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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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The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new member:

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 WateReuse California has been requesting this update for more than 10 years to address a number of outdated provisions for non-potable regulations involving dual plumbing, outdoor eating facilities, and more.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

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.

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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
Feb
26
Sat
Northern California Chapter Meeting Q1 (Virtual)
Feb 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mar
6
Sun
Meeting of the Board of Directors – First Quarter 2022 @ San Antonio
Mar 6 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

First Quarter:

Sunday, March 6, 2022 ~  8:00 am to 12:00 pm CST, San Antonio

Board Workshops:
Thursday, March 3, 2022 – Saturday, March 5, 2022
Thursday, March 3 ~ Board Dinner
Friday, March 4 ~ Meeting all day
Saturday, March 5 ~ Meeting in Morning

 

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