September 17, 2018
33rd Annual WateReuse Is Overwhelming Success
Congress Passes FY19 Funding for Title XVI
House Passes New Pre-Conferenced WRDA Legislation
State Updates and Member Profiles
Welcome New Members!
The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:
California: WateReuse California Supports Bond that Includes $400 Million for Recycled Water
California: California Water Wins Approval for Desalination Plant in Monterey
California American Water, a WateReuse Association member, received approval for its $279.1 million plan to create a new water source for the Monterey Peninsula on September 13. The Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project will draw water from an intake system of subsurface wells. The water will be sent to a desalination plant built on a 46-acre vacant parcel. The project is needed because California has ordered new restrictions on water from the Carmel River and the Seaside Groundwater Basin, which currently supply the peninsula. Read More.
California: WateReuse California Communications Collaborative Group Meets on October 17
Communications Professionals: WateReuse California is starting a Communications Collaborative Group to provide a forum to discuss and collaborate on potable reuse communications. Please join us for our first meeting on October 17 from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. The meeting will be held both online and in-person to promote statewide participation. All WateReuse California members are welcome.
Register for online meeting
RSVP to attend in-person by October 10
California: Kennedy/Jenks Promotes Dawn Taffler to One Water Practice Lead
Florida: Panama City Beach Sports Park to Use Recycled Water
Construction is about 33 percent complete for the new $37 million sports park in Panama City Beach that will use reclaimed water when available. Officials broke ground on the sports park in June, and expect the park to open June 2019. The sports complex will include athletic fields, an outdoor field complex, and walking and biking trails. Read More.
WateReuse Launches Network to Connect Recycled Waters Users Across the U.S.
The WateReuse Association launched the Recycled Water User Network last week, a members-only network for businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations that use recycled water, including customers of water utilities and organizations that recycle water onsite. The network will help users promote their commitment to water use sustainability, stay informed about the latest research and news about the safety of recycled water, and connect with other users to learn and share best practices.
Awards for Excellence Honor Achievements in Water Recycling
WateReuse, NACWA Announce Memorandum of Understanding
The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and the WateReuse Association are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining a commitment from the two organizations to work more closely together on issues around water reuse and water recycling. The MOU notes that NACWA recognizes WateReuse’s technical expertise on reuse/recycling issues, and that WateReuse recognizes NACWA’s unique advocacy role in supporting and encouraging resource recovery and water reuse. The document also outlines a number of areas of policy advocacy coordination – including around federal funding, research, regulation, and federal statutes – as well as a commitment for collaborative knowledge sharing, learning opportunities, and engagement between members and staff.
Conferences and Events
Webcast: Potable Reuse Using Ozone-Biofiltration
Interest in potable reuse is rapidly increasing across the United States, but some utilities are finding proven treatment processes cost prohibitive. Please join us Wednesday, September 26 at 2 p.m. eastern to hear results from a Water Research Foundation and Gwinnett County, Georgia study evaluating an alternative treatment train using two-stage ozone-biofiltration – without reverse osmosis – to achieve potable quality water. The presentation will include the research drivers and background, outline the pilot study objectives, and provide a summary of results from the drinking water pilot as well as the upstream advanced treatment facility. A cost comparison will be presented showing significant capital and operating cost savings of this non-RO based treatment approach. This research provides valuable information to the water industry by demonstrating the strengths and challenges associated with this non-RO approach to potable reuse, particularly for inland facilities where disposal of RO brine can be cost-prohibitive. Register Now!
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pacific; 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Eastern
Fee: WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
Singapore is a small island nation and is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. In the early years of its nation building, with limited land to collect and store rainwater, Singapore faced drought, floods and water pollution. These challenges inspired the Public Utilities Board (PUB), Singapore’s National Water Agency, to strategize and seek innovative ideas, develop capabilities and secure a sustainable supply of water. Today, PUB has developed a diversified and sustainable water supply strategy for Singapore with the Four National Taps. The Four National Taps are local catchment water, imported water, NEWater and desalinated water.
This Webinar focuses on Singapore’s third National Tap, NEWater. NEWater refers to the high-grade reclaimed water that is produced using advanced membrane and ultraviolet technologies. It is primarily supplied to non-domestic sectors such as wafer fabrication plants, petrochemical plants, manufacturing industries and commercial buildings for industrial and air-conditioning purposes. A small percentage of NEWater is also injected into the reservoirs before being treated at the waterworks for drinking water supply. Participants of this Webinar will learn about the development of NEWater in Singapore, including R&D efforts and strategies to overcome various operational challenges.
Bingrui Liu has been the Operations Engineer at Kranji NEWater Factory since 2017 after graduating from Boston University with a BA(Hons) in Chemistry.
Joelyn Tan joined the Operations team at Bedok NEWater Factory (BNF) in 2018, bringing along her technical knowledge as well as experience with the latest industry innovations.
Melanie Tan was the Plant Manager for Bedok NEWater Factory from 2010 – 2013 and will be facilitating the session. She currently serves as the Northern California Reuse Practice Leader for Kennedy Jenks.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
This webcast will summarize the California Environmental Flows Framework and its application in the Los Angeles River. Across the country, state and local agencies are promoting water reuse and recycling to conserve water resources. Reuse and recycling of treated wastewater can result in a reduction of instream flow and can impact existing and future instream beneficial uses, setting up potential conflicts between policies aimed at promoting reuse, protecting water quality, and managing ecological resources. Agencies in California have come together to develop a statewide environmental flows framework that can be used to establish seasonal flow criteria. This framework is currently being applied in the Los Angeles River watershed to better evaluate the cumulative impacts of potential flow reductions associated with several water reuse and water capture projects. The project will provide a science-based approach for assessing flow necessary to sustain beneficial uses. The project outcomes will be used to help establish technically sound flow recommendations and evaluate the consequences of alternative flow scenarios for the LA River. This project may also serve as a model for assessing similar situations in other river systems across the state.
Dr. Eric Stein is a head of the Biology Department at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP). Dr. Stein oversees a variety of projects related to in-stream and coastal water quality, bioassessment, hydromodification, watershed modeling, and assessment of wetlands and other aquatic resources. His research focuses on effects of human activities on the condition of aquatic ecosystems, and on developing tools to better assess and manage those effects.
WOW! Wonders of Water Brownie Journey Jumpstart
Our event is a series of activities and presentations for Brownie Girl Scouts to earn a badge called Wow! Wonders of Water Journey – LOVE Water. Girl Scouts can sign up through the council events page. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Erica Marti (email@example.com).
Overview of activities:
- learning about the water cycle through active movement and visual demonstration
- learning about water pollution, especially how our community is affected by stormwater runoff
- learning about the unique water system in the Las Vegas Valley
Our event is now posted on the Girl Scout events page. Please share with anyone who has a Girl Scout (2nd, 3rd grades).