March 4, 2019
EPA Announces Development of Water Reuse Action Plan, Draft Plan to be Released at Annual WateReuse Symposium
Join Us in Washington, DC for the National Water Policy Fly-In, Register Today
House Hearings Focus on Water Supply Reliability and Climate Change, Key Drivers for Water Reuse
WateReuse Joins Water Sector in Urging Funding for Federal Research Funds to Advance Water Recycling
State Updates and Member Profiles
Welcome New Members!
The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:
- National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)
- Warner and Associates
Maryland: Baltimore Receives WIFIA Loan for Upgrades and Repairs
WateReuse Association member the City of Baltimore is the seventh recipient of a loan under the U.S. EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. The City of Baltimore’s $202 million loan will complete a program of 14 projects to repair, rehabilitate, and replace existing wastewater conveyances, update treatment plants, and manage stormwater. The City expects to save up to $40 million by financing the project with a WIFIA loan. Read More.
Hazen and Sawyer Publishes Overview of Groundwater Recharge in the US
WateReuse Association member Hazen and Sawyer published an article, Water Reuse for Groundwater Augmentation: State of the Industry, that discusses drivers, treatment technologies, regulatory challenges, and regional differences that impact potable reuse. The article provides historical context and discusses specific projects around the country to provide a broad overview of the state of the industry. Read More.
WateReuse Executive Director Participates on Water Reuse and Desalination Policy Panels
WateReuse Association Executive Director participated on two policy panels last week, offering the association’s expertise on advocacy issues related to water reuse and desalination. On February 27, Sinicropi presented on policies that support water reuse at the Resource Revolution of Water Reuse workshop in San Francisco sponsored by the Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership and Suez Water Technologies and Solutions. On March 1, Sinicropi offered her perspective on federal direction in desalination policy development, legislation, research and project funding during the 2019 Salinity Summit in Las Vegas.
WateReuse and Members Participate in Membrane Technology Conference
The WateReuse Association exhibited at the 2019 Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition, February 25-28 in New Orleans, and partnered with the American Membrane Technology Association and American Water Works Association in promoting the event. WateReuse Board members Bart Weiss of the Hillsborough Public Utilities Department and Paul Steinbrecher of JEA presented on potable reuse and more than two dozen WateReuse members shared the podium, presented posters, showed off their wares at the exposition, and sponsored the conference. WateReuse staff Greg Fogel, Policy Director, and Erin DiMenna, Membership Director, met with members and informed conference attendees about our powerful coalition of utilities, businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies.
Conferences and Events
Webcast: What are the Best Opportunities for Industrial Water Reuse?
Please join us on March 13 at 2 pm eastern to learn which industries are investing in water reuse and in what ways. Learn about new data from Bluefield Research that will reveal reuse strategies for key industries, drivers for investment in reuse, the best geographic opportunities for industrial reuse, how industries are collaborating with municipalities, and more. Register Now!
Webcast: Advancing the Seawater Desalination Knowledge Base
Please join us on March 14 at 3 p.m. eastern to learn about the latest advancements in seawater desalination via reverse osmosis. Presented in partnership with The Water Research Foundation, this webcast will discuss two recent studies that explore advancements in seawater desalination from pretreatment to integration of desalinated water into water systems. Register Now!
Save the Date: 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium in San Diego, California
Mark your calendar for the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium is in San Diego, California on September 8-11, 2019. This year’s theme is “Collaborate to Innovate.” We will showcase recycled water collaborations among utilities, farmers, and industry; regulators working together at both the state and federal level; sustainability; public/private partnerships; and, for the first time, the latest in reuse research led by the Water Research Foundation. Learn More.
Presented in partnership with The Water Research Foundation, this presentation will cover key components of successful onsite non-potable water systems.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members and WRF Subscribers: Free
Across the nation, onsite non-potable water systems (ONWS) are becoming increasingly common as a means to conserve and recycle water. Ensuring consistent implementation is one of the principal challenges for ONWS programs, particularly when multiple, new stakeholders are involved. Water Research Foundation project 4909 sought to identify key knowledge gaps and provide the resources needed to aid in the smooth implementation of ONWS. Through interaction with the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems, the project team identified common pitfalls that have impacted the design, operation, permitting, and implementation of ONWS.
This presentation will cover key components of a successful ONWS program including: (1) treatment goals that control public health risk, (2) effective design of both treatment and non-treatment (i.e., management) barriers, (3) strategies for effective operation and monitoring of ONWS systems, and (4) frameworks for regulating and permitting ONWS. The goal of this presentation is to convey the importance of stakeholder knowledge for consistent protection of public health at ONWS installations. This information will be presented through a survey of the projects two main deliverables: the comprehensive guidance manual and interactive training modules.
- Brian Pecson, Ph.D., P.E., Principal Engineer, Trussell Technologies
- Brie Post, P.E., Senior Engineer, Trussell Technologies
- Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Are water recycling utilities well prepared to address the COVID-19 crisis and other potential future risks?
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
The America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) requires all utilities serving 3,300 or more people to complete a risk and resilience assessment (RRA) for their water systems, followed by the completion of an emergency response plan (ERP). The RRA’s are part of an overall effort to improve the ability of water systems to prepare for and respond to events from water resource limitations to cyber attacks, from extreme weather to an assault on the utility, and from contamination to treatment and distribution infrastructure, among others. In short, it is an all-hazards approach to managing risk.
This webcast will discuss how water reuse interacts with the RRAs and highlight some the ways that risks are viewed and managed from an AWIA perspective. It will also discuss how we are interpreting and acting upon risk in the midst the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and how we can use RRAs to prepare for future risks. This webcast will offer a fresh look at risk and resilience through the lens of preparation and response. The presentation will begin with an overview of AWIA requirements, RRAs, and the role of water reuse in those assessments followed by a focus on risk and risk perceptions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
– featuring Brian Biesemeyer, Scottsdale Water “Arizona’s First Direct Potable Reuse System”