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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

Potable Water Reuse: What Prospects for Europe?
Jun 24 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Water Reuse Europe and WateReuse Association Joint Webinar

8:00 am – 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm ET WRE and WateReuse Members: Free Others:  € 40.00 (approx. $48.00) Register Now! In recent years, potable water reuse, whether direct or indirect, has gained significant interest globally. An increasing number of facilities around the world now operate successful potable reuse processes, some for many years such as the Goreangab water reclamation plant in Namibia practising direct potable reuse since the 1960’s, or the indirect potable reuse scheme in Torreele Belgium, in operation since 2002. Although planned indirect or direct potable reuse schemes (IPR/DPR) still account for a negligible fraction of the reused water volume worldwide, many schemes are currently in planning and development phases, especially in the USA with nearly 50 Planned and constructed IPR and/or DPR projects reported by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) in 2017. In Europe, despite a few success stories and the development of new research projects on the topic, potable reuse schemes remain thin on the ground. In that context, Water Reuse Europe and the American WateReuse Association are bringing together speakers from both continents who are involved in implemented – or are planning – potable reuse schemes to learn from their respective experiences in the development of such schemes with a specific emphasis on regulatory approaches, risk management and communication; and to discuss what is needed to enable wider adoption of potable reuse across Europe’s territories. Who should attend? Water professionals, developers, industry leaders, solution providers, technology suppliers, policy makers, researchers, end-users, and consultants involved in or with an interest for water reuse.
Multi-Agency Water Reuse Programs: Insights in Interagency Collaboration (Webcast)
Jul 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Multi-Agency Water Reuse Programs: Insights in Interagency Collaboration (Webcast)

Learn more about the National Water Reuse Action Plan and Action 2.16, “Support Local and Regional Reuse Projects by Identifying Challenges, Opportunities, and Models for Interagency Collaboration.”

11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
Fee: Complimentary
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

Join our panel of experts for a lively discussion of lessons learned through a year-long effort to interview and document the work it takes to bring multi-agency water reuse projects to fruition. Under the National Water Reuse Action Plan, the Action 2.16 team reviewed existing case-studies and literature to select and conduct informational interviews with key water reuse players across the country. The webcast will cover the lessons learned by these practitioners as they worked with Hampton Roads Sanitation District, Trinity River Authority, Pima County, and Monterey One Water, and other communities. The audience will learn about governance, regulations, economic and financial barriers, technical and operational issues and leadership. The panel will share the valuable insights and replicable strategies garnered from the work.


  • Felicia Marcus, Stanford University
  • Dr. Robert Raucher, Raucher LLC
  • Eric Rosenblum, Water Resource Consultant
  • Dave Smith, EPA Region 9
  • Shannon Spurlock, Ochotona LLC
Arizona Water Reuse Symposium @ Little America Hotel
Jul 25 – Jul 27 all-day




Little America Hotel Flagstaff
2515 East Butler Avenue, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
(928) 779-7900

A block of rooms has been set aside for symposium attendees through July 7th. The room rate of $149 per night will be honored thereafter for symposium attendees, but only based on availability of rooms. Ask for group sales and mention “Water Reuse Symposium” to receive the discounted rate, or use this link:



> Sponsorship Prospectus

For any questions about sponsorship, please contact Jeff Biggs at jeff.biggs@tucsonaz.gov


Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Aug 10 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Zoom Meeting

When: Aug 10, 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.

Discussion on Desalination – Treatments, Research, and the Future (Webcast)
Aug 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Discussion on Desalination – Treatments, Research, and the Future (Webcast)

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

Register Now!

In this webcast, a panel of experts from the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI) and CalDesal will discuss the state of desalination in the United States. The panel will explore current practices, technologies, treatments, on-going research, and the future role of desalination in the resiliency of the country’s water supply. NAWI recently released a new research and development roadmap series on desalination and treatment of nontraditional source waters for power, resource extraction, industry, municipal, and agriculture.


  • Wendy Ridderbusch, Executive Director, CalDesal
  • Mark Dononvan, GHD
  • Peter Fiske, Executive Director, NAWI and Director of the Water-Energy Resilience Research Institute
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Aug 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
PNCWA 2021: Building Professional Excellence in Water Quality @ Boise Centre
Sep 12 – Sep 15 all-day

PNCWA will host a hybrid conference in September 2021. PNCWA 2021 will include a smaller, in-person conference in Boise, Idaho along with continued virtual conference engagement options for those who do not wish to travel. WateReuse Pacific Northwest is a collaborator on the event and will present a water reuse track.

Meeting of the Board of Directors – Third Quarter 2021 @ J.W. Marriott L.A. LIVE
Sep 17 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Third Quarter:
Los Angeles, J.W. Marriott L.A. LIVE
Friday, Sept 17, 2021
11:00 am to 2pm EST // 10 to 1 CST // 9:00 to 12 MST // 8:00 to 11 PST

2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference @ JW Marriott LA Live
Sep 19 – Sep 21 all-day

Do not miss the 2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference! Join us in-person at the JW Marriott LA Live in Los Angeles or participate virtually from the comfort of your office. Our Annual Conference is where California’s water recycling community comes together each year to learn, network, and discover the latest trends in the design, management, operation, and use of water recycling facilities and projects.

Learn More

2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference
JW Marriott Live LA
September 19-21, 2021

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.

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