September 24, 2018
President Signs into Law FY19 Funding for Title XVI
State Updates and Member Profiles
Florida: City of Altamonte Springs Wins International Award for Water Purification Project
WateReuse Association member the City of Altamonte Springs was ranked in the top three at the International Water Association (IWA) Project Innovation Awards in Tokyo, Japan on Monday, September 17 for its pureALTA program, which purifies reclaimed water to drinking water standards. The pureALTA pilot project produces water that meets or exceeds all drinking water quality standards without using reverse osmosis, which reduces cost and energy use. The program was previously recognized for its innovation with a 2017 WateReuse Award for Excellence. Read More.
Florida: Cape Coral, Fort Myers to Partner on Reclaimed Water
WateReuse Association member the City of Cape Coral entered into entered into an agreement with neighboring Fort Myers to produce reclaimed water for irrigation. Fort Myers will upgrade its South Wastewater Plant to produce reclaimed water and construct a pump station to deliver 100 psi to Cape Coral. Cape Coral will construct a 12 MGD capacity reclaimed water main from the Cape Coral Everest Water Plant to the Fort Myers pump station. Both projects will be completed by 2023. Read More.
Wyoming: Devon Officials Propose Recycling Produced Water
Officials in Devon, Wyoming have proposed the construction of a new treatment plant to recycle produced water, which is the water extracted along with oil in the hydraulic fracking process. Recycling the water helps reduce the huge quantities of water required for fracking and removes the need of finding a disposal solution for the produced water. If approved, officials estimate that facility could output 5,000 barrels per day beginning in mid 2019. Read More.
New Water Reuse Leaders Elected to the Board of Directors
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!
EPA to Host WIFIA Information Session in Seattle
Utilities will have the opportunity to meet with officials from the U.S. EPA on October 11 in Seattle to learn about funding opportunities for water, wastewater, and recycled water infrastructure available under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014 (WIFIA). WIFIA program staff will provide an overview of the program, explain the financial benefits of WIFIA loans, and discuss the application process. This is the first meeting in the latest round of information sessions—both in-person and via webinar—over the next few months. Register for the meeting.
Webcast: Learn about the New Recycled Water User Network
Please join us on October 24 at 2 pm eastern to learn about the WateReuse Association’s newest membership opportunity, the Recycled Water User Network. The network gives businesses, governments and nonprofits that use recycled water the opportunity to engage on WateReuse Connect, attend webcasts, and access information and tools on recycled water. Members of the Recycled Water User Network that receive their water from a municipal utility that is also a member of the WateReuse Association qualify for the green designation, Water Star, and can use the Water Star label to market their commitment to sustainability. To learn more, register for the webcast.
Webcast: Reducing the Cost of Concentrate Disposal: Using a Novel Hybrid NF-RO to Enhance Sodium Chloride Removal
Concentrate disposal is a major cost for desalting operations, and for many water-recycling applications only partial desalting is needed, often targeting sodium chloride specifically. Please join us on November 14 at 2 p.m. to learn about a pilot study that was conducted to demonstrate the viability of a two-pass system, combining an NF pass with a second RO pass and blending the NF concentrate with the RO permeate. Findings indicate that sodium chloride can be preferentially removed from the recycled water, chemical and power consumption can be reduced when operated at system recoveries comparable to typical RO systems, and much higher recoveries are achievable with modest increases in power and chemical usage. Register Now!
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
– 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Pure Water Monterey, located at 14811 Del Monte Blvd, Marina, CA 93933. The meeting includes lunch and a tour.
– Please RSVP no later than 1/22/20.
- To RSVP to attend in person, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/6hbco4sVPJRosRe46. Detailed driving and parking directions will be provided to those who RSVP.
- To register to participate via webinar, please complete this form: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4714919568173938700 .
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
Today’s technology allows us to treat virtually any source of water to meet any need including drinking, but many states lack regulations to allow potable reuse projects to move forward. WateReuse Association State Sections are taking the lead in collaborating with regulatory agencies and other stakeholders to develop regulatory frameworks to implement potable reuse. Join us to learn about recent efforts in Colorado and Florida that are paving the way for potable reuse.
The State of Colorado is considering regulating direct potable reuse (DPR). To support this effort, WateReuse Colorado sponsored the formation of an Independent Advisory Expert Panel to develop regulatory guidelines for the state. Larry Schimmoller, chair of the Panel, will review the process used to develop the regulatory guidelines, discuss the specific recommendations included in the guidelines, and present the next steps in the regulatory process.
WateReuse Florida took the initiative to bring together a diverse group of water professionals and end user stakeholders to participate in a consensus base effort to identify and address technical, regulatory, and implementation barriers to potable reuse in Florida. The Florida Potable Reuse Commission was formed to develop a framework document for potable reuse implantation in Florida to augment future water supply and support water quality initiatives. Lynn Spivey, WateReuse Florida President, and Potable Reuse Commission Chair, will be discussing the 18-month effort and the newly published Framework document.
Chair, Independent Advisory Expert Panel, Colorado DPR Framework Project
Global Technology Leader for Water Reuse, Jacobs
Chair, Florida Potable Reuse Commission
President, WateReuse Florida
Director of Utilities, City of Plant City (Florida)
The event includes a meeting of the Board Trustees and a webinar on PFAS.
WateReuse Nevada’s inaugural inter-state gathering for water professionals to discuss current topics and future trends. Topics will cover the current state and future prospects of water recycling in Nevada; state, agency, and industry partnership; and a current look at scientific advancements at Nevada universities.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
A group of chemicals known as PFAS – perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances – has garnered the public’s attention and posed treatment challenges for recycled water utilities. What is the latest science on effective treatment for PFAS? This webcast focuses on the fate of PFAS in recycled water destined for potable reuse, and will include results from different advanced treatment processes ranging from bench-scale evaluations to permanent potable reuse treatment demonstration projects. The data illustrate important considerations during treatment selection, design, and operation to meet PFAS treatment goals.
Reuse Innovation Lead and Principal Technologist
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.