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State Updates and Member Profiles
California: WateReuse California Surveys Water Reuse Funding Needs
WateReuse California is surveying California utilities to support a 2020 water bond strategy that could include significant funding for water recycling projects. To best position reuse in these ongoing discussions, WRCA is asking California water agencies to share their funding needs for reuse over the next 5 to 10 years. To complete the short survey, click here.
California: Metropolitan, Sanitation Districts Launch New Water Recycling Facility
Two WateReuse Association members, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, celebrated the start of operations at the Regional Recycled Water Advanced Purification Center. The 500,000-gallon-per-day demonstration facility takes effluent from the Sanitation Districts’ Joint Water Pollution Control Plant and purifies it using a process that begins with membrane bioreactors followed by reverse osmosis, ultraviolet light and advanced oxidation. The 15-month pilot is in preparation for a full-scale plant that could potentially produce up to 150 million gallons of purified water daily – enough to serve more than 500,000 homes and industrial facilities. Read More.
California: Ventura Approves $200 Million Plan to Purify Water for Drinking
The City of Ventura approved a $200 million plan to increase drinking water resources and reduce the treated wastewater released into the Santa Clara River estuary. Through indirect potable reuse, the new plant will add about 4,000 acre-ft. of water per year to the city’s groundwater supplies. When the new treatment plant is up and running in 2025, about 1.9 million gallons per day of treated water will be released to the river, compared to the 7.9 million gallons per day currently released. Read More.
Kansas: Hays Overhauls Treatment Plant, Expands Reuse Capacity
WateReuse Association member the City of Hays recently completed an upgrade to the Chetolah Creek Water Reclamation and Reuse Facility, which was overhauled to meet future nitrogen and phosphorus limits. Hays uses its recycled water for irrigation at sports fields and the municipal golf course. Recycled water is also available to the community through an adjacent fill station. Read More.
Bureau of Reclamation Announces Funding for Desalination Research
The Bureau of Reclamation has released a funding opportunity for research under its Desalination and Water Purification Research Program. Funding of up to $250,000 is available for laboratory scale projects and up to $800,000 per proposal for pilot-scale projects. Applicants for desalination and water purification research project funding must submit their proposals by December 4. Learn More.
WRF Seeks Proposals to Assess Research Needs for Stormwater Reuse
The Water Research Foundation (WRF) is seeking proposals for a project to evaluate the state of the knowledge and research needs for stormwater reuse. The project will examine variations in stormwater harvesting at regional and state levels and develop a synthesis document, which will include recommendations on preliminary project concepts. Applicants may request up to $20,000 from WRF with at least 33 percent of the project costs coming from other sources. Learn More.
Conferences and Events
WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series
You’re invited to learn about Israel’s water reuse technology and policy approaches as part of a knowledge sharing partnership between the US and Israel. Israel has accomplished extensive infrastructure, regulatory, and institutional reform to recycle over 85 per cent of its wastewater for beneficial uses as a solution to extreme water stress.
This three-session tour will cover Israel’s water reuse regulatory approaches, case studies, technology, and agricultural irrigation applications relevant to the US perspective. Participants are encouraged to attend the session(s) most relevant to their interests.
- Session 1: Policy and Regulation of Water Reuse in Israel
Tuesday, May 25 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT
- Session 2: Israel’s Approach to Water Reuse Implementation, Technology, and Mechanisms
Wednesday, May 26 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT
- Session 3: Increasing Israel’s Agricultural Irrigation Efficiency through Recycled Water
Thursday, May 27 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT
This event is hosted by the Israeli Ministry for Environmental Protection, the Economic & Trade Mission at the Embassy of Israel, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in collaboration with the Israel Water Authority, Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Israel Ministry of Health, WaterEdge.IL, WateReuse Association, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
This event is in fulfillment of Action 11.1 in the National Water Reuse Action Plan, “Facilitate U.S.-Israel Collaboration on Water Reuse.” and in support of the EPA/Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection Memorandum of Understanding.
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WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series
WateReuse Arizona Section Meeting & Webinar
10:30 am – 11:30 am Pacific | 1:30 – 2:30 pm Eastern
WateReuse Members: Free
Process Interrupted: Using BOR Funded Desalination Research to Evaluate an Innovative Process Train to Halt the Salt Accumulation in a Sewer-shed from Cooling Towers while also Promoting a Circular Economy.
- Eric Dole, PE, PSAP, Garver USA
- Michael Watts, PhD, Garver USA
- Yuliana Porras-Mendoza, US Bureau of Reclamation
The Southwest U.S. is challenged by freshwater scarcity and salt accumulation in its watersheds. A significant contributor to salt loading in urban sewer-sheds are the many industrial and commercial cooling towers that dot the landscape. These towers are very effective at cooling in arid environments; however, they use scarce freshwater resources to absorb heat through evaporation while accumulating the salts and minerals that must be discharged as blowdown.
Garver was selected by the Bureau of Reclamation’s Desalination and Water Purification Research Program Pitch to Pilot to research a novel treatment train that will reduce the amount of salt discharged from industrial cooling tower blowdown.
Garver’s zero liquid discharge, membrane desalination treatment train is estimated to remove more than two tons of salt from the 600 ton cooling tower blowdown and saved approximately 200,000 gallons of make-up water from the potable water supply over the eight-month field-testing portion of the pilot study. The reduction of salt discharged to the sewer will benefit the local wastewater treatment plants and the local watershed, while also improving the water quality of the cooling towers with a low energy intensity treatment train.
This presentation will address the BOR Desalination Pitch to Pilot Program, the thought process behind the EC, UF, GAC, RO with VAED concentrate management treatment train and report on commissioning efforts to date.
Eric is a senior project manager at Garver where he serves as the Water and Energy Practice Leader. He specializes in delivering sustainable infrastructure solutions through optimized hydraulic systems and optimized treatment processes. In 2019, Eric was selected for the Water Research Foundation’s 12-person Energy Advisory Committee where he advises the group on energy efficiency and process optimization projects.
Eric was one of the world’s first water professionals to be certified as a Pump Systems Assessment Professional (PSAP) through the Hydraulics Institute, which allows him to set the standard for pump systems assessments and optimization techniques, leading to energy efficient and reliable systems. His process mechanical expertise can be seen in his patented designs for two zero liquid discharge brine management systems, of which one was awarded the 2011 AZ Water Reuse Project of the Year Award and the other was selected for RO concentrate treatment in the Bureau of Reclamation Desalination Pitch to Pilot Research Project that started in September 2020 and is scheduled for commissioning in May 2021.
Dr. Michael Watts is a reclaimed water strategist, and the water reuse practice leader with Garver. His experience includes water quality analysis, water reclamation, and publication of peer-reviewed water research. In addition, he has developed and implemented bench- and pilot-scale treatment evaluations, and assisted utilities with compliance with water quality and water reuse regulations. Dr. Watts joined Garver in 2013.
Yuliana Porras-Mendoza is the Advanced Water Treatment Research Coordinator for the Research and Development Office with United States Bureau of Reclamation. After eighteen years with Reclamation, she is one of the Chemical Engineering experts in water treatment whose work expands from membrane development, testing of advanced water treatment technologies, to technology transfer. She holds a US Patent in the area of new membrane chemistries titled “Chlorine resistant amides, polyamides, and membranes made from the same” (US 9056284 B2, granted 6/16/2015). Ms. Porras-Mendoza’s current role is to develop the advanced water treatment strategy for the Research and Development Office within Reclamation and to manage and administer the Desalination and Water Purification Research (DWPR) Program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Science and Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, as well as a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, Austin.
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Learn how digital platforms that include artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used to improve asset management strategies and operational efficiencies.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
WateReuse Members: Free
In this webcast, our presenters will introduce how digital platforms that include artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can be used to improve asset management strategies and operational efficiencies, as well as enhance source control, validate unit process performance, predict product water quality and make sound decisions for assessing suitability of product water for human consumption.
The data collected from pilot and full-scale potable reuse treatment trains have been used to develop artificial neuron networks as part of an ML platform. The platform clearly demonstrates that ML can be used to predict, for example, the product water total organic carbon (TOC) concentration of a pilot advanced treatment facility and the specific fluxes on the third stage of a full-scale advanced treatment facility as the feed quality and operating conditions are changed.
The methodology used and model outputs will be discussed during the webcast. The presenters will also examine how we can couple AI/ML concepts with the Internet of Things (IoT) and next generation of the SCADA systems to operate and maintain assets efficiently while significantly enhancing public and regulatory confidence in potable reuse projects.
- Ufuk Erdal, Arcadis
- Jim Cooper, Arcadis
- Raluca Constantinescu, Arcadis
- Ozan Erdal, University of Washington
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Remote – Zoom
Friday, June 4, 2021
11:00 am to 2pm EST // 10 to 1 CST // 9:00 to 12 MST // 8:00 to 11 PST
When: Jun 8, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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