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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
Aug 10 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting When: Aug 10, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrceCrrTkoHte5InJPp1ssED67OREJfdAm After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Discussion on Desalination – Treatments, Research, and the Future (Webcast)
Aug 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Discussion on Desalination – Treatments, Research, and the Future (Webcast)

11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

In this webcast, a panel of experts from the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI) and CalDesal will discuss the state of desalination in the United States. The panel will explore current practices, technologies, treatments, on-going research, and the future role of desalination in the resiliency of the country’s water supply. NAWI recently released a new research and development roadmap series on desalination and treatment of nontraditional source waters for power, resource extraction, industry, municipal, and agriculture.


  • Wendy Ridderbusch, Executive Director, CalDesal
  • Mark Dononvan, GHD
  • Peter Fiske, Executive Director, NAWI and Director of the Water-Energy Resilience Research Institute
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Aug 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Inland Empire WateReuse Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Aug 24 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Zoom Meeting

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


Meeting ID: 821 5121 2028
Passcode: 467932
Dial-In Number: 1 877 853 5257


10:30  Welcome

Maroun El-Hage, Chapter President, EMWD

10:35  DPR Update

Jennifer West, Managing Director, WateReuse California

10:55  Overview of Metropolitan Water District (MWD) Funding Programs 

  • Local Resources Program
  • On-Site Retrofit Program
  • Stormwater for Direct Use Pilot Program

Speakers: Jessica Arm and Noosha Razavian, MWD

11:35  IEUA RP-5 Construction Update

Brian Wilson, Senior Engineer, IEUA

11:45  Legislative and Regulatory Update

Cathleen Pieroni, Manager of Inter-Agency Relations, IEUA

11:55  Closing Comments & Adjourn

Maroun El-Hage, Chapter President, EMWD

Central Coast Chapter Meeting
Aug 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Zoom Log-In Information


Meeting ID: 943 9346 0500

PNCWA 2021: Building Professional Excellence in Water Quality @ Boise Centre
Sep 12 – Sep 15 all-day
WateReuse Pacific Northwest (WR-PNW) and the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA) are partnering to bring members a 2021 conference technical program that includes sustainable approaches to water reuse as one of many one-water solutions. WR-PNW will present a water reuse track at the PNCWA Annual Conference to benefit members, advance ongoing innovation, and showcase industry collaboration. The track will occur Tuesday, September 14, with options for single-day attendance packages available. Please join our one-day track and engage in our common vision to advance regional water reuse. The full conference will include in-person and virtual attendance formats, September 13-15. Learn more and register.
PNCWA REUSE TRACK // Tuesday, Sept. 14 Ripples of Change Creating Our Future  
1 8 AM 13A The National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP) and what it means for the Pacific Northwest Sharon Napier and Ashley Harper
2 8:45 AM 13A State focused partnerships towards advancing reuse in Idaho, Oregon and Washington Nick Smith, Jacque Klug and Holly Tichenor
3 10:30 AM 13B So you need a permit in the Pacific Northwest…now what? ID, OR and WA State Regulators
4 11:15 AM 13B Water Reuse: Waste of Time or Innovative Jay Irby
Lunch 12 PM LUNCH
5 1:15 PM 20A Launching Community Recycled Water Use through Collaborative Planning for Multiple Drivers Todd Miller
6 2 PM 20A Using Research to Inform Community Decisions about Recycled Water Use Jacque Klug
7 3 PM 20B Case Study for Datacenter Cooling Water Reuse Bob Davis
8 3:45 PM 20B Strategic Planning: the key to internal alignment and program momentum Haili Matsukawa
Registration is live! Head to the website for registration options.
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Third Quarter 2021 @ J.W. Marriott L.A. LIVE
Sep 17 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Third Quarter:
Los Angeles, J.W. Marriott L.A. LIVE
Friday, Sept 17, 2021
11:00 am to 2pm EST // 10 to 1 CST // 9:00 to 12 MST // 8:00 to 11 PST

2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference @ JW Marriott LA Live
Sep 19 – Sep 21 all-day

Do not miss the 2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference! Join us in-person at the JW Marriott LA Live in Los Angeles or participate virtually from the comfort of your office. Our Annual Conference is where California’s water recycling community comes together each year to learn, network, and discover the latest trends in the design, management, operation, and use of water recycling facilities and projects.

Learn More

2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference
JW Marriott Live LA
September 19-21, 2021

World Water-Tech North America
Oct 5 – Oct 6 all-day
World Water-Tech North America

The WateReuse Association is pleased to support the World Water-Tech North America Summit, connecting the global water ecosystem on October 5-6.

Join 350 stakeholders driving change across the water value chain, with speakers from utilities (public and private), billion-dollar venture funds, international engineering giants, and technology companies (start-ups and unicorns). YOU’RE GUARANTEED hot debates, new ideas and fresh faces!

This incredible group of cross-industry voices will come together to trade insights about how to accelerate watershed resilience, and identify opportunities to transform the industry through innovation and investment. Will you be joining them? ​​​​​​

Save a further 10% with The WateReuse Association’s discount code: WRA10



Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Oct 12 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Zoom Meeting

When: Oct 12, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:


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

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