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March 29, 2021

36th Annual WateReuse Symposium Available for On-Demand Streaming — Register Today!

There is still time to participate in the complete 36th Annual WateReuse Symposium, streaming on-demand through April 23! Join roundtable discussions and technical sessions on public health, potable reuse, resiliency, operations, research, policy, and more. Organized around the theme, Resilience Redefined, the Symposium focuses on opportunities to use recycled water to create safe and resilient water supplies. Over 700 people are participating from 15 countries and 37 U.S. states. Register here.

Share Your Feedback on the 2021 WateReuse Symposium

Did you attend the 36th Annual WateReuse Symposium? If so, please share your feedback so that we can continue to bring you high quality technical education and networking. Take our survey here.

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.

Washington Update

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:

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.

Research Update

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 recyclingDownload Flyer.

Job Opportunity from the WateReuse Career Center

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.

Upcoming Events

WateReuse Florida 2024 Reuse Summit
May 22 all-day
Joint Meeting with S.C. DHEC @ SCAWWA/WEASC Offices in Columbia, SC
May 28 all-day
Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting
May 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Please Save-the-Date for our chapter meeting on May 30 at the City of Roseville’s Dry Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The draft agenda is attached. Also, please note that this is an in-person meeting only.

Please RSVP to me (jayaprakashl@sacsewer.com) by May 27 to confirm your attendance.

WateReuse California Legislative-Regulatory Committee Meeting
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Please find below the 2024 schedule for the Legislative-Regulatory Committee. All in-person meetings will be held at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Sacramento offices located at: 1121 L Street, Suite 900, Sacramento.]


Both in-person and virtual meetings will occur from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Those indicated as virtual will occur over Zoom and a link will be provided on the agenda.


The 2024 WRCA Annual Conference will be at the: Hyatt Regency Orange County.


Please save the date for our 2024 meeting dates:


1. January 19 – in person

2. March 8 – virtual

3. March 22 – in person

4. April 12 – virtual

5. May 10 – in person

6. May 31 – virtual

7. June 21 – virtual

8. August 9 – virtual

9. September 16 – in person (at annual conference)

WRCA Potable Reuse Permitting & Compliance Meeting
Jun 6 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Second Quarter 2024
Jun 7 all-day


WRCA Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Jun 11 all-day
WateReuse Pacific Northwest: Summer Summit & Social @ The Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon
Jun 13 all-day
WateReuse Pacific Northwest: Summer Summit & Social @ The Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon

The WateReuse Association Pacific Northwest (PNW) section, in partnership with the City of Silverton, is hosting its third annual Summer Summit and Social on Thursday, June 13, 2024, at The Oregon Garden.

The Oregon Garden is a stunning botanical garden encompassing over 80 acres and featuring over 20 specialty gardens showcasing the diverse botanical beauty of the Willamette Valley and the Pacific Northwest. The featured wetlands and A-Mazing Water Garden represent a unique partnership with the City of Silverton; these garden areas cool the City’s effluent water which, in turn, is used to irrigate the Garden. Guests will also see sustainable practices such as green roofs, home composting, permaculture, and more on display. The event will conclude with a happy hour at the Garden.

Register Here!

Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Jun 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Carollo Engineers
Jun 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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