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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.

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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.

Calendar

Jan
21
Fri
Special Board Meeting: Marketing Analysis Deep Dive @ Virtual
Jan 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Friday, January 21, 2022  Remote 8 am – 9:30 am PT / 11 am -12:30 pm EST Bluefield Marketing Assessment
Jan
25
Tue
What the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Means for Your Community: Program Implementation Details and Timeline
Jan 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
What the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Means for Your Community: Program Implementation Details and Timeline

11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

At the end of 2021, Congress and the Administration passed the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which provided $1 billion for Western water recycling programs through the Bureau of Reclamation and roughly $48 billion for nationwide programs administered by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Office of Water. The IIJA includes $550 million over 5 years for the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Grants Program and $450 million for a Competitive Grant Program for Large-Scale Water Recycling Projects. It also authorizes the first nationwide water recycling program—the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program; and establishes a federal interagency working group on water reuse.

As 2022 begins, federal agencies like the EPA and Bureau of Reclamation are making important decisions about program implementation and the distribution of available funding. Join our webcast on January 25 to learn about the resources included in the IIJA, how your community can access those resources, and what the Administration’s plans are for program implementation and stakeholder engagement.

Speakers:

  • Amanda Erath, Program Analyst, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
  • Deirdre Finn, Executive Director, Council of Infrastructure Financing Authorities
  • Greg Fogel, Policy Director, WateReuse Association
  • Justin Mattingly, Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Jan
26
Wed
CA: How the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and California State Water Recycling Funding Can Help Your Community Advance Water Reuse
Jan 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
CA: How the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and California State Water Recycling Funding Can Help Your Community Advance Water Reuse

11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

At the end of 2021, Congress and the Administration passed the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which provided $1 billion for Western water recycling programs through the Bureau of Reclamation and roughly $48 billion for nationwide programs administered by EPA’s Office of Water. The IIJA includes $550 million over 5 years for the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Grants Program and $450 million for a Competitive Grant Program for Large-Scale Water Recycling Projects. It also authorizes the first nationwide water recycling program—the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program; and establishes a federal interagency working group on water reuse.

As part of the state budget process, the California Legislature and the Governor included $150 million in grants for groundwater cleanup and water recycling projects and $50 million for the Pure Water San Diego project. Additional funding of up to $200 million in grants for these projects was also included in out year funding in the California budget. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) also received significant additional federal funding and the California budget authorized funds for use as the state required match.

As 2022 begins, agencies like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Reclamation, and California State Water Board are making important decisions about program implementation and the distribution of available funding. Join this webcast on January 26 to learn about state and federal financial resources and how your community can access those resources.

Speakers:

  • Amanda Erath, Program Analyst, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
  • Mike Downey, P.E., Supervising Engineer, Division of Financial Assistance, State Water Resources Control Board
  • Greg Fogel, Policy Director, WateReuse Association
  • Jennifer West, Managing Director, WateReuse California
Jan
28
Fri
WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ Virtual
Jan 28 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Feb
1
Tue
Second Annual Nevada Water Reuse Symposium @ Tuscany Suites & Casinos Las Vegas NV
Feb 1 @ 8:15 am – 11:45 am
Second Annual Nevada Water Reuse Symposium @ Tuscany Suites & Casinos Las Vegas NV

Join Nevada’s state gathering for water reuse professionals, exploring the state of the science and trends in the state. The meeting will include a groundbreaking case study, a summary of state initiatives, and a technical update. The event is co-located with the Nevada Water Environment Association Reunited in Water 2022 Conference.

Register at the link below and select WateReuse as your registration type:

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Event Flier

Feb
4
Fri
WateReuse California Q1 Board of Trustees Meeting (virtual)
Feb 4 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Feb
8
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Feb 8 all-day
Feb
17
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Feb 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Feb
18
Fri
Special Board Meeting: Operational Assessment Deep Dive @ Virtual
Feb 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Friday, February 18, 2022
Remote
8 am – 9:30 am PT / 11 am -12:30 pm EST
Association Headquarters Operational Assessment

WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ Virtual
Feb 18 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

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