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November 15, 2022

Washington Update

Historic Water Reuse Investments: Biden to Sign Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, House Vote Expected on Budget Reconciliation Framework

Federal Agencies Recommit to Partnership on Urban Waters Program, Including Water Reuse

Federal agencies including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Interior celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Urban Waters Federal Program (UWP). The Urban Waters Program works with twenty partnership locations across the country to enhance community connections to water by advancing economic, public health, environmental, and social benefits. Under the National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP) Action 1.4, the UWP and National Estuary Program developed an inventory of water reuse efforts accomplished through the partnership programs. WateReuse commends the federal agencies partnership and commitment to supporting healthy watersheds for all communities. Read more.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Member Spotlight: Recycled Water Emphasized as a Key Strategy for Future Water Management

WateReuse Association members are leading the way in building support for potable reuse across the United States. Shifting public perspectives, thanks in part to large community outreach efforts, have allowed communities from coast to coast to pilot test and plan water purification projects. A recent national report highlighted a Direct Potable Reuse Mobile Demonstration in Colorado, as well as the work of several members, including the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Metropolitan Water District, Denver Water, Colorado Springs Utilities, the City of Boise, and others. Read more.

Climate Change Driving Growing Interest in Water Recycling

The growing interest in water recycling as a climate change mitigation strategy was highlighted on the Newsy network last week. The report showcased the work of several WateReuse members, including Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Truckee Meadows Water Authority, and Hampton Roads Sanitation District. As water supply is impacted by climate change, recycled water is a source that will always be available, according to WateReuse California Managing Director Jennifer West, who was interviewed for the report.

CA: Next Phase Approved for Soquel Creek’s Groundwater Replenishment Project

The Soquel Creek Water District is one step closer to replenishing local drinking water supplies with purified recycled water. The district approved the next phases of a design-build agreement with Black & Veatch for Pure Water Soquel, a project that will purify water to replenish groundwater levels. The Santa Cruz Wastewater Treatment Facility will supply up to 490 million gallons of water per day for advanced treatment before groundwater replenishment. Read more.

CA: Yucaipa Pairs Recycled Water and Energy Sustainability

The Yucaipa Valley Water District is adding energy efficiency to its recycled water program with the addition of customized solar, storage, and a microgrid to support the Yucaipa Valley Regional Water Filtration Facility and the Wochholz Regional Water Recycling Facility. The district depends on uninterrupted power and recognizes the importance of a reduced carbon footprint. Additionally, this program is expected to save $73 million over the life of the program. Read more.

NV: Construction Begins for Recycled Water Delivery to Industrial Park

Governor Steve Sisolak joined the Truckee Meadows Water Authority and other leaders from the Truckee River region to celebrate the start of construction for the Regional Water Improvement Pipeline Project, which will provide 4,000 acre-feet of recycled water to the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, home to Switch, Google, Tesla, and other businesses. The project consists of a 16-mile pipeline that will deliver much needed water from the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility. This public-private partnership will promote economic growth, create new jobs, and improve water quality in the Truckee River. Read more.

Association Update

Ben Glickstein Joins WateReuse Staff as Director of Communications

Ben’s addition to staff will expand the Association’s capacity to engage the water reuse community, educate the public, and advocate for investments in water reuse. He previously supported community affairs for East Bay Municipal Utility District and brings a decade of experience in communications around environmental issues and large infrastructure projects.

Connect with Ben: bglickstein@watereuse.org

WateReuse Member Engagement Opportunities

Interested in Becoming More Involved in WateReuse? Join an Upcoming Committee Meeting!

Join a WateReuse committee to drive industry thought leadership on water reuse related issues impacting your community or business, access best practices, and network with leaders focused on similar issues.

Mark your calendar for an upcoming committee meeting:

WateReuse Member Resources and Benefits

Have a Question You’d Love to Ask a Peer? Use WateReuse Connect to Find the Answer

WateReuse members can use WateReuse Connect to access a member-to-member network of more than 7,000 water recycling practitioners, business leaders, regulators, academics, and technology providers. Recent discussion topics have included innovative partnerships, scheduling of recycled water deliveries, and steam generation. Post your questions, observations, and unique challenges on our online platform to benefit from the unique experiences of other members across the nation and around the world. It’s simple to use with your member login information. For help accessing WateReuse Connect, please email Member Services.

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: Keys to Success: Water Recycling in Small and Disadvantaged Communities

U.S. EPA
November 15, 2021
9 am 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

U.S. EPA
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. The webcast builds upon three actions under the recently issued national Water Reuse Action Plan (Action 2.6- NPDES Permitting and Reuse, Action 2.16, Interagency Collaboration Challenges and Opportunities, and Action 3.3, Advancing Stormwater Capture and Use). Register here.

Water Reuse in India: State of Practice and New Developments

WateReuse International Reuse Committee
December 8, 2021
7:30 am PT | 10:30 am ET | 9:00 pm IST (90 mins)

This webcast will feature a summary of the state of practice of water reuse in India. The regional challenges and potential for water reuse in India provide insight for other countries, such as the United States. Specific research and case studies will cover water reuse for agricultural applications. Such applications are of growing importance both in India and internationally. Other examples will draw from community developments that use greywater and blackwater to provide a community value through reuse. Register here.

Calendar

Feb
2
Thu
WRCA Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting @ virtual
Feb 2 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Feb
10
Fri
Board of Trustees Meeting
Feb 10 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Please contact Jennifer West for details

Feb
14
Tue
Agricultural Reuse Committee @ Virtual
Feb 14 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

For more information contact Rosario Cortes

WRCA Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ LACSD Joint Administration Office (JAO)
Feb 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Tour of the San Jose Creek WRP will follow starting at 1:15 pm

Hosted by Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, and lunch will be sponsored by AECOM.

For in-person attendance, please RSVP to jjacobus@rinconconsultants.com by Friday, February 10. Virtual attendance option also available.

 

Agenda

WRCA Inland Empire Chapter Meeting @ Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority
Feb 14 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Feb
15
Wed
WRTX: Tel Aviv to Texas: Lessons Learned from the 2022 WateReuse Israel Delegation
Feb 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
WRTX: Tel Aviv to Texas: Lessons Learned from the 2022 WateReuse Israel Delegation

Register Now!

February 15, 2023 Time: 1:00pm CT | 2:00pm ET

As a global leader in water reuse, Israel takes a very intentional and integrated approach to producing and maintaining its water supply. They combine desalination, water recycling of municipal wastewater and stormwater capture, and reuse to ensure sustainable supplies. Nearly 90 percent of Israel’s treated wastewater is reused for agricultural irrigation purposes.

In November 2022, over 40 representatives from the U.S. water sector, including utilities, industry, states, and the federal government, traveled to Israel as part of a science, technology, and policy informational exchange focused on water reuse practices. This intensive week of learning about the Israeli approach to managing its water resources included several delegates from Texas.

The panelists will share their general experience as part of the delegation (5-10 mins each) and then we will ask a few prepared questions about lessons learned and how those could be applied to Texas communities. If time allows, we will take questions from the audience.

Moderator: 

Paula Paciorek, Division Manager, Houston Water Planning

Presenters:

  • Eva Steinle-Darling, Water Reuse Technical Practice Director, Carollo Engineers
  • Hunter Adams, Environmental Laboratory Supervisor, City of Wichita Falls – Cypress Environmental Laboratory
  • Erika Crespo, Assistant Deputy Director, Water Quality Division, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
  • Kobe Nagar, CEO and Co-Founder, 374 Water

 

Feb
16
Thu
WRCA Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Moulton Nigel Water District
Feb 16 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Key topic will be on urban runoff diversions; more details forthcoming.

For more information contact Kraig Erickson

Feb
17
Fri
WRCA Northern California Chapter Meeting @ virtual
Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Feb
21
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Feb 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Feb
24
Fri
Leg-Reg Committee Meeting
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Please contact Jennifer West for details

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