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
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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.
PresentersBingrui Liu has been the Operations Engineer at Kranji NEWater Factory since 2017 after graduating from Boston University with a BA(Hons) in Chemistry. Joelyn Tan joined the Operations team at Bedok NEWater Factory (BNF) in 2018, bringing along her technical knowledge as well as experience with the latest industry innovations. Melanie Tan was the Plant Manager for Bedok NEWater Factory from 2010 – 2013 and will be facilitating the session. She currently serves as the Northern California Reuse Practice Leader for Kennedy Jenks.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
This webcast will summarize the California Environmental Flows Framework and its application in the Los Angeles River. Across the country, state and local agencies are promoting water reuse and recycling to conserve water resources. Reuse and recycling of treated wastewater can result in a reduction of instream flow and can impact existing and future instream beneficial uses, setting up potential conflicts between policies aimed at promoting reuse, protecting water quality, and managing ecological resources. Agencies in California have come together to develop a statewide environmental flows framework that can be used to establish seasonal flow criteria. This framework is currently being applied in the Los Angeles River watershed to better evaluate the cumulative impacts of potential flow reductions associated with several water reuse and water capture projects. The project will provide a science-based approach for assessing flow necessary to sustain beneficial uses. The project outcomes will be used to help establish technically sound flow recommendations and evaluate the consequences of alternative flow scenarios for the LA River. This project may also serve as a model for assessing similar situations in other river systems across the state.
Dr. Eric Stein is a head of the Biology Department at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP). Dr. Stein oversees a variety of projects related to in-stream and coastal water quality, bioassessment, hydromodification, watershed modeling, and assessment of wetlands and other aquatic resources. His research focuses on effects of human activities on the condition of aquatic ecosystems, and on developing tools to better assess and manage those effects.
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WOW! Wonders of Water Brownie Journey Jumpstart
Our event is a series of activities and presentations for Brownie Girl Scouts to earn a badge called Wow! Wonders of Water Journey – LOVE Water. Girl Scouts can sign up through the council events page. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Erica Marti (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Overview of activities:
- learning about the water cycle through active movement and visual demonstration
- learning about water pollution, especially how our community is affected by stormwater runoff
- learning about the unique water system in the Las Vegas Valley
Our event is now posted on the Girl Scout events page. Please share with anyone who has a Girl Scout (2nd, 3rd grades).