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November 18, 2019

Washington Update

Mark Your Calendar for Capitol Hill Visits during Water Week 2020

Continuing Resolution to Maintain Funding for Water Recycling Programs as FY 2020 Negotiations Continue

House and Senate leaders have agreed to pass a second continuing resolution (CR) to keep the Government running until December 20. Congress uses CR’s to extend current federal funding levels when it is unable to reach an agreement on new funding levels for the upcoming fiscal year. The current CR expires on November 21. The House of Representatives will vote on the bill this week, and the Senate is expected to do so shortly thereafter, assuming the bill passes in the House. Under a second CR, Congress would have another month to negotiate funding levels for defense and non-defense spending for the remainder of FY 2020, which began on October 1. For a full breakdown of where funding stands for key water reuse programs, see our previous reports. 

WateReuse Continues Work on National Water Reuse Action Plan

On September 10, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a draft of its National Water Reuse Action Plan, and began to solicit feedback through a public comment period, which closes on December 16. WateReuse recently held a meeting with our water sector association partners to discuss the Action Plan, its implementation, and opportunities for collaboration moving forward. We continue to work with WateReuse members and our Policy Committee to develop comments ahead of the December 16 deadline. Members may also submit individual comments through the public docket (docket number EPA-HQ-OW-2019-0174). 

State Updates and Member Profiles

California: Palo Alto and Valley Water Partner on Recycled Water

WateReuse Association members the City of Palo Alto and Valley Water are moving forward with a regional recycled water deal in which Palo Alto will desalt its wastewater and ship it to Valley Water for reuse throughout Santa Clara County. While Palo Alto currently receives water supplies from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the deal will give Palo Alto a backup source of both potable and non-potable water from Valley Water. The terms of the agreement, which is supported by the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is set for a city council vote on November 18. Read More.

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.

Florida: Manatee County Tests Treatment to Improve Reclaimed Water Quality

WateReuse Association members Manatee County Utilities and the Southwest Florida Water Management District are pilot testing a treatment technology aimed at reducing nutrients in reclaimed water. The pilot program will treat 1 million to 1.5 million gallons of the 8 million gallons of reclaimed water a day delivered from Manatee County. The pilot will test biochar filtration to meet Florida’s advanced wastewater treatment standards. Read more.

WateReuse Customer Communications Tools and Resources

How Can You Offer Recognition to Your Recycled Water Customers? Participate in the Recycled Water User Network

Are you interested in recognizing recycled water customers as community water stewards or offering an incentive for new customers to come onboard? Participate in the Recycled Water User Network, a members-only network for businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations that use recycled water, including customers of water utilities and organizations that recycle water onsite. The network gives businesses, governments and nonprofits that use recycled water the opportunity to receive a green designation, Water StarTM, and access to information and resources on recycled water. Learn More.

Conferences and Events

Green Building Professionals Learn about Onsite Water Reuse

Incoming WateReuse Association Board of Directors member Paula Kehoe of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission discussed onsite water reuse at GreenBuilder 2019, a conference hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council. The session focused on the drivers, practicable understanding, and resources for design and monitoring of onsite non-potable water systems and how these projects relate to LEED water efficiency credits. The session also highlighted the work of the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems, which includes a guidance manual and training materials. 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.

Upcoming Events

May
25
Tue
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Oregon Workshop 3
May 25 all-day
WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Washington Workshop 3
May 25 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

Israel Water Reuse Virtual Tour (Webcast)
May 25 @ 10:00 am – May 27 @ 12:00 pm
Israel Water Reuse Virtual Tour (Webcast)

You’re invited to learn about Israel’s water reuse technology and policy approaches as part of a knowledge sharing partnership between the US and Israel. Israel has accomplished extensive infrastructure, regulatory, and institutional reform to recycle over 85 per cent of its wastewater for beneficial uses as a solution to extreme water stress.

Register Now!

This three-session tour will cover Israel’s water reuse regulatory approaches, case studies, technology, and agricultural irrigation applications relevant to the US perspective. Participants are encouraged to attend the session(s) most relevant to their interests.

  • Session 1: Policy and Regulation of Water Reuse in Israel
    Tuesday, May 25 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT
  • Session 2: Israel’s Approach to Water Reuse Implementation, Technology, and Mechanisms
    Wednesday, May 26 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT
  • Session 3: Increasing Israel’s Agricultural Irrigation Efficiency through Recycled Water
    Thursday, May 27 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT

View the Draft Program

This event is hosted by the Israeli Ministry for Environmental Protection, the Economic & Trade Mission at the Embassy of Israel, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in collaboration with the Israel Water Authority, Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Israel Ministry of Health, WaterEdge.IL, WateReuse Association, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

This event is in fulfillment of Action 11.1 in the National Water Reuse Action Plan, “Facilitate U.S.-Israel Collaboration on Water Reuse.” and in support of the EPA/Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection Memorandum of Understanding.

May
26
Wed
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Idaho Workshop 2
May 26 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

May
27
Thu
Process Interrupted: Using BOR Funded Desalination Research to Evaluate an Innovative Process Train (Webcast)
May 27 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

WateReuse Arizona Section Meeting & Webinar
10:30 am – 11:30 am Pacific | 1:30 – 2:30 pm Eastern
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

Process Interrupted: Using BOR Funded Desalination Research to Evaluate an Innovative Process Train to Halt the Salt Accumulation in a Sewer-shed from Cooling Towers while also Promoting a Circular Economy.

Presenters

  • Eric Dole, PE, PSAP, Garver USA
  • Michael Watts, PhD, Garver USA
  • Yuliana Porras-Mendoza, US Bureau of Reclamation

The Southwest U.S. is challenged by freshwater scarcity and salt accumulation in its watersheds. A significant contributor to salt loading in urban sewer-sheds are the many industrial and commercial cooling towers that dot the landscape. These towers are very effective at cooling in arid environments; however, they use scarce freshwater resources to absorb heat through evaporation while accumulating the salts and minerals that must be discharged as blowdown.

Garver was selected by the Bureau of Reclamation’s Desalination and Water Purification Research Program Pitch to Pilot to research a novel treatment train that will reduce the amount of salt discharged from industrial cooling tower blowdown.

Garver’s zero liquid discharge, membrane desalination treatment train is estimated to remove more than two tons of salt from the 600 ton cooling tower blowdown and saved approximately 200,000 gallons of make-up water from the potable water supply over the eight-month field-testing portion of the pilot study.  The reduction of salt discharged to the sewer will benefit the local wastewater treatment plants and the local watershed, while also improving the water quality of the cooling towers with a low energy intensity treatment train.

This presentation will address the BOR Desalination Pitch to Pilot Program, the thought process behind the EC, UF, GAC, RO with VAED concentrate management treatment train and report on commissioning efforts to date.

Biographies

Eric Dole
Eric is a senior project manager at Garver where he serves as the Water and Energy Practice Leader.  He specializes in delivering sustainable infrastructure solutions through optimized hydraulic systems and optimized treatment processes.  In 2019, Eric was selected for the Water Research Foundation’s 12-person Energy Advisory Committee where he advises the group on energy efficiency and process optimization projects.

Eric was one of the world’s first water professionals to be certified as a Pump Systems Assessment Professional (PSAP) through the Hydraulics Institute, which allows him to set the standard for pump systems assessments and optimization techniques, leading to energy efficient and reliable systems.  His process mechanical expertise can be seen in his patented designs for two zero liquid discharge brine management systems, of which one was awarded the 2011 AZ Water Reuse Project of the Year Award and the other was selected for RO concentrate treatment in the Bureau of Reclamation Desalination Pitch to Pilot Research Project that started in September 2020 and is scheduled for commissioning in May 2021.

Michael Watts
Dr. Michael Watts is a reclaimed water strategist, and the water reuse practice leader with Garver.  His experience includes water quality analysis, water reclamation, and publication of peer-reviewed water research. In addition, he has developed and implemented bench- and pilot-scale treatment evaluations, and assisted utilities with compliance with water quality and water reuse regulations. Dr. Watts joined Garver in 2013.

Yuliana Porras-Mendoza
Yuliana Porras-Mendoza is the Advanced Water Treatment Research Coordinator for the Research and Development Office with United States Bureau of Reclamation. After eighteen years with Reclamation, she is one of the Chemical Engineering experts in water treatment whose work expands from membrane development, testing of advanced water treatment technologies, to technology transfer. She holds a US Patent in the area of new membrane chemistries titled “Chlorine resistant amides, polyamides, and membranes made from the same” (US 9056284 B2, granted 6/16/2015). Ms. Porras-Mendoza’s current role is to develop the advanced water treatment strategy for the Research and Development Office within Reclamation and to manage and administer the Desalination and Water Purification Research (DWPR) Program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Science and Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, as well as a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, Austin.

Jun
1
Tue
Digital Platform, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Potable Reuse Projects (Webcast)
Jun 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Digital Platform, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Potable Reuse Projects (Webcast)

Learn how digital platforms that include artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used to improve asset management strategies and operational efficiencies.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

In this webcast, our presenters will introduce how digital platforms that include artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can be used to improve asset management strategies and operational efficiencies, as well as enhance source control, validate unit process performance, predict product water quality and make sound decisions for assessing suitability of product water for human consumption.

The data collected from pilot and full-scale potable reuse treatment trains have been used to develop artificial neuron networks as part of an ML platform. The platform clearly demonstrates that ML can be used to predict, for example, the product water total organic carbon (TOC) concentration of a pilot advanced treatment facility and the specific fluxes on the third stage of a full-scale advanced treatment facility as the feed quality and operating conditions are changed.

The methodology used and model outputs will be discussed during the webcast. The presenters will also examine how we can couple AI/ML concepts with the Internet of Things (IoT) and next generation of the SCADA systems to operate and maintain assets efficiently while significantly enhancing public and regulatory confidence in potable reuse projects.

Presenters

  • Ufuk Erdal, Arcadis
  • Jim Cooper, Arcadis
  • Raluca Constantinescu, Arcadis
  • Ozan Erdal, University of Washington
Jun
4
Fri
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Second Quarter 2021 @ Virtual
Jun 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Second Quarter:
Remote – Zoom
Friday, June 4, 2021
11:00 am to 2pm EST // 10 to 1 CST // 9:00 to 12 MST // 8:00 to 11 PST

Jun
8
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Jun 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Zoom Meeting

When: Jun 8, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrcOurqT8rHNbep0DGS8jHvaxNGuGs2cbu

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Jun
16
Wed
Desalination Research and Technology (Webcast)
Jun 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jun
17
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Jun 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

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