WateReuse Association’s Annual Meeting Highlights Successes and Vision for the Future; Electronic Ballot Presented to Membership
The WateReuse Association convened its 2021 Annual Business Meeting on March 22 at the virtual 36th Annual WateReuse Symposium. WateReuse President Gilbert Trejo shared the Board’s vision for a fully-resourced and independent Association and WateReuse Executive Director Patricia Sinicropi highlighted key accomplishments over the past year. Trejo also presented proposed changes to the Association’s bylaws that require approval of the membership and the nomination of Felicia Marcus, Landreth Fellow at Stanford University’s Water in the West Program, to join the Board of Directors as the first NGO representative. The voting deadline is April 23, 2021 and each member organization has one vote.
Senate’s Water Infrastructure Package Includes WateReuse Priorities
WateReuse and Water Association Partners Urge Congress to Invest in Water, Wastewater, and Water Recycling Infrastructure
Last week, WateReuse Association and our national water association partners joined together to deliver a letter to Congress, urging quick action on an infrastructure package that includes water, wastewater, and water recycling investments. The Biden Administration is expected to release a roughly $3 trillion infrastructure and climate change proposal in the coming weeks, and Congress will likely move shortly thereafter to develop a package. The letter was signed by the WateReuse Association, American Public Works Association, American Water Works Association, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, Council of Infrastructure Financing Authorities, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, National Rural Water Association, Rural Community Assistance Partnership, Water Research Foundation, US Water Alliance, Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association, and Water Environment Federation.
Senate Committee Advances Administration’s Nominees to help Lead Climate and Water Agenda
The Senate EPW Committee voted last week to advance Brenda Mallory as the Biden Administration’s nominee for Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and Janet McCabe as the Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Brenda Mallory brings decades of environmental policy experience to the role, previously serving at EPA and as General Counsel at CEQ. Janet McCabe previously served as Acting Assistant Administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation at EPA under President Obama and is a leader on environmental law and policy.
Bureau of Reclamation Announces Funding Availability for Title XVI-WIIN Water Reuse and Desalination Projects
The Bureau of Reclamation announced two funding opportunities open for projects eligible under the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. One funding opportunity is open to Title XVI water reuse project sponsors eligible to compete for funding under section 4009(c) of the WIIN Act. This funding opportunity is available on grants.gov by searching for opportunity number R21AS00429. The second funding opportunity is open to sponsors of seawater or brackish desalination projects eligible to compete for funding under section 4009(a) of the WIIN Act. This funding opportunity is available on grants.gov by searching for opportunity number R21AS00428. Applications under both funding opportunities are due on April 23, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. MDT. The WateReuse Association is actively advocating with Congress to both reauthorize and increase appropriated funding for the Title XVI-WIIN program before the end of the year, when program authority expires.
U.S. EPA Announces SRF Funding and Technical Assistance for Water Reuse
Last week, the U.S. EPA announced the availability of $1.1 billion for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and $1.6 billion for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, as well as a new $12 million grant program for wastewater utilities that serve small, rural, and tribal communities. The new grant program, which Congress created in America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, supports training and technical assistance for small, rural, and tribal wastewater utility systems and onsite septic systems. Importantly, funding may be used to perform onsite training or technical assistance that focuses on water recycled for agriculture and irrigation, potable water supplies, groundwater replenishment, industrial processes, and environmental restoration among other applications. Applications must be received by EPA by May 17, 2021.
U.S. EPA Programs Recognize Students, Educators, and Schools for Environmental Stewardship
Two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency programs present opportunities for utilities to leverage relationships with local schools and educators that promote water reuse education. EPA is accepting applications for the President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) program and the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE). The programs recognize outstanding environmental stewardship in K-12 youth and teachers that promote awareness of our nation’s natural resources. PEYA will assess applicant’s environmental stewardship project and the PIAEE recognizes innovative environmental education approaches. Applications close April 30, 2021.
Elevate Water Reuse as a National Priority: Join the Water Week Virtual Events
Plan to engage virtually during Water Week 2021, April 25 – May 1! The Water Week partners will be virtual this year, and although 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.
State Updates and Member Profiles
Welcome New Members!
The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:
- City of Franklin, TN
- Summit360 Research LLC
California: State Water Board Releases Draft Criteria for Direct Potable Reuse
Florida: Small Community Upgrades Treatment Plant to Facilitate Increased Water Reuse
Green Cove Springs began the second phase of improvements to the Harbor Road Wastewater Treatment plant with the goals of reducing nutrient discharge into the St. Johns River, increasing the use of reclaimed water, and reducing the withdrawal of potable water from the Floridan Aquifer. The project entails new construction in addition to upgrades of the original wastewater system, with critical upgrades that facilitate the reduction of phosphorus and nitrogen that was previously leaking into the St. John’s River. Read more.
Member Spotlight: Bahman Sheikh Scholarship Nears Endowment Level
A scholarship to honor the legacy of water reuse pioneer Dr. Bahman Shiekh has received over $35,000 in donations to support students at the University of California, Davis. Established by the WateReuse Association and WateReuse California, the scholarship will help undergraduate students pursuing a degree at UC Davis focused on developing and implementing sustainable solutions for water resources management, including water recycling, that support agriculture, industry, and healthy communities. Dr. Sheikh (1939-2020) was a WateReuse lifetime honorary member and an internationally recognized expert on water reuse. The scholarship fund needs to reach $50,000 to become a permanent endowment. To donate to the fund, click here.
The Water Research Foundation Seeks Input on Desalination Research Needs
The Water Research Foundation (WRF) is interested in addressing scientific knowledge gaps and barriers present in the desalination industry today by producing effective tools and information for implementing desalination projects. WateReuse members are invited to participate in a survey to identify desalination research needs for a WRF desalination research program that will help advance desalination, both ocean and brackish, as a viable and sustainable water supply alternative in the U.S. To participate in the survey, click here.
Member Resources and Benefits
Profiles in Reuse: Flyer Explains Safety and Reliability of Potable Reuse
Use our flyer, Profiles in Reuse: Potable Reuse, to inform ratepayers, elected officials, and other stakeholders about the safety and reliability of using purified water as part of the drinking water supply. The flyer also supports WateReuse’s Medical Community Initiative, which seeks to build support for potable reuse among medical and public health officials. This flyer is the first in a series of Profiles in Reuse that will serve as resources for member communication on water recycling. Download Flyer.
Job Opportunity from the WateReuse Career Center
- Environmental Services Specialist – Water Resources and Recycled Water, City of Pleasanton, CA
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.
Webcast: Digital Platform, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Potable Reuse Projects
June 1, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET
In this webcast, our presenters will introduce how digital platforms including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can be used to improve asset management strategies, operational efficiencies, enhance source control, validate unit process performance, predict product water quality and making sound decisions for assessing suitability of product water for human consumption. Register here.
10:30 am – 12:00 pm EST (US and Canada) | 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm IST
WateReuse Members: Free
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
- Mary Eggert, Global Water Works
- Mr. Girish Kale, Suez Water Technologies & Solutions – South Asia
- Arun Kumar, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
- Dr. Snehalatha Mekala, Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA)
- Suhail Rahman, CoEvolve Estates
- Greta Zornes, CDM Smith
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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.
- 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
When: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 // 10:30 am – noon
Meeting ID: 859 7995 4755
Dial-in Number: (720) 707-2699
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
11:55 Closing Comments & Adjourn
Maroun El-Hage, Chapter President, EMWD
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
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.
- Greg Fogel, Policy Director, WateReuse Association
- David Leiter, President, Plurus Strategies
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Friday, January 21, 2022
8 am – 9:30 am PT / 11 am -12:30 pm EST
Bluefield Marketing Assessment
Friday, February 18, 2022
8 am – 9:30 am PT / 11 am -12:30 pm EST
Association Headquarters Operational Assessment
Sunday, March 6, 2022 ~ 8:00 am to 12:00 pm CST, San Antonio
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
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.