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!
Presented in partnership with The Water Research Foundation, this presentation will cover key components of successful onsite non-potable water systems.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members and WRF Subscribers: Free
Across the nation, onsite non-potable water systems (ONWS) are becoming increasingly common as a means to conserve and recycle water. Ensuring consistent implementation is one of the principal challenges for ONWS programs, particularly when multiple, new stakeholders are involved. Water Research Foundation project 4909 sought to identify key knowledge gaps and provide the resources needed to aid in the smooth implementation of ONWS. Through interaction with the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems, the project team identified common pitfalls that have impacted the design, operation, permitting, and implementation of ONWS.
This presentation will cover key components of a successful ONWS program including: (1) treatment goals that control public health risk, (2) effective design of both treatment and non-treatment (i.e., management) barriers, (3) strategies for effective operation and monitoring of ONWS systems, and (4) frameworks for regulating and permitting ONWS. The goal of this presentation is to convey the importance of stakeholder knowledge for consistent protection of public health at ONWS installations. This information will be presented through a survey of the projects two main deliverables: the comprehensive guidance manual and interactive training modules.
- Brian Pecson, Ph.D., P.E., Principal Engineer, Trussell Technologies
- Brie Post, P.E., Senior Engineer, Trussell Technologies
- Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Are water recycling utilities well prepared to address the COVID-19 crisis and other potential future risks?
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
The America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) requires all utilities serving 3,300 or more people to complete a risk and resilience assessment (RRA) for their water systems, followed by the completion of an emergency response plan (ERP). The RRA’s are part of an overall effort to improve the ability of water systems to prepare for and respond to events from water resource limitations to cyber attacks, from extreme weather to an assault on the utility, and from contamination to treatment and distribution infrastructure, among others. In short, it is an all-hazards approach to managing risk.
This webcast will discuss how water reuse interacts with the RRAs and highlight some the ways that risks are viewed and managed from an AWIA perspective. It will also discuss how we are interpreting and acting upon risk in the midst the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and how we can use RRAs to prepare for future risks. This webcast will offer a fresh look at risk and resilience through the lens of preparation and response. The presentation will begin with an overview of AWIA requirements, RRAs, and the role of water reuse in those assessments followed by a focus on risk and risk perceptions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
– featuring Brian Biesemeyer, Scottsdale Water “Arizona’s First Direct Potable Reuse System”