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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

Dec
14
Wed
Pure and Delicious: Water Reuse Outreach with Beer
Dec 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Pure and Delicious: Water Reuse Outreach with Beer
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour) WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49 PDHs: 1 Register Now! Join us on December 14 to learn about how communities are brewing beer to raise education and awareness on water reuse. Participants will learn about the Pure Water Brew initiative including their brewer challenge, the origins, and latest efforts. The webcast will feature a discussion of mobile demonstration facilities and the latest technologies. Attendees will also gain a sneak peak of the WateReuse Symposium’s recycled water beer event in Atlanta. Moderator: Guillaume Clairet, H2O Innovation Presenters:
  • Travis Loop, Water Environment Federation
  • Aaron Tartakovsky, Epic Cleantec
Dec
15
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ SMWD
Dec 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Dec
20
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Dec 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Jan
17
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Jan 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Jan
31
Tue
3rd Annual Nevada WateReuse Symposium @ The Nugget
Jan 31 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
3rd Annual Nevada WateReuse Symposium @ The Nugget

Please join us for our third annual WateReuse Nevada symposium!

Register
Event Flier

Sessions: 

  • Keynote: Water Scarcity & Reuse in Southern Nevada 
  • Regulatory Perspectives: Nevada, California, Arizona, and Colorado 
  • State of the Science: UNLV, UNR, Desert Research Institute, Tahoe Environmental Research Center 

We are looking for sponsors! 
Contact: sabrina.dodos@cityofhenderson.com 

Call 1-800-648-1177 and ask for the Nevada Water Resources group rate (GNWRA23). Direct book HERE. $69 Mon-Thurs The room rates are available through December 28, 2022 

Feb
21
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Feb 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Mar
5
Sun
2023 WateReuse Symposium @ Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Mar 5 – Mar 8 all-day

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! The event is planned in collaboration with The Water Research Foundation and will include engaging sessions on the latest reuse-related research projects.

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Meeting of the Board of Directors – First Quarter 2023 @ Atlanta, Georgia
Mar 5 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sunday, March 5, 2023

8:00 am to 12 noon ET

Atlanta, GA (In-Person)

Mar
21
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Mar 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Apr
18
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Apr 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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