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May 17, 2021

WateReuse Association Conference Survey: Your Feedback is Requested

As water professionals prepare to resume in-person conferences, the WateReuse Association is conducting a survey to obtain feedback on preferences for in-person versus virtual conferences, the types of travel restrictions that exist for members, and the general comfort level of members and other constituents regarding travel to conferences and events. Your thoughts and opinions are critical to the Association’s event planning in the coming months. Please take a moment to complete our brief survey now!

Washington Update

Infrastructure Talks Move Forward as WateReuse Advocates for Water Recycling

Last week, President Biden met with Republican lawmakers to continue negotiation on a major infrastructure investment package. In the weeks prior, Republicans announced a $568 billion counter proposal to the President’s $2.25 trillion proposal. As we previously reported, the Republican proposal includes $35 billion for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure and $14 billion for water storage. In contrast, the Administration’s plan calls for $111 billion for water systems infrastructure, focusing on resilient systems and providing clean, safe water to all communities.

Meanwhile, both the Senate and the House are advancing a number of bills to authorize spending for both surface transportation and water infrastructure programs. The Senate recently passed the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021 (S.914), and the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee is expected to pass the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021 (H.R. 1915) in the coming weeks. Both bills include top WateReuse legislative priorities. In addition, House T&I Committee Republicans this week introduced the Wastewater Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2021, which is a slightly updated version of a bipartisan water infrastructure bill from the last Congress, H.R. 1497. The Republican bill includes $150 million for the Alternative Water Source Grants Program, a top WateReuse priority.

EPA Office of Water Nominee Pledges to Find “Enduring Solutions” in Hearing

President Biden’s nominee for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Assistant Administrator for Water, Radhika Fox, testified before the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee. Fox framed water as the uniter in the country’s recovery from the pandemic and committed to finding enduring solutions to our country’s great challenges. Fox also highlighted the essential work of states and tribes in providing water services around the country, and the need for broad, on-the-ground stakeholder engagement. Fox’s top priority would be implementing the water infrastructure funding and financing programs authorized and funded by the EPW Committee.

Investment in Water Highlighted as a Priority during Infrastructure Week 2021

President Joe Biden opened United for Infrastructure Week 2021 with remarks on the importance of investing in America’s infrastructure now to build back better. The annual event convenes leaders from across America to highlight the critical role infrastructure plays in the economy, jobs, public health, and national security. The keynote event included a roundtable with Mami Hara, CEO and General Manager of the Seattle Public Utilities, who positioned water as the number one human rights issue in infrastructure discussions. The week’s virtual events spotlighted water infrastructure as a driver of economic recovery, equity, and resilience. A roundtable hosted by the Value of Water Campaign, Meeting the Moment: The Urgency and Opportunity to Invest in Water Systems, is available to view online.

State Updates and Member Profiles

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.

CA: Metropolitan Invests in Santa Monica Water Recycling Project

A recycled water and groundwater recovery project that will produce up to 750 million gallons of water a year for the City of Santa Monica will receive up to $19.6 million from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, following a vote last week by the agency’s Board of Directors. Santa Monica’s project is expected to produce 2,300 acre-feet per year of recycled water that will be injected into the local groundwater basin and ultimately used as drinking water, beginning in 2023. Read more.

MT: Ski Resort Looks to Use Recycled Water for Snow

A Montana ski resort, Yellowstone Club, requested a permit from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to use recycled water for snow production. This would be Montana’s first resort to use recycled water, following the lead of more than a dozen other ski resorts in the U.S. and many in Europe and Australia. The project would allow the resort to extend its ski season, replenish the area’s watershed and streams, and help manage the region’s increasing wastewater flows. Read more.

WA: Yelm Expands Natural Water Purification at Cochrane Memorial Park

The City of Yelm is investing $300,000 to upgrade a natural water recycling system that beautifies Cochrane Memorial Park and replenishes the local groundwater. The city currently pumps 50,000 gallons of reclaimed water a day to the park, where it is purified in a series of pools that characterize the landscape. The water then filters naturally into the groundwater basin. Once the system is upgraded, 250,000 gallons of reclaimed water will flow into the park’s water features and be used for toilet flushing. Read more.

Research Update

NAWI Releases Research Roadmaps for Desalination and Nontraditional Water Sources

The National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI) published five new reports that identify research and development opportunities to help overcome treatment challenges for desalination and water reuse. Each research roadmap focuses on a specific end-use sector critical to the U.S. economy: power, resource extraction, industry, municipal, and agriculture. NAWI is a research consortium formed to accelerate research that leads to lower cost and energy use for desalination and treatment of nontraditional water sources. NAWI also supports the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy-Water Desalination Hub. View and download the research roadmaps here.

International Satellite to Estimate the World’s Water

NASA’s latest mission, the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT), will track the volume and location of water resources on Earth – information that could help communities determine where water recycling projects would have the greatest impact. SWOT includes an SUV-size satellite expected to launch late-2022 that will measure the height of Earth’s water helping to track changes in floodplains, wetlands, freshwater flows (lakes and rivers), and sea levels. The assessment will be the first of its kind and is an essential role in understanding the long-term climate change and sea-level rise impacts. Read more.

International Update

Turkey: Rainwater and Graywater Recycling, Solutions from History, Reduce Water Stress

As Turkey faces continued water stress, the country is turning to rainwater harvesting and graywater recycling, practices with a long history in the Byzantium and Ottoman empire eras. Turkey’s Environment and Urbanization Ministry made rainwater collection systems on roofs of new construction a requirement and is now focused on reducing the agriculture sector’s use of freshwater supplies. Read more.

Member Resources and Benefits

Profiles in Reuse: Flyer Showcases Benefits and Opportunities for Industrial Reuse

Do you need to introduce a new customer to the concept of industrial reuse or find innovative examples? The WateReuse Association’s latest Profiles in Reuse flyer, Industrial Reuse, outlines the benefits of industrial reuse, makes the business case for industry to invest in water recycling, and presents brief case studies that illustrate the many ways in which businesses across the U.S. rely on water reuse to operate. The flyer is designed to introduce new audiences to the concept of industrial water reuse. View and download flyer.

Conferences, Webcasts and Events

Deadline Extended: Submit a Proposal for the 2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference by May 21

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 21, 2021. Presenters will be notified by July 2, 2021 if their proposal has been selected. Read more.

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.

Join Israel Water Reuse Virtual Tour May 25-27

May 25-27, 2021
7 am PT | 10 AM ET (2 hours)

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.

Upcoming Events

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.


  • 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
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



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:


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

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.


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
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.


  • 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


  • 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.

Orange County Chapter Meeting
Oct 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Inland Empire WateReuse Chapter Meeting & Elections @ TBD
Oct 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
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).


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

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


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:


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

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