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September 23, 2019

Washington Update

Draft National Water Reuse Action Plan Posted for Public Comment

EPA Discusses Water Reuse with House Infrastructure Committee

Senate Committee Advances Funding for Water Recycling

Trump Administration Withdraws 2015 Clean Water Rule

State Updates and Member Profiles

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Arizona: Scottsdale Receives State’s First DPR Permit, Sponsors Craft Beer Brewing Event

WateReuse Association member Scottsdale Water received Arizona’s first direct potable reuse (DPR) permit, making its advanced water treatment plant one of only three permanent facilities in the nation permitted for DPR. Scottsdale Water has performed indirect potable reuse via aquifer recharge for more than 20 years. While Scottsdale Water does not plan to make immediate changes in how it manages water, the utility will use its DPR permit for educational purposes, including providing water for a craft beer brewing event in November. Read More.

California: Legislature Directs State Water Board to Update Non-Potable Reuse Rules

Earlier this month, the California Legislature unanimously passed a bill, AB 1180, which requires (based on available funding) the State Water Board to update its non-potable reuse regulations by 2023. It also requires the Water Board to include the use of swivel ell connections for its update to cross connections regulations. WateReuse California has been requesting this update for more than 10 years to address a number of outdated provisions for non-potable regulations involving dual plumbing, outdoor eating facilities, and more. The bill now goes to the Governor for his signature.

California: Metropolitan to Assess Supply Potential of Stormwater Reuse

WateReuse Association member the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is launching a new three year, $5 million pilot program to learn the most efficient and cost effective methods to capture and use rainfall and stormwater runoff. The program will help fund the construction of new direct-use stormwater capture projects and the installation of monitoring equipment on existing projects. The pilot program is aimed at direct-use projects, like cisterns and permeable pavement with underground collection systems, that capture rainfall and stormwater and use it onsite for nonpotable needs such as irrigation. Read More.

Texas: Report Forecasts Increased Water Recycling in Oil and Gas Industry

The Texas Alliance of Energy Producers released a report September 16 that forecasts that the reuse and recycling of water produced during oil and gas extraction is poised to expand as the amount of water produced during these processes is expected to nearly double by 2023. The study, titled Sustainable Produced Water Policy, Regulatory Framework, and Management in the Texas Oil and Gas Industry: 2019 and Beyond, predicts that Texas oil and gas producers will be forced to continue sourcing water for fracking from an area in West Texas where water is scarce and freshwater sources are depleting. The report also finds that current and emerging treatment technologies can support cost-effective recycle and reuse in the oil and gas industry. Read More.

Research Update

RFPs for Six New Water Reuse Research Projects Open

The Water Research Foundation announced six new water reuse research projects that will be funded under a grant from the California State Water Resources Control Board. Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are open for research that addresses log removal credits, real-time monitoring, advanced oxidation processes, antibiotic resistance, and more. View RFPs.

Research Consortium to Study Scientific Gaps in Produced Water Recycling

New Mexico Environment Department and New Mexico State University have entered into a memorandum of understanding, which will create a produced water research consortium. The consortium will develop a framework to fill scientific and technical knowledge gaps necessary to establish regulations and policies for the treatment of produced water that protect public health and the environment while encouraging the oil and natural gas industry to rely less on fresh water and more on the reuse of produced water. Read More.

Conferences and Events

Call for Abstracts: 2020 WateReuse California Annual Conference

The California Section of the WateReuse Association is accepting abstracts for presentations at the 2020 WateReuse California Annual Conference to be held March 15-17, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, California. The conference is designed for individuals, organizations, and agencies that are associated with or interested in the design, management, operation, and use of water recycling facilities and projects in California. Abstracts are due October 18. Learn More.

Upcoming Events

Dec
19
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ TBD
Dec 19 all-day
Integrating Onsite Water Reuse with Centralized Treatment Systems
Dec 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Webcast
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: WateReue & AWE Members: Free; Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

Can onsite water reuse systems be successfully integrated with a community’s centralized treatment system? New legislation is being adopted around the country to remove barriers to onsite water reuse and communities like San Francisco are leading the way in demonstrating how onsite non-potable water systems can supplement centralized treatment and extend water supplies. This presentation will discuss important lessons learned in San Francisco, which has been requiring onsite water reuse in new large developments for seven years. You will also learn how model legislation developed by the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems is being adopted across the country to encourage the use of alternative water supplies. The presentation will also provide a preview of the National Blue Ribbon Commission’s new training manual for onsite reuse, which will be released in early 2020, and discuss future research priorities aimed at advancing more widespread adoption of onsite non-potable water systems.

Moderator:
Mary Ann Dickinson
President and CEO
Alliance for Water Efficiency

Presenter:
Paula Kehoe
Director of Water Resources
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Jan
8
Wed
National Advocacy Opportunities for Water Reuse in 2020
Jan 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Webcast
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

Congress enters 2020 with the next Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) in its sights. Hearings and discussions have begun in earnest within the committees of jurisdiction in both the House and Senate. A number of important bills that were introduced or debated in 2019 may see further consideration in 2020 in the context of development of the next WRDA. At the same time, the Trump Administration will release its FY 2021 budget request as early as February, prompting Congress to launch the FY 2021 appropriations cycle.

Please join us January 8 at 2 p.m. ET for a webcast with Washington insiders to examine what’s on the congressional agenda for 2020 and how you can position your utility or company to have a voice at the table. Top Washington water sector lobbyists will discuss the status of key legislation and explain the opportunities to advance a water reuse policy agenda. Whether you plan to travel to Washington for Water Week in the Spring or are just interested in what to expect from Congress in 2020, this webcast will be a national advocacy primer for water professionals.

Presenters

Moderator:
Greg Fogel, Policy Director, WateReuse Association

Mia O’Connell, President, O’Connell & Dempsey, LLC
Mia’s focus for three decades has been in the water resource and environment arenas. Mia has focused her efforts for her public agency and water clients on Corps of Engineers, EPA and Department of Interior projects. Mia works with the Corps in the flood protection, ecosystem restoration, navigation and water supply areas.

Geoff Bowman, Vice President, Van Scoyoc Associates
Having spent large parts of two decades as a staff member on the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Geoff Bowman offers clients an insider’s perspective on the policy, players, and politics involved in those issues.

Jan
16
Thu
Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting
Jan 16 all-day
Feb
11
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Feb 11 all-day
Mar
15
Sun
2020 WateReuse California Annual Conference @ Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Mar 15 @ 8:00 am – Mar 17 @ 5:00 pm
2020 WateReuse California Annual Conference @ Hyatt Regency San Francisco | San Francisco | California | United States

The Annual WateReuse California Conference brings together utilities, businesses, policymakers, and large water users from across the state to examine the latest issues and technologies in water recycling.

Apr
24
Fri
Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting
Apr 24 all-day
May
18
Mon
2020 WateReuse Pacific Northwest Conference @ Brightwater Center
May 18 – May 20 all-day

Mark your calendars for May 19-20, 2020 for the WateReuse Pacific Northwest annual conference. This year’s conference will be held at King County’s Brightwater Center, an environmental education and event center located on the Brightwater Treatment Plant campus. An impressive conference program is being planned featuring innovative reuse projects, research, education and community outreach, new regulatory directions and an operator session tailored to reuse facility operations.

Jun
9
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Jun 9 all-day
Jul
16
Thu
Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting
Jul 16 all-day

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