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October 26, 2020

Washington Update

Federal Agencies Host Summit on the Future of Water Infrastructure and Innovation

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Water Security Grand Challenge is hosting a virtual summit on October 27-28 focused on the future of water infrastructure and innovation, including water reuse and desalination. DOE is partnering with the White House Office of American Innovation, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Council on Environmental Quality in providing a summit focusing on the role of DOE and other federal agencies in supporting research and invention to achieve a more water secure future. Register here.

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.

Imagine a Day Without Water

WateReuse Highlights Water Recycling During Imagine a Day Without Water

The WateReuse Association participated in the national Imagine a Day Without Water education campaign on October 21. The campaign brings together diverse stakeholders to highlight how water is essential, invaluable, and in need of investment. Participants, including utilities, businesses, and national water organizations, organized events, resolutions, student contests, and social media engagement across the country. WateReuse used the campaign to increase awareness of the critical role that water recycling plays in a variety of water management scenarios.

Business Leaders Who Imagine a Day Without Water Turn to Water Recycling

WateReuse Executive Director Patricia Sinicropi discussed the important role of water reuse in ensuring sustainable fresh water supplies during the Imagine a Day Without Water conversation. Business leaders in food and beverage, clean tech, advanced manufacturing, energy and pharmaceuticals among other industries utilize water reuse technologies to provide “fit for purpose” water. Read More.

Water Sector Explores the Role of Public Art in Connecting Communities to Water

During the recent 35th Annual WateReuse Virtual Symposium, keynote speaker Peter Kageyama shared the power of art in connecting us with our communities, infrastructure, and water. Last week, the U.S. Water Alliance announced Benny Starr as its One Water Artist-in-Residence. Benny will work with the Alliance for one-year to bring arts and cultural strategies to the water sector. WateReuse will continue the conversation at the 36th Annual Symposium, which launches March 1, 2021. The Call for Presentations will request proposals for sessions that showcase the use of public art and education to showcase recycled water as a resiliency tool.

ICYMI: View Webcast Highlighting Pure Water Monterey Potable Reuse Journey

In conjunction with Imagine a Day Without Water, the WateReuse Association hosted an informative discussion of how Pure Water Monterey, a first-of-its-kind potable reuse project in California, navigated the process from permitting to design and construction. A recording of the webcast can be viewed here.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Member!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new member:

Member Spotlight: SFPUC Leads National Partnership in Shaping Onsite Water Recycling Opportunities

Onsite non-potable water systems (ONWS) represent a significant opportunity to transform the way water is managed, explains Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). In addition to its work in San Francisco, SFPUC is working on state and national efforts to establish guidance and policy frameworks to help local jurisdictions overcome barriers for onsite water reuse.

The National Blue Ribbon Commission (NBRC) for ONWS was established to craft model state policy and develop resources to demonstrate how onsite non-potable water systems can help utilities meet One Water goals. Read More.

Member Spotlight: NextEra Energy Embraces Reclaimed Water to Lower Impact on Fresh Water Supplies

Energy companies, like NextEra, have begun turning to alternative supplies of water in the face of growing water stress. In June 2020, NextEra and the Miami-Dade County Commission reached an agreement for the county to provide 15 million gallons of reclaimed water each day for cooling.

About 61% of existing fossil-fueled and nuclear power plants operate in areas that could face medium-high to extremely high-water stress in 2030.  Fossil fuel and nuclear plants also make up 45% of the U.S. daily freshwater usage. Water reuse can help energy facilities lower their fresh water impacts as the industry works to diversify the nation’s energy portfolio. Read More.

California: Santa Margarita Dedicates Recycled Water Storage Project

The Santa Margarita Water District hosted a socially distant dedication ceremony earlier this month for the Trampas Canyon Dam and Reservoir, marking an important step in securing water supply resiliency for the south Orange County community. The project will capture and store recycled water from the Chiquita Water Reclamation Plant and other recycled water supply sources. During the winter months, water demand is so low that treated wastewater currently flows to the ocean. With the new storage capacity in place, recycled water will be available for use in the summer when demands are high. Read More.

Section Update: UC Berkeley Student Receives Joint National Water Research Institute-WateReuse California Graduate Fellowship

Hannah Greenwald, a PhD student at UC Berkeley, received the 2020 National Water Research Institute (NWRI)-WateReuse California/Orange County Chapter graduate fellowship. The $5,000 fellowship recognizes a student researching advancements in recycled water treatment technology or policy for potable or non-potable reuse.

Greenwald’s research is titled, “Transitioning to Direct Potable Reuse: Microbial Impacts in Distribution Systems.” Greenwald, working under the guidance of advisor Dr. Kara Nelson, is studying microbial water quality in drinking water distribution systems during transitions to treated water augmented direct potable reuse.

International Update

Australia: Recycled Water Brings Green Spaces to Parkes Shire

Parkes Shire Council established a recycled water initiative to irrigate 16 open spaces with about 250 megaliters of high-quality recycled water. The Director of Infrastructure highlighted the community benefits of the plan in both providing green spaces and supporting water security. The use of recycled water for irrigation saves 185 megaliters of potable water for a community prone to water shortages and droughts. Read More.

Member Resources and Benefits

Profiles in Reuse: Flyer Explains Safety and Reliability of Potable Reuse

Use our flyer, Profiles in Reuse: Potable Reuse, to inform ratepayers, elected officials, and other stakeholders about the safety and reliability of using purified water as part of the drinking water supply. The flyer also supports WateReuse’s Medical Community Initiative, which seeks to build support for potable reuse among medical and public health officials. This flyer is the first in a series of Profiles in Reuse that will serve as resources for member communication on water recyclingDownload Flyer.

Conferences, Webcasts and Events

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.

Upcoming Events

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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