Charting Our Future: Submit a Presentation Proposal for the 37th Annual WateReuse Symposium by November 4
WateReuse invites water reuse experts, practitioners, researchers, and young professionals to submit proposals for a place on the podium during the 37th Annual WateReuse Symposium in San Antonio. WateReuse is looking for fresh presentations emphasizing the future of water reuse globally. View the Call for Presentations and submit proposals online. The deadline has been extended to Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 9 am ET.
Armadillo Racing, River Walk, and More: Early-Bird Registration Opens to the Public Today
Register Now for Knowledge Sharing, Networking, and Intriguing Discussions
Make your plans to attend the 37th Annual WateReuse Symposium early and save big! Join us March 6-9, 2022 in San Antonio, Texas and/or on the WateReuse virtual conference platform. The Annual WateReuse Symposium is the premier conference focused on water reuse technology, policy, innovation, and public engagement. The early-bird registration rates are available through January 6, 2022. Register now!
Water Recycling Priorities Remain in $1.75 trillion Spending Bill
U.S. EPA to Fund $6 million in Reuse Research Looking at Human Viruses Found in Wastewater
The U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development announced $6.2 million in funding for five grants to support research on existing and novel surrogates for detecting and monitoring viruses in wastewater that is intended for water reuse applications. The research helps identify science gaps to increase adoption of water reuse. The following organizations have been awarded funding:
- Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Massachusetts
- Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
- University of California – Irvine, Irvine, California
- University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Water Research Foundation, Denver, Colorado
State Updates and Member Profiles
Member Spotlight: EPA Awards $224 Million WIFIA Loan to Los Angeles for Water Reuse and Climate Resilience
The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation will receive a $224 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to help finance the San Fernando Basin groundwater replenishment project. The City of LA’s Donald C. Tillman Advanced Water Purification Facility will treat 15.5 million gallons of the city’s wastewater for replenishment of the local groundwater supply. EPA’s Assistant Administrator for Water, Radhika Fox highlighted water reuse facilities like the Tillman facility as central to climate resiliency. Read more.
AZ: EPA Border 2025 Project to Invest in Water Reuse
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a funding award to support development of water reuse projects along both sides of the border in the Arizona/Sonora border region. The new Border 2025 U.S.- Mexico Environmental Program will invest in an initiative to identify water reuse opportunities for the Nogales International Wastewater Treatment Plant in Rio Rico, Arizona, as well as a project to develop a wetlands reuse project on Cocopah Tribal lands. Read more.
CA: San Francisco Partners with Brewers to Recycle Water
Anchor Brewing, San Francisco’s oldest operating brewery, will soon be recycling its water. San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is focused on helping customers, like breweries, save water through conservation and recycling efforts. Starting in January of next year, the brewery will have the capacity to recycle 20 million gallons of water per year. Read more.
TX: Financing Program Highlighted as Tool for Accelerating Water Reuse Projects
The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program was recently highlighted for its incentives to make facilities more water efficient. Approved by state legislation in 2013, local governments can establish PACE programs to provide property owners with long-term, affordable financing for efficiency upgrades such as water reuse systems. San Antonio, for example, approved PACE in 2020 to support water and energy savings. Read more.
Water Recycling is Growing as a Resiliency Solution
As the impacts of climate change continue to spread across the U.S., more communities are turning to water recycling. Market intelligence firm, Bluefield Research, is tracking 635 water reuse projects in various stages of planning across the country that will be added to the estimated 300 already in operation. The growth stems not only from increasing strain on water supplies, but an interest in increased resiliency and redundancy for critical water supplies. Read more.
Water Research Foundation Publishes New Potable Reuse Research
Recently published research by the Water Research Foundation will be used to inform California’s upcoming regulation on direct potable reuse. The research covers topics such as pathogen monitoring, chemical peak management, and unknown chemical detection methods. Additional research on potable and non-potable reuse is still underway. Read more.
Survey: Public Support for Water Reuse is Growing in Europe
A Cranfield University survey of over 2,500 residents in the United Kingdom, Spain, and the Netherlands found a high level of support for potable water reuse. Results showed that in the Netherlands, 75 percent of respondents supported or strongly supported the use of recycled water for drinking, compared to 73 percent in Spain and 67 percent in the United Kingdom. Read more.
WateReuse Member Resources and Benefits
Need to Illustrate the Value of Water Reuse Investment? Use Our Flyer and Infographic
Utilities must make a compelling case to ratepayers, policymakers, and other stakeholders that investment in water recycling is the right decision. Use our flyer and infographic to illustrate that Investment in water reuse builds communities that are modern, sustainable and stable—ready for families to flourish and businesses to grow. The infographic highlights examples of recycled water from coast to coast and documents the value they bring.
Interactive Map on State Water Reuse Policies and Regulations
Do you need information about water reuse policies and regulations from across the United States? Visit the state policy map on our website to find summaries of the regulatory landscape in key states, as well as links to specific polices and regulations. Clicking on a particular state opens a pop-up window with detailed information about the state. WateReuse invites members to help us fill in gaps in knowledge using the comment box provided on the page. The map is updated periodically as new information is received and/or states update their regulations. View the state policy map here.
Water Reuse Conferences, Webcasts, and Events
Webcast: PFAS Strategic Roadmap – EPA’s Commitments to Action: 2021-2024
November 2, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
Join EPA leaders to learn about EPA’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap and important actions to protect public health and the environment. Register here.
Webcast: Advancing Reuse in Distributed Systems
Global Water Works
November 9, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET
This webcast will look at how water reuse builds resilience in decentralized water systems. Internationally recognized speakers will discuss best practices and property-scale success stories. Register here.
Webcast: Agricultural Reuse in California: Moving to the Next Level
November 10, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
Join WateReuse California’s Agriculture Reuse committee to discuss the benefits of agriculture reuse, programs and case-studies, regulations, and an outlook for the future. Register here.
Webcast: Keys to Success: Water Recycling in Small and Disadvantaged Communities
November 15, 2021
9am PT | 12 pm ET (1 hour)
This free training webinar is presented to support water managers in small, resource-limited communities. The training will focus on keys for successful development and implementation of water reuse projects and is a part of Water Reuse Action Plan Action 8.5: Engagement with Disadvantaged and Rural Communities on Water Reuse. Register here.
Webcast: Permitting Water Innovation: Improving Permitting Processes to Support New Water Management Technologies and Strategies
November 17, 2021
9 am PT | 12 pm ET (2 hours)
This free webinar will present findings and insights from recent research, water reuse actions, and specific case studies to explore how water permitting affects our ability to implement water recycling, energy recovery, nature-based solutions, and other innovative water management approaches. Register here.
Water Utility Resilience Forum
December 13-15, 2021
The Water Utility Resilience Forum will advance the thinking on how utilities can be resilient and sustainable now and for the next one hundred years. Featuring insights from water sector leaders and subject-matter experts, the Forum will be a rich dialogue on what utilities are doing today to be resilient and what a resilient future looks like. Register here.
Friday, December 2, 2022: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm EST