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May 10, 2021

Save the Date: 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. The 2022 Symposium will be our first national conference with an in-person component since 2019! This is a not-to-be missed opportunity to learn about the latest trends in water recycling and network with colleagues in person.

Annual WateReuse Symposium, 2019

WateReuse Secures Pilot LEED Credit for Integrating Water Reuse

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) published an Integrated Project Water Reuse Strategy pilot credit last week for its LEED certification program following months of engagement with a group of WateReuse Association utility members. The credit rewards building projects that engage with utilities to ensure onsite water reuse systems advance regional water management priorities and objectives. Throughout the pilot credit’s development, WateReuse convened a utility advisory group to engage with the LEED Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group, providing valuable feedback and insight on building community resilience. WateReuse commends USGBC’s work and thanks the utilities involved in providing feedback. The credits are available for LEED v4 and v4.1 Building Design + Construction (BD+C) projects in the USGBC pilot credit library. If you are interested in learning more about this effort, please email Aliza Furneaux (afurneaux@watereuse.org).

Washington Update

Water Policy Op-Ed: Hope for the Water Projects We Desperately Need

There is new reason to hope for federal investment in sustainable water infrastructure such as water reuse and recycling, according to Suez Senior Vice President Jon Freedman. In a recent Op-Ed, Freedman, who also serves on the WateReuse Association’s Board of Directors and chairs the WateReuse Legislative and Regulatory Policy Committee, discusses the support that exists for building resilience to climate change in both the Biden Administration and 117th Congress. He also makes the case that investing in our communities includes encouraging sustainable investment in industry. Freedman notes that the successful model of providing tax incentives for companies to invest in renewable energy could also be used to encourage industry to invest in water reuse. Read more.

WRAP Engagement Opportunity: Israel Water Reuse Virtual Tour, May 25-27

Join us to learn about Israel’s water reuse technology and policy approaches as part of a knowledge sharing partnership between the US and Israel. Israel has accomplished extensive infrastructure, regulatory, and institutional reform to recycle over 85 percent of its wastewater for beneficial uses as a solution to extreme water stress. Register here.

This event fulfills Action 11.1 in the National Water Reuse Action Plan, “Facilitate U.S.-Israel Collaboration on Water Reuse.” The tour will be presented in three sessions, highlighting applications relevant to the US perspective:

  • Session 1: Policy and Regulation of Water Reuse in Israel
    Tuesday, May 25 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT
  • Session 2: Israel’s Approach to Water Reuse Implementation, Technology, and Mechanisms
    Wednesday, May 26 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT
  • Session 3: Increasing Israel’s Agricultural Irrigation Efficiency through Recycled Water
    Thursday, May 27 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Member!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new member:

NY: New Report Assesses Water Reuse in the Hudson River Valley

The WateReuse Association recently partnered with Columbia University on a student capstone design project to review the extent and potential for water reuse in New York’s Hudson River Valley. Students in the Masters in Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy program assessed water reuse current practices, opportunities, and challenges in the region. The capstone team researched policy, food and wine production, agriculture and livestock, wineries, cideries, breweries, recreational, technology, and key actors. The project provided an opportunity for WateReuse to support the work of students and gather recommendations to support the Association’s effort to advance water reuse in water abundant regions. Read the report.

TX: Onsite Water Reuse Moves Forward in Austin

TX: Onsite Water Reuse Moves Forward in Austin

Austin Water received approval from city council on a new Onsite Water Reuse System Pilot Incentive program. The program is an essential part of the Water Forward Integrated Water Resources Plan and will incentivize developments to incorporate systems that collect, treat, and reuse rainwater, stormwater, graywater, foundation drainage, air conditioning condensate, or blackwater for non-potable purposes onsite. Read more.

Member Spotlight: Project Partners Offer Virtual Tour of Groundwater Replenishment System

On May 18 at 10 am PT, the Orange County Water District (OCWD) and Orange County Sanitation District (OC San) will host a joint virtual tour of the Groundwater Replenishment System, the world’s largest water purification facility for indirect potable reuse. Located in Fountain Valley, California, the facility turns 100 million gallons of wastewater into drinking water each day. The tour will be led by General Managers Mike Markus (OCWD) and Jim Herberg (OC San) and include a Q & A session. Register here.

Research Update

NSF CAREER Award Honors Research on Water Reuse for Small, Rural Communities

University of Rhode Island professor, Joseph Goodwill, earned the National Science Foundation CAREER Award for research on a water treatment method that could help small, rural communities treat and reuse water. Goodwill’s research focuses on treating water with a ferrate-sulfite combination that, if successful, could provide rural communities a cost-competitive tool for advanced oxidation. Read more.

International Update

Denmark: Brewery Reuses 90% of Water

Carlsberg brewery in Denmark unveiled a new water recycling plant that allows them to reuse 90% of the brewery process water, saving more than 500 million liters of water per year. The new system sets the brewery up to meet its 2030 goal to eliminate wastewater. Read more.

Member Engagement Opportunities

Arizona and California Sections Seek Nominations for Excellence in Water Reuse

WateReuse Arizona and WateReuse California are each accepting nominations for projects, programs, and individuals that demonstrate leadership in advancing water recycling in their respective states. California awards nominations are due Friday, June 4 and winners will be recognized during the 2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference, September 19-21, in Los Angeles. Arizona awards nominations are due Friday, June 11 and winners will be recognized during the Arizona Water Reuse 2021 Symposium, July 25-27, in Flagstaff.

Get Recognition for Your Water Reuse Program: Utility of the Future 2021 Applications Due Friday

The Utility of the Future Today recognition program honors forward-thinking, innovative water utilities that are providing resilient value-added service to communities, particularly in community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients. Applications for 2021 recognition are due by May 14 at 5 p.m. EDT. WateReuse partners with the Water Environment Federation, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and the Water Research Foundation in leading this program, with support from the U.S. EPA and Department of Energy.

Member Resources and Benefits

Recycled Water Signage Guidelines Offer Creative Approaches for Uniform Messaging

Do you need ideas for creating a more uniform message on recycled water signs that appear on public properties? The WateReuse Recycled Water Signage Guidelines include suggestions for sign composition, color, font, size, and messages. Developed by the WateReuse California Communications Collaborative Group, the guidelines also offer translations of frequently used messages on recycled water signs as well as template files for sign design. The document can be used to gather ideas for creative approaches to recycled water signs, or it can be used as a reference of sign options to consider using. Review and download signage guidelines here.

Conferences, Webcasts and Events

Submit a Proposal for the 2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference by Friday

WateReuse California is accepting proposals for presentations at its 2021 Annual Conference taking place September 19-21 in Los Angeles and virtually. To be considered for a technical presentation, submit a presentation proposal by May 14, 2021. Presenters will be notified by July 2, 2021 if their proposal has been selected. Read more.

Webcast: Water Reuse in Bioenergy Production – A Pathway to Conservation and Resiliency

May 12, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)

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. Register here.

Webcast: Digital Platform, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Potable Reuse Projects

June 1, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)

In this webcast, our presenters will introduce how digital platforms including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can be used to improve all facets of operating a water recycling system, including asset management strategies, operational efficiencies, enhance source control, validate unit process performance, predict product water quality and make sound decisions for assessing suitability of product water for human consumption. Register here.

Upcoming Events

Sep
29
Wed
Webcast: Coast to Coast – Direct Potable Reuse Regulatory Development
Sep 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Webcast: Coast to Coast – Direct Potable Reuse Regulatory Development
11:00 am – 12:30 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET WateReuse Members: Free Others: $49 PDHs: 1 Register Now! In this webcast, a panel of experts will discuss the state regulatory development process for direct potable reuse in California and Florida, as well as others currently being formulated. The panel will explore the nuanced differences in the development process, the regulations, and the future outlook of direct potable reuse across the country.

Presenters

  • Dr. Zeynep Erdal, Integrated Solutions Leader, Black & Veatch
  • Jo Ann Jackson, One Water Planning Practice Leader, Black & Veatch
  • David Ammerman, Water, Wastewater and Reuse Division Director, City of Altamonte Springs, Florida
  • Johan Torroledo, Manager of Operations NEXT Program, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Register here
Oct
5
Tue
World Water-Tech North America
Oct 5 – Oct 6 all-day
World Water-Tech North America

The WateReuse Association is pleased to support the World Water-Tech North America Summit, connecting the global water ecosystem on October 5-6.

Join 350 stakeholders driving change across the water value chain, with speakers from utilities (public and private), billion-dollar venture funds, international engineering giants, and technology companies (start-ups and unicorns). YOU’RE GUARANTEED hot debates, new ideas and fresh faces!

This incredible group of cross-industry voices will come together to trade insights about how to accelerate watershed resilience, and identify opportunities to transform the industry through innovation and investment. Will you be joining them? ​​​​​​

Save a further 10% with The WateReuse Association’s discount code: WRA10

Register

 

Oct
12
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Oct 12 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Zoom Meeting

When: Oct 12, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAldOGtrj4vGdA1-zAqXG6sUz3jo_lrRTJP

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Oct
13
Wed
Navigating Onsite Water Reuse Regulations – Utility Perspective
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

This webcast will share the experiences of several utilities from across the country in planning, establishing, and setting up onsite water reuse programs. A panel of utility representatives will offer expert insight into navigating various state regulations or regulatory development processes. Join us to learn about drivers for incorporating onsite reuse into long term planning, approaches to balancing onsite and centralized reuse, public acceptance, monitoring requirements, challenges faced, and more. The audience will learn about each utilities onsite reuse journey during an engaging panel discussion amongst the presenters. This webcast is organized by the WateReuse Decentralized, Onsite and Distributed Water Recycling Systems Committee.

Presenters

The panelists include:

  • Robert Stefani, Environmental Program Coordinator, Onsite Water Reuse Program, Austin Water
  • Jeff Tejral, Manager of Water Conservation, Denver Water
  • Additional utility representatives
Oct
14
Thu
Webcast: Water Reuse in the 87th Session of the Texas Legislature
Oct 14 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Webcast: Water Reuse in the 87th Session of the Texas Legislature

9:30 am – 11:00 pm PT | 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm ET
WateReuse and WEAT Members: Free
Others: $65

Register Now!

Join WateReuse Texas and WEAT’s discussion about water bills passed the 87th Session of the Texas Legislature!

While the 87th Session of the Texas legislature was not a water-heavy session, a number of water reuse bills did pass that will substantively impact reuse in Texas. This webinar will discuss several water bills passed in the 87th Session of Texas legislature, including SB 3, and will focus specific attention to the water reuse bills including SB 905 and SB 601. Presenters from the TCEQ will discuss the implementation process and timeline for SB 3, SB 905, and SB 601. The TCEQ will also discuss HB 2771, the produced water discharge bill that was passed during the 86th Session of Texas legislature and has been successfully implemented by the TCEQ.

Speakers:

  • Julie Nahrgang, Exectuve Director, WEAT|TACWA
  • Cari-Michel Lacaille, Deputy Director of the Water Supply Division, TCEQ
  • Laurie Fleet, TCEQ
  • Mark Vega, General Manager, McAllen Public Utility

Moderator:

  • Nathan Vassar, Lloyd Gosselink

Registration and Sponsorship:

Complimentary registration for WEAT and WRT members.

Non-member Registration ($65)
Registration includes webinar and 1-year of WEAT-only membership.

Sponsorship opportunities are currently available!
Webinar Sponsorship – $300
Sponsorship includes your name and logo acknowledgment at the webinar, on the WEAT website, and on WEAT social media pages.

Oct
21
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Oct 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Oct
26
Tue
Inland Empire WateReuse Chapter Meeting & Elections @ TBD
Oct 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Nov
10
Wed
Webcast: Agricultural Reuse in California: Moving to the Next Level
Nov 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Webcast: Agricultural Reuse in California: Moving to the Next Level

11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

Join WateReuse California’s Agricultural Reuse Committee to learn about agricultural water reuse in production, planned projects, and new opportunities. An expert panel of agricultural reuse practitioners will share their experiences, lessons learned, and outlook for agriculture reuse in California. Following the panel, the audience will be encouraged to submit questions for a moderated Q&A.  Agricultural reuse refers to recycled water used in an agricultural setting. Water is treated and used again, employing effective and efficient processes to meet specific quality standards for the intended end use. Water that is treated and cleaned for agricultural reuse includes municipal wastewater, wastewater from plants that process agricultural products, and runoff from fields after irrigation (also known as tailwater).

Presenters

North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program
William Wong
Director of Utilities
City of Modesto

City of Fresno
Rick Staggs
Assistant Director
Department of Public Utilities Wastewater

Escondido MFRO
Angela Morrow, P.E.
Deputy Director of Utilities / Construction and Engineering
Utilities | City of Escondido

Havest Water
José R. Ramírez, P.E.
Senior Civil Engineer
Water Recycling Program Manager
Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District

Register here

Dec
3
Fri
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Fourth Quarter 2021 @ Virtual
Dec 3 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Fourth Quarter:
Remote – Zoom
Friday, Dec 3, 2021
11:00 am to 2pm EST // 10 to 1 CST // 9:00 to 12 MST // 8:00 to 11 PST

 

Dec
7
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Dec 7 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Zoom Meeting

When: Dec 7, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsf-yhqD8sHdym0HbW8iFiaZW3kNVOSKTs

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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