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May 3, 2021

New Member Resource: Interactive Map on State Water Reuse Policies and Regulations

The WateReuse Association is pleased to introduce a new tool to help the water recycling community collaborate! Visit the new state policy map on our website to find information and links about state water reuse policies and regulations. Clicking on a particular state opens a pop-up window with text and links discussing the state’s regulatory landscape. WateReuse invites members to help us fill in gaps in knowledge using the comment box provided on the page. The map will be updated periodically as new information is received and/or states update their regulations. View the state policy map here.

Washington Update

Senate Advances WateReuse Association Priorities with Near Unanimous Vote

U.S. EPA Announces $6.5 billion for Water Infrastructure Projects

For fiscal year 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $6.5 billion in credit through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program and the State infrastructure financing authority WIFIA (SWIFIA) program. Eligible projects include water recycling, brackish or seawater desalination, managed aquifer recharge, or a project providing alternative water supplies to reduce aquifer depletion. Additionally, projects that prevent, reduce, or mitigate the effects of droughts are eligible. Letters of interest must be submitted by July 23, 2021 for WIFIA borrowers and June 25, 2021 for SWIFIA. See Notice of Funding Availability.

EPA Office of Water Leads New Council on PFAS

During his appearance at the virtual Water Week Summit, U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan announced the creation of an “EPA Council on PFAS” to address the potential risk caused by the chemicals and to expand on EPA’s current work on the topic. The council will be co-chaired by Radhika Fox, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Office of Water and Deb Szaro, New England Acting Regional Administrator. Senior EPA career officials will make up the council and build upon the 2019 EPA PFAS Action Plan.

WRAP Engagement Opportunity: 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 Week 2021 Highlights

The water sector joined as one voice last week to elevate water as a national priority. In celebration of Water Week 2021, water leaders met with their congressional delegations, participated in events, and heard from government officials on the necessity to build back better by investing in water infrastructure, including water reuse. The WateReuse Association thanks all Association members who participated in this year’s virtual Water Week.

Water Week Op-Ed: How Do You Create Resilient Communities? Invest in Water Reuse

To truly help America Build Back Better and ensure jobs creation, investment in water recycling is essential, according to a Water Week Op-Ed published in WaterWorld. WateReuse President Gilbert Trejo of El Paso Water and Executive Director Patricia Sinicropi urged Congress to invest in water reuse to not only help communities rebound from the pandemic, but also to provide them with the tools to build resilience to drought, flooding, and other impacts of climate change. Read more.

Top Agency Officials and Leaders in Water Reuse Mark One Year Anniversary of National Water Reuse Action Plan

The story of the Water Reuse Action Plan’s first year of implementation is one of incredible dedication and determination by a growing community of over 100 different organizations. Last week, over 700 people signed up to participate in Resilience through Collaboration: First Year Highlights and Future Directions of the National Water Reuse Action Plan, a webcast featuring reflections of the past year and insight into the future of water reuse. Leaders from the U.S. EPA, Department of Energy, and other agencies joined to re-commit to the collaborative plan. Felicia Marcus, William C. Landreth Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Water in the West Program and a WateReuse Board member, provided keynote remarks noting that this is “water reuse’s moment.” Dr. Sharon Nappier, EPA National Program Leader for Water Reuse, previewed the newly released National Water Reuse Action Plan: Update on Collaborative Progress and the successes of the last year, including the addition of 19 new collaborating organizations and 7 new WRAP actions.

EPA and Members of Congress Join Water Week Policy Zoom-In

The Water Week Policy Zoom-In served as an opportunity for the water sector to hear directly from key EPA officials and Members of Congress on the important regulatory and legislative water policies they are working on now and in the years ahead. U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan emphasized climate resiliency during his remarks and announced new funding under WIFIA, as well as the formation of an EPA council on PFAS. Regan also discussed the Administration’s commitment to eliminate lead pipes and service lines. Radhika Fox, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Office of Water, noted that now is “water’s time in the spotlight” and encouraged the water sector to engage with EPA. The moderator, Angela Licata, Deputy Commissioner of New York City Department of Environmental Protection, and EPA’s Dr. Sharon Nappier, both highlighted the importance of water reuse and recycling’s role in building resiliency. The webinar was hosted jointly by this year’s Water Week Water Association Partners.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Member!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new member:

Member Spotlight: Bahman Sheikh Scholarship Reaches Permanent Endowment

A UC Davis scholarship to honor the memory of water reuse pioneer Dr. Bahman Sheikh is now permanently endowed, thanks to generous donations from friends and colleagues. The WateReuse Association and WateReuse California established the scholarship in October 2020 with an initial gift of $10,000. To date, the fund has received over $60,000 in donations to support UC Davis students pursuing a degree focused on water resources management, including water recycling. Dr. Sheikh was a lifetime honorary member of the Association. To contribute to the scholarship fund, click here.

CA: State Senate Budget Proposal Includes $200 Million for Recycled Water

Last week, the California Senate released a $3.41 billion proposal on “Drought, Safe Drinking Water, Water Supply Reliability, and Ratepayer Assistance,” which includes $200 million to the State Water Resources Control Board for competitive grants for projects related to water reuse and recycling. WateReuse California has urged the Senate, Assembly and Administration for water recycling funding as part of climate bond discussions and in discussions concerning this drought relief package. The Senate proposal includes a mix of one-time federal funds, one time state general funds, and some appropriation from Prop. 1 and Prop. 68. The funding is intended for projects that can be immediately implemented. 

Member Spotlight: Eastern Municipal Water District Names New General manager

Eastern Municipal Water District’s (EMWD) Board of directors selected Joe Mouawad as the new general manager. Mouawad brings over 30 years of water and wastewater experience and 15 years of internal experience working at EMWD in his new role. EMWD’s previous general manager, Paul Jones, is retiring after 10 years in the position. WateReuse congratulates Joe Mouawad on his new role and thanks Paul Jones for his excellent service. Read more.  

CA: Recycled Water for Drinking Water is Essential for Water Supply Reliability

The innovation of Orange County Water District (OCWD) is showcased in a recent article about California’s move toward more potable reuse. OCWD’s General Manager Mike Markus discussed the key role of water recycling in California’s water future in the face of climate change noting, “we can’t afford to use water once and throw it away.” While OCWD was a pioneer in large-scale potable reuse, many other communities across the state are exploring purifying recycled water to drinking water standards. The State Water Board recently released draft criteria for direct potable reuse, ushering in a new approach to creating drinking water in the state. Read more.

Member Engagement Opportunity

Get Engaged: Join the WateReuse Industrial and Commercial Reuse Committee; First Meeting May 4  

The WateReuse Association has established a new Industrial and Commercial Reuse Committee, an opportunity for members to engage on high-priority areas and network with colleagues. The committee will convene quarterly meetings led by Ken Martins (co-chair) of Stantec and Wayne Young (co-chair) of JEA. The committee is holding the first meeting on Tuesday, May 4 at 2:00-3:00 pm EDT (11:00-12:00 pm PDT). Committee membership is open to any employee of a member organization. If you are interested in joining a committee, please email Aliza Furneaux (afurneaux@watereuse.org) to learn more.

Conferences, Webcasts and Events

Call for Presentations: 2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference

WateReuse California is accepting proposals for presentations at its 2021 Annual Conference taking place September 19-21 in Los Angeles and virtually. To be considered for a technical presentation, submit a presentation proposal by May 14, 2021. Presenters will be notified by July 2, 2021 if their proposal has been selected. Read more.

Webcast: Water Reuse in Bioenergy Production – A Pathway to Conservation and Resiliency

May 12, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)

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. Register here.

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

June 1, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)

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

NWRI Webcast: Implementation of Direct Potable Reuse: A Guide for California Utilities

May 5, 2021
1 pm am PT | 4 pm ET (1.25 hours)

The Direct Potable Reuse Coalition and National Water Research Institute will present a webinar to celebrate the publication of Implementation of Direct Potable Reuse: A Guide for California Utilities. This guide presents the collective vision of five utilities that are considering direct potable reuse projects, combined with the consensus findings of a panel of NWRI’s expert authors. A link to the webinar is available on the NWRI website.

Upcoming Events

WateReuse Florida 2024 Reuse Summit
May 22 all-day
Joint Meeting with S.C. DHEC @ SCAWWA/WEASC Offices in Columbia, SC
May 28 all-day
Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting
May 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Please Save-the-Date for our chapter meeting on May 30 at the City of Roseville’s Dry Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The draft agenda is attached. Also, please note that this is an in-person meeting only.

Please RSVP to me (jayaprakashl@sacsewer.com) by May 27 to confirm your attendance.

WateReuse California Legislative-Regulatory Committee Meeting
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Please find below the 2024 schedule for the Legislative-Regulatory Committee. All in-person meetings will be held at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Sacramento offices located at: 1121 L Street, Suite 900, Sacramento.]


Both in-person and virtual meetings will occur from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Those indicated as virtual will occur over Zoom and a link will be provided on the agenda.


The 2024 WRCA Annual Conference will be at the: Hyatt Regency Orange County.


Please save the date for our 2024 meeting dates:


1. January 19 – in person

2. March 8 – virtual

3. March 22 – in person

4. April 12 – virtual

5. May 10 – in person

6. May 31 – virtual

7. June 21 – virtual

8. August 9 – virtual

9. September 16 – in person (at annual conference)

WRCA Potable Reuse Permitting & Compliance Meeting
Jun 6 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Second Quarter 2024
Jun 7 all-day


WRCA Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Jun 11 all-day
WateReuse Pacific Northwest: Summer Summit & Social @ The Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon
Jun 13 all-day
WateReuse Pacific Northwest: Summer Summit & Social @ The Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon

The WateReuse Association Pacific Northwest (PNW) section, in partnership with the City of Silverton, is hosting its third annual Summer Summit and Social on Thursday, June 13, 2024, at The Oregon Garden.

The Oregon Garden is a stunning botanical garden encompassing over 80 acres and featuring over 20 specialty gardens showcasing the diverse botanical beauty of the Willamette Valley and the Pacific Northwest. The featured wetlands and A-Mazing Water Garden represent a unique partnership with the City of Silverton; these garden areas cool the City’s effluent water which, in turn, is used to irrigate the Garden. Guests will also see sustainable practices such as green roofs, home composting, permaculture, and more on display. The event will conclude with a happy hour at the Garden.

Register Here!

Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Jun 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Carollo Engineers
Jun 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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