May 21, 2018
Registration Opens for 33rd Annual WateReuse Symposium
Key House Appropriations Subcommittees Propose Increases for Investment in Water
WateReuse Association Advances Legislative Proposal on Stormwater Capture and Reuse in House and Senate WRDA Bills
Senate WRDA Package Includes Additional Significant Water Reuse Related Proposals
Senate WRDA Proposes Permanent and Expanded WIFIA Program
House Committee Passes Bill Deauthorizing Reclamation Water Projects
WIFIA Application Deadline Extended to July 31
State Updates and Member Profiles
CA: Pismo Beach Opens Water Purification Facility
WateReuse Association member the City of Pismo Beach unveiled a new water purification facility last Tuesday. The Central Coast Blue water recycling project takes in wastewater, treats and cleans it, then sends it back into the groundwater basin for another source of drinking water. The project will increase groundwater supplies by a third and cut the amount of wastewater discharged into the ocean by more than 75 percent. Read More.
CO: PureWater Colorado Educates with Water, Beer and Wine
VA: Hampton Roads Opens Potable Reuse Facility
WateReuse Association member the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) officially opened the Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow (SWIFT) Research Center on Friday, May 18 with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. HRSD’s SWIFT initiative is recharging the Potomac Aquifer with purified, reclaimed water and demonstrating the effectiveness of groundwater replenishment on land subsidence caused by over-extraction of groundwater. The facility includes a visitor’s center and a kiosk where visitors can taste the purified water. The facility can purify one million gallons of water per day using advanced treatment processes. It is also a research and learning facility for training HRSD staff and providing public education. At full scale, the SWIFT facility will produce more than 100 million gallons of water per day for managed aquifer recharge.
WA: Community Invests in Water Reuse for Economic Development
A community in Washington State is investing in an industrial wastewater treatment and water reuse facility as a first step to recruiting niche food processors and diversifying the region’s crops. Adams County and the Port of Othello want to recruit companies that produce beverages, craft sodas, health foods or nutraceuticals. A feasibility study found that a 3.4 million-gallon-per-day facility with reverse osmosis would make 70-80 percent of treated water available to processors. The wastewater treatment and reuse plant will cost an estimated $50 million to $60 million. Read More.
2018 Awards for Excellence in Water Reuse: Nominations Due June 27
The WateReuse Association is accepting nominations for the 2018 Awards for Excellence in Water Reuse through Wednesday, June 27. The WateReuse Awards for Excellence celebrate communities, businesses, public-private partnerships, non-profit organizations and individuals that are making significant contributions toward advancing the adoption of water reuse in their community or elsewhere. The award categories have been modernized to showcase and celebrate the wide range of innovative ways in which water reuse is being deployed across the country, and the individuals and organizations leading these efforts. Learn More.
Applications Due May 30 for Utility of the Future Today Recognition Program
There is still time to apply for recognition under the Utility of the Future Today program. The 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. The deadline to apply for recognition this year is May 30. The recognition program is a partnership of WateReuse, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), and The Water Research Foundation (WRF), with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Learn More.
Conferences and Events
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Hosts Successful Conference in Portland
WateReuse Pacific Northwest welcomed more than 100 water professionals to Portland, Oregon on May 17-18 to learn about the innovative ways water recycling is being used in the region, get updates on the latest on state and federal policy, and network with peers. The conference also included a regulator summit and a technical tour with stops at the Clean Water Service’s Durham Treatment Facility and Hassalo on Eighth, a luxury apartment complex that includes a decentralized reuse system. The networking reception included a tasting of vodka made with purified water.
Webcast: Developing Regulations that Grow and Support Water Reuse: The Regulator Perspective
States are taking the lead in developing regulations to support implementation and growth of water reuse. Please join us on Wednesday, June 13 at 2 p.m. EDT to learn about the latest regulatory developments in four states across the country at varying stages — from states with a long history of water reuse to states in the early stages of assessing reuse needs and strategy. Regulators from California, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Minnesota will discuss the latest developments in their states. Learn More.
WateReuse to Exhibit at ACE18
The WateReuse Association will host an exhibit booth at ACE18, the Annual Conference & Exposition of the American Water Works Association, on June 12-14 at the Mandalay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. ACE18 is set to inspire and connect the water sector with innovative solutions and new insights to help solve global water challenges. Register for the conference by May 24 for the best rates. Learn More.