House Delays Vote on Infrastructure and Jobs Act, Works to Finalize Reconciliation Package
Biden Signs Stopgap Funding Bill, Extends Government Funding to December 3
New Policy Brief: Access to Safe & Affordable Water—The Case for Investment in Water Reuse
Recycled water programs are a critical component of America’s current and future water resources portfolio. They are helping communities stabilize water rates, sustain economic activity, and address environmental and infrastructure challenges. Read more.
Member OpEd: Congress Needs to Accelerate Water Reuse and Recycling
SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions global government leader and WateReuse Board Member, Jon Freedman, urged Congress to provide leadership and advance water recycling in the rest of the nation. Freedman recommends congress adopt the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program, which would establish a nationwide program expanding water recycling tools and resources beyond the Western U.S. Read more.
State Updates and Member Profiles
CA: Valley Water Announces Plans for Water Purification Facility
To better adapt to drought conditions and avoid future water supply uncertainty, Valley Water announced a plan to open a water purification facility by 2028. This facility will be developed in collaboration with the Cities of San Jose, Mountain View, and Palo Alto. The new facility will produce 10 million gallons a day of purified drinking water to recharge groundwater aquifers. Read more.
CO: State Proposes Updates to Reclaimed Water Regulation
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Division of Water Quality released a draft proposal to update water reuse regulations and streamline the process of permitting new recycled water uses. Regulation 84 currently allows landscape irrigation, agricultural irrigation, and fire protection, as well as industrial, commercial, and toilet and urinal flushing uses. The latest draft is available for public comment through October 22. Read more.
FL: University Engineers Develop Solar-Powered Water Reuse System
Engineers from the University of South Florida have developed a NEWgenerator to recovery nutrients, energy, and water. This packaged wastewater treatment system recycles water for non-potable uses and is moving out of the trial phase towards mass production. Read more.
Industry Spotlight: Recycled Water Used for Green Hydrogen Production
Plug Power announced its new plant in Fresno County, CA will produce green hydrogen using solar energy and recycled water. Traditionally, hydrogen is stripped from natural gas, releasing carbon dioxide. Green hydrogen is produced without direct carbon emissions but requires substantial amounts of clean water. A new tertiary treatment plant in Mendota will provide recycled water for use in the green hydrogen plant as well as for use by residents. Read more.
Member Engagement Opportunities
37th Annual WateReuse Symposium Call for Presentations: Share Your Knowledge
Position yourself as a water reuse thought leader at the 37th Annual WateReuse Symposium, March 6-9, 2022, in San Antonio, Texas and on the WateReuse Virtual Conference Platform. The WateReuse Association invites water reuse experts, practitioners, researchers, and young professionals to submit proposals for a place on the podium during the Symposium. WateReuse is looking for fresh presentations emphasizing the future of water reuse globally. Speakers will be live and on the virtual platform. View the Call for Presentations and submit proposals online by November 1, 2021.
A special super saver registration rate will be offered exclusively to WateReuse members beginning Monday, October 4, 2021—before early-bird registration opens to the general public. Read more.
WateReuse Member Resources and Benefits
Have a Question You’d Love to Ask a Peer? Use WateReuse Connect to Find the Answer
WateReuse members can use WateReuse Connect to access a member-to-member network of more than 7,000 water recycling practitioners, business leaders, regulators, academics, and technology providers. Recent discussion topics have included innovative partnerships, scheduling of recycled water deliveries, and steam generation. Post your questions, observations, and unique challenges on our online platform to benefit from the unique experiences of other members across the nation and around the world. It’s simple to use with your member login information. For help accessing WateReuse Connect, please email Member Services.
Interactive Map on State Water Reuse Policies and Regulations
Do you need information about water reuse policies and regulations from across the United States? Visit the state policy map on our website to find summaries of the regulatory landscape in key states, as well as links to specific polices and regulations. Clicking on a particular state opens a pop-up window with detailed information about the state. WateReuse invites members to help us fill in gaps in knowledge using the comment box provided on the page. The map is updated periodically as new information is received and/or states update their regulations. View the state policy map here.
Water Reuse Conferences, Webcasts, and Events
WateReuse Pacific Northwest Collaborates with PNCWA on Successful Conference
WateReuse Pacific Northwest (PNW) partnered with the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA) to provide a hybrid, virtual and in-person, conference September 12-15. Through this partnership, WateReuse PNW presented a full-day technical track covering national and regional issues related to reuse.
The track opened with a panel featuring the national WateReuse Association and the EPA discussing the National Water Reuse Action Plan. The PNW Section provided a parallel report-out on regional efforts to advance water reuse through the spring workshop series. Numerous additional speakers from utilities, regulatory agencies, consulting firms and other stakeholders joined the event to share technical insights and project case studies related to important reuse projects.
WateReuse PNW also hosted a fundraiser to benefit Water For People at a Monday evening social event. The Section made a splash by offering participants the opportunity to “Rinse A Regulator” and dunk Idaho DEQ Water Quality Engineering Manager, Matt Plaisted. PNCWA President Haley Falconer of the City of Boise even spent some time in the tank to raise funds! Over $600 was raised to benefit Water For People.
San Diego Green Building Lunch & Learn Webcast: EPA NEWR
October 5, 2021
12 pm PT | 3 pm ET (1 hour)
Learn about the U.S. EPA’s Non-Potable Environmental and Economic Water Reuse (NEWR) Calculator! NEWR is a simple to use web-based tool for screening-level assessments of source water options for any urban building location across the Unites States that is considering onsite non-potable reuse. This tool supports the National Water Reuse Action Plan. Register here.
Webcast: Navigating Onsite Water Reuse Regulations – Utility Perspective
October 13, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
This webcast will explore explore the experiences of several utilities across the country in planning, establishing, and setting up onsite water reuse programs. A panel of utility representatives will offer expert insight into navigating various state regulations or regulatory development processes. Register here.
Webcast: Water Reuse in the 87th Session of the Texas Legislature
October 14, 2021
9:30 am PT | 12:30 pm ET (1.5 hours)
Join WateReuse Texas and WEAT’s discussion about water bills passed the 87th Session of the Texas Legislature! This webinar will discuss several water bills passed in the 87th Session of Texas legislature, including SB 3, and will focus specific attention to the water reuse bills including SB 905 and SB 601. Learn more.
Webcast: Exploring Agriculture Reuse
November 10, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
Join WateReuse California’s Agriculture Reuse committee to discuss the benefits of agriculture reuse, programs and case-studies, regulations, and an outlook for the future. Register here.
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”
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July 28, 2022
Summit: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Social: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
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.
- Register Here
- Learn more about the MWMC and their recycled water programAdditional information and an itinerary will be provided in the coming weeks to registered attendees.
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
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.
- Ufuk Erdal, Arcadis
- Jon Liberzon, Tomorrow Water
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