EPA Takes Steps to Regulate PFAS
State Updates and Member Profiles
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.
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 Network, a 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.
Learn about the potable reuse process from start to finish and the coordinated efforts required to pioneer new concepts, overcome hiccups, and secure a critical new water supply.
2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
In today’s rapidly changing and unpredictable world, communities will be looking to potable reuse with increased need, new challenges, and tightened budgets. This panel session will quickly move through the journey of California’s recently commissioned and first-of-its-kind potable reuse project – Pure Water Monterey (PWM).
PWM treats and purifies four types of source water – municipal wastewater, agricultural drainage water, industrial wash water, and urban stormwater runoff – before injecting the water into a local drinking water basin through a public-private partnership. Learn about the potable reuse process from start to finish and the coordinated efforts required to pioneer new concepts, overcome hiccups, and secure a critical new water supply.
- Permitting: PWM was the first new Advanced Water Purification Facility to be permitted under the 2014 adopted regulations for indirect potable reuse. Extensive coordination and communication between the project team, the Division of Drinking Water, and the Regional Board will help guide future projects.
- Design + Construction: Designing with constructability, start up, and operations in mind is key. Through sequential construction photos, 3D renderings, and drone footage, a firsthand look will be used to feature design elements that help streamline construction.
- Startup: Startups are challenging. They involve coordination with multiple parties (e.g. owner, contractor, construction manager, vendors, engineers, subcontractors, and regulators) over an optimistically planned schedule that can be anything but predictable. Special emphasis will be given to aspects unique to startup of AWPFs for potable reuse, including regulatory requirements such as the AOP Acceptance Test and DDW plant inspection.
- Mike McCullough, Monterey One Water
- Rachel Gaudoin, Monterey One Water
- Elaine Howe, Principal Engineer, Trussell Technologies, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Denise Conners, Associate, Larry Walker Associates, email@example.com
- Todd Reynolds, Water Practice Leader, Kennedy Jenks, ToddReynolds@KennedyJenks.com
- Keel Robinson, Principal Engineer, Trussell Technologies,
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The use of purified recycled water to brew beer has been an effective public education tool, but what is the market outlook for growth? Join us to learn about the market drivers and business strategies for breweries and water reuse providers within the beer brewing market. This presentation will provide, in dollars, a market size for water reuse technology providers and brewers as well as the outlook for this market. This information will help companies and municipalities plan for the future and develop comprehensive relationships.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern | 11:00 am – 12:-0 pm Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
- Nathan Goldstein, Industrial Water Analyst, Bluefield Research.
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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.
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.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific | 2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern
WateReuse Members: Free
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.
Maria Brady is a Project Manager with Stantec Consulting. She has more than 35 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 35 years, which makes her an Arizona native in dog years!! Maria is the Arizona WateReuse Vice President and if you ask her about DPR you are in for a lively conversation.
Mike Priest is a process engineer and design manager with 21 years of specialized work experience in conventional and advanced water and wastewater treatment processes including a focus in granular media and membrane filtration, reverse osmosis, disinfection using ozone, UV, and chlorine, and advanced oxidation processes. Mike has performed over 20 reuse planning and design projects for more than 500 mgd of capacity, including five for potable reuse.
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