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May 18, 2020

WateReuse Association Announces Virtual 35th Annual WateReuse Symposium

Washington Update

HEROES Act Provides Assistance to Aid Low-Income Customers

EPA Issues Guidance on Addressing Water Quality Challenges as Buildings Reopen

During this time of extended building closures, EPA has provided guidance and associated checklists on how public water systems, building owners, building managers and businesses can minimize water stagnation. EPA issued the guidance documents in building water quality to aid businesses and communities as they re-open. EPA urges state and local health officials to share this information to ensure public safety when reopening commercial buildings. Read More.

Awards and Recognition for Water Reuse

Nomination Period for WateReuse Awards for Excellence Opens August 1

Water Sector Seeks Applications for Utility of the Future Today Recognition Program

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Members!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:

California: Study Finds Water Conservation and Reuse Need to be Planned in Tandem during Drought

A new University of California, Riverside study finds that water conservation during times of drought can negatively impact the ability of utilities to produce recycled water, a key source of water. Researchers tracked average monthly effluent flows and salinity levels throughout periods of droughts at 34 Southern California utilities to understand the impact of water conservation efforts on reuse. The findings highlight the necessity of holistic planning in providing secure water supplies for the future. Read More.

Florida: Annual Water Reuse Week Promotes and Encourages Water Recycling

The Florida water reuse community is celebrating Water Reuse Week, May 17-23, with community engagement and education on conserving and augmenting Florida’s water resources. WateReuse Association members across the state have issued resolutions formally recognizing Water Reuse Week. WateReuse Florida will host a webcast on Wednesday, May 20, Water Reuse – An Operational Discussion, to highlight important issues in water reuse operations and treatment. Since 2007, the State of Florida, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, water management districts, water utilities, local governments, and WateReuse Florida have declared the third week in May as “Water Reuse Week” to promote and encourage efficient use of reclaimed water.

Member Spotlight: Brown and Caldwell’s Melanie Holmer Explains How Innovations in Urban Water Reuse Bolster Water Supply Reliability

Brown and Caldwell’s Water Reuse Leader, Melanie Holmer, shares how one water planning for urban water cycles can maximize water supplies. Using water reuse as a tool, urban communities can utilize non-potable and potable reuse to protect and replenish water supplies. Holmer speaks to how One Water planning spurs innovation and challenges planners and engineers to recognize the value in water. Read More.

Global Spotlight

India: Think Tank Highlights Water Reuse and Recycling to Address India’s Water Demand

The Centre for Science and the Environment (CSE), a think-tank based in Delhi, recommends more decentralized treatment with a focus on water reuse and recycling options to address both water scarcity and pollution. In India, only 22% of wastewater is treated highlighting a need for a paradigm shift. CSE’s study framed India’s water demand stress in the context of the coronavirus and identified the need to re-think water and sewage management throughout the country to meet needs. Read More.

Research Spotlight

The Water Research Foundation Announces New COVID-19 Research Effort

To spur research in environmental surveillance of COVID-19 indicators in sewer sheds, The Water Research Foundation will release Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) and seek funding partners to accelerate research in three key areas:

  • Interlaboratory and Methods Assessment
  • Stability of Genetic Signal in Wastewater Matrix
  • Impact of Storage and Pre-Treatment Methods on Signal Strength

The Water Research Foundation is actively seeking partners to leverage its investment in this research, and anticipates posting the first RFQ in the coming weeks. Read More.

WateReuse Communications Tools and Resources

Understanding Potable Reuse: New Video Educates Public Health and Medical Community

The WateReuse Association’s video, Understanding Potable Reuse: A Safe and Sustainable Supply, discusses the science-based treatment processes that are used safely in communities around the world. In the video, experts from academia, public health, and utilities discuss the value of engaging with the medical community and including discussions of water in public health education. The video was produced as part of the WateReuse Public Health and Medical Community Initiative.

Conferences and Events

Register for the 2020 WateReuse California Virtual Conference

Join WateReuse California for an easy to navigate, virtual conference experience beginning June 24-25 from the comfort of your office or home office. The conference will include more than 50 technical presentations with audience Q&A and handouts, live and interactive panel discussions, an interactive sponsor and exhibitor hall, and a virtual cocktail party reception. Kristin Peer, Deputy Secretary and Special Counsel for Water Policy at Cal EPA will give a keynote presentation on COVID-19 Challenges and California’s Water Resilience Portfolio. Sessions will be presented on June 24 and June 25 and continue to be available for viewing until July 31, 2020. Register Now.

Explore New Heights in Reuse: Registration Opens June 1 for the 35th Annual WateReuse Symposium

Webcast:EPA Expands Research on COVID-19 in the Environment

Join EPA scientists on May 27 at 2 pm ET to learn how EPA is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to expand research on COVID-19 in the environment. Among other projects to be presented, the webinar will include information from EPA researchers studying whether SARS-CoV-2 can be detected in wastewater. Register Now.

Upcoming Events

Oct
13
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Zoom Video Conference
Oct 13 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvfu-rrDkiH93ieQvZRH7XnfhxV3KN73Xs
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Oct
15
Thu
Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting
Oct 15 all-day
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Oct 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Oct
21
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Oct 21 all-day
Oct
26
Mon
9th Annual Water Reuse in Texas Virtual Conference
Oct 26 @ 1:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 5:00 pm

Co-Produced by WateReuse Texas, WEAT and TAWWA, the Water Reuse in Texas Virtual Conference is Monday, October 26-27.

Learn More.

Oct
29
Thu
What Strikes Fear in the Hearts of Arizona Water and Wastewater Utilities? Brine Management
Oct 29 @ 10:00 am

WateReuse Arizona Section Meeting & Webinar

Will be hosted at Brown and Caldwell if able to gather in person.

There has been a perception that brine management is a “down the road” issue for water providers in Arizona.  However, for the Phoenix Metro West Valley and the Tucson area water suppliers, that is not the case.  The Easy button to discharge to the sanitary sewer system is a short term fix that is not working.  Brine ponds smell and are expensive.  Regional solutions may be required.  An update on the Central Arizona Salinity Study options and new options will be reviewed with associated costs presented.  This update can provide a basis for the continuing, collaborative, brine management conversation.

Presenter

Maria Brady, Project Manager, Stantec Consulting
Maria Brady is a Project Manager with Stantec Consulting.  She has more than 30 years’ experience in water, wastewater, storm water, and environmental management projects.  Maria graduated from Washington State and Colorado State Universities with BS and MS degrees in Agricultural Engineering. Maria has lived in Arizona for 34 years…which makes her an Arizona native in dog years!!  Maria is the Central Arizona Trustee for WateReuse and if you ask her about DPR you are in for a lively conversation.

Nov
18
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Nov 18 all-day
Dec
4
Fri
2020 4th Quarter Meeting of the Board of Directors
Dec 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Dec
8
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Zoom Video Conference
Dec 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErcOypqjgsHtwmGaUIM0hd5mvgjfwX4pgY

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

Dec
17
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Dec 17 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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