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March 19, 2018

Washington Update

As FY19 Appropriations Process Underway, WateReuse Leads Coalition for Title XVI and Urges Increased Funding for SRF Programs

Congress Holds Flurry of Hearings on FY19 Appropriations and Infrastructure

Prepare for Water Week in April

 

State Updates and Member Spotlight

Florida: Potable Reuse Commission Holds Second Meeting

WateReuse Florida hosted the second meeting of the recently formed Potable Reuse Commission on Friday, March 16 at the Toho Water Authority in Kissimmee. The 11-member commission plans to develop a framework for implementing potable reuse in Florida. During Friday’s meeting, the commission reviewed Florida’s existing alternative water supply rules and made plans for a stakeholder workshop on April 6. Learn More.

California: IDE Technologies Opening Two New Water Recycling Demo Facilities

WateReuse Association member IDE Technologies announced that its technology will be used in two new water reuse demonstration facilities in California. IDE will demonstrate an energy-efficient solution with reduced chemical consumption to produce purified water at the Central Coast Blue Advanced Water Purification Facility, in partnership with the City of Pismo Beach. For the Regional Recycled Water Advanced Purification Center Demo Facility, IDE will demonstrate its reverse osmosis process for water reuse in partnership with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County. Learn More.

California: Modesto Completes First Phase of Project to Send Recycled Water to Farmers

WateReuse Association member the City of Modesto and other entities involved in the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program gathered for a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, March 13 to celebrate the completion of the first phase of a project that will provide at least 30,600 acre-feet of recycled water for farmers. This initial phase of the project allows water from the City of Modesto’s wastewater treatment plant to flow into the Delta Mendota Canal. Learn More.

California: Elsinore Valley Invites Community to Tour Water Recycling Facility During Water Festival

WateReuse Association member Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District will present its Annual Community Water Festival on Saturday, March 24 to educate the local community about water issues. A crowd favorite is a tour of the facility’s sewer treatment plant, where visitors take a journey through the plant to see how wastewater becomes recycled water, which is used locally for irrigation. Learn More.

 

Market Update

Investment Firm Calls Water Reuse a Growing Market of Opportunity

The Raymond James financial services firm published an article last week explaining that investment in water reuse can benefit companies and communities alike. The article gives investors a detailed explanation of drivers and examples of water reuse across the United States—and notes the projections of a 37% increase in water recycling over the next decade. Learn More.

 

Conferences and Events

Save the Date: Pacific Northwest WateReuse Conference

WateReuse Pacific Northwest will host a conference on May 17-18 in Portland, Oregon with the theme “Roadmap to Reuse.” More than 200 utility operators and mangers, elected officials, engineers, regulators and equipment manufacturers are expected to attend.  Presentations will focus on feasibility studies, regulatory updates, public outreach, funding, and more. Learn More.

Sustainable Water, Resilient Communities: Solutions for Dirty Water

In the third event of the “Sustainable Water, Resilient Communities” series, experts including WateReuse Association Board Member Jon Freedman of Suez Water Technologies, will discuss approaches to meeting the challenges of poor water quality such as increasing water supplies through water reuse, improving sanitation and hygiene, preventing the spread of waterborne diseases after disasters, and addressing agricultural pollution. The presentation takes place on Tuesday, March 20, 9:30am – 11:30am in person at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC or via live or archived webcast. RSVP Now.

Upcoming Events

May
15
Sun
Florida WateReuse Week
May 15 – May 21 all-day
May
17
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
May 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
May
18
Wed
Direct Potable Reuse in the Four Corners
May 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Direct Potable Reuse in the Four Corners

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

Register Now!

The Four Corners region includes the arid western states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. These four states have several common challenges to providing reliable water supplies including: rapid population growth, severe long term drought conditions, and dwindling or overallocated natural water sources. Indirect potable reuse is currently being practiced in these states, often through managed groundwater replenishment or incidental means. Is engineered potable reuse the next step to building safe, reliable, and resilient water resource portfolios?

While water utilities in the Four Corners states are taking steps toward direct potable reuse (DPR), each of these states face different implementation challenges. This panel discussion delves into the progress and issues regarding DPR in the region.

Speakers:

  • Brian Biesemeyer CITY OF SCOTTSDALE, AZ
  • Robert Fowlie REPRESENTING THE VILLAGE OF CLOUDCROFT, NM
  • Steve Gallegos CITY OF RIO RANCHO, NM
  • Raymond Garrison CITY OF SOUTH JORDAN, UT
  • Tyson Ingles CO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
  • Sarah Page UTAH DIVISION OF DRINKING WATER
  • Austa Parker BROWN AND CALDWELL
  • Javier Setovich CITY OF GOODYEAR, AZ
  • Katie Vanyo BROWN AND CALDWELL
  • Matt Benak, TOWN OF CASTLE ROCK, CO
May
20
Fri
Florida Water Reuse Week: The Role of Education and Outreach in Florida’s Growing Reuse Landscape
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Florida Water Reuse Week: The Role of Education and Outreach in Florida’s Growing Reuse Landscape

11 am ET | 8 am PT (1 hour)
WateReuse Members and Florida Water Reuse Week Registrants: Free; Others: $49
Registrants for Florida Water Reuse Week will receive a discount code for free webcast registration
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

Florida reuses 34 percent of its wastewater compared to the national average of about 7 percent. A recent statewide survey showed that 75 percent of Floridians are familiar with the concept of using reclaimed water for irrigation, industrial uses, and other non-drinking purposes. However, as the state is undergoing record-setting growth and rulemaking for direct potable reuse, additional education and outreach is needed to gain public acceptance. Water professionals and utilities from across the state are working collaboratively through WateReuse Florida to develop and implement consistent messaging on how reuse will safely supply Florida’s future. As Florida celebrates Water Reuse Week May 15-21, join us to hear about the latest education and outreach efforts happening to support traditional and potable reuse at the local and state level.

  • Robyn Felix, Communications & Board Services Bureau Chief, Southwest Florida Water Management District
  • Tamara Richardson, P.E., Director of Polk County Utilities
  • Shea Dunifon, Education Coordinator, Pinellas County Utilities, Florida

WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ TBD
May 20 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Jun
8
Wed
WRSD Quarter 2 Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Jun 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Jun
10
Fri
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Second Quarter 2022 @ Virtual
Jun 10 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Second Quarter:
Remote
Friday, June 10, 2022: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm EST

WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ TBD
Jun 10 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Jun
14
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Jun 14 all-day
Jun
16
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Jun 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

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