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March 15, 2021

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Washington Update

Senate Confirms Michael Regan as U.S. EPA Administrator; Climate Change is a Top Priority

The Senate passed the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package Saturday through the budget reconciliation process, which allowed the Senate to pass the bill with a simple majority vote rather than the 60 votes that is typically required to end debate. The Senate’s revised package goes back to the House before heading to President Biden’s desk. The reconciliation package includes $500 million for the Department of Health and Human Services’ Low-Income Household Drinking Water and Wastewater Emergency Assistance Program. Congress previously provided $638 million for the program in last year’s COVID relief package. The bill also includes $350 billion to help states, localities, and tribal governments offset revenue losses due to the pandemic. WateReuse will continue to provide updates on the package as it moves through the process.

President Biden Signs $1.9 Trillion Pandemic Aid Bill with Water Sector Provisions

President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 after a 220 to 211 vote along party lines in the House of Representatives. The COVID relief package includes a range of important funding mechanisms to support municipalities, utilities, and low-income ratepayers. More specifically, the package includes:

  • $500 million for the Department of Health and Human Services’ Low-Income Household Drinking Water and Wastewater Emergency Assistance Program to assist ratepayers who are unable to pay their utility bills. Congress previously provided $638 million for the program in last year’s COVID relief package.
  • $10 billion for the Homeowner Assistance Fund and $21.5 billion for Emergency Rental Assistance, both of which can be used to cover the costs of utility payments.
  • $350 billion in aid to state and local governments through Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. Of this funding, $220 billion will flow to states, while $130 billion will flow to localities. Importantly, the final version of the legislation explicitly notes that water and wastewater utilities are eligible for this funding, and allows the funding to be used for infrastructure investments as well as to recover revenue lost due to the pandemic.

Save the Date! Webcast to Present First Year Highlights, Outcomes, and Future Direction for National Water Reuse Action Plan

WRAP Monthly Newsletter Highlights Engagement Opportunities at WateReuse Symposium

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Member!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new member:

AL: University of South Alabama to Research Decentralized Water Reuse Systems

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a $4.85 million grant for the University of South Alabama and Consortium of Alabama Rural Water and Wastewater Management to research and implement innovated wastewater solutions in Alabama’s Black Belt Region. The Black Belt region has dark, impermeable soil, which makes septic systems an infeasible solution for waste management in rural communities. The project, led by South Alabama, will select pilot sites to test decentralized wastewater treatment systems that will recycle water. Read more.

AZ: WateReuse Arizona Announces 2021 Water Reuse Student Scholarship Program

WateReuse Arizona is accepting applications for two $2,500 scholarships for university and college students in Arizona. The purpose of this award is to encourage full-time students with a focus on wastewater reclamation, water reuse, and/or desalination. Applications are due June 15 and scholarships will be awarded in July 2021 at the Arizona Water Reuse Conference in Flagstaff, Arizona. Read more.

CA: Innovative Partnership Brings Water Recycling to Hyatt House Hotel

Irvine Ranch Water District General Manager, Paul A Cook, shared the value of public-private partnerships in advancing water reuse in a new LinkedIn article. Hyatt House Irvine opened in 2018 as the first hotel in the United States to use recycled water to flush every toilet and urinal in its lobby, offices, pool area, and guest rooms, demonstrating how utilities and business can work together to ensure resilient water supplies. In 2020, the project saved almost 1.1 million gallons of drinking water. Recycled water for irrigation saved an additional 270,000 gallons. Read more.

TX: Potable Reuse Program in Wichita Falls Recognized for Innovation

The City of Wichita Falls potable reuse program continues to be recognized for innovation. A recent article in the American Water Works Association’s Opflow magazine details how Wichita Falls simultaneously planned and implemented direct and indirect potable reuse systems in response to historic droughts in 2014. Wichita Falls now serves as an example for utilities around the world. Read more.

Member Spotlight: Brown and Caldwell Names Dr. Allegra da Silva Research and Development Deputy Director

Brown and Caldwell’s Dr. Allegra da Silva will bring over 20 years of experience in research and innovation to her new role as Research and Development Deputy Director. Dr. da Silva has been a leader on water reuse science and policy, serving as the technical author for the 2012 U.S. EPA Guidelines for Water Reuse, the 2017 U.S. EPA Potable Reuse Compendium, and the 2017 Water Environment Federation (WEF) Water Reuse Roadmap. She previously served as the WateReuse Colorado section president.  Read more.

Member Spotlight: Six Members Recognized for Contributions to Environmental Protection

Six WateReuse Association members were presented with National Environmental Achievement Awards for outstanding contributions to environmental protection and the clean water community. The Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority, SC; the City and County of Honolulu, HI; and NEW Water, WI were recognized for public information and education. East Bay Municipal Water District, CA received awards for its educational program and watershed collaboration. Two other members, Alexandria Renew Enterprises, VA and North Texas Municipal Water District, TX, received the award for workforce development. The awards were presented by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). Read more.

International Update

New Book Offers Global Perspectives on Sustainable Industrial Water Use from the Practitioners

Industrial water reuse is presented as a key solution for sustainability in the new book from IWA Publishing, Sustainable Industrial Water Use: Perspectives, Incentives and Tools. The executives, plant managers, investors, inventors, regulators, policy makers and advocates who are leading industry towards sustainable water use authored chapters that range from “Triple water reuse at Dow” and “Fit-for-purpose water reuse in the food processing industry” to the impact of regulations on industrial water reuse, new techniques for wastewater treatment and making a business case for recycled water. The book’s sponsors include WateReuse members Arcadis and West Basin Municipal Water District.

To learn more about global perspectives on industrial water reuse, join the book’s co-editors (water recycling veterans Cheryl Davis and Eric Rosenblum) and four industry experts for a webcast on April 14, 2021 at 9 am PT (12 pm ET). Register here.

Member Resources and Benefits

New Activity Booklet Provides Water Reuse Education for Late Elementary and Early Middle School Students

Looking for a Resource to Engage with Students on Water Recycling Either Remotely or in Person? Use the new Water Reuse Activity Booklet to introduce students to the world of water reuse with fun activities that develop math and science skills. Students will learn about the urban water cycle, the treatment processes that make water safe to use again, and much more!

The booklet was produced in partnership with the WateReuse Association and Project WET Foundation. Learn more about the contents of the booklet in this short video. The booklet is available on the Project WET store.

WateReuse members interested in ordering 250 copies or more through the end of April will receive a 20% discount using the coupon code: WATEREUSE.

Job Opportunities from the WateReuse Career Center

Conferences, Webcasts and Events

EPA Webinar: Cultivating a Positive Workforce Culture from Apprenticeship to Career

April 1, 2021
9 am PT | 12 pm ET

The latest webinar in the “Creating the Water Workforce of the Future” series focuses on building an inclusive and supportive workplace that encourages employee growth to attract and retain the qualified candidates. The presenters will include Joone Lopez from Moulton-Niguel Water District, Tim Friday from Caste Rock Water, and Eric Dunker from Arapahoe Community College. View the event flyer or register here.

Webcast: From Across the Globe: The Many Facets of Industrial Water Reuse  

April 14, 2021
9 am PT | 12 pm ET

Join the co-editors of Sustainable Industrial Water Use: Perspectives, Incentives and Tools, Eric Rosenblum and Cheryl Davis, as they discuss global perspectives with industry experts. In this 90-minute webcast, four different authors will summarize their articles featured in the book, describing the challenges they confront planning, financing, designing and implementing water reuse to conserve water and reduce industrial pollution. Register here.

Upcoming Events

Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Dec 7 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting When: Dec 7, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsf-yhqD8sHdym0HbW8iFiaZW3kNVOSKTs After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Water Reuse in India: State of Practice and New Developments
Dec 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

10:30 am – 12:00 pm EST (US and Canada) | 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm IST
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

This webcast will feature a summary of the state of practice of water reuse in India. The regional challenges and potential for water reuse in India provide insight for other countries, such as the United States. Specific research and case studies will likely cover water reuse for agricultural applications. Such applications are of growing importance both in India and internationally. Other examples will likely draw from community developments that utilize greywater and blackwater to provide a community value through reuse. 

Moderator: Abinash Patro, Suez Water Technologies & Solutions – South Asia


  • Mary Eggert, Global Water Works
  • Mr. Girish Kale, Suez Water Technologies & Solutions – South Asia
  • Arun Kumar, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
  • Dr. Snehalatha MekalaFreshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA)
  • Suhail Rahman, CoEvolve Estates
  • Greta Zornes, CDM Smith


Inland Empire WateReuse Chapter Meeting
Dec 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Please join us for the last Inland Empire WateReuse Chapter Meeting of 2021!

WEDNESDAY, December 15, 2021 // 10:30 am – noon

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS for IE WateReuse President-Elect

Come join the IE Chapter Board and help bring engaging topics and in-person meetings to the IE chapter in 2022!   The President Elect position will be up for election at the 12/15 meeting – the position is 3 consecutive 1-year terms, beginning with President-Elect, then moving into the President and Past President roles.  More information can be found in the chapter Bylaws (attached).  Please contact any of the current board members (copied on this email) if you are interested or would like to nominate someone else.  Nominations will be accepted at the meeting as well.


  • Election for IE WateReuse President-Elect
  • DPR Update – Jennifer West, Managing Director, WateReuse California
  • Brine Discharge in the IE Brine Line: Current and Future State – Jeff Mosher, General Manager, SAWPA
  • Final Presentation – TBD

Zoom Meeting

When: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 // 10:30 am – noon


Meeting ID: 859 7995 4755
Dial-in Number: (720) 707-2699


10:30  Welcome

Maroun El-Hage, Chapter President, EMWD

10:35 WateReuse Inland Empire Board of Directors Election for President Elect

Maroun El-Hage, Chapter President Elect, EMWD

10:45 DPR Update

Jennifer West, Managing Director, WateReuse California

11:10 Brine Discharge in the IE Brine Line: Current and Future State

Jeff Mosher, General Manager, SAWPA

11:35  TBD


11:55  Closing Comments & Adjourn

Maroun El-Hage, Chapter President, EMWD

Orange County Chapter Meeting
Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
2022 National Water Reuse Policy Outlook
Jan 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2022 National Water Reuse Policy Outlook

11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour) 
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49 
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

January 2022 ushers in new opportunities in water recycling and reuse advocacy with both the Administration and Congress. In November 2021, Congress passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act which provided $1 billion for Western water recycling programs through the Bureau of Reclamation and roughly $48 billion for nationwide programs administered by EPA’s Office of Water. The IIJA also reauthorized the Alternative Water Source Grants Program, creating a nationwide reuse program and established a federal interagency working group on water reuse. While many priorities were included in the IIJA, WateReuse continues to urge Congress to authorize and appropriate additional essential water recycling programs.

Please join us on January 12 for a webcast with Washington insiders to examine what’s on the congressional agenda for 2022 and what water-related priorities the Biden Administration is likely to continue driving progress on. 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 participate in our Water Week in the spring or are interested in what to expect from Congress and the Administration in 2022, this webcast will help get you up to speed.


  • Greg Fogel, Policy Director, WateReuse Association
  • David Leiter, President, Plurus Strategies
Special Board Meeting: Marketing Analysis Deep Dive @ Virtual
Jan 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Friday, January 21, 2022 
8 am – 9:30 am PT / 11 am -12:30 pm EST
Bluefield Marketing Assessment

2nd Annual Water Reuse Symposium @ Tuscany Suites & Casino
Feb 1 all-day
2nd Annual Water Reuse Symposium @ Tuscany Suites & Casino

SAVE THE DATE! 2nd Annual Water Reuse Symposium

Mark your calendar for the 2nd Annual Water Reuse Symposium, February 1, 2022 at the Tuscany Suites & Casino, Las Vegas, NV.

Another year and another exciting program. A detailed program will be out soon. Stay up to date!

Special Board Meeting: Operational Assessment Deep Dive @ Virtual
Feb 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Friday, February 18, 2022
8 am – 9:30 am PT / 11 am -12:30 pm EST
Association Headquarters Operational Assessment

Meeting of the Board of Directors – First Quarter 2022 @ San Antonio
Mar 6 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

First Quarter:

Sunday, March 6, 2022 ~  8:00 am to 12:00 pm CST, San Antonio

Board Workshops:
Thursday, March 3, 2022 – Saturday, March 5, 2022
Thursday, March 3 ~ Board Dinner
Friday, March 4 ~ Meeting all day
Saturday, March 5 ~ Meeting in Morning


37th Annual WateReuse Symposium
Mar 6 @ 1:00 pm – Mar 9 @ 2:00 pm
37th Annual WateReuse Symposium

Super Saver Opens October 4:  37th Annual WateReuse Symposium in San Antonio, Texas

Mark your calendar for the 37th Annual WateReuse Symposium to be held March 5-9, 2022 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas. A special super saver registration rate will be offered exclusively to WateReuse Association members beginning Monday, October 4, 2021—before early-bird registration opens to the general public.

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