Congress Adds Flexibility to Paycheck Protection Program
Last week, Congress passed legislation to increase flexibility within the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the primary private sector relief program passed by Congress in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (H.R. 7010) extends the amount of time that borrowers have to spend PPP loans and still have the debt forgiven. It also lowers the proportion of a loan that must be spent on payroll, giving employers greater flexibility to cover expenses. The bill passed the House 417-1, and passed the Senate unanimously. For more information on the PPP and other economic relief programs, view our recent WateReuse webcast, “Guide to COVID-19 Federal Stimulus Packages: Survival Tips for WateReuse Member Businesses.”
Drinking Water Associations Submit Joint Letter on U.S. EPA’s PFAS Regulations
Nine water associations submitted joint recommendations to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the regulation of Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substance (PFAS) in drinking water. The associations urge EPA to expeditiously prepare the requisite analysis essential to providing drinking water standards based on sound science and robust analyses. The letter makes five requests of EPA, including a request for EPA to engage with outside experts to develop public health risk assessments for a range of PFAS, and a request for EPA to use the Toxics Release Inventory, Toxic Substances Control Act, and other regulatory tools to protect sources of drinking water. For more information on recent actions taken by EPA to regulate PFAS, view our May 25 newsletter.
State Updates and Member Profiles
Welcome New Members
The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:
Arizona: Water Reuse Advocate, Brad Hill, Retires from Flagstaff Water Services
Brad Hill will be leaving Flagstaff Water Services at the end of July 2020; he officially retired last December but agreed to remain at the helm during the transition period. Brad has been involved in WateReuse Arizona from the very beginning and has been a strong advocate for promoting water reuse in rural Arizona. In 2019, WateReuse Arizona presented him with the President’s Award for Water Resource Stewardship. Read More.
California: Use an App to Pick-Up Recycled Water for Irrigation in the City of Turlock
The City of Turlock is making access to their recycled water fill station for residents and businesses simpler. The fill station is a self-serve drive through system that allows interested users to collect recycled water once completing a certification program. Interested parties can use the downloadable application to access the required water reuse certification courses. Read More.
California: West Basin Hosts Interactive Virtual Water Recycling Education for the Summer
The West Basin Municipal Water District will host a Summer Splash virtual water education series with guest speakers and virtual tours of water recycling. West Basin typically hosts monthly in-person tours as an opportunity for the community to see the inner-workings of a water treatment facility firsthand. The two virtual water recycling public tours are scheduled for June 18 and July 23 from 10:00-11:30 am PT. Learn More.
Member Spotlight: Suez’s Jon Freedman Discusses How to Implement a Corporate Water Sustainability Program
Jon Freedman, head of global government affairs for Suez, offers guidance to corporations on how to implement a water sustainability program, including water recycling. Freedman notes that water is an integral part of global business, and climate risk is forcing many companies to take a closer look at water sustainability. Freedman outlines key steps to support corporations in developing climate goals, including gathering data, setting parameters, and setting goals. Recent interest in sustainability by investors is set to accelerate the existing trends in corporate sustainability. Read More.
Member Spotlight: TrojanUV Case Study Highlights DPR Technology in Big Springs, Texas
WateReuse Association member TrojanUV delivered UV-Oxidation technology that supports direct potable reuse at a Raw Water Production Facility in Big Spring, Texas. TrojanUV’s client, the Colorado River Municipal Water District, is located approximately 300 miles west of Dallas. The facility treats secondary wastewater and re-introduces it directly to raw water supply for water treatment plants of Big Spring, Odessa, and other communities in the region. Read More.
European Parliament Expands Water Reuse
The European Parliament approved a water reuse regulation that defines minimum treatment requirements for recycled water at the European level for the first time to alleviate stress on freshwater supply. The new law adopts rules for recycled water when used for agriculture and other purposes. As a result of the new regulations, water reuse in Europe could increase from the current 1.1 billion cubic meters per year to 6.6. billion cubic meters per year of water by 2025 and reduce the amount of water taken from surface and groundwater sources by five percent. Read More.
Recycled Water Provides Mars-Bound Astronauts with Food and Water for their Mission
Two research teams are designing water recycling systems that will provide astronauts with enough food and water to both make the eight-month trip to Mars possible and support their stay on the planet. Although water recycling already provides about 80% of the water on the International Space Station (ISS), ISS still relies on costly resupply missions. The TIME SCALE (Technology and Innovation for Development of the Modular Equipment in Scalabe Advanced Life Support Systems for Space Exploration) project aims to design a singular system that recycles water for drinking and harvests nutrients for plant growth. Another project, BIOWYSE (Biocontamination Integrated Control of Wet Systems for Space Exploration), focuses on real-time monitoring of recycled water quality in a singular system. Read More.
Recycled Produced Water Helping to Preserve Agriculture
A recent study found no major health risks when using oil field produced water blended with surface water to irrigate crops. Researchers at Duke University and RTI International worked with Kern County’s Caelo Water District in Bakersfield, California to understand how produced water can help agriculture cope with droughts and water shortages. Analyses of the diluted produced water “did not find any major water quality issues, nor metals and radioactivity accumulation in soil and crops that might cause health concerns.” The diluted water had higher levels of salts and boron compared to local groundwater, but the water’s levels were below state standards for drinking and irrigation water. Read More.
The Water Research Foundation Releases RFQ for SARS-CoV-2 Study
Last week, The Water Research Foundation released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to identify a research team to lead a project evaluating existing methods and testing reliability for the genetic signal for SARS-CoV-2 in untreated wastewater. The selected research team will assess the existing methods used by laboratories and perform statistical analyses and comparison of the test results. The project will provide much-needed information on preferred methods to use when performing analyses for wastewater surveillance studies and to understand the limits of detection for existing methods. View RFQ.
U.S. EPA Testing Sewage for Potential COVID-19 Indicator
In a six-month pilot, the U.S. EPA will work with city of Cincinnati, Ohio on growing the surveillance network for coronavirus cases. EPA’s Office of Research and Development plans to develop a coronavirus test method over the next four to six weeks to help inform public health decisions. EPA and City of Cincinnati are in communication with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention as part of the effort to build a broader monitoring network. Read More.
WateReuse Communications Tools and Resources
Use WateReuse Connect to Learn and Exchange Ideas with Peers Across the Nation
In this time of social distancing, opportunities for peer-to-peer networking are more important than ever. WateReuse members can use WateReuse Connect to access a member-to-member network of more than 7,000 water recycling practitioners, business leaders, regulators, academics, and technology providers. Recent discussion topics have included innovative partnerships, scheduling of recycled water deliveries, downstream flows, and COVID-19. Post your questions, observations, and unique challenges on our online platform to benefit from the unique experiences of other members across the nation and around the world. It’s simple to use with your member login information. For help accessing WateReuse Connect, please email Member Services.
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
Register for the 2020 WateReuse California Virtual Conference by June 17
Join WateReuse California for an easy to navigate, virtual conference experience beginning June 24-25 from the comfort of your office or home office. The conference will include 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 will give a keynote presentation on COVID-19 Challenges and California’s Water Resilience Portfolio. The registration deadline is June 17, 2020. Sessions will be presented on June 24 and June 25 and continue to be available for viewing until July 31, 2020. Register Now.
Launching June 24 -25
Don’t Miss the FIRST EVER WateReuse California virtual conference!Join us for an easy to navigate, virtual conference experience.This is MORE than just a Replacement Event for the March 2020 Conference, this is an opportunity for our community to stand TOGETHER in these unprecedented times to recognize the good work we do and share ideas for the future. The WateReuse California virtual conference will be available online until July 31, 2020.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
Champion Sponsor: CDM Smith
This presentation will give an overview of the COVID-19 research in wastewater that CDM Smith is conducting with multiple clients in the U.S. and Canada. The second half of the presentation will link the findings and learnings from the COVID-19 research to water reuse. For example, an understanding of viral loads, variability among communities and within communities, and online or field qPCR methods are essential to measuring the Sars-CoV-2 virus in wastewater and predicting future reemergence. This detailed, increased monitoring of sewersheds coupled with fast-tracked development of more mobile analytical methods may lead to better monitoring and understanding of wastewaters, as a source for IPR or DPR.
- Anna Mehrotra, PhD, PE – Environmental Engineer, CDM Smith
- Greta Zornes, PhD – CDM Smith Practice Leader for Reuse & Industrial Treatment
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11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific | 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern
WateReuse Members: Free
With many communities facing wastewater discharge limits for nutrients or temperature in Pacific Northwest waterways, reuse offers a water quality compliance strategy that can create wastewater, habitat and watershed benefits. This webcast will showcase two examples of how water reuse is being examined to address nutrient and thermal loading in marine and river water sources.
We will learn how water reuse is being looked at by the Bay Area Clean Water Agencies (BACWA) in the San Francisco Bay area to reduce nutrient loading to the estuary through a coordinated multi-utility assessment. With many parallels to Puget Sound in Washington State, BACWA’s planning can provide some ideas for how reuse might be part of the nutrient reduction plan for Puget Sound and other nutrient impaired waterways.
We will then shift attention to Western Oregon to hear from Clean Water Services in the Portland region. Clean Water Services has a long track-record of investing in innovative solutions to TMDLs. We will learn reuse is being examined to help their utility comply with thermal discharge limits.
- Dave Clark, Senior Vice President, Wastewater Market Sector Director, HDR Engineering
- Jared Kinnear, Reuse Manager, Clean Water Services
- Susan Schlangen, Engineer, Water Systems Consulting
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Co-Produced by WateReuse Texas, WEAT and TAWWA, the Water Reuse in Texas Conference is Monday-Tuesday, July 20-21 in Frisco, TX.
Call for Abstracts
The call for abstracts is now open for the 2020 Water Reuse Texas Conference. Submit your abstract by April 10, 2020, to be a part of the reuse conversation in Texas. Abstracts must be one page or less and include the title, author(s), and up to three subject areas within the broad categories of:
- Utility Operations,
- Follow the Money
- Water Reuse Planning
- Water Quality Issues
- Industrial Issues
All abstract submissions are through the online form at: https://forms.gle/abJtrJxJN51f…
Additional detail can be found on the Call for Abstracts Flyer- Coming Soon.
Seeking Nominations for the Ed Archuleta Award
The purpose of the Ed Archuleta Award is to encourage and recognize water reuse leaders and those who have made outstanding contributions in the field of water reuse within the State of Texas. Please submit all nominations by May 15, 2020.
For more information please see the nomination form.
Registration includes admittance to:
- Reuse 101: – 1-5PM, July 20
- Conference Night Out Event: 6-9PM, July 21
- Technical Program: 8:30AM-4:30PM, July 21
NEW Latest Technologies in Emerging Contaminants Workshop:
- Collaboration with the WEF Disinfection & Public Health Committee
- Additional Registration Fee- $60
- 10AM-1PM, July 20
Registration Form- Coming Soon
Place your organization’s name in front of senior managers and decision makers. Sponsorship is available at three levels, the benefits of each tier are listed in the sponsorship form- coming soon.
- Silver Sponsor- $350
- Gold Sponsor- $500
- Reception Sponsor- $750
- Lanyard Sponsor – SOLD OUT, Carollo
- Banner Sponsor – SOLD OUT, Plummer
Exhibitor registration is now open. Space is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 8×10 booths are $400 apiece. Fill out the Exhibitor Registration Form and return it to the WEAT office.
Embassy Suites Frisco Hotel and Conference Center
7600 John Q. Hammons Drive, Frisco, Texas, 75034, USA
Conference Room Rate: $139/night. Mention Water Reuse to get the conference room rate. Reservations must be made by July 5, 2020, to receive the special rate. For reservations call: 1.972.712.7200
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2:00 – 3:15 pm Eastern | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
Lake Lanier is a major source of water supply to the North Georgia region. Many communities surrounding Lake Lanier rely on it for both discharge of effluent as well as their sourcewater for drinking purposes. This practice, known as indirect potable reuse or surface water augmentation, provides a sustainable water supply solution for the region’s growing population. Specifically, in Gwinnett County, Georgia, the majority of the county’s 56 MGD of treated wastewater is discharged to the Lake, which is also the primary drinking water source. This transformation of wastewater into a valuable supply of sourcewater requires careful planning, monitoring, and protection of Lake Lanier.
While there have been various water research projects and planning efforts implemented throughout the Lake Lanier Watershed in the past, there does not exist a centralized coordinated plan that documents, facilitates, and coordinates an approach to developing the ideation, planning, prioritization, management, resourcing, and funding of applied water research projects.
In response to this identified need, The Water Tower, the new global innovation hub in Gwinnett County, Georgia, is leading the effort to create a forum through which stakeholders and researchers will work together to develop a Lake Lanier Watershed Research Master Plan. The Plan will provide a multi-year research roadmap of project concepts to address critical needs in the Lake Lanier Watershed. Funding for prioritized projects will be crowdsourced among the stakeholders and the be the focus of nonprofit, public and private grant applications. The research projects will be competitively bid, with regional and international third party technical expert oversight, and managed by The Water Tower, a 501c3 focused on research and innovation.
- Kristan VandenHeuvel, Strategic Director of Research and Engagement, The Water Tower
- Steve Leo, Client Service Manager, Constantine Engineering
- Jeff Mosher, Principal Technologist, Carollo Engineers
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11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific | 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern
WateReuse Members: Free
Join us as we learn how water reuse is being reimagined and employed in different ways and scales. We will hear from the Portland Water Bureau regarding decentralized on-site non-potable water reuse to address water resource challenges for the City of Portland. Chris Wanner is a commissioner of the National Blue Ribbon Commission on On-site Non-Potable Reuse and will discuss how Portland’s efforts fit into the Commission’s work on advancing on-site non-potable water reuse. We will then shift attention to a smaller community in the Pacific Northwest, the City of Hagerman, Idaho, to learn how they transitioned from discharging to the river to recycling their water and putting it to good use.
- Chris Wanner, Portland Water Bureau
- Dan Ayers, JUB Engineers
- Justin Hulme, Public Works Superintendent, City of Hagerman, ID
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