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March 22, 2021

Live Roundtable Discussions Continue at the 36th Annual WateReuse Symposium — Register Now to Join the Conversation!

2021 WateReuse Awards for Excellence Showcases Leadership in Advancing Water Recycling

Washington Update

House Water Infrastructure Bill Includes Key Water Reuse Provisions

A bipartisan water infrastructure bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last week includes key WateReuse priorities for advancing water recycling. The $50 billion Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021 includes reauthorization and $200 million per year for five years for the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program, $400 million per year for five years for the Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grants Program, and $8 billion per year for five years for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR), T&I Water Subcommittee Chair Grace Napolitano (D-CA), and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced the legislation. WateReuse has endorsed the bill and will continue to report on its progress as it moves out of Committee. See fact sheet.

Water Recycling Highlighted During Senate Committee Hearing on Water Infrastructure

The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee heard testimony last week on the role of water recycling in enhancing the nation’s infrastructure and meeting a multitude of critical needs. During the hearing, “Examining the Challenges Facing Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Projects,” the committee heard testimony from WateReuse member, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), on the vital role that Congress plays in supporting water reuse to increase the number of water systems across the nation that are resilient to weather events and climate change. Shellie Chard, DEQ’s Water Quality Division Director, pointed to efforts in Enid, Oklahoma and San Diego, California as examples of water recycling projects that use innovation to displace potable water supply need. EPW Chairman Tom Carper (D-DE) and Ranking Member Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) affirmed the Committee’s commitment to address growing water sector challenges. WateReuse expects the EPW Committee to release major water infrastructure legislation, including WateReuse policy priorities, in the near future.

Senate Confirms Deb Haaland as Department of Interior Secretary; Agency Administers Key Water Recycling Programs

Last week, the U.S. Senate voted 51-40 to confirm Deb Haaland as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI). Haaland, who will serve as the first Native American Cabinet Secretary, reiterated the Administration’s commitment to addressing the climate crisis during her nomination hearings. The U.S. DOI includes the Bureau of Reclamation, which administers key water recycling, desalination, and research programs.

Elevate Water Reuse as a National Priority: Join the Water Week Virtual Events

Plan to engage virtually during the 2021 Water Week, April 25 – May 1! The Water Week partners have made the decision to forego an in-person event in 2021. However, while we won’t be gathering in-person, we will be working collaboratively as Water Week partners to bring you an informative, engaging Water Week virtual experience.

Join us for the Water Week Policy Zoom-In, on Tuesday, April 27 from 2:00 – 4:30 pm ET to hear directly from key EPA officials and Members of Congress on the important regulatory and legislative water policies they are working on now and in the years ahead. This free webcast is presented jointly by the Water Week association partners. Don’t miss the chance to hear about the important and timely federal water initiatives taking shape in Washington, DC. Register here.

Join us again on the afternoon of April 29 for Resilience through Collaboration: First Year Highlights and Future Directions of the National Water Reuse Action Plan, a free webcast to celebrate the first year of the National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP), including accomplishments of action leaders and partners and anticipated 2021 outcomes. Register here.

The WRAP webcast will feature keynote speaker Felicia Marcus (Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Water in the West Program and former EPA Regional Administrator), WRAP action leaders, and water reuse experts from around the United States. This event is hosted by EPA in collaboration with the WateReuse Association and other water sector partners.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Member!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new member:

CA: Pure Water Soquel Moves Forward with Key Approval

The Soquel Creek Water District approved the next phase of the Pure Water Soquel program, the construction of an eight-mile conveyance pipeline system. The purified recycled water project is part of a plan to abate additional seawater intrusion. Construction of the $34.5 million pipeline project is expected to begin in May 2021.  Read more.

CO: Stakeholder Process Opens for Direct Potable Reuse Rules and Regulation Development Process

Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment is set to begin a series of virtual stakeholder meetings to inform the regulated community and gather additional feedback on the development of Regulation 11 – Direct Potable Reuse. The process builds upon the 2019 guidelines document prepared for WateReuse Colorado by an independent panel of national experts administered by the National Water Research Institute. Read more.

HI: Upgrades Proposed for West Maui Recycled Water System

The Maui County Department of Environmental Management is proposing a $26 million upgrade project to provide a more reliable supply of recycled water. The upgrades are proposed for the West Maui Recycled Water System and include updating existing water lines and adding new pump stations. The facility currently produces R-1 recycled water for non-potable use. Read more.

Recognition Opportunity

Get Recognition for Your Water Reuse Program: Utility of the Future 2021 Applications Open

An opportunity is available to get recognition for your water reuse program. The application period is open for the Utility of the Future Today recognition program. The program honors forward-thinking, innovative water utilities that are providing resilient value-added service to communities, particularly in community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients.

WateReuse partners with the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), and the Water Research Foundation (WRF) in leading this program, with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE). Since 2016, 183 utilities have received recognition under this innovative program.

Public and private water sector utilities of all sizes that can demonstrate achievement of the application requirements are encouraged to apply by May 14 at 5 p.m. EDT. Applicants must have no major permit violations in the year prior to the submission date of their applications. Read more.

Member Resources and Benefits

Engaging the Public Health Community on Water Reuse? Check out Our Online Resources

Although water reuse is a proven, science-based process that has been used safely in communities around the world for decades, the public is often skeptical when the concept is first introduced into a community. To build acceptance among medical and health professionals, WateReuse has launched the Medical Community Initiative and begun developing resources to support members in engaging with the public health community. Visit our website for videos, articles, and presentations that support engagement with medical professionals. New tools are being developed so check back for updates.

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

Dec
8
Wed
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 Presenters:
  • 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
 
Dec
15
Wed
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.

AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85979954755

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

AGENDA

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

TBD

11:55  Closing Comments & Adjourn

Maroun El-Hage, Chapter President, EMWD

Dec
16
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Jan
12
Wed
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.

Speakers:

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

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

Feb
1
Tue
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!

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

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

Mar
6
Sun
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.

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

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