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November 1, 2022

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!

Washington Update

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

Read more.

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.

Research Update

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
Miami, FL

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.


WateReuse Colorado Meeting
Jul 18 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Our next meeting is coming up next week on Thursday, July 18, 2024 from 10am – 12pm. Attached please find the agenda for the meeting as well as the minutes from the May 2024 meeting for your review prior to the meeting.

Here is the information of the location of the meeting if you plan to attend in person, please remember we expect to have the scholarship winners at this meeting to hear about their research and to get to meet them. Thank you to Denver Water and the Water Quality Lab at CSU Spur for hosting us next week. There is a Microsoft Teams calendar invite that went out if you will not be able to attend in person.


Water Quality Lab at CSU Spur

Hydro Building on the 3rd Floor, Room 309


4777 National Western Dr

Denver, CO 80216

Parking is located north of the building, past the Dumb Friends League and Equine Center

There will be Denver Water employees available to escort you as this part of the building requires badge access.

Central Coast Chapter Meeting
Jul 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Our next WateReuse Central Coast chapter meeting will be on Thursday, July 25 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. This will be a virtual-only meeting hosted on Teams.

Our main presentation will focus on Prepping Your Wastewater for Future Potable Reuse. The City of Ventura is embarking on a project to upgrade its water reclamation facility (VWRF) in anticipation of its inclusion into a potable reuse treatment train coupled with an Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF). The design objective for the VWRF is to maximize the available log reduction values (LRVs) for viruses, Giardia cysts, and Cryptosporidium oocysts (V/G/C) through the use of membrane bioreactor (MBR) and ultraviolet (UV) disinfection treatment techniques. Through new regulatory pathways, this project was able to develop a framework for projected baseline LRVs of 1/2.5/2.5 for MBR and 1.5/4/4 for UV disinfection, with the opportunity for additional LRVs via MBR challenge testing, that could be used for indirect/direct potable reuse (IPR/DPR) credits.

An agenda will be distributed prior to the meeting.

Arizona WateReuse 2024 Symposium @ Little America Hotel
Jul 28 – Jul 30 all-day
WRCA Agricultural Reuse Committee
Jul 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A Framework for Permitting Innovation in the Wastewater Sector to Support Water Reuse
Aug 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A Framework for Permitting Innovation in the Wastewater Sector to Support Water Reuse

11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
This webcast is free of charge.
PDHs: 1

Register Now!



This webcast, co-hosted by the U.S. EPA, will present the key outcomes of an expert workshop that sought to understand how the permitting process can better support innovative water resource management solutions, such as water reuse. The webcast will detail five characteristics to support a permitting process that is not a painful hurdle, but rather an opportunity for mutual creativity between regulators, regulated entities, and the engaged public. Webcast participants will learn about how this framework can be applied to their unique circumstances, work being done by EPA and partners, and how innovation can be better facilitated through permitting.



  • Justin Mattingly, Water Reuse Program, U.S. EPA
  • Michael Kiparsky, University of California, Berkley (invited)
  • Dave Smith, Water Innovation Services (invited)
  • Felicia Marcus, Stanford University (invited)
WateReuse California Legislative-Regulatory Committee Meeting
Aug 9 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

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 Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Aug 13 all-day
WateReuse Texas Board Meeting
Aug 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Moulton Nigel Water District
Aug 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting
Aug 16 all-day

Joint Meeting with Northern California chapter, time and location TBD.

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