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October 4, 2021

Super Saver Registration Opens Today! Register for Big Savings on the 37th Annual WateReuse Symposium

Make plans to join us for the 37th Annual WateReuse SymposiumMarch 6-9, 2022, in San Antonio, Texas and on the WateReuse virtual conference platform. 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 special super saver registration rate opens today, exclusively for WateReuse members. If you normally take advantage of early-bird registration discounts, this year you will be able to register earlier and save even more. Register Now!

Washington Update

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.

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.

Call for Nominations: WateReuse Awards for Excellence Honor Member Achievements

Get the recognition you deserve! The WateReuse Awards for Excellence recognize WateReuse members, their projects, and their partnerships for significant contributions in advancing water reuse.

Award recipients exhibit leadership in water reuse education, advocacy, technology, and/or implementation, showcasing innovative approaches that others can follow.  

Award nominations are due October 22, 2021. 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.


The “Rinse a Regulator” event raised $600 to benefit Water for People.

Upcoming Events

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.


Potable Reuse Committee Meeting
Mar 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
WRCA Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Apr 11 all-day
2023 WRTX Annual Membership Meeting @ George R Brown Convention Center
Apr 12 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

After the membership meeting ends (around 6:15 pm), we will gather folks interested in reuse at Truck Yard Houston for a Reuse Happy Hour co-hosted with the WEAT Reuse Committee.

Truck Yard Houston is a 3-minute walk from the convention center at 2118 Lamar St. Houston, TX 77003.

If you have trouble finding us that evening, please call 832 619-9496.

Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Apr 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
WRCA Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting @ virtual
Apr 20 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
WRCA Orange County Chapter Meeting
Apr 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

TBD; details forthcoming

2023 WateReuse Colorado Conference @ SEEC Building, University of Colorado Boulder
May 2 @ 7:30 am – 6:00 pm

Colorado’s Challenging Water Future: Where are we with Water Reuse?

Join us at the 2023 WateReuse Colorado Conference on May 2 2023! The conference will bring together water reuse professionals to share the latest research, innovation, and experiences to address the growing need for water recycling in Colorado and across the country. WRCO is pleased to conduct this event in collaboration with CU Boulder. Make plans to attend the conference for learning, networking, and engaging in discussions with the experts of reuse community, while enjoying the view of beautiful Boulder Flatirons!

Event Info

Register Now

Board of Trustees Meeting
May 12 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Please contact Jennifer West for details

Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
May 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Second Quarter 2023
Jun 9 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Friday, June 9, 2023

11:00 am to 2:00 pm ET (Remote)

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