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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

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 – 3:30 pm
WRTX: Tel Aviv to Texas: Lessons Learned from the 2022 WateReuse Israel Delegation

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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:

  • Special Introduction by Omer Bab, Director of Trade and Regulatory Policy, Embassy of Israel and Danny Greenwald, Senior Deputy Director General for Regulation, Israel Water Authority
  • 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

WRCA Leg-Reg Committee Meeting @ virtual
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

For more information contact Jennifer West

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