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October 5, 2020

Deadline Extended! Submit a Nomination for the WateReuse Awards for Excellence by October 16

Is your utility or business demonstrating leadership in advancing water recycling? Or do you know of an organization, individual, or partnership that has implemented an innovative solution in the past 22 months that will inspire others? If so, submit a nomination for the 2021 WateReuse Awards for Excellence to get the recognition you deserve. Nominations are due October 16, 2020.

The 2021 WateReuse Awards for Excellence will recognize accomplishments for 2019 and 2020. Winners will be recognized in conjunction with the 36th Annual WateReuse Symposium in March 2021. Submit a nomination now!

Washington Update

Feedback Requested: WateReuse Seeks Member Guidance on Implementation of National Water Reuse Action Plan

There are two opportunities for WateReuse Association members to provide guidance on the implementation of the U.S. EPA’s national Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP).

The WRAP was developed in partnership with WateReuse and other stakeholders to foster greater adoption of water recycling.

Modernization of Congress Final Package Passed out of Committee

The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress passed their final package of recommendations with 40 new recommendations aiming to “make congress work better for the American people.” The recommendations address Article One responsibilities including improving the congressional calendar, boosting congressional capacity, and reforming the budget and appropriations process. The committee has passed a total of 97 recommendations and the final report will be released to the public in the coming weeks. Read More.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Member Spotlight: Pure Water Soquel Receives $88 Million Federal Loan for Potable Reuse

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced an $88 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to the Soquel Creek Water District in California for an innovative water purification project. Pure Water Soquel will use advanced technology to purify recycled water, producing 1.3 million gallons per day of safe, high-quality water and providing a reliable, sustainable and drought-resistant water supply. The project will also prevent further intrusion of saltwater into the aquifer. Read More.

California: Google Honored for Recycled Water Use in Los Angeles Facility

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) recently announced Google LLC as the 2020 Recycled Water Customer of Year for its ground-breaking use of recycled water at the Google Spruce Goose facility in Playa Vista. LADWP’s Recycled Water Customer Award recognizes customers and their achievements in water conservation and sustainability. The Google facility is the only privately-owned facility in Los Angeles to use recycled water for its cooling towers. By the end of this year Google plans to recycle approximately 22 acre-feet of water, equivalent to a football field under 22 feet of water. Read More.

Oregon: Intel’s Biggest Water Facility Recycles One Billion Gallons

The new water recycling plant at Intel’s Ronler Acres campus in Hillsboro recently surpassed the billion-gallon mark, underscoring the company’s global efforts to reuse the water it needs for advanced computer chip manufacturing. Once recycled, the water goes into scrubbers, cooling towers and other equipment, creating a loop of reclaim and reuse. Intel’s Hillsboro water recycling plant is the company’s largest in the world now operating — the only other one of comparable size is in Ocotillo, Arizona, which is still in its startup phase. Read More.

Texas: Corpus Christi Reviews Ten Alternative Water Supply Projects

The City of Corpus Christi began the process of reviewing proposals from 10 companies that responded to a bid requesting information on alternative water sources. Of the ten proposals, two were for water reuse, six were for desalination, and two were for groundwater projects. The city is pursuing a $222.5 million loan from the Texas Water Development Board for a desalination plant within the Inner Harbor of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. Read More.

Member Spotlight: Orange County Water District Receives Low Interest Loan for Potable Reuse Expansion

California’s Orange County Water District received a Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan for up to $181 million to finance the construction of its Ground Water Replenishment System Final Expansion project. The project purifies wastewater and uses it to recharge the Orange County Groundwater Basin and to create a barrier to prevent seawater intrusion into the groundwater. The CWSRF program is a federal-state partnership that provides communities low-cost financing for water infrastructure.  Read More.

Member Resources and Benefits

Have a Question You’d Love to Ask a Peer? Use WateReuse Connect to Find the Answer

In this time of social distancing, opportunities for peer-to-peer networking are more important than ever. 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, downstream flows, and COVID-19. 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.

Conferences and Events

Webcast: Potable Reuse Permitting to Startup— The Pure Water Monterey Journey

Join our panel for an informative discussion of how Pure Water Monterey, a first-of-its-kind potable reuse project, navigated the process from permitting to design and construction. Pure Water Monterey treats and purifies municipal wastewater, agricultural drainage water, industrial wash water, and urban stormwater runoff before injecting the water into a local drinking water basin through a public-private partnership. Learn about the potable reuse process from start to finish and the coordinated efforts required to pioneer new concepts, overcome hiccups, and secure a critical new water supply.

Register here.

EPA Webinar: Water Utilities Financial Impact Tool and 2020 COVID-19 Water Sector Survey

The U.S. EPA will host a webinar on October 8 on the Water Utilities Financial Impact Tool and the 2020 COVID-19 Water Sector Survey. The webinar will include a live demonstration of the tool and a discussion on the survey. The tool leads water utilities through questions that can determine how their revenues, expenses, and cashflow have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey intends to assess the challenges and needs faced by the water sector during the COVID-19 pandemic to determine if they have sufficient resources to continue their operations and provide safe drinking water and wastewater treatment during the COVID-19 national emergency.

Register here.

Stream On Demand: 35th Annual WateReuse Virtual Symposium Available through October 24

The complete 35th Annual WateReuse Symposium is available to view On Demand through October 24 via the fully interactive Virtual Symposium Platform. More than 800 registrants joined for the live days, September 14-16, and continue to access over 100 hours of content. New attendees can still register and stream the sessions on demand.

Upcoming Events

Apr
20
Tue
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Idaho Workshop 1
Apr 20 all-day
WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop series.
Apr
21
Wed
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Washington Workshop 2
Apr 21 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

Apr
27
Tue
2021 Water Week Policy Zoom-In
Apr 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Register Now!

Join Us!
11:00 am – 1:30 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET
Fee: Free

This webinar is hosted jointly by this year’s Water Week Water Association Partners and will provide attendees the opportunity to hear directly from key EPA officials and Members of Congress on the important regulatory and legislative water policies they are working on now and in the years ahead.

Apr
29
Thu
Resilience through Collaboration: First Year Highlights and Future Directions of the National Water Reuse Action Plan (Webcast)
Apr 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join us for a lively discussion with leaders from across the water sector about the future of water reuse and its importance as a tool to address the impacts of climate change and meet local water demands.

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Please join us for a free webinar on April 29, 2021, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM EDT to celebrate the first year of the National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP), including accomplishments of action leaders and partners and anticipated 2021 outcomes.

The Resilience through Collaboration: First Year Highlights and Future Directions of the National Water Reuse Action Plan webcast will feature remarks from Radhika Fox (EPA’s Acting Assistant Administrator for Water), Felicia Marcus (William C. Landreth Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Water in the West Program), and a roundtable discussion with WRAP action leaders and partners and other water reuse practitioners from around the United States. This event is hosted by EPA in collaboration with the WateReuse Association and other water sector partners.

The roundtable panelists include:

  • Gilbert Trejo, El Paso Water, WateReuse President (moderator)
  • Pinar Balci, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • Mike Markus, Orange County Water District
  • Melissa Klembara, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Brandi Honeycutt, Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment
  • Paula Kehoe, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Chair of the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems

The WRAP collaborative was launched on February 27, 2020 with federal, state, tribal, local, and private sector partners to build technical, financial, and institutional capacity to spur further consideration and implementation of water reuse across the country. The story of the WRAP’s first year of implementation is one of incredible dedication and determination by a growing community of over 100 different organizations. The WRAP collaborative has enabled the formation of new action-based partnerships across the water community to help address local water resource challenges through holistic thinking and integrated efforts to ultimately strengthen our Nation’s water security, sustainability, and resilience.

May
12
Wed
Water Reuse in Bioenergy Production – A Pathway to Conservation and Resiliency (Webcast)
May 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Water Reuse in Bioenergy Production – A Pathway to Conservation and Resiliency (Webcast)

Join May Wu, Principal Environmental System Scientist with Argonne National Laboratory, for a webcast on the role of water reuse in bioenergy production.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
WateReuse Members: Free | Others: $49

Register Now!

Production of bioenergy from a range of feedstocks and biorefining pathways requires a substantial amount of water for irrigation, conversion process, cooling, and steam generation. Because the feedstock varies with climate and soil regions, an increased production will have implications in the availability of regional and local freshwater resources across the U.S. It is critical to understand how fit-for-purpose water recycling can be used to conserve freshwater.

This webcast presents findings from an Argonne National laboratory analyses of potential recycled water use to produce biofuels from conventional crops and algae and generate power by incorporating technology, climate, and geospatial-temporal components. Findings suggest a significant potential of producing advanced biofuel while doubling the amount of recycled water in use nationally. Results from this project support informed decision-making and strategic planning for water sustainable bioenergy development.

Presenter

May Wu is a principal environmental system scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. Her research interests are water resource use, water quality, and wastewater management in the production of biofuels and conventional energy.

May
25
Tue
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Oregon Workshop 3
May 25 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Washington Workshop 3
May 25 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

May
26
Wed
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Idaho Workshop 2
May 26 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

May
27
Thu
WateReuse Arizona Section Meeting
May 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Save the date! More information to come soon.

Jun
1
Tue
Digital Platform, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Potable Reuse Projects (Webcast)
Jun 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Digital Platform, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Potable Reuse Projects (Webcast)

Learn how digital platforms that include artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used to improve asset management strategies and operational efficiencies.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

In this webcast, our presenters will introduce how digital platforms that include artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can be used to improve asset management strategies and operational efficiencies, as well as enhance source control, validate unit process performance, predict product water quality and make sound decisions for assessing suitability of product water for human consumption.

The data collected from pilot and full-scale potable reuse treatment trains have been used to develop artificial neuron networks as part of an ML platform. The platform clearly demonstrates that ML can be used to predict, for example, the product water total organic carbon (TOC) concentration of a pilot advanced treatment facility and the specific fluxes on the third stage of a full-scale advanced treatment facility as the feed quality and operating conditions are changed.

The methodology used and model outputs will be discussed during the webcast. The presenters will also examine how we can couple AI/ML concepts with the Internet of Things (IoT) and next generation of the SCADA systems to operate and maintain assets efficiently while significantly enhancing public and regulatory confidence in potable reuse projects.

Presenters

  • Ufuk Erdal, Arcadis
  • Jim Cooper, Arcadis
  • Raluca Constantinescu, Arcadis
  • Ozan Erdal, University of Washington

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