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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

Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Apr 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
WRAZ Section Meeting & Webcast
Apr 18 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
WRAZ Section Meeting & Webcast

WateReuse Arizona: Water Reuse and Small-Scale Water Treatment for Remote Communities

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Webcast: 10:30 – 11:30 Arizona Time/PT (11:30 MT | 1:30 ET)

Arizona Section Meeting (Lunch Provided): 11:30AM-1:00PM PT

In-Person Location: Carollo Offices, 4600 E Washington St, Suite 500, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Members: Free (Be sure to log in)
Non-Members: $55

Register Now!


In Arizona’s metropolitan areas, future water portfolios will include both water reuse and the utilization of nonideal water sources, such as brackish groundwater. What is the water future of Arizona’s remote communities? This presentation will give an overview of challenges facing safe water access in remote communities and highlight projects with remote, marginalized communities in the Navajo Nation from Dr. Vicky Karanikola’s Optimization Research for Environmental Sustainability Lab (University of Arizona). Projects include the assessment of the potential for water reuse in the Navajo Nation, small-scale off-grid water treatment design optimization, and performance testing of a small-scale solar nanofiltration system. Attendees can expect to not only learn the technical considerations but also cultural considerations when completing water projects with remote communities.


Lynn Carroll

Lynn is a first-year Ph.D. student in environmental engineering at the University of Arizona. She is working in Dr. Karanikola’s Optimization Research for Environmental Sustainability Lab (KORES), where her research is focused on the performance and suitability of nanofiltration for small-scale off-grid water treatment. Prior to starting her Ph.D., Lynn completed her undergraduate degree in biosystems engineering at the University of Arizona. During her undergraduate degree, she completed internships at both Hazen and Sawyer and Carollo. Lynn was also a recipient of the WateReuse Scholarship in 2022.



Erin Young

Water Resources Manager, City of Flagstaff




Orange County Chapter Meeting
Apr 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Meeting will be in person at IRWD’s Michelson WRP with lunch sponsored by Rincon Consultants.

  • Michelson Water Recycling Plant and Biosolids Facility Overview
    • Jose Zepeda – Director of Water and Recycling Operations, IRWD
  • North San Diego Water Reuse Coalition
    • Rosalyn Prickett, Rincon Consultants

We will also have a tour of the Michelson WRP post meeting for those that would like to attend.

Please make sure to RSVP so we have an accurate headcount for the lunch and tour: RSVP Response Form. Thank you.

WateReuse Texas Board Meeting
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
WateReuse California Legislative-Regulatory Committee Meeting
May 10 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Please find below the 2024 schedule for the Legislative-Regulatory Committee. All in-person meetings will be held at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Sacramento offices located at: 1121 L Street, Suite 900, Sacramento.]


Both in-person and virtual meetings will occur from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Those indicated as virtual will occur over Zoom and a link will be provided on the agenda.


The 2024 WRCA Annual Conference will be at the: Hyatt Regency Orange County.


Please save the date for our 2024 meeting dates:


1. January 19 – in person

2. March 8 – virtual

3. March 22 – in person

4. April 12 – virtual

5. May 10 – in person

6. May 31 – virtual

7. June 21 – virtual

8. August 9 – virtual

9. September 16 – in person (at annual conference)

WateReuse California Agricultural Reuse Committee
May 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Northern California Chapter Meeting
May 17 all-day
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
May 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
WateReuse Florida 2024 Reuse Summit
May 22 all-day
Joint Meeting with S.C. DHEC @ SCAWWA/WEASC Offices in Columbia, SC
May 28 all-day

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