Make Plans to Attend the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium, Register by June 21 for Best Rates
WateReuse Hosts Water Sector, Government to Facilitate Input on EPA’s Water Reuse Action Plan
Congressional Hearings Examine Operations and Budgets for Corps, DOI
House Approves Increased Funding for Programs that Fund Water Recycling
EPA Releases $2.6 Billion to State Revolving Funds to Support Water Infrastructure
State Updates and Member Profiles
California: Elsinore Valley Receives Sustainability Award for Water Recycling, Conservation
WateReuse Association member the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (EVMWD) received the 2019 Sustainability Award from the Riverside County Department of Water Resources for its conservation and water recycling initiatives. The award recognizes organizations that make significant contributions towards sustainability in the region. EVMWD promotes its sustainability efforts during the annual Splash Into Spring event, which invites the community to learn more about EVMWD’s sustainable and reliable approaches to water, recycled water and conservation. Read more.
California: San Diego Water Board Approves Carlsbad Desalination Plant Permit
The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board issued a permit that allows Poseidon Water’s Claude “Bud” Lewis Desalination Plant to install permanent seawater intake and discharge facilities into the Pacific Ocean. The updated permit includes intense brine discharge guidelines and allows the expansion of drinking water production up to 60 million gallons per day. Poseidon currently sells up to 50 million gallons of desalinated drinking water per day to San Diego County Water Authority.
Florida: Members to Celebrate Water Reuse Week May 19 – 25
May 19-25 is Water Reuse Week in Florida and several WateReuse Association members have declared proclamations recognizing the week, including the South Florida Water Management District, Southwest Florida Water Management District, and the St. Johns River Water Management District. Since 2007, the state of Florida, the Department of Environmental Protection, water management districts, water utilities, local governments and water-related organizations have declared the third week in May as Florida Water Reuse Week to promote and encourage efficient use of reclaimed water. Read more.
Apply for Recognition as a Utility of the Future by May 31
Utility of the Future Today recognition celebrates the achievements of 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. Launched in 2016, the recognition program was developed by the WateReuse Association, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Water Environment Federation, and the Water Research Foundation, with input from the US Environmental Protection Agency. WateReuse Association members are encouraged to apply in the Water Reuse category to receive this valuable designation. Applications are due by May 31, 2019 at 5 p.m.
WateReuse Polishes Mobile Web Interface
The WateReuse Association released an updated mobile navigation for its website last week, making it easier to access information on the go. Members that visit the website from a mobile device now have access to a collapsible sidebar menu and sleeker interface. This mobile update is part of an ongoing effort to expand and improve member resources.
Conferences and Events
Webcast: A National Water Reuse Action Plan – How Government and the Water Sector are Collaborating to Develop an Integrated Approach
Join the WateReuse Association on May 21 at 2 pm ET as we talk to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about a new effort to leverage the expertise of the water sector and government to develop a Water Reuse Action Plan that ensures the effective use of the nation’s water resources. A draft plan is scheduled for release and public review at the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium, September 8-11, 2019, in San Diego. What does the Water Reuse Action Plan mean for the water sector and how can you have a voice at the table? Register today to learn more about this unprecedented effort to coordinate an integrated approach to water reuse across the water sector.
Webcast: Bioanalytical Screening Tools for Recycled Water – An Emerging Technology to Assess Complex Mixtures in Aquatic Environments
What’s the next big thing in monitoring recycled water quality? Please join us May 15 at 2 p.m. eastern to learn how In vitro cell-based assays have shown promise as bioscreening tools to assess environmental mixtures and prioritize sites requiring further investigations. These assays are designed to respond to groups of chemicals. As such, they offer an integrative approach to complement conventional chemical and toxicity testing. Learn More.
Register for the 8th Annual Water Reuse in Texas Conference
WateReuse Texas, Water Environment Association of Texas, and Texas American Water Works Association will host the 8th Annual Water Reuse in Texas Conference, May 23-24, in McAllen, Texas. The program will present the latest on operations, financing, planning, and water quality. Pat Sinicropi, Executive Director of WateReuse Association, will provide a keynote discussion on the future of water reuse, Texas’ role as a reuse pioneer, and EPA’s upcoming Water Reuse Action Plan. Learn More.
Webcast: Innovative Strategies for Municipal Water Reuse
As the municipal water reuse market experiences unprecedented growth and geographic expansion, where are the best opportunities? Please June us on June 5 at 2 pm to gain insight into the evolving municipal water reuse market, learn how utilities can see a return on their investment in reuse, and get the latest forecasts on how the market is poised to take off on a large scale. Learn More.
PresentersBingrui Liu has been the Operations Engineer at Kranji NEWater Factory since 2017 after graduating from Boston University with a BA(Hons) in Chemistry. Joelyn Tan joined the Operations team at Bedok NEWater Factory (BNF) in 2018, bringing along her technical knowledge as well as experience with the latest industry innovations. Melanie Tan was the Plant Manager for Bedok NEWater Factory from 2010 – 2013 and will be facilitating the session. She currently serves as the Northern California Reuse Practice Leader for Kennedy Jenks.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
This webcast will summarize the California Environmental Flows Framework and its application in the Los Angeles River. Across the country, state and local agencies are promoting water reuse and recycling to conserve water resources. Reuse and recycling of treated wastewater can result in a reduction of instream flow and can impact existing and future instream beneficial uses, setting up potential conflicts between policies aimed at promoting reuse, protecting water quality, and managing ecological resources. Agencies in California have come together to develop a statewide environmental flows framework that can be used to establish seasonal flow criteria. This framework is currently being applied in the Los Angeles River watershed to better evaluate the cumulative impacts of potential flow reductions associated with several water reuse and water capture projects. The project will provide a science-based approach for assessing flow necessary to sustain beneficial uses. The project outcomes will be used to help establish technically sound flow recommendations and evaluate the consequences of alternative flow scenarios for the LA River. This project may also serve as a model for assessing similar situations in other river systems across the state.
Dr. Eric Stein is a head of the Biology Department at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP). Dr. Stein oversees a variety of projects related to in-stream and coastal water quality, bioassessment, hydromodification, watershed modeling, and assessment of wetlands and other aquatic resources. His research focuses on effects of human activities on the condition of aquatic ecosystems, and on developing tools to better assess and manage those effects.
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WOW! Wonders of Water Brownie Journey Jumpstart
Our event is a series of activities and presentations for Brownie Girl Scouts to earn a badge called Wow! Wonders of Water Journey – LOVE Water. Girl Scouts can sign up through the council events page. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Erica Marti (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Overview of activities:
- learning about the water cycle through active movement and visual demonstration
- learning about water pollution, especially how our community is affected by stormwater runoff
- learning about the unique water system in the Las Vegas Valley
Our event is now posted on the Girl Scout events page. Please share with anyone who has a Girl Scout (2nd, 3rd grades).