U.S. Supreme Court Hears Case with Implications for Water Recycling
EPA and Bureau of Reclamation Sign MOU for Funding Water Reuse Projects
WateReuse Members Receive Reclamation Funding for Pilot Programs
The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded nearly $1 million for projects under a pilot-scale water treatment technologies and desalination program. The selected projects will receive funding through cooperative agreements and will include a period of pilot testing at the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico, and other sites across the country. WateReuse Association members Garver and the University of Arizona are among the funding recipients. Reclamation received 29 applications and funded seven pilot studies.
EPA Celebrates WIFIA Project with Groundbreaking at Orange County Water District
Reclamation Announces Funding Availability to Develop, Update Drought Plans
The Bureau of Reclamation announced November 8 that it is making grant funding available under the WaterSMART Drought Response Program to develop and update drought contingency plans that will build long-term resiliency to drought, including plans that incorporate water recycling. This funding opportunity will provide up to $200,000 per agreement to develop new drought plans or update existing plans in the 17 Western United States and Hawaii. In general, recipients must match the funding with at least 50% funding from a non-federal source. Applications for fiscal year 2020 funding are due Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. MST. Learn more at www.grants.gov by searching for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-20-F003.
State Updates and Member Profiles
California: Water Board Holds Hearing on DPR Regulatory Framework
California regulators took another critical step toward the development of statewide regulations for raw water augmentation and treated drinking water augmentation—together known as direct potable reuse (DPR). Last Tuesday, the State Water Resources Control Board held an informational hearing on the Second Edition Proposed Framework for Regulating Direct Potable Reuse in California. The framework calls for a single regulatory package to develop regulations for both types of DPR and proposes completion of the regulations in 2023. The framework is a starting point for the regulatory process. The development of regulation will also be informed by ongoing DPR research and advice from an Expert DPR Panel. Jennifer West, Managing Director of WateReuse California, testified in support of the second edition framework.
California: WateReuse California Seeks Nominations for Awards of Excellence
WateReuse California is accepting nominations for the Annual Awards of Excellence, which will be presented during a ceremony at the 2020 California Annual Conference in San Francisco, March 15-17, 2020. The awards recognize agencies, customers, and individuals that have demonstrated exceptional leadership in advancing water recycling in California. Award nominations are due January 10, 2020. Learn More.
California: Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to Study Stormwater Recharge Potential
WateReuse Association member the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is expanding its effort to learn more about the water supply potential of local stormwater capture and reuse with a new $7.5 million pilot program approved November 5 by its board of directors. The program will gather data on the amount of water produced by projects that capture local rainfall and stormwater runoff and use it to recharge groundwater basins in the region. Applications for project funding will open on March 1, 2020. Read More.
California: Joint Powers Authority Formed for East County Advanced Water Purification Program
On November 5, representatives from Padre Dam Municipal Water District, City of El Cajon and County of San Diego held the formation meeting of the East County Advanced Water Purification Joint Powers Authority (JPA) to serve as the governing body for the East County Advanced Water Purification project. Once complete, the $528 million program will generate up to 11.5 million gallons per day of new drinking water – approximately 30% of current drinking water demands for residents in East San Diego County. Read More.
Water Recycling an Integral Part of Chevron’s Permian Operations
Companies like Chevron are increasingly reusing water produced in oil and gas production to cut down on the impact to freshwater supplies – especially in the arid Permian Basin of southeast New Mexico and West Texas. One barrel of oil produces seven to eight barrels of wastewater. The water is typically treated and reused onsite for hydraulic fracturing. Researchers are studying opportunities and challenges associated with reusing this water for agriculture and other uses. Read more.
WateReuse Customer Communications Tools and Resources
Profiles in Reuse: Flyer Explains Safety and Reliability of Potable Reuse
The WateReuse Association released a new flyer, Profiles in Reuse: Potable Reuse, which members can use to inform ratepayers, elected officials, and other stakeholders about the safety and reliability of using purified water as part of the drinking water supply. The flyer also supports WateReuse’sMedical Community Initiative,which seeks to build support for potable reuse among medical and public health officials. This flyer is the first in a series of Profiles in Reuse that will serve as resources for member communication on water recycling. Download Flyer.
Conferences and Events
Arcadis Shares Experience from the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium
Last week, WateReuse Association member Arcadis shared key takeaways from the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium that the water sector can leverage to advance the One Water movement. The post includes discussions of reuse as a critical component of smart cities, opportunities associated with the EPA’s National Water Reuse Action Plan, the importance of education and outreach, and funding opportunities for water recycling infrastructure. Other takeaways focused on alternative delivery of reuse and growth in direct potable reuse and in non-reverse osmosis treatment. Read More.
Closing the Water Loop with NEWater: The Story of Recycled Water in Singapore
Singapore, a small densely populated island nation, has made international headlines with its innovative NEWater, a high quality purified water produced using advanced membranes and ultraviolet technologies. Please join us for a webcast on November 20 at 4:30 pm PST for an in depth presentation on Singapore’s NEWater. Two engineers will join us live from Singapore to discuss R&D efforts and strategies implemented to overcome various operational challenges. Register Now.
Presented in partnership with The Water Research Foundation, this presentation will cover key components of successful onsite non-potable water systems.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members and WRF Subscribers: Free
Across the nation, onsite non-potable water systems (ONWS) are becoming increasingly common as a means to conserve and recycle water. Ensuring consistent implementation is one of the principal challenges for ONWS programs, particularly when multiple, new stakeholders are involved. Water Research Foundation project 4909 sought to identify key knowledge gaps and provide the resources needed to aid in the smooth implementation of ONWS. Through interaction with the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems, the project team identified common pitfalls that have impacted the design, operation, permitting, and implementation of ONWS.
This presentation will cover key components of a successful ONWS program including: (1) treatment goals that control public health risk, (2) effective design of both treatment and non-treatment (i.e., management) barriers, (3) strategies for effective operation and monitoring of ONWS systems, and (4) frameworks for regulating and permitting ONWS. The goal of this presentation is to convey the importance of stakeholder knowledge for consistent protection of public health at ONWS installations. This information will be presented through a survey of the projects two main deliverables: the comprehensive guidance manual and interactive training modules.
- Brian Pecson, Ph.D., P.E., Principal Engineer, Trussell Technologies
- Brie Post, P.E., Senior Engineer, Trussell Technologies
- Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
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12:00 – 1:00 pm Eastern ; 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Pacific
Fee: WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
Managing teams remotely is challenging in the best of times, but in times of crisis, executives and team leaders need to develop an entirely new set of management skills to ensure their teams feel supported and cared for as they work to remain productive. Dr. Bill Mitchell, COO of MoreTalent and former executive of fortune 500 companies, specializes in helping leaders develop exceptional performing teams through periods of uncertainty and crisis. Join Bill and Gilbert Trejo, Chief Technical Officer for El Paso Water, for a special webcast to help you lead your remote team for superior performance and ensure your utility, business or institution successfully manages through this unprecedented public health pandemic.
- Bill Mitchell has been a student of leadership and successful leaders for his entire adult life. His 30 years of leadership experience in leading his own organizations as well as his education, provide a background to help organizations reach new heights. A magnetic speaker and storyteller with a self-deprecating sense of humor, Dr. Mitchell is able to connect people to ideas and inspire them to think differently, and critically, hold them accountable to taking action that will lead to new behaviors and results. He has extensive experience in igniting and driving human behavior change in complex strategic, technology, and process environments in sectors as diverse as manufacturing, aerospace, education, sales, retail, logistics and healthcare.
- Gilbert Trejo oversees the technical services portfolio for El Paso Water, which includes engineering, planning and development, and project and construction management. Gilbert is also President of the WateReuse Association.
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Are water recycling utilities well prepared to address the COVID-19 crisis and other potential future risks?
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
The America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) requires all utilities serving 3,300 or more people to complete a risk and resilience assessment (RRA) for their water systems, followed by the completion of an emergency response plan (ERP). The RRA’s are part of an overall effort to improve the ability of water systems to prepare for and respond to events from water resource limitations to cyber attacks, from extreme weather to an assault on the utility, and from contamination to treatment and distribution infrastructure, among others. In short, it is an all-hazards approach to managing risk.
This webcast will discuss how water reuse interacts with the RRAs and highlight some the ways that risks are viewed and managed from an AWIA perspective. It will also discuss how we are interpreting and acting upon risk in the midst the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and how we can use RRAs to prepare for future risks. This webcast will offer a fresh look at risk and resilience through the lens of preparation and response. The presentation will begin with an overview of AWIA requirements, RRAs, and the role of water reuse in those assessments followed by a focus on risk and risk perceptions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
– featuring Brian Biesemeyer, Scottsdale Water “Arizona’s First Direct Potable Reuse System”