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October 11, 2021

Charting our Future: Learn and Network at the 37th Annual WateReuse Symposium

Make plans to join us for the 37th Annual WateReuse SymposiumMarch 6-9, 2022, in San Antonio, Texas and on the WateReuse virtual conference platform. The Annual WateReuse Symposium is the premier conference on water recycling — attracting more than 800 water professionals globally for knowledge-sharing, networking, and intriguing discussions! 

  • Super Saver Registration is open through October 31, exclusively for WateReuse members. If you normally take advantage of early-bird registration discounts, this year you can register earlier and save even more. Register now and save up to $200!
  • Call for Presentation Proposals: WateReuse invites water reuse experts, practitioners, researchers, and young professionals to submit proposals for a place on the podium during the Symposium. WateReuse is looking for fresh presentations emphasizing the future of water reuse globally. View the Call for Presentations and submit proposals online by November 1, 2021.

Call for Nominations: WateReuse Awards for Excellence to Honor Member Achievements

Get the recognition you deserve! The WateReuse Awards for Excellence honor WateReuse members, their projects, and their partnerships for significant contributions in advancing water reuse. Award recipients exhibit leadership in water reuse education, advocacy, technology, and/or implementation, showcasing innovative approaches that others can follow.  Award nominations are due October 22, 2021. Learn more.

Washington Update

Sign Letter Urging Congress to Act Now on Water Recycling Investment

The WateReuse Association has been working with Congress to enact landmark infrastructure legislation that invests in water recycling across the country. While we have secured more than $1 billion for water recycling in proposed legislation passed by the House and Senate, our work is not done!

Congress and the White House are in the final throws of negotiating the final versions of legislative packages that propose to invest significantly in infrastructure, including water recycling projects. We need your help today to ensure that funding for water recycling programs is retained in the final legislation. 

Click here to add your organization to our sign-on letter urging Congress to act now! The deadline for signing is Thursday, October 14. Please contact WateReuse Association Policy Director, Greg Fogel with any questions.

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Holds Hearing on Emerging Contaminants

House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee’s Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee held a hearing last week to examine the challenges that emerging contaminants pose to water quality and public health. During the hearing, the Subcommittee heard testimony from WateReuse member, Hampton Roads Sanitation District Director of Water Quality James Pletl. Pletl urged Congress and the U.S. EPA to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and other emerging contaminants through source control programs. Read more.

EPA Forecasts $21.7 Million in Grants for Rural Water

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expects to release $21.7 million in grant funding for small drinking water and wastewater systems by October 15, 2021. The funding opportunities will assist in providing technical assistance and training to rural systems. The grant builds upon the $12 million in new grant funding previously released for small, rural, and Tribal wastewater systems. Read more.

Federal Agencies Release Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plans

In response to the Biden Administration’s executive order on tackling the climate crisis, federal agencies submitted climate adaptation and resiliency plans to the National Climate Task Force, White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ), and Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The more than 20 plans are open for public comment through November 6. The WateReuse Association is analyzing the plans and will be submitting a set of comments and recommendations to the Administration. If you are interested in sending in comments for this effort, please contact Aliza FurneauxRead more.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Section Update: WateReuse Pacific Northwest Position Paper Provides Implementation Strategy for Water Recycling

The Pacific Northwest section of the WateReuse Association encourages the three states within the region (Idaho, Oregon, Washington) and their respective organizations and communities to continue looking for effective ways to recycle water. This position paper, in tandem with the section’s recent workshop summary report, are key tools in advancing the implementation of sustainable reuse strategies across the region. Read the Paper.

CA: East County Advanced Water Purification Releases Virtual Tour

A new 360-degree virtual tour of the East County Advanced Water Purification Program provides a guided tour of facilities that will create new, local, sustainable, and drought-resilient drinking water supplies for East San Diego County. Viewers who have a virtual reality headset for cell phones can take engagement one step further by “stepping into” the video. The project is a collaborative effort between Padre Dam Municipal Water District, the City of El Cajon, the County of San Diego and Helix Water District. Watch the Tour.

NC: Surf City Explores Purple Pipe System for Residential Irrigation

With a focus on environmental stewardship, Surf City is exploring the benefits of water recycling, particularly the protection of groundwater supplies. City officials noted the importance of community engagement and have received positive feedback on the concept of implementing a water reuse program. Read more.

Research Update

Researchers Use Nuclear Physics to Study Aquifer Flows in Floridan Aquifer

Understanding the age and origin of groundwater is critical in informing water management practices, such as water recycling and aquifer recharge, used to protect groundwater supplies. Scientists from the University of Chicago applied a dating technique developed by nuclear physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory to study the origin and flow of freshwater and saltwater in the Floridan Aquifer. Read more.

WateReuse Member Resources and Benefits

Visit the WateReuse Webcast Library for On-Demand Technical Education

Did you miss a WateReuse webcast you really wanted to see? Or are you looking for information to support your water recycling program? The WateReuse Webcast Library is available exclusively to members and includes over 100 presentations that you can watch on demand with a member login. WateReuse presents webcasts on water recycling technology, operations, research, and policy issues and archives them for member use. Visit the WateReuse Webcast Library to make your selection.

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

Upcoming Events

Webcast: Navigating Onsite Water Reuse Regulations – Utility Perspective

October 13, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)

This webcast will explore explore the experiences of several utilities across the country in planning, establishing, and setting up onsite water reuse programs. A panel of utility representatives will offer expert insight into navigating various state regulations or regulatory development processes. Register here.

Webcast: Geochemical Considerations for Managed Aquifer Recharge Implementation in Potable Reuse

The Water Research Foundation
October 19, 2021
10 am PT | 1 pm ET (1 hour)

This webcast will summarize the results of Geochemical Considerations for Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) Implementation in Potable Reuse (project 5051). Results include a decision framework to evaluate potential physical and geochemical issues anticipated when applying potable reuse for MAR to basins or wells. Register here.

Webcast: Water Reuse in the 87th Session of the Texas Legislature

October 14, 2021
9:30 am PT | 12:30 pm ET (1.5 hours)

Join WateReuse Texas and WEAT’s discussion about water bills passed the 87th Session of the Texas Legislature! This webinar will discuss several water bills passed in the 87th Session of Texas legislature, including SB 3, and will focus specific attention to the water reuse bills including SB 905 and SB 601. Learn more.

Webcast: Agricultural Reuse in California: Moving to the Next Level

November 10, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)

Join WateReuse California’s Agriculture Reuse committee to discuss the benefits of agriculture reuse, programs and case-studies, regulations, and an outlook for the future. Register here.

Calendar

Jul
12
Tue
Managed Aquifer Recharge: Tucson’s Reclaimed Water Story
Jul 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Managed Aquifer Recharge: Tucson’s Reclaimed Water Story
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour) WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49 PDHs: 1 Register Now! The Tucson Water Reclaimed Water system is nearly 40 years old.  Early storage of excess effluent occurred in traditional constructed aquifer recharge facilities.  More recently, Tucson has advanced the concept of managed aquifer recharge, a practice that essentially leaves water in the local rivers and streams to naturally recharge the aquifer. This not only provides an aquifer recharge credit for the utility but creates natural riparian habitats in the desert for the community to enjoy. One project, the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project, has restored perennial stream flow to the river in downtown Tucson for the first time since the river dried up nearly 100 years ago. This presentation will provide a briefing on the Tucson Water Reclaimed system with a particular focus on the three managed aquifer recharge projects that are occurring in the Santa Cruz River. Presenter: John Kmiec, Director, Tucson Water
Jul
19
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Jul 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Jul
24
Sun
Arizona Water Reuse Symposium 2022
Jul 24 – Jul 26 all-day
Arizona Water Reuse Symposium 2022

Early Bird Registration and Discount Room Rate Expire July 7!

AZ Water Association and the Arizona Section of WateReuse Association will once again bring together thought leaders from across the Southwest for our annual symposium at Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona July 24 – 26, 2022.

Sunday:  Kick-off Reception and 6th Annual Purple Water Balloon Battle at 5:00 PM.  Pick a team/t-shirt color (ASU, NAU, UA or Purple if you want to be Switzerland) and get in the game.

Monday:  Full day of Symposium sessions with breakfast & lunch at Little America Hotel.  Shuttle to dinner at The Museum Club.

Tuesday: Half-day workshop: “Defining the Future of Direct Potable Reuse in Arizona”

View Program

Register and Book Your Hotel Reservation

Jul
28
Thu
WateReuse Pacific Northwest – Oregon Summer Summit and Social
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Free event

July 28, 2022
Summit: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Social: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Register Today!

The Summer Summit and Social will offer an on-site approach to learn about recycled water and its many benefits and opportunities, as well as network with leaders in water reuse along with local and state representatives.

Join us to learn about the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission (MWMC)’s current recycled water uses at its treatment facilities, the next step in advancing recycled water for community use, and the immense opportunities for recycled water’s future role as an integrated environmental and water management asset. Engage with other leaders to discuss the positive impact recycled water can make on the One Water we all share.

Register for an optional morning tour of the MWMC’s Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant and Biocycle Farm on Friday, July 29 at 9 a.m.

Summit Location: MWMC’s Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, 410 River Avenue, Eugene, OR

Who: WateReuse members, water industry leaders, local and state representatives

Cost: The Summit, Social and Tours are free, but registration is required.

Aug
5
Fri
WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ TBD
Aug 5 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Aug
9
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Aug 9 all-day
Aug
16
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Aug 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Aug
18
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Aug
24
Wed
A Sustainable Solution to Meet Data Center Water Need – Water Reuse, Innovation and Partnership
Aug 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A Sustainable Solution to Meet Data Center Water Need – Water Reuse, Innovation and Partnership

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

Register Now!

According to the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the nation’s data centers collectively consumed 165 billion gallons of water in 2014. Without intervention and investment, water and energy use of data centers is expected to continue growing rapidly. These trends risk putting data centers into competition with other growing businesses for space, energy, and water, and pose a challenge for data center development in regions with limited water resources. In this webcast, Arcadis and Tomorrow Water will discuss their CoFlow concept which involves the co-location of water reclamation facilities and data centers to allow exchanging water and cooling capacities.

Presenters:

  • Ufuk Erdal, Arcadis
  • Jon Liberzon, Tomorrow Water
Aug
26
Fri
Northern California Chapter Meeting Q3 (Palo Alto/Virtual)
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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