
Fri
2020 4th Quarter Meeting of the Board of Directors
Dec 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Dec
8
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Zoom Video Conference
Dec 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErcOypqjgsHtwmGaUIM0hd5mvgjfwX4pgY

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Dec
17
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Dec 17 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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