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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

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

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.


WRCA Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Oct 10 all-day
Host and Sponsor TBD.
Germany’s Approach to Water Reuse for Agricultural and Landscape Irrigation
Oct 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Germany’s Approach to Water Reuse for Agricultural and Landscape Irrigation

8:00 am PT | 11 am ET  | 5:00 pm CET (1 hour 30 minutes)
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
PDHs: 1.5

Germany’s Approach to Water Reuse for Agricultural and Landscape Irrigation

Register Now!

Despite Germany’s temperate climate and history of adequate water resources, the country is experiencing droughts and extreme weather trends as a result of climate change. Germany’s increasing interest in employing water reuse for agricultural and landscape irrigation can serve as a model for other temperate regions facing these trends.

Join us for this 90-minute webcast covering the full timeline of reuse in Germany, including reuse initiatives which have existed for decades, future outlooks for reuse in Germany, and the recent European Water Reuse Regulation (2020/741) which went into effect in June 2023. Our panel of research and utility experts will also present ongoing research related to non-potable reuse of municipal wastewater for agricultural and landscape irrigation, which is part of the German BMBF Water Technologies: Reuse (WavE) funding program.


  • Dr. Veronika Zhiteneva, Project Manager, Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin


  • Dr. Christina Jungfer, Project Manager, DECHEMA
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg E. Drewes, Chair of Urban Water Systems Engineering, Technical University of Munich
  • Markus Büttner, Environmental Engineer, Stadtentwässerung SCHWEINFURT
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Wintgens, Chair of Urban Water Management and Institute of Environemtnal Engineering, RWTH Aachen University
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Dockhorn, Director, Institute of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Braunschweig
  • Prof Dr. Aki S. Ruhl, German Environment Agency, Technical University of Berlin
Northern California/Central Valley Joint Meeting
Oct 12 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Oct 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
WateReuse Arizona: High-Recovery Desalination: Tradeoffs in Reuse
Oct 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
WateReuse Arizona: High-Recovery Desalination: Tradeoffs in Reuse

11:00 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

High-recovery desalination processes offer the benefit of increasing water recovery, generally with increasing cost and complexity.  Reverse osmosis and electrodialysis desalination processes will be reviewed and compared with respect to high-recovery water reuse applications.


Erin Young, R.G.

Hydrogeologist | Water Resources Manager

City of Flagstaff Water Services

eyoung@flagstaffaz.gov | w: (928) 213-2405



Shane Walker, Ph.D., P.E.

Director, Water Resources Center

Professor, Civil, Environmental, & Construction Engineering

Texas Tech University



Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Irvine Ranch Water District
Oct 19 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
WateReuse AZ 4Q Section Meeting & Election
Oct 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
WRFL Annual Meeting @ Tampa Bay Grand Hyatt
Nov 1 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
WRCA Los Angeles – Emerging Professionals Committee for a tour of MWD’s Weymouth Water Treatment Plant
Nov 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please join the Emerging Professionals Committee for a tour of MWD’s Weymouth Water Treatment Plant on November 1, 2023, from 10 am – 12 pm! Tour capacity is limited to 30 people so please RSVP ASAP to reserve your spot at the link here: https://forms.gle/gxGhtcBLVwWMTG1F7

Constructed in 1941, the Weymouth Water Treatment Plant is the first water treatment plant constructed by the MWD and now has a treatment capacity of 520 million gallons per day! Please check out the fact sheet here for more information: water-treatment-plants-fact-sheet-final_web.pdf (mwdh2o.com)

Event Address: 700 Moreno Ave, La Verne, CA 91750

Parking is available on site.

Following the tour, anyone who is hungry is open to join us at In-N-Out Burger:

Restaurant Address: 2098 Foothill Blvd, La Verne, CA 91750

For more information, please contact Seto Cherchian at 714.944.4726 or SCherchian@brwncald.com.

2023 WateReuse California Annual Conference @ Indian Wells, CA
Nov 5 – Nov 7 all-day

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