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.
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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