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March 30, 2020

Washington Update

WateReuse Association Urges Investment in Water Recycling Projects in COVID-19 Stimulus Package

EPA Urges States to Identify Water and Wastewater Workers as Essential Workers in COVID-19 Response

On Friday, March 27, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler sent a letter to governors in all 50 states, territories, and Washington, DC requesting that water and wastewater workers be considered essential workers by state authorities when enacting restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19. The request extends to manufacturers and suppliers who provide vital services and materials to the water sector. Administrator Wheeler’s letter notes that our critical water infrastructure and its operators ensure the safe supply of water to our homes and hospitals, and depend on treatment chemicals, laboratory supplies and related goods and materials.

Federal Agencies Provide Guidance on Water and COVID-19

Federal agencies, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are providing guidance to water professionals and the public on water transmission and COVID-19. There is no evidence that the COVID-19 virus survives the disinfection process for drinking water, wastewater, and recycled water, according to the CDC. No COVID-19–specific protections, beyond routine practices to prevent exposure to wastewater, are recommended for employees involved in wastewater management operations. Some WateReuse members, including the Dublin San Ramon Services District and El Dorado Irrigation District in California, are including information about the safety of recycled water in their COVID-19 messaging.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Member!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new member:

Arizona: Tucson’s Recycled Water Recharge Facility Will Double as Desert Park

WateReuse Association member Tucson Water is developing an $8 million recycled water recharge project that will double as a desert park. When the South Houghton Area Recharge Project opens this fall, Tucson Water plans to start recharging 4,000 acre-feet of reclaimed water there annually into three basins. The 40-acre site will be landscaped with a mesquite bosque and 1,500 other desert plants. Read More.

Virginia: Virginia WaterHub® Celebrates 100 Million Gallons of Recycled Water Used

The Virginia WaterHub®, which recycles water onsite at an industrial campus in Richmond, celebrated 100 million gallons of recycled water use for World Water Day. Developed by WateReuse Association member Sustainable Water and H2O Innovation, the facility treats nearly 500,000 gallons of water per day for cooling towers using a membrane bioreactor and reverse osmosis technology. The project began operating nine months ago. Read more.

WateReuse Update

New Policy and Program Manager, Aliza Furneaux, Joins WateReuse Team

Aliza Furneaux joined the WateReuse Association staff on March 23 as the new Policy and Program Manager. Aliza comes to us from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where she served as an ORISE Research Fellow supporting the development of the National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP). In her new role on the WateReuse staff, she will support the implementation of WateReuse-led WRAP actions and assist in developing new programming and educational content for members. Aliza earned a B.S. in civil and environmental engineering at Lafayette College and her master’s in environmental engineering at University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. As a graduate research assistant, her research focused on phosphorous management from water resource recovery facilities under Dr. Roland Cusick. She looks forward to supporting the WateReuse Association and its members in her new role. Aliza can be reached via email at afurneaux@watereuse.org and you may connect with her on LinkedIn.

WateReuse Communications Tools and Resources

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 and Events

ICYMI: Effective PFAS Treatment: Challenges and Solutions for Potable Reuse

Eva Steinle-Darling, Vice President and Reuse Innovation Lead with Carollo Engineers, presented the latest research on effective PFAS treatment for potable reuse during a March 25 webcast. She shared her expertise in navigating the ever-evolving regulatory landscape and potential treatment options for advanced water treatment facilities with and without reverse osmosis. Eva provided additional insight through an extensive Q & A session. A recording of the webcast is available to members. Watch Now!

Webcast: Breaking Down Implementation Barriers for Onsite Non-Potable Water Systems

What are the key components of a successful onsite non-potable water system? Join us April 15 at 2 pm to learn about a Water Research Foundation guidance manual and interactive training modules to tackle critical knowledge gaps businesses and utilities. The presentation will cover treatment goals, effective design, strategies for effective operation and monitoring, and regulatory and permitting frameworks. Register Now!

Upcoming Events

Jun
18
Tue
WRCA Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Jun 18 all-day

Our next Chapter Meeting will be on Tuesday June 18, 2024, at Eurofins, located at 941 Corporate Center Drive in Pomona, CA 91768.

Please RSVP by Friday, June 14, 2024, using the form at this link: https://forms.office.com/r/mVTWQNjBxL

There will be a tour of Eurofins Labs after the meeting for those attending in person. For those attending virtually, please connect via Zoom using this link, which is also included in the attached Agenda: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrcOGqrz8uH9FMxGM7V3QKjp3gkp1Iy_ma

Inland Empire Chapter Meeting
Jun 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Our next Inland Empire WateReuse Chapter Meeting will be on June 18th and will be hosted by the Jurupa Community Services District.  This will be an in-person meeting with lunch sponsored by John Robinson Consulting, IncSee the attached agenda.

Tuesday, June 18th, 2024 // 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Please RSVP HERE for this meeting by Thursday, June 13th.

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

Please save the date for our next Orange County Chapter meeting on Thursday, June 20th, from 11:30am to 1:30pm PT.

Meeting will be in-person at Carollo Engineers. Agenda and location logistics to follow next week.

We will have 2 presentations:

•              Recycled Water Pilot and Demonstration Projects at Hyperion – Christina Jones, LASAN and Farzaneh Shabani, Carollo

•              Cross-Connection Control Plan Collaboration in Orange County – Paul Weghorst, Executive Director of Water Policy, IRWD

Please make sure to RSVP so we have an accurate headcount for the lunch: RSVP Response Form. Thank you.

WRCA Communications Collaborative Meeting @ Virtual
Jun 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Jun
21
Fri
WateReuse California Legislative-Regulatory Committee Meeting
Jun 21 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

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)

Jun
27
Thu
Water Reuse Around the World: Global Potable Reuse Maps
Jun 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Water Reuse Around the World: Global Potable Reuse Maps

11 am ET | 8 am PT (1 hour)
This webcast is free & open to the public
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

Co-hosted by Water Services Association of Australia

After two years of planning and working with over 140 cities across the world, we are excited to announce that the 2024 edition of the Global Potable Reuse Maps is launching publicly in June!

WateReuse Association has been supporting Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA)’s effort to identify places that are using, or considering, indirect or direct potable reuse. All water is recycled, but did you know there are over 85 places around the world where cities or towns have engaged with their communities on a journey of understanding about implementing purified recycled water as part of their drinking water supply? WSAA has now built a new set of maps that show places all over the world, at different stages of this journey.

Join our webcast, co-hosted by WSAA, to learn about the process, considerations, and capabilities of this global resource. These maps will be a great education tool for communities worldwide. The webinar will show you how you can use the maps as part of your own community outreach and stakeholder engagement.

 

 

Moderator: Ben Glickstein, WateReuse Association

Speakers:

  • Danielle Francis, Water Services Association of Australia
  • Linda Macpherson, New Water ReSources
  • Jenn Swart, Water Replenishment District

 

 

Alternate Presentation: If you unable to attend the WateReuse webcast, WSAA will be holding another webcast about the Global Potable Reuse Maps through their platform on July 3, 12:00 PM AEST (Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney) | July 2, 7:00 PM PT (US). Register for the July presentation here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WateReuse Texas Board Meeting
Jun 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Jul
16
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Jul 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Jul
18
Thu
WateReuse Colorado Meeting
Jul 18 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Agenda will be shared via email closer to the meeting date.

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