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March 26, 2018

Washington Update 

Significant Funding Increases for Key Water Reuse Infrastructure Financing in FY18 Omnibus

Bureau of Reclamation Releases Updated Title XVI Evaluation Criteria

Senate Committee Discusses Western Water Challenges

Make Plans for Water Week in April

 

State Updates and Member Spotlight

California: Aerospace Manufacturer Partners with City to Treat and Reuse Industrial Wastewater

UTC Aerospace Systems held a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, March 20 for its first U.S.-based water recycling initiative at its manufacturing facility in Santa Fe Springs. Developed in partnership with the state of California and the local municipal water district, the project will flow site-generated industrial wastewater to a city treatment facility, which will return the treated water UTC Aerospace for use in manufacturing carbon friction material utilized in civil and military aircraft brakes. The project reduces the facility’s use of the community’s drinking water by 25 million gallons per year. Learn More.

California: New Natural Resources Headquarters to Include Water Recycling

The State of California will begin construction this summer on a new 838,000-square-foot headquarters for the Department of Natural Resources. The property is designed to meet LEED Platinum and zero-net energy standards, with such features as radiant floor heating and mechanical chilled sails, as well as recycled water systems. The building is expected to use at least 50 percent less water than a typical, comparable office building. The downtown Sacramento office development carries a project cost of approximately $597 million. Learn More.

California: Western Municipal Completes Recycled Water Pipeline

WateReuse Association member the Western Municipal Water District is celebrating the completion of the Meridian Recycled Water Pipeline project, which provides 32 million gallons recycled water annually for irrigation. The recycled water transmission pipeline is about two and a half miles long. As part of the project, 112 commercial and landscape meters were inventoried and inspected, of which 40 meters were converted. Learn More.

California: Researchers Find Consumers Prefer the Taste of Purified Water Over Tap Water

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, recently published a study of recycled water that did not focus on its safety—which has long been established—but rather its taste. The study included 143 people, who were asked to compare purified recycled water with conventional tap water and commercially bottled water in a blind taste test. At the outset, researchers hypothesized the three waters would score equally. However, tap water emerged as the least preferred. Learn More.

Florida: Naples Considers Expanding Recycled Water Program

Naples is considering spending up to $20 million to expand its water-recycling program to support a growing population. The local utility is recommending an initial investment of $1.2 million to construct a pipeline connecting additional customers to the current recycled water supply. City staff is working on a financial plan for the project. Learn More.

Idaho: Sugar Company Seeks to Continue Agricultural Reuse

WateReuse Association member the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comment through April 18 on a draft water-reuse permit renewal for the Amalgamated Sugar Company of Twin Falls. The permit will authorize the company to continue operating a wastewater treatment facility and reuse system for another five years. It will allow recycled water to be used to irrigate agricultural fields and the conditional use of condensate wastewater for dust suppression. Learn More.

Nevada: Water Innovation Campus Receives Funding from Utilities

The Truckee Meadows Water Authority approved $172,707 on March 21 to support the new Nevada Water Innovation Campus and water reuse pilot testing operations. Washoe County, Reno, Sparks and the Western Regional Water Commission also plan to help fund the innovation campus, which will study the feasibility of expanding water recycling locally. The initiative will help the partners with the assembly, start-up, and optimization of advanced water treatment technologies. A regional indirect potable reuse feasibility study is also part of the plan. Learn More.

 

Conferences and Events

Austin: Live Music and the Location of the 33rd Annual WateReuse Symposium

It’s not too early to start planning your trip to the 33rd Annual WateReuse Symposium on September 9 – 12, 2018 in Austin, Texas. To make the most of your trip, combine learning with live music. During the day, learn what’s working, what’s new, and what’s next at the premier conference on all things water reuse. At night, enjoy live music at one of 250 venues across the city, which earned Austin the reputation as the “live music capital of the world.” Whether it’s rock, country, or blues, Austin offers up the music you love to listen to. Learn More.

Webcast: Water Recycling and Wet Weather Management

Please join us on April 12 at 2 p.m. EDT for a webcast showcasing successful urban and suburban-based decentralized water recycling installations in the Northeastern United States. You will learn about the decentralized water recycling revolution occurring in and around cities located in wetter regions, including why these cities are turning to decentralized water reuse and how your city can integrate decentralized water recycling systems into your overall wastewater and wet weather management strategy.  If you are a wastewater utility manager facing challenging weather conditions and population growth, this webcast is for you. Learn More.

Register for the Pacific Northwest WateReuse Conference

WateReuse Pacific Northwest will host a conference 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.

Upcoming Events

May
23
Thu
8th Annual Water Reuse in Texas: Conference and Expo @ McAllen Convention Center
May 23 – May 24 all-day

WateReuse Texas, Water Environment Association of Texas, and Texas American Water Works Association invite you to attend the 8th Annual Water Reuse Conference in Texas — co-sponsored by our three associations.

Keynote Speaker Announced!

Pat Sinicropi, Executive Director of WateReuse Association, will provide a keynote discussion on the future of water reuse, Texas’ role as a reuse pioneer, and the EPA’s upcoming Water Reuse Action Plan. As Executive Director of WRA, Ms. Sinicropi works closely with regulators and lawmakers to help advance and advocate for water reuse.

You can register online using a credit card, or by filling out the pdf form below and returning it to the WEAT office.

Conference Registration 

Exhibitor Registration

Space is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 8×10 booths are $400 apiece. Fill out the Exhibitor Registration Form and return it to the WEAT office.

Sponsor Opportunities are still available at every level, place your organization’s name in front of senior managers and decision makers. Sponsorship is available at three levels, starting at $250. The benefits of each tier are listed in the sponsorship form.

May
30
Thu
WateReuse Arizona Meeting & Webinar @ Carollo Engineers
May 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Date: May 30, 2019
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Webinar Presentation
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Arizona Section Board Meeting

Location: Carollo Engineers, 4600 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034

Title: Onsite Water Reuse: An Additional Strategy to Manage Water

Presenters: Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Abstract:  Treating water onsite in buildings, districts and large redevelopment projects can reduce potable water anywhere from 25-75%. Learn more about how the deployment of onsite water treatment systems are advancing in San Francisco and across the country.

Biography: Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is responsible for diversifying San Francisco’s water supply through conservation, groundwater, recycled water, onsite water reuse and innovations programs.

May
31
Fri
Florida Potable Reuse Commission Workshop @ TBD
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Jun
5
Wed
Innovative Strategies for Municipal Water Reuse
Jun 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Presented in partnership with Bluefield Research, this webcast will provide insight into the growth and geographic expansion in the municipal water reuse market.

Webcast
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

As the municipal water reuse market experiences unprecedented growth and geographic expansion, where are the best opportunities? Bluefield Research has tracked over 700 reuse projects across 20 states. For the first time, this includes projects in two new states, New York and Oklahoma, reflecting the spread of reuse outside of its core markets such as California, Florida, Texas and Arizona. Learn what’s changed, how reuse “pays off” for utilities, and how the market is poised to take off on a large scale.

This webcast will address:

  • The impact of decentralized reuse as large commercial property owners, such as Salesforce, look to invest in onsite treatment;
  • Municipal investment in potable reuse, with a case study of El Paso, Texas, the largest city to adopt direct potable reuse;
  • Regulatory and geographic shifts for water reuse; and
  • Innovative financing strategies and prospects for return on investment.

Presenter

Erin Bonney Casey, Research Director, Bluefield Research

Jun
7
Fri
Meeting of the Board of Directors
Jun 7 @ 11:00 pm – Jun 8 @ 2:00 pm
Jun
12
Wed
Florida Potable Reuse Commission Meeting @ Toho Water Authority
Jun 12 @ 9:30 am
  • Call-in number is (407) 944-5105
Jun
20
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Trabuco Canyon Water District
Jun 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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  • Time: June 20, 2019
  • Location
    :Trabuco Canyon Water District
    32003 Dove Canyon Dr
    Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679
Jul
28
Sun
Arizona Water Reuse Symposium @ Little America Hotel in Flagstaff
Jul 28 – Jul 30 all-day

Arizona Water Reuse Symposium

Register online HERE.
To complete registration by mail,use this FORM. (form attached)
Sponsorship Opportunities can be found HERE (form attached)
Symposium Program will be posted soon.  Check back often.

2019 WateReuse Arizona Awards 
Deadline to nominate: June 11, 2019

WateReuse Arizona will present awards in the following categories:
1. Project of the Year
2. Program of the Year
3. Person of the Year
AWARD NOMINATION INFO HERE (form attached)

Accommodations:
Little America Hotel Flagstaff
2515 East Butler Avenue, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
(928) 779-7900

A block of rooms has been set aside for symposium attendees through July 7th. The room rate of $145 per night will be honored thereafter for symposium attendees, but only based on availability of rooms. Ask for group sales and mention “Water Reuse Symposium” to receive the discounted rate, or use this link:

BOOK HOTEL HERE

 

For any questions about sponsorship, please contact Jeff Biggs at jeff.biggs@tucsonaz.gov

 

Aug
9
Fri
WR California Board Meeting – Kennedy/Jenks @ Rancho Cordova and Irvine Office
Aug 9 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

WR California Board Meeting

– Aug 9 – 9:30 AM ~ 12:00 PM (Friday)
– Video hosted by Kennedy/Jenks
Rancho Cordova and Irvine Office

Aug
23
Fri
Northern California Chapter Meeting @ Peninsula
Aug 23 all-day

Topic: Decentralized Reuse

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