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May 4, 2020

Sneak Peak: Explore New Heights in Reuse at the 35th Annual WateReuse Symposium

Washington Update

WateReuse Submits Comments on Draft Senate Water Infrastructure Bills

U.S. Department of Agriculture Funding Available for Water Recycling

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Convenes WRAP Action Leaders

Last week, the U.S. EPA held a webinar convening 37 action leaders and nearly 50 individuals involved in implementing the National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP). The U.S. EPA shared progress on their committed actions, as well as their evolving plans for implementation of the WRAP. Action leaders provided updates on action milestones and discussed potential for collaboration between actions. WateReuse continues to drive progress on the Action Plan, including through implementation of the 18 actions on which we are leading, co-leading, or partnering.

Thousands Participate in Virtual Water Week to Advocate for Water Infrastructure and Reuse

Last week, the WateReuse Association partnered with national water sector organizations to present Water Week 2020 as a virtual event. Nearly 2,000 water professionals participated in a webinar to hear the latest water policy developments from EPA senior staff, messages from Members of Congress about the value of water sector advocacy, and updates from key Water Week partners. WateReuse President Gilbert Trejo contributed to the discussion with a LinkedIn article that asserts there is no better time to invest in America’s water infrastructure in order to create jobs while also improving water quality, reliability, and sustainability. Although the National Water Policy Fly-In was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WateReuse members used video conferencing, telephone calls, and letters to advocate for federal investment in water recycling.

Spotlight: COVID-19 and Water Reuse

Watch Now: Webcast Provides Guidance on Communicating about Recycled Water and COVID-19

In case you missed it, a recording is available for last week’s webcast, What We Know: Communicating about Recycled Water in the Age of COVID-19. During the webcast, researchers provided an informative update on the current state of the science on water reuse and COVID-19. Communications experts joined to provide risk communication and messaging tips. Watch Now.

Researchers Study Wastewater to Track COVID-19

From Stanford to the University of Arizona, from Australia to Paris, teams of researchers have been ramping up wastewater analyses to track the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The Los Angeles Times notes that initial studies show that wastewater monitoring could not only tell us how much the virus might actually be spreading in a community — but also when the virus has finally gone away. WateReuse Association members the University of Arizona and Southern Nevada Water Authority are among those involved in the research efforts.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Member!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new member:

  • Larry E. Wilke, PLLC

California: Water Board Extends Deadline for Annual Recycled Water Reporting to June 30

In response to challenges faced by utilities during the COVID-19 crisis, the California State Water Resources Control Board last week issued a 60-day extension for utilities to submit annual reporting on the volume of recycled water. The previous deadline of April 30 has been extended to June 30. The state’s Recycled Water Policy requires wastewater and recycled water permit holders to annually report monthly volumes of influent, wastewater produced, and effluent, including treatment level and discharge type. Permit holders are also required to annually report recycled water use by volume and category of reuse.

California: Recycled Water Construction Moves Forward with Social Distancing

After a break due to recent rainfall, the Santa Margarita Water District and watershed partner South Coast Water District resumed construction on a water dam and recycled water reservoir last week. The reservoir will store recycled water, increasing the amount of recycled water available for use. Construction on the project began in January 2018. Read More.

California: Students Win Grand Prize in Cal Water H20 Challenge with Rainwater Recycling Project

A sixth grade class from Hoover Elementary in Stockton won the grand prize in the 2020 Cal Water H20 Challenge with a project to recycle harvested rainwater to offset potable water use at school. The students earned $3,500 for their classroom, $1,000 scholarship each, and $100 gift card for each student. California Water Service Group, the North American Association for Environmental Education, and DoGoodery team up annually to issue the Cal Water H2O Challenge for 4-6 grades classrooms across California. Read More.

Colorado: Reuse Project in the South Platte River Basin Helps to Narrow the Supply Gap

A new report from the South Platte Regional Opportunities Water Group (SPROWG) identifies four possible storage and pipeline configurations for a proposed multi-billion-dollar project to maximize reuse of western slope water. The basin-wide project would utilize unused reusable return flows from trans mountain diversions to provide a water supply alternative to the Colorado River system. Reuse of water in Colorado is by decree, with only certain volumes of Colorado River water within a certain area being viable. WateReuse Association members participating on the SPROWG include Denver Water and Aurora Water. Read More.

Texas: Rice University Study Develops Models to Simulate Impact of Water Reuse on Water Demand

Researchers at Rice University developed models to understand the impact of water reuse and recycling on major urban areas. In a new study, researchers found water reuse has the potential to reduce freshwater usage of rivers, reservoirs, and wells by 28 percent. The models considered a city planner evaluating trade-offs such as freshwater acquisition, energy use, and transportation. While water purification can be expensive, the study found that the costs of installation and long-term energy demands could be offset by savings from municipal water reuse. Read More.

Member Spotlight: Suez Report Finds Americans Accepting of Water Reuse

In a poll of 2,000 Americans, Suez found widespread acceptance of water reuse in addressing water scarcity. More than one-third stated they would drink recycled water, with only 5% saying they would not want recycled water used for any purpose. Nearly half of those surveyed agreed with using recycled water for irrigation. To further understand barriers to reuse projects, Suez asked people if they believed there was a stigma associated with recycled water and 70% agreed there was. The survey also found seven in ten believe climate change will impact the way they live at some point and 69% agreed water scarcity is a major environmental concern.Read More.

Member Spotlight: HDR and Epic CleanTec Included in Fast Company List of World Changing Ideas

Out of 3,000 entries, Fast Company selected two WateReuse Association members, HDR and Epic CleanTec, for its 2020 list of world changing ideas. The list includes buildings, landscapes, urban designs, and policies that make cities and living in them cleaner, more efficient, more beautiful, and more equitable for their citizens. Among the six ideas that nominated HDR was their project on mixed-use destination that improves the quality of life in rural areas. Epic CleanTec received an honorable mention for its efforts in decentralized water reuse.

Global Spotlight

Canada: Oil and Gas Energy Excellence Awards Recognize Water Recycling

Canada’s hydraulic fracturing industry is looking to increase the reuse of water produced during oil and gas drilling. Companies such as Trace Water Solutions Ltd. and Tourmaline Oil Corporation are working to design and implement effective treatment systems that would allow 100% reuse of “produced water.” By 2022, Tourmaline hopes to eliminate nearly all freshwater usage in well stimulations and begin accepting third-party produced water to treat. The company currently reuses over 895,000 cubic meters of water. Read More.

Egypt: World’s Largest Agricultural Drainage Treatment and Reuse Plant Opens

Last week, Egypt opened a 1 million m3/day agricultural drainage treatment, recycling, and reuse plant in Ismailia Governorate. The $100 million project will help conserve the natural ecology of the Al Temsah Lake and contribute irrigation water to 70,000 acres of land. Dubai’s 2019 Construction Innovation Awards named the project “Infrastructure Project of the Year.” Read More.

European Council Adopts New Rules on Water Reuse for Agricultural Irrigation

In line with a circular economy, the European Union released regulations on the minimum requirements for water reuse in agricultural irrigation. The EU believes this will improve the availability of water and encourage its efficient use. The new measure aims to reduce the risk of shortages of water for irrigating crops by treating urban wastewater for agricultural irrigation. Read More.

WateReuse Communications Tools and Resources

Engaging the Public Health Community on Water Reuse? Check out Our Online Resources

Although water reuse is a proven, science-based process that has been used safely in communities around the world for decades, the public is often skeptical when the concept is first introduced into a community. To build acceptance among medical and health professionals, WateReuse has launched the Medical Community Initiative and begun developing resources to support members in engaging with the public health community. Visit our website for videos, articles, and presentations that support engagement with medical professionals. New tools are being developed so check back for updates.

Conferences and Events

2020 WateReuse California Virtual Conference Launches June 24-25

Don’t Miss the launch of the first ever WateReuse California virtual conference. Join us for an easy to navigate, virtual conference experience that includes the following highlights:

  • Keynote Presentation: Kristin Peer, Deputy Secretary and Special Counsel for Water Policy at Cal EPA – “COVID-19 Challenges and California’s Water Resilience Portfolio”;
  • Live and interactive panel discussions with California water regulators and leaders in California’s reuse community;
  • Presentation of the WateReuse California Awards of Excellence;
  • Interactive sponsor and exhibitor hall;
  • More than 50 cutting edge presentations about water reuse that will include audience Q&A, downloadable materials, and opportunities for connecting beyond the sessions; and
  • Live President’s reception virtual cocktail party.

The WateReuse California virtual conference will be available online until July 24, 2020.

Upcoming Events

Jul
12
Tue
Managed Aquifer Recharge: Tucson’s Reclaimed Water Story
Jul 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Managed Aquifer Recharge: Tucson’s Reclaimed Water Story
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour) WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49 PDHs: 1 Register Now! The Tucson Water Reclaimed Water system is nearly 40 years old.  Early storage of excess effluent occurred in traditional constructed aquifer recharge facilities.  More recently, Tucson has advanced the concept of managed aquifer recharge, a practice that essentially leaves water in the local rivers and streams to naturally recharge the aquifer. This not only provides an aquifer recharge credit for the utility but creates natural riparian habitats in the desert for the community to enjoy. One project, the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project, has restored perennial stream flow to the river in downtown Tucson for the first time since the river dried up nearly 100 years ago. This presentation will provide a briefing on the Tucson Water Reclaimed system with a particular focus on the three managed aquifer recharge projects that are occurring in the Santa Cruz River. Presenter: John Kmiec, Director, Tucson Water
Jul
19
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Jul 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Jul
24
Sun
Arizona Water Reuse Symposium 2022
Jul 24 – Jul 26 all-day
Arizona Water Reuse Symposium 2022

Early Bird Registration and Discount Room Rate Expire July 7!

AZ Water Association and the Arizona Section of WateReuse Association will once again bring together thought leaders from across the Southwest for our annual symposium at Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona July 24 – 26, 2022.

Sunday:  Kick-off Reception and 6th Annual Purple Water Balloon Battle at 5:00 PM.  Pick a team/t-shirt color (ASU, NAU, UA or Purple if you want to be Switzerland) and get in the game.

Monday:  Full day of Symposium sessions with breakfast & lunch at Little America Hotel.  Shuttle to dinner at The Museum Club.

Tuesday: Half-day workshop: “Defining the Future of Direct Potable Reuse in Arizona”

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Register and Book Your Hotel Reservation

Jul
28
Thu
WateReuse Pacific Northwest – Oregon Summer Summit and Social
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Free event

July 28, 2022
Summit: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Social: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Register Today!

The Summer Summit and Social will offer an on-site approach to learn about recycled water and its many benefits and opportunities, as well as network with leaders in water reuse along with local and state representatives.

Join us to learn about the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission (MWMC)’s current recycled water uses at its treatment facilities, the next step in advancing recycled water for community use, and the immense opportunities for recycled water’s future role as an integrated environmental and water management asset. Engage with other leaders to discuss the positive impact recycled water can make on the One Water we all share.

Register for an optional morning tour of the MWMC’s Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant and Biocycle Farm on Friday, July 29 at 9 a.m.

Summit Location: MWMC’s Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, 410 River Avenue, Eugene, OR

Who: WateReuse members, water industry leaders, local and state representatives

Cost: The Summit, Social and Tours are free, but registration is required.

Aug
5
Fri
WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ TBD
Aug 5 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Aug
9
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Aug 9 all-day
Aug
16
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Aug 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Aug
18
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Aug
24
Wed
A Sustainable Solution to Meet Data Center Water Need – Water Reuse, Innovation and Partnership
Aug 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A Sustainable Solution to Meet Data Center Water Need – Water Reuse, Innovation and Partnership

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

Register Now!

According to the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the nation’s data centers collectively consumed 165 billion gallons of water in 2014. Without intervention and investment, water and energy use of data centers is expected to continue growing rapidly. These trends risk putting data centers into competition with other growing businesses for space, energy, and water, and pose a challenge for data center development in regions with limited water resources. In this webcast, Arcadis and Tomorrow Water will discuss their CoFlow concept which involves the co-location of water reclamation facilities and data centers to allow exchanging water and cooling capacities.

Presenters:

  • Ufuk Erdal, Arcadis
  • Jon Liberzon, Tomorrow Water
Aug
26
Fri
Northern California Chapter Meeting Q3 (Palo Alto/Virtual)
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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