Executive Order Formalizes Water Subcabinet, Directs Coordination on Water Reuse
President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week, “Modernizing America’s Water Resource Management and Water Infrastructure,” to facilitate federal coordination on water policy. The order formalizes and adds presidential backing to the “Water Subcabinet,” which consists of Senate-confirmed appointees from across the federal government who coordinate their work on water resource management.
The Subcabinet will make recommendations to the Administration regarding how to support the adoption of water reuse. While still an informal group, the Subcabinet was instrumental in developing the National Water Reuse Action Plan, and participated in the launch event at the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium in 2019. WateReuse looks forward to continuing our work with the Water Subcabinet to advance water recycling across the country.
U.S. EPA Announces $225 Million for Hampton Roads Sanitation District Water Reuse Project
The Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) received a $225 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan for the expansion of their Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow (SWIFT) program. The SWIFT program uses water reuse and advanced water treatment technologies to recharge the Potomac Aquifer. The project replenishes the local water supply, prevents saltwater intrusion, mitigates land subsidence, and reduces surface discharges to the Chesapeake Bay. The WIFIA loan finances approximately half of the $460 million project phase. Read More.
Feedback Requested: WateReuse Seeks Member Guidance on Implementation of National Water Reuse Action Plan
The WateReuse Association is seeking member guidance on implementation of the U.S. EPA’s national Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP). To help guide implementation of a range of actions, please complete our survey here.
The WRAP was developed in partnership with WateReuse and other stakeholders. WateReuse is leading or co-leading a variety of actions, including developing a database to track and report state-level policies and regulations related to water reuse; establishing a water reuse award to recognize significant achievements in adopting and promoting water reuse in the industrial and corporate sectors; and helping to organize events related to stormwater reuse, inter-state collaboration, and workforce development.
State Updates and Member Profiles
Section Update: California Secures Recycled Water Funding and Advances Reuse through Regulation
WateReuse California (WRCA) released its 2020 Update which details its efforts to advance water reuse through regulations and bring the water recycling community together. In addition to successfully advocating for bond measures and other legislation, the state’s Water Resilience Portfolio includes key water reuse actions championed by WRCA. The section also hosted a virtual conference, organized committee meetings, and engaged local chapters to maintain member involvement throughout the pandemic. Read More.
Section Update: Pacific Northwest Highlights Successes in Quarterly Newsletter
WateReuse Pacific Northwest released its third quarter newsletter highlighting the resilience and innovation of members in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington that have worked through conditions ranging from the pandemic to devastating wildfires to advance water recycling. Over the past quarter, the Pacific Northwest Section hosted two webinars, surveyed member needs, and participated in the 2020 Water Reuse Regulator Summit at the 35th Annual WateReuse Symposium. The section also is currently accepting nominations for new officers. Read More.
Idaho: Boise Incorporates Water Reuse and Recycling in Utility Planning
The City of Boise incorporated water recycling initiatives as a centerpiece of infrastructure improvements to increase capacity in its recently released Public Works Water Renewal Utility Plan. The plan identifies the potential for water recycling and an industrial reuse program to attract companies to Boise. Approved by the City Council last week, the plan provides a framework for the city’s water supply over the next 50 years. Read More.
Indiana: Rushville Updates Treatment Process to Ensure Viable Recycled Water
In an effort to prepare for implementing a potential water reuse program, the City of Rushville Wastewater Treatment Plant transitioned from chlorine disinfection to ultraviolet disinfection. Rushville is considering water reuse as a strategic solution to address combined sewer overflows (CSO) in extreme weather and eliminate discharges into the Flack Rock River. An agreement between the city and Indiana Department of Environmental Management called for the elimination of CSO discharges within 15 years. Read More.
South Africa: Cape Town Looks to Water Recycling to Alleviate Water Stress
Researchers in Cape Town, South Africa developed a new water-recycling model to assess long term impacts of water retention and recycling on Cape Town’s urban water system. The model assesses policy interventions under varying scenarios to demonstrate the unique and innovative solutions required to address water scarcity. The research found water reuse and recycling can play a large role in reducing water stress in the future, even as water stress is projected to increase with population and economic growth in the city. Read More.
Saudi Arabia: World’s Largest Desalination Plants Assess Feasibility of Mineral Extraction to Manage Brine
Saudi Arabia’s government-run Saline Water Conversion Corporation is studying the feasibility of mineral extraction to reduce the amount of concentrated brine that flows back into the sea. As the world’s largest producer of desalinated water, Saudi Arabia also makes the most waste. Researchers believe the extraction and reuse of minerals for the petrochemical industry can help reduce the brine output from desalination. Read More.
Member Resources and Benefits
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, Webcasts and Events
Webcast: Potable Reuse Permitting to Startup— The Pure Water Monterey Journey
Join our panel on October 21 at 2 pm ET for an informative discussion of how Pure Water Monterey, a first-of-its-kind potable reuse project, navigated the process from permitting to design and construction. Pure Water Monterey treats and purifies municipal wastewater, agricultural drainage water, industrial wash water, and urban stormwater runoff before injecting the water into a local drinking water basin through a public-private partnership. Learn about the potable reuse process from start to finish and the coordinated efforts required to pioneer new concepts, overcome hiccups, and secure a critical new water supply. Register here.
Webcast: Breweries and Reuse – Reuse is Brewing Up
The use of purified recycled water to brew beer has been an effective public education tool, but what is the market outlook for growth? Join us October 28 at 2 pm ET to learn about the market drivers and business strategies for breweries and water reuse providers within the beer brewing market. This presentation will provide, in dollars, a market size for water reuse technology providers and brewers as well as the outlook for this market. This information will help companies and municipalities plan for the future and develop comprehensive relationships. Register here.
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WateReuse Arizona Webinar
10:30 am – 11:30 pm PT | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ET
WateReuse Members: Free
The Hyperion Advanced Water Purification Facility is a proof-of-concept treatment process that will provide highly treated water for multiple non-potable uses at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant. These uses may include make-up water for cooling towers, toilet flushing, boiler feed makeup and landscape irrigation. The process will also provide an opportunity for the staff at Los Angeles Environment and Sanitation (LASAN) to gain hands-on experience with advanced water purification technologies, including membrane bioreactors, reverse osmosis, UV advanced oxidation and calcite contactors for product water stabilization to prepare operators for future, large scale advanced treatment system operation.
The project is being delivered on an aggressive schedule as design-build with Walsh Constructors. The demonstration facility is being constructed on the existing plant site with significant footprint constraints, challenging soil conditions, and existing facilities that must remain in service through construction. A highly variable influent quality and a need for a pure, non-corrosive product water presented some unique challenges for the process design team. This presentation will cover the major challenges, creative solutions and lessons learned from this unique project.
Rob McCandless is the National Reuse Process Engineering Lead with Brown and Caldwell. Rob has over 32 years of experience with a career focused on treatment processes along with project management, planning, process analysis, design, major system procurement, value engineering, and construction. He works with both municipal and industrial clients and specializes in advanced water purification systems and membrane technologies. His background includes a broad spectrum of wastewater and water treatment processes, activated sludge systems, membrane bioreactors, arsenic removal systems, membrane filtration, reverse osmosis, and related support systems. He has both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University. Rob currently serves the Arizona section of WateReuse as the section President.
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11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
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Join WateReuse California’s Agricultural Reuse Committee to learn about agricultural water reuse in production, planned projects, and new opportunities. An expert panel of agricultural reuse practitioners will share their experiences, lessons learned, and outlook for agriculture reuse in California. Following the panel, the audience will be encouraged to submit questions for a moderated Q&A. Agricultural reuse refers to recycled water used in an agricultural setting. Water is treated and used again, employing effective and efficient processes to meet specific quality standards for the intended end use. Water that is treated and cleaned for agricultural reuse includes municipal wastewater, wastewater from plants that process agricultural products, and runoff from fields after irrigation (also known as tailwater).
North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program
Director of Utilities
City of Modesto
City of Fresno
Department of Public Utilities Wastewater
Angela Morrow, P.E.
Deputy Director of Utilities / Construction and Engineering
Utilities | City of Escondido
José R. Ramírez, P.E.
Senior Civil Engineer
Water Recycling Program Manager
Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District
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Friday, Dec 3, 2021
11:00 am to 2pm EST // 10 to 1 CST // 9:00 to 12 MST // 8:00 to 11 PST
When: Dec 7, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Super Saver Opens October 4: 37th Annual WateReuse Symposium in San Antonio, Texas
Mark your calendar for the 37th Annual WateReuse Symposium to be held March 5-9, 2022 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas. A special super saver registration rate will be offered exclusively to WateReuse Association members beginning Monday, October 4, 2021—before early-bird registration opens to the general public.