2021 WateReuse Awards for Excellence Showcases Leadership in Advancing Water Recycling
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
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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.
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.
Join us for global perspectives on the challenges of planning, financing, designing and implementing water reuse to conserve water and reduce industrial pollution.
9:00 – 10:30 am PT | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm ET
WateReuse Members: Free
Recycled water is a key element of sustainability, and industrial water reuse is well-covered in the new book from IWA Publishing, Sustainable Industrial Water Use: Perspectives, Incentives and Tools. It brings together the executives, plant managers, investors, inventors, regulators, policy makers and advocates who are leading industry towards sustainable water use.
Divided into three sections (Perspectives, Incentives, and Tools), the new book covers topics ranging 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.
Join the co-editors, 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.
Ms. Cheryl Davis, CKD Consulting
Incentives and Barriers to Behavior Change: The Human Element in Sustainable Water Use; Staff training: An integral component of sustainable water use by industry
Mr. Dylan Waldhuetter, Alliance for Water Stewardship
The AWS Standard: A Common Language for the Global Water Stewardship Community
Dr. Niels Groot, Dow Benelux B.V
Triple Water Reuse at Dow; Challenges in Regional Collaboration
Prof. Susanne Knochel, University of Copehhagen
Fit-for-purpose water reuse in the food processing industry
Prof. Maria Concetta Tomei, IRSA Water Research Institute
Best Available Technologies as a Sustainability Tool for Industrial Wastewater Management and Treatment; Biological Wastewater Treatment as an Opportunity for Energy and Resource Recovery
Mr. Eric Rosenblum (Moderator), Water Resource Consultant
Implementing Sustainable Water Use: A Roadmap for Industry
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Join us for an update on Congressional advocacy and to hear how to engage during Water Week 2021 (April 25 – May 1).
10:00 am – 11:00 am PT | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET
With the Biden Administration and a new Congress taking over power in Washington, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to resonate strongly, there has never been a more important time to elevate the importance of water reuse in national policy dialogues. While the in-person National Water Policy Fly-In lobbying efforts are cancelled, we encourage everyone to join us for an update on Congressional advocacy and to hear how to engage during Water Week 2021 (April 25 – May 1). We have already seen incredibly important achievements over recent months due to strong grass roots advocacy, including the first ever federal low-income assistance program for water and more federal funds being directed to water infrastructure. But we still have so much more to do.
This webcast will walk participants through the latest from Capitol Hill, the water sector’s key issues and talking points, and tools and tips for engaging during Water Week – such as setting up Zoom congressional office visits and messaging resources for social media and community outreach during Water Week and beyond. NACWA, WEF, WateReuse and The Water Research Foundation are urging all members to participate in this webcast and reach out to Congress during Water Week to advocate for support for the water sector.
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Join WateReuse California (WRCA) for a brown bag lunch panel discussion of draft criteria for direct potable reuse (DPR) regulations.
11:00 am – 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
The California State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) released the first draft of the much anticipated criteria for DPR regulations for California. This action marks a major milestone in the development of potable reuse regulations for California. The release of the criteria is the culmination of a decade advocacy, legislation and research by WRCA and its members. WRCA will use this discussion to develop comments for the Water Board and the DPR Expert Panel to consider as they further develop the regulations.
Presenters and Panelists
Shane Trussell, Ph.D., P.E., President
John Stufflebean, Assistant Director, Pure Water and Technical Services
Public Utilities Department
City of San Diego
Heather Collins, Water Treatment Manager
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Medi Sinaki, P.E., Senior Engineer, Recycled and Purified Water Unit
Jesus Gonzalez, Manager Recycled Water Program
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
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WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop series.
WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series
11:00 am – 1:30 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET
This webinar is hosted jointly by this year’s Water Week Water Association Partners and will provide attendees the opportunity 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.
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Join us for a lively discussion with leaders from across the water sector about the future of water reuse and its importance as a tool to address the impacts of climate change and meet local water demands.
Please join us for a free webinar on April 29, 2021, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM EDT to celebrate the first year of the National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP), including accomplishments of action leaders and partners and anticipated 2021 outcomes.
The Resilience through Collaboration: First Year Highlights and Future Directions of the National Water Reuse Action Plan webinar will feature remarks from Radhika Fox (EPA’s Acting Assistant Administrator for Water), Felicia Marcus (William C. Landreth Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Water in the West Program), WRAP action leaders and partners, and other water reuse practitioners from around the United States. This event is hosted by EPA in collaboration with the WateReuse Association and other water sector partners.
The WRAP collaborative was launched on February 27, 2020 with federal, state, tribal, local, and private sector partners to build technical, financial, and institutional capacity to spur further consideration and implementation of water reuse across the country. The story of the WRAP’s first year of implementation is one of incredible dedication and determination by a growing community of over 100 different organizations. The WRAP collaborative has enabled the formation of new action-based partnerships across the water community to help address local water resource challenges through holistic thinking and integrated efforts to ultimately strengthen our Nation’s water security, sustainability, and resilience.
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Join May Wu, Principal Environmental System Scientist with Argonne National Laboratory, for a webcast on the role of water reuse in bioenergy production.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
WateReuse Members: Free | Others: $49
Production of bioenergy from a range of feedstocks and biorefining pathways requires a substantial amount of water for irrigation, conversion process, cooling, and steam generation. Because the feedstock varies with climate and soil regions, an increased production will have implications in the availability of regional and local freshwater resources across the U.S. It is critical to understand how fit-for-purpose water recycling can be used to conserve freshwater.
This webcast presents findings from an Argonne National laboratory analyses of potential recycled water use to produce biofuels from conventional crops and algae and generate power by incorporating technology, climate, and geospatial-temporal components. Findings suggest a significant potential of producing advanced biofuel while doubling the amount of recycled water in use nationally. Results from this project support informed decision-making and strategic planning for water sustainable bioenergy development.
May Wu is a principal environmental system scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. Her research interests are water resource use, water quality, and wastewater management in the production of biofuels and conventional energy.
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