May 28, 2018
Stormwater Capture and Reuse Proposal Advances as House and Senate Committees Unanimously Pass WRDA Legislation
Senate WRDA Package Includes WaterSense Authorization Proposal
Senate Subcommittee Supports Level Funding for Title XVI
WateReuse Joins Comment Letter Opposing Federal Permitting
State Updates and Member Profiles
Welcome New Members!
The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:
California: UCLA Study Makes Economic Case for Recycled Water in Los Angeles
A UCLA study published May 21 used hydroeconomic modelling to show that Los Angeles, which currently imports about 60 percent of its water, would save money by increasing its investment in local sources such as recycled water, stormwater capture, and groundwater. The study demonstrates that local water supplies are economically competitive. Determining a pathway to 100 percent local water is part of UCLA’s Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, which uses research to inform public policy and individual conservation. Read More.
California: Dublin San Ramon and Zone 7 Study Potable Reuse
WateReuse Association members Dublin San Ramon Services District and Zone 7 Water Agency are advancing a potable reuse project with the support of a study conducted by Carollo Engineers. The project would add purified water into a groundwater basin or a reservoir, increasing the local water supply by 9-17 percent. The area is dependent on the State Water Project for about 80 percent of its water. Learn 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
Register for the 33rd Annual WateReuse Symposium
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.
The 39th Annual WateReuse Symposium is a celebration of a unique moment for water reuse. New funding, new collaborations, and new regulatory frameworks are elevating opportunities for reuse projects nationwide. As water reuse practitioners, we have reached this summit together. Together we can remove barriers and empower safer, more resilient, and more sustainable communities and businesses with water reuse.