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November 4, 2019

Washington Update

WateReuse Association Success in House Water Infrastructure Bill, H.R. 1497

Senate Passes Funding Package for Water Recycling Programs

Jeff Lape Named EPA’s First National Program Leader for Water Reuse

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator for Water, Dave Ross, announced that Jeff Lape will serve as the Office of Water’s first National Program Leader for Water Reuse. Lape moves from his role as Deputy Director in the Office of Science and Technology for this one-year detail. EPA’s water reuse team has three core assignments: (1) finish the Water Reuse Action Plan by February 2020 in close coordination with public and private partners, (2) develop a system to ensure implementation of the Action Plan once finalized, and (3) institutionalize water reuse into the Office of Water operational culture. The WateReuse Association is working closely with EPA to accomplish its goal of solving water security challenges for generations to come.

Senate Technology and Innovation Hearing Highlights Water Reuse

On October 30, the Water Subcommittee of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing to examine the use of technology and innovation to increase water security and economic development in the West. Nearly all of the witnesses and numerous members of the Subcommittee, including the chair and ranking member, spoke about the importance of water reuse and its relationship to technological innovation. The witnesses included Dr. John Sabo, Director of Future H20 at Arizona State University; Stephen Harper, Global Director of Environment, Energy and Sustainability Policy at Intel Corporation; Mary Beth Sewald, CEO of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce; Amit Land, CEO of EMS Mekorot Projects; and Margi Hoffman, Community Relations Director for the Farmers Conservation Alliance. Ahead of the hearing, the WateReuse Association submitted testimony for the record in support of water recycling and innovation.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Member!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new member:

California: Recycled Water Coming to Three New Apple Valley Parks

WateReuse Association member the Victor Valley Reclamation Authority will provide recycled water for three new parks in Apple Valley in the Spring. The recycled water will be piped to Lenny Brewster Park, Civic Center Park and Thunderbird Park to irrigate plants and grass. The work is expected to be completed in March 2020. Read More.

California: Eastern Municipal Water District Receives $36M for Groundwater Improvements

WateReuse Association member Eastern Municipal Water Districtreceived a $36.3 million grant from the State Water Resources Control Board for the Perris North Groundwater Program. The proposed project would improve groundwater quality and make beneficial use of available local groundwater supplies, further reducing reliance on imported water supplies. The grant award covers up to 50 percent of the estimated $72 million program. Read More.

WateReuse Member, Biwater, Named Preferred Treatment Equipment Manufacturer

WateReuse Association member Biwater Inc. has been named the preferred original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for Omya’s advanced remineralization process, used in water reuse and desalination treatment. Under the terms of this agreement, the companies will partner on selected projects where Biwater will design, supply, and implement Omya’s technology. Each company expects to expand and grow its market share in the desalination and water reuse industry with this advanced complementary treatment technology. Read More.  

WateReuse Past President Guy Carpenter to Lead Water Engineering for Stanley Consultants

Stanley Consultants announced last week that WateReuse Association Past President Guy Carpenter will lead its water engineering business. Based in Muscatine, Iowa, Stanley Consultants is a worldwide provider of engineering, environmental and construction services. Carpenter, formerly a vice president with Carollo, will develop and execute global water market strategy at Stanley Consultants, engage with key industry leaders to identify new trends, and direct the business development team towards new opportunities and manage profit and loss. Read More.

WateReuse Customer Communications Tools and Resources

Engaging the Public Health Community on Water Reuse? Check out Our Online Resources

Although water reuse is a proven, science-based process that has been used safely in communities around the world for decades, the public is often skeptical when the concept is first introduced into a community. To build acceptance among medical and health professionals, WateReuse has launched the Medical Community Initiative and begun developing resources to support members in engaging with the public health community. Visit our website for videos, articles, and presentations that support engagement with medical professionals. New tools are being developed so check back for updates.

Conferences and Events

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

Apr
15
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Apr 15 all-day
Webcast: Breaking Down Implementation Barriers for Onsite Non-Potable Water Systems
Apr 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Webcast: Breaking Down Implementation Barriers for Onsite Non-Potable Water Systems

Presented in partnership with The Water Research Foundation, this presentation will cover key components of successful onsite non-potable water systems.

Webcast
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members and WRF Subscribers: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

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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.

Presenters

  • 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
Apr
21
Tue
Webcast: America’s Water Infrastructure Act – Implications for Water Reuse and COVID-19
Apr 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Are water recycling utilities well prepared to address the COVID-19 crisis and other potential future risks?

Join Us!
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

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.

Presenters

Dr. Ben Stanford is an Associate Vice President with Hazen and Sawyer in the Denver office where he leads the implementation of innovations in water, wastewater, and water reuse. He is currently leading or supporting over a dozen risk and resilience projects in FL, NC, TX, CO, AZ, and CA.

Dr. Douglas Crawford-Brown is Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was Founding Director of the Institute for the Environment, and at the University of Cambridge, where he was Director of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research.

Apr
24
Fri
Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting
Apr 24 all-day
May
1
Fri
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Santa Margarita Water District
May 1 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
May
28
Thu
Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
May 28 @ 10:00 am

Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
– featuring Brian Biesemeyer, Scottsdale Water “Arizona’s First Direct Potable Reuse System”

Jun
9
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Jun 9 all-day
Jun
17
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Jun 17 all-day
Jun
18
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Jun 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Jul
15
Wed
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Meeting
Jul 15 all-day

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