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May 25, 2020

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

Washington Update

EPA Takes Steps to Regulate PFAS

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Members!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:

California: Metropolitan Water District’s Innovative Water Recycling Plan Honored

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California was named ENR California’s Owner of the Year 2020 for its innovative regional recycled water program, which will purify recycled water to meet drinking water standards. This $3.4 billion plan will employ an advanced water purification system to produce up to 150 million gallons of purified water per day. The purified water will supply more than 500,000 homes and industrial facilities. Read More.

California: LA Better Buildings Challenge Awards Water Reuse Project

The Los Angeles City Hall building won the Walk the Walk award for the water conservation it has achieved through water reuse. City Hall’s water reuse system removes excess minerals from cooling towers and chilling systems, allowing water to be recycled for a longer period and helping the facility to save more than 1.5 million gallons of water annually. Read More.

Colorado: Water Treatment Systems Research Coronavirus Clues in Wastewater

In lieu of testing a city’s population, scientists are researching if testing a city’s wastewater can provide insights in the fight against coronavirus. Wastewater epidemiology can observe the density of the virus RNA existing in sewage to estimate how many virus carriers there are in a population. Tracking via wastewater epidemiology can give public officials the knowledge of where the next “hot-spot” may occur. The South Platte Water Renewal Partners, the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District, and Gunnison County in Colorado are among 270 wastewater facilities who have begun taking part in coronavirus tracking. Read More.

Texas: Wetlands Water Reuse Projects Serve as Models for Environmental Restoration

The work of two WateReuse Association members, Tarrant Regional Water District and North Texas Municipal Water District, to develop constructed wetlands that have become models for water recycling for environmental restoration is being celebrated. More than 4,000 acres of wetlands help provide a drought proof supply of water to nearly 3.8 million customers. In addition, the wetlands create more habitat for both animals and people to enjoy. Read More.

Texas: San Antonio Brings Water Reuse and Historical Preservation Together

A recently redesigned mixed-use retail/residential complex and entertainment district near downtown San Antonio, known as The Pearl, incorporates efficient use of water by capturing and reusing rainwater for landscaping. The Pearl’s design also includes permeable pavement and an underground chamber that collects and treats the water before releasing it to an onsite stormwater system. The development’s goals are preserving history and sustainability. Read More.

Member Spotlight: Potable Reuse Facilities Well-Positioned to Address PFAS

Reuse Innovation Lead and Vice President for Carollo Engineers Inc., Eva Steinle-Darling, discusses the potable reuse industry’s preparedness to handle the frenzied regulatory activity surrounding PFAS. Due to the industry’s proactive work addressing a range of constituents of emerging concern, potable reuse facilities are well-positioned to address the presence of PFAS. Carollo’s research studies have found that PFAS concentrations in conventional recycled water are often lower than regulatory limits for drinking water. For situations where they are not, the advanced treatment technologies used in typical potable reuse projects are able to adequately address them. Read More.

Research Update

Water Research Foundation Announces New Potable Reuse Research, Seeks Partners

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) announced it is funding 12 new studies, including “Assessing Water Quality Monitoring Needs, Tools, Gaps, and Opportunities for Potable Water Reuse (5079).”  WRF has earmarked $125,000 for the project, which will be leveraged with partnership funding and in-kind support. Request for Proposals will be released in August 2020. In the meantime, WRF is seeking utility partners and experts for its project advisory committee. Read More.

Recent Survey Finds Water Sector Meeting Pandemic Challenge

A recent American Water Works Association (AWWA) survey finds that water utilities are successfully continuing water and wastewater service without disruption during the coronavirus pandemic. Of those surveyed, 56% of utilities are having trouble obtaining personal protective equipment (PPE) for their essential workers and 75% are experiencing or anticipate experiencing revenue reductions. Despite these challenges, more than 95% of utilities have suspended water shut-offs, 80% have developed work-from-home guidelines, and 98% have implemented CDC social distancing guidelines. Read More.

Awards and Recognition for Water Reuse

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

The application period is open for the Utility of the Future Today recognition program, which honors water resource recovery facilities for community engagement, watershed stewardship, water reuse, and recovery of other resources such as energy and nutrients. The Utility of the Future Today concept is as a model for utilities to achieve more efficient operations, enhanced productivity, and long-term sustainability. The WateReuse Association participates in the joint initiative with the Water Environment Federation, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and the Water Research Foundation Public and private water sector utilities of all sizes that can demonstrate achievement of the application requirements are encouraged to apply by July 17 at 5 p.m. EDT.

WateReuse Communications Tools and Resources

How Can You Offer Recognition to Your Recycled Water Customers? Participate in the Recycled Water User Network

Are you interested in recognizing recycled water customers as community water stewards or offering an incentive for new customers to come onboard? Participate in the Recycled Water User Networka members-only network for businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations that use recycled water, including customers of water utilities and organizations that recycle water onsite. The network gives businesses, governments and nonprofits that use recycled water the opportunity to receive a green designation, WATER STAR®, and access to information and resources on recycled water. Learn More.

Conferences and Events

WateReuse Arizona’s Quarterly Section Meeting Highlights AZ’s First Full Scale DPR Permit

The Arizona Section is holding their Quarterly Section Meeting on Thursday, May 28. The webinar will feature Dave Waltby of the City of Scottsdale who will be presenting Arizona’s First Full Scale DPR Permit for Demonstration and Education. Register Now.

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.

Expert Chat: Water & Policy: The Path to a Sustainable Future with Jon Freedman and Charlie Iceland

The global demand for clean water far exceeds the supply. During the age of COVID-19, issues of water quality and scarcity are especially pressing for communities around the world. On May 27, Join Jon Freedman of Suez Water Technologies and Charles Iceland of the World Resources Institute for the latest installment of Batten’s Expert Chat Series, moderated this week by Batten’s Greer Kelly. Our guest experts will speak and take questions on the global water crisis–and on how both governments and corporations are attempting to respond. Register Now.

Upcoming Events

May
15
Sun
Florida WateReuse Week
May 15 – May 21 all-day
May
17
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
May 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
May
18
Wed
Direct Potable Reuse in the Four Corners
May 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Direct Potable Reuse in the Four Corners

11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

The Four Corners region includes the arid western states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. These four states have several common challenges to providing reliable water supplies including: rapid population growth, severe long term drought conditions, and dwindling or overallocated natural water sources. Indirect potable reuse is currently being practiced in these states, often through managed groundwater replenishment or incidental means. Is engineered potable reuse the next step to building safe, reliable, and resilient water resource portfolios?

While water utilities in the Four Corners states are taking steps toward direct potable reuse (DPR), each of these states face different implementation challenges. This panel discussion delves into the progress and issues regarding DPR in the region.

Speakers:

  • Brian Biesemeyer CITY OF SCOTTSDALE, AZ
  • Robert Fowlie REPRESENTING THE VILLAGE OF CLOUDCROFT, NM
  • Steve Gallegos CITY OF RIO RANCHO, NM
  • Raymond Garrison CITY OF SOUTH JORDAN, UT
  • Tyson Ingles CO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
  • Sarah Page UTAH DIVISION OF DRINKING WATER
  • Austa Parker BROWN AND CALDWELL
  • Javier Setovich CITY OF GOODYEAR, AZ
  • Katie Vanyo BROWN AND CALDWELL
  • Matt Benak, TOWN OF CASTLE ROCK, CO
May
20
Fri
Florida Water Reuse Week: The Role of Education and Outreach in Florida’s Growing Reuse Landscape
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Florida Water Reuse Week: The Role of Education and Outreach in Florida’s Growing Reuse Landscape

11 am ET | 8 am PT (1 hour)
WateReuse Members and Florida Water Reuse Week Registrants: Free; Others: $49
Registrants for Florida Water Reuse Week will receive a discount code for free webcast registration
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

Florida reuses 34 percent of its wastewater compared to the national average of about 7 percent. A recent statewide survey showed that 75 percent of Floridians are familiar with the concept of using reclaimed water for irrigation, industrial uses, and other non-drinking purposes. However, as the state is undergoing record-setting growth and rulemaking for direct potable reuse, additional education and outreach is needed to gain public acceptance. Water professionals and utilities from across the state are working collaboratively through WateReuse Florida to develop and implement consistent messaging on how reuse will safely supply Florida’s future. As Florida celebrates Water Reuse Week May 15-21, join us to hear about the latest education and outreach efforts happening to support traditional and potable reuse at the local and state level.

  • Robyn Felix, Communications & Board Services Bureau Chief, Southwest Florida Water Management District
  • Tamara Richardson, P.E., Director of Polk County Utilities
  • Shea Dunifon, Education Coordinator, Pinellas County Utilities, Florida

WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ TBD
May 20 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Jun
8
Wed
WRSD Quarter 2 Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Jun 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Jun
10
Fri
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Second Quarter 2022 @ Virtual
Jun 10 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Second Quarter:
Remote
Friday, June 10, 2022: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm EST

WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ TBD
Jun 10 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Jun
14
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Jun 14 all-day
Jun
16
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Jun 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

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