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May 24, 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

Negotiations Continue for Infrastructure Legislation as WateReuse Advocates for Water Recycling

President Biden and congressional leaders continued to negotiate an infrastructure package last week. Republican lawmakers indicated a willingness to support as much as $800-900 billion in spending, relative to the President’s $2.25 trillion proposal. Republican leaders had previously proposed $568 billion as their initial counteroffer. The initial Republican proposal included $35 billion for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure and $14 billion for water storage, while the Administration’s plan calls for $111 billion for water systems infrastructure, focusing on resilient systems and providing clean, safe water to all communities. Both sides aim to reach a deal in the coming weeks, though the scope of the bipartisan deal remains murky.

The WateReuse Association continues to work with congressional leaders and champions to advance water reuse policy goals in the legislation. That said, it is possible that a bipartisan package will ultimately be limited in scope to transportation and broadband investments, and exclude most water infrastructure spending. Under that scenario, WateReuse will advocate for a second legislative package to greatly expand investments in water recycling.

WRAP Engagement Opportunity: Stormwater Capture and Reuse Webinar Series Continues

Please join us on Wednesday, June 9 at 2 pm ET for Multiple Benefits of Stormwater Capture and Reuse Projects, the third in a series of web-based events associated with the national Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP) Action Item 2.3.3. This action focuses on opportunities and challenges related to urban stormwater capture and use. The free webcast will highlight stormwater capture and reuse projects from around the country and explore how these projects can be designed to provide benefit far beyond the management of stormwater. Speakers will discuss the drivers for these projects, life cycle considerations, and lessons learned. The presenters include:

  • Matt Fabry, San Mateo County, CA
  • Mitchell Katz, Orange County FL
  • Dave Smith, U.S. EPA Pacific Southwest Region
  • Chris Earley, Washington, DC

This event is hosted by the Water Environment Federation and co-sponsored by U.S. EPA, the WateReuse Association, the National Municipal Stormwater Alliance (NMSA), and the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread. Register here.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Member Spotlight: Carollo Partners with EPA to Develop Drinking Water Guidelines Based on Innovations in Potable Reuse

Recognizing advances in UV disinfection pioneered on water reuse projects, the U.S. EPA worked with Carollo Engineers to develop and publish Innovative Approaches for Validation of Ultraviolet Disinfection Reactors for Drinking Water Systems. The four-year research project, funded by EPA, documented new approaches for UV monitoring and validation that have become common in potable reuse treatment systems. The guidance provides detailed information on defining, validating, and implementing four new UV dose monitoring algorithms that provide utilities a more cost-effective, robust, and simplified implementation of UV disinfection. Read more.

FL: Members Celebrate Florida Water Reuse Week, May 16-22

WateReuse Florida celebrated Water Reuse Week 2021 last week as members issued proclamations and took the opportunity to remind the public how critical water reuse is to the health of Florida’s water resources. About 800 million gallons of reclaimed water are used across the state each day, representing a significant part of the water management strategy for many communities. Members participating in Florida Water Week included Southwest Florida Water Management District, South Florida Water Management District, St. Johns River Water Management District, Clay County Utility Authority, and Toho Water Authority, among many others.

FL: Oakland Explores Options for Irrigation with Non-Potable Water

The Town of Oakland is exploring stormwater reuse to meet a state requirement to use lower-quality water for irrigation. In a recent meeting of the Town Commission, Public Works Director Mike Parker discussed barriers to reclaimed water use, including cost and treatment capacity. Since 2013, all new construction in the community has included a separate irrigation piping to prepare for irrigation with non-potable water.  Read more.

FL: Brewery Uses MBR Treatment to Turn Industrial Wastewater into Reuse Quality Water

The Florida Brewery partnered with technology provider Cambrian to install a membrane bioreactor (MBR) system to treat its wastewater, producing water of sufficient quality for non-potable reuse. The onsite treatment system allows the brewery to send the water to the city’s wastewater treatment system instead of trucking it off site. The project helps the brewery meet environmental compliance and reduces wastewater disposal costs. Read more.

Op-ed: Vanderbilt Professor Calls Recycled Water the Future of Water

Vanderbilt University professor, Amanda Little, explains why water recycling is becoming the only alternative to secure the economic and public health future in many regions in a Bloomberg opinion article. Professor Little explores the recycled water story in the U.S. in states such California, Florida, and Texas, noting that technology at California’s Carlsbad and Orange County plants produces ultra-pure water that provides a new water supply essential to our resilient infrastructure. Read more.

Research Update

Water Research Foundation Announces New Project Funding; Seeks Volunteers

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) will post Requests for Proposals in August and is seeking volunteers for seven new research projects. WRF also prioritized four projects that include advanced treatment for potable reuse, stormwater and flood management, and water infrastructure resiliency. WRF encourages utilities to participate in these new research projects through the Utility Participation in Research Process. Utilities can serve as a test facility, provide samples, respond to surveys, loan equipment, or share staff expertise on research projects of interest. Additionally, subject matter experts can volunteer to serve on Project Advisory Committees that will oversee each funded project. Learn more about volunteer opportunities here.

Purdue Researchers Develop Energy Efficient Desalination

Purdue University engineers have developed a new approach for reverse osmosis treatment that provides better energy efficiency, longer-lasting equipment, and an ability to process water of a much higher salinity. Called “batch reverse osmosis,” the system processes a set quantity of water at a time rather than keeping a constant flow at high-pressure levels. In research results published in Desalination, researchers indicate that their models offer the lowest energy consumption ever for seawater desalination. Read more.

State Department Seeks Membrane Specialist for Six Week Project in Egypt

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) seeks a highly qualified individual to serve as a Specialist and consult on the development of hollow fiber membrane modules, especially for reverse osmosis, including consulting on membrane module design, appropriate adhesive for potting for the locally developed hollow fibers, potting techniques, successful module testing, and design for multi-spinnerets system. This project, “Hollow Fiber Membranes for Water Treatment” would involve one approximately 15-day visit to Egypt. Ideally this Specialist would travel in either June 2021 or mid-September 2021– however, project dates are flexible depending on the chosen candidate’s availability. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the deadline to submit a brief statement of interest and CV/resume is May 26, 2021. Read more.

International Update

France: Veolia Explores Expanding Water Reuse

With growing water stress, Veolia is exploring potable reuse in France following in the paths of Australia, California, Namibia, Texas, and Singapore. Currently in France, less than 1% of water is reused and the main barrier to reuse is regulatory. The technologies exist to produce ultra-pure water and 83% of French people would be prepared to drink water produced from wastewater. The European Union estimates by 2025 6.6 billion m3 of water could be reused. Read more.

Member Resources and Benefits

Activity Booklet Provides Water Reuse Education for Late Elementary and Early Middle School Students

Looking for a Resource to Engage with Students on Water Recycling Either Remotely or in Person? Use the new Water Reuse Activity Booklet to introduce students to the world of water reuse with fun activities that develop math and science skills. Students will learn about the urban water cycle, the treatment processes that make water safe to use again, and much more!

The booklet was produced in partnership with the WateReuse Association and Project WET Foundation. Learn more about the contents of the booklet in this short video. The booklet is available on the Project WET store.

Conferences, Webcasts and Events

Save the Date: 37th Annual WateReuse Symposium in San Antonio, Texas

Mark your calendar for the 37th Annual WateReuse Symposium to be held March 5-9, 2022 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas. The 2022 Symposium will be our first national conference with an in-person component since 2019! This is a not-to-be missed opportunity to learn about the latest trends in water recycling and network with colleagues in person.

Annual WateReuse Symposium, 2019

Join Israel Water Reuse Virtual Tour May 25-27

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:

  • Session 1: Policy and Regulation of Water Reuse in Israel
    Tuesday, May 25 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT
  • Session 2: Israel’s Approach to Water Reuse Implementation, Technology, and Mechanisms
    Wednesday, May 26 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT
  • Session 3: Increasing Israel’s Agricultural Irrigation Efficiency through Recycled Water
    Thursday, May 27 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT

This event is hosted by the Israeli Ministry for Environmental Protection, the Economic & Trade Mission at the Embassy of Israel, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in collaboration with the Israel Water Authority, Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Israel Ministry of Health, WaterEdge.IL, WateReuse Association, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Water Reuse: Where Are We Now, and Where Are We Going?

May 27, 2021
1 pm PT | 4 pm PT

Join the Orange County Water District to hear from experts in water reuse on lessons learned, best practices, and what’s to come, including a guide for California utilities to use when considering direct potable reuse (DPR) projects or future DPR regulations from the State Water Resources Control Board. Register here.

Webcast: Digital Platform, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Potable Reuse Projects

June 1, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET

In this webcast, our presenters will introduce how digital platforms including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can be used to improve all aspects of water recycling, including asset management strategies, operational efficiencies, enhance source control, validate unit process performance, predict product water quality and making sound decisions for assessing suitability of product water for human consumption. Register here.

Upcoming Events

Potable Reuse Committee Meeting
Mar 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
WRCA Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Apr 11 all-day
2023 WRTX Annual Membership Meeting @ George R Brown Convention Center
Apr 12 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

After the membership meeting ends (around 6:15 pm), we will gather folks interested in reuse at Truck Yard Houston for a Reuse Happy Hour co-hosted with the WEAT Reuse Committee.

Truck Yard Houston is a 3-minute walk from the convention center at 2118 Lamar St. Houston, TX 77003.

If you have trouble finding us that evening, please call 832 619-9496.

Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Apr 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
WRCA Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting @ virtual
Apr 20 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ South Coast Water District
Apr 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
2023 WateReuse Colorado Conference @ SEEC Building, University of Colorado Boulder
May 2 @ 7:30 am – 6:00 pm

Colorado’s Challenging Water Future: Where are we with Water Reuse?

Join us at the 2023 WateReuse Colorado Conference on May 2 2023! The conference will bring together water reuse professionals to share the latest research, innovation, and experiences to address the growing need for water recycling in Colorado and across the country. WRCO is pleased to conduct this event in collaboration with CU Boulder. Make plans to attend the conference for learning, networking, and engaging in discussions with the experts of reuse community, while enjoying the view of beautiful Boulder Flatirons!

Event Info

Register Now

Board of Trustees Meeting
May 12 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Please contact Jennifer West for details

Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
May 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Second Quarter 2023
Jun 9 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Friday, June 9, 2023

11:00 am to 2:00 pm ET (Remote)

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