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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
12
Wed
Water Reuse in Bioenergy Production – A Pathway to Conservation and Resiliency (Webcast)
May 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Water Reuse in Bioenergy Production – A Pathway to Conservation and Resiliency (Webcast)
Join May Wu, Principal Environmental System Scientist with Argonne National Laboratory, for a webcast on the role of water reuse in bioenergy production. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET WateReuse Members: Free | Others: $49 Register Now! Production of bioenergy from a range of feedstocks and biorefining pathways requires a substantial amount of water for irrigation, conversion process, cooling, and steam generation. Because the feedstock varies with climate and soil regions, an increased production will have implications in the availability of regional and local freshwater resources across the U.S. It is critical to understand how fit-for-purpose water recycling can be used to conserve freshwater. This webcast presents findings from an Argonne National laboratory analyses of potential recycled water use to produce biofuels from conventional crops and algae and generate power by incorporating technology, climate, and geospatial-temporal components. Findings suggest a significant potential of producing advanced biofuel while doubling the amount of recycled water in use nationally. Results from this project support informed decision-making and strategic planning for water sustainable bioenergy development.

Presenter

May Wu is a principal environmental system scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. Her research interests are water resource use, water quality, and wastewater management in the production of biofuels and conventional energy.
May
25
Tue
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Oregon Workshop 3
May 25 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Washington Workshop 3
May 25 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

Israel Water Reuse Virtual Tour (Webcast)
May 25 @ 10:00 am – May 27 @ 12:00 pm
Israel Water Reuse Virtual Tour (Webcast)

You’re invited 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 per cent of its wastewater for beneficial uses as a solution to extreme water stress.

Register Now!

This three-session tour will cover Israel’s water reuse regulatory approaches, case studies, technology, and agricultural irrigation applications relevant to the US perspective. Participants are encouraged to attend the session(s) most relevant to their interests.

  • 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.

This event is in fulfillment of Action 11.1 in the National Water Reuse Action Plan, “Facilitate U.S.-Israel Collaboration on Water Reuse.” and in support of the EPA/Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection Memorandum of Understanding.

May
26
Wed
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Idaho Workshop 2
May 26 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

May
27
Thu
Process Interrupted: Using BOR Funded Desalination Research to Evaluate an Innovative Process Train (Webcast)
May 27 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

WateReuse Arizona Section Meeting & Webinar
10:30 am – 11:30 am Pacific | 1:30 – 2:30 pm Eastern
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

The Southwest U.S. is challenged by freshwater scarcity and salt accumulation in its watersheds. A significant contributor to salt loading in urban sewersheds are the many industrial and commercial cooling towers that dot the landscape. These towers are very effective at cooling in arid environments; however, they use scarce freshwater resources to absorb heat through evaporation while accumulating the salts and minerals that must be discharged as blowdown.

Garver was selected by the Bureau of Reclamation’s Desalination and Water Purification Research Program Pitch to Pilot to research a novel treatment train that will reduce the amount of salt discharged from industrial cooling tower blowdown.

Garver’s zero liquid discharge, membrane desalination treatment train is estimated to remove more than two tons of salt from the 600 ton cooling tower blowdown and saved approximately 200,000 gallons of make-up water from the potable water supply over the eight-month field-testing portion of the pilot study.  The reduction of salt discharged to the sewer will benefit the local wastewater treatment plants and the local watershed, while also improving the water quality of the cooling towers with a low energy intensity treatment train.

This presentation will address the BOR Desalination Pitch to Pilot Program, the thought process behind the EC, UF, GAC, RO with VAED concentrate management treatment train and report on commissioning efforts to date.

Presenter

Eric Dole is a senior project manager at Garver where he serves as the Water and Energy Practice Leader.  He specializes in delivering sustainable infrastructure solutions through optimized hydraulic systems and optimized treatment processes.  In 2019, Eric was selected for the Water Research Foundation’s 12-person Energy Advisory Committee where he advises the group on energy efficiency and process optimization projects.

Eric was one of the world’s first water professionals to be certified as a Pump Systems Assessment Professional (PSAP) through the Hydraulics Institute, which allows him to set the standard for pump systems assessments and optimization techniques, leading to energy efficient and reliable systems.  His process mechanical expertise can be seen in his patented designs for two zero liquid discharge brine management systems, of which one was awarded the 2011 AZ Water Reuse Project of the Year Award and the other was selected for RO concentrate treatment in the Bureau of Reclamation Desalination Pitch to Pilot Research Project that started in September 2020 and is scheduled for commissioning in May 2021.

Jun
1
Tue
Digital Platform, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Potable Reuse Projects (Webcast)
Jun 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Digital Platform, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Potable Reuse Projects (Webcast)

Learn how digital platforms that include artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used to improve asset management strategies and operational efficiencies.

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, our presenters will introduce how digital platforms that include artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can be used to improve asset management strategies and operational efficiencies, as well as enhance source control, validate unit process performance, predict product water quality and make sound decisions for assessing suitability of product water for human consumption.

The data collected from pilot and full-scale potable reuse treatment trains have been used to develop artificial neuron networks as part of an ML platform. The platform clearly demonstrates that ML can be used to predict, for example, the product water total organic carbon (TOC) concentration of a pilot advanced treatment facility and the specific fluxes on the third stage of a full-scale advanced treatment facility as the feed quality and operating conditions are changed.

The methodology used and model outputs will be discussed during the webcast. The presenters will also examine how we can couple AI/ML concepts with the Internet of Things (IoT) and next generation of the SCADA systems to operate and maintain assets efficiently while significantly enhancing public and regulatory confidence in potable reuse projects.

Presenters

  • Ufuk Erdal, Arcadis
  • Jim Cooper, Arcadis
  • Raluca Constantinescu, Arcadis
  • Ozan Erdal, University of Washington
Jun
4
Fri
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Second Quarter 2021 @ Virtual
Jun 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Second Quarter:
Remote – Zoom
Friday, June 4, 2021
11:00 am to 2pm EST // 10 to 1 CST // 9:00 to 12 MST // 8:00 to 11 PST

Jun
8
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Jun 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Zoom Meeting

When: Jun 8, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrcOurqT8rHNbep0DGS8jHvaxNGuGs2cbu

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

Jun
16
Wed
Desalination Research and Technology (Webcast)
Jun 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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