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May 13, 2019

Make Plans to Attend the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium, Register by June 21 for Best Rates

Washington Update

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.
Read more.

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.

Association Update

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.

Upcoming Events

Apr
15
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Apr 15 all-day
Webcast: Breaking Down Implementation Barriers for Onsite Non-Potable Water Systems
Apr 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Webcast: Breaking Down Implementation Barriers for Onsite Non-Potable Water Systems

Presented in partnership with The Water Research Foundation, this presentation will cover key components of successful onsite non-potable water systems.

Webcast
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members and WRF Subscribers: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

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.

Presenters

  • 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
Apr
21
Tue
Webcast: America’s Water Infrastructure Act – Implications for Water Reuse and COVID-19
Apr 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Are water recycling utilities well prepared to address the COVID-19 crisis and other potential future risks?

Join Us!
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

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.

Presenters

Dr. Ben Stanford is an Associate Vice President with Hazen and Sawyer in the Denver office where he leads the implementation of innovations in water, wastewater, and water reuse. He is currently leading or supporting over a dozen risk and resilience projects in FL, NC, TX, CO, AZ, and CA.

Dr. Douglas Crawford-Brown is Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was Founding Director of the Institute for the Environment, and at the University of Cambridge, where he was Director of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research.

Apr
24
Fri
Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting
Apr 24 all-day
May
1
Fri
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Santa Margarita Water District
May 1 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
May
28
Thu
Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
May 28 @ 10:00 am

Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
– featuring Brian Biesemeyer, Scottsdale Water “Arizona’s First Direct Potable Reuse System”

Jun
9
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Jun 9 all-day
Jun
17
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Jun 17 all-day
Jun
18
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Jun 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Jul
15
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Jul 15 all-day

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