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.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
WateReuse Members: Free
In this webcast, a panel of experts from the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI) and CalDesal will discuss the state of desalination in the United States. The panel will explore current practices, technologies, treatments, on-going research, and the future role of desalination in the resiliency of the country’s water supply. NAWI recently released a new research and development roadmap series on desalination and treatment of nontraditional source waters for power, resource extraction, industry, municipal, and agriculture.
- Wendy Ridderbusch, Executive Director, CalDesal
- Mark Dononvan, GHD
- Peter Fiske, Executive Director, NAWI and Director of the Water-Energy Resilience Research Institute
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When: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 // 10:30 am – noon
Meeting ID: 821 5121 2028
Dial-In Number: 1 877 853 5257
Maroun El-Hage, Chapter President, EMWD
10:35 DPR Update
Jennifer West, Managing Director, WateReuse California
10:55 Overview of Metropolitan Water District (MWD) Funding Programs
- Local Resources Program
- On-Site Retrofit Program
- Stormwater for Direct Use Pilot Program
Speakers: Jessica Arm and Noosha Razavian, MWD
11:35 IEUA RP-5 Construction Update
Brian Wilson, Senior Engineer, IEUA
11:45 Legislative and Regulatory Update
Cathleen Pieroni, Manager of Inter-Agency Relations, IEUA
11:55 Closing Comments & Adjourn
Maroun El-Hage, Chapter President, EMWD
PNCWA REUSE TRACK // Tuesday, Sept. 14 Ripples of Change Creating Our Future
|SESSION||START TIME||PNCWA SESSION||PRESENTATION||PRESENTER|
|1||8 AM||13A||The National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP) and what it means for the Pacific Northwest||Sharon Napier and Ashley Harper|
|2||8:45 AM||13A||State focused partnerships towards advancing reuse in Idaho, Oregon and Washington||Nick Smith, Jacque Klug and Holly Tichenor|
|3||10:30 AM||13B||So you need a permit in the Pacific Northwest…now what?||ID, OR and WA State Regulators|
|4||11:15 AM||13B||Water Reuse: Waste of Time or Innovative||Jay Irby|
|5||1:15 PM||20A||Launching Community Recycled Water Use through Collaborative Planning for Multiple Drivers||Todd Miller|
|6||2 PM||20A||Using Research to Inform Community Decisions about Recycled Water Use||Jacque Klug|
|7||3 PM||20B||Case Study for Datacenter Cooling Water Reuse||Bob Davis|
|8||3:45 PM||20B||Strategic Planning: the key to internal alignment and program momentum||Haili Matsukawa|
Los Angeles, J.W. Marriott L.A. LIVE
Friday, Sept 17, 2021
11:00 am to 2pm EST // 10 to 1 CST // 9:00 to 12 MST // 8:00 to 11 PST
Do not miss the 2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference! Join us in-person at the JW Marriott LA Live in Los Angeles or participate virtually from the comfort of your office. Our Annual Conference is where California’s water recycling community comes together each year to learn, network, and discover the latest trends in the design, management, operation, and use of water recycling facilities and projects.
2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference
JW Marriott Live LA
September 19-21, 2021
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The WateReuse Association is pleased to support the World Water-Tech North America Summit, connecting the global water ecosystem on October 5-6.
Join 350 stakeholders driving change across the water value chain, with speakers from utilities (public and private), billion-dollar venture funds, international engineering giants, and technology companies (start-ups and unicorns). YOU’RE GUARANTEED hot debates, new ideas and fresh faces!
This incredible group of cross-industry voices will come together to trade insights about how to accelerate watershed resilience, and identify opportunities to transform the industry through innovation and investment. Will you be joining them?
Save a further 10% with The WateReuse Association’s discount code: WRA10
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When: Oct 12, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.