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!
Reminder, our next Orange County Chapter meeting will be tomorrow, Tuesday, December 12th from 11:45am to 1:30pm. Meeting will be virtual only; see attached agenda for Zoom link.
In addition to our regular standing items, we have two presentations:
- Pure Water Southern California Update – Liz Crosson, MWD Sustainability, Resiliency and Innovation Officer and John Bednarski, MWD Chief Engineer
- WateReuse California Update – Jennifer West, Managing Director
Please RSVP so we can get an accurate headcount: RSVP Response Form. Thank you.
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
With water supply limitations driven by factors such as population growth, urbanization, and climate change, along with more stringent regulatory requirements for wastewater discharges, direct or indirect potable reuse is becoming increasingly essential to address water resiliency issues. Carbon Based Advanced Treatment (CBAT) has increasingly been adopted as a treatment solution to treat municipal effluent to provide a safe, reliable augmentation of drinking water supplies.
CBAT involves the use of biologically activated carbon (BAC) usually with ozone, followed by granular activated carbon (GAC) to achieve advanced treatment of water. It may also include flocculation/sedimentation and UV disinfection. Join a panel of experts to explore the various combinations of this process, and get updates on key case studies using CBAT for potable reuse.
- Andrew Newbold, Principal Engineer, Hazen & Sawyer
- Gaya Ram Mohan, PhD, PE, Environmental Engineer, Hazen & Sayer
- Erik Rosenfeldt, PhD, PE, National Drinking Water Practice Leader, Hazen & Sawyer
10:00 am PT | 1 pm ET (1 hour)
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
Across the country, more and more communities are exploring reuse as part of a larger water management strategy. But even the best public projects live and die by community acceptance, and history has shown this is doubly true for water reuse projects. Community engagement is a vital element to designing and launching plans that will create lasting impact. Community engagement is not, however, a one-size-fits-all endeavor. What motivates communities in Seattle will not be the same as Boise, or rural Oregon. In this webinar, we will discuss the importance of localizing a communications and engagement strategy to reflect the values, culture and drivers of each specific community. We will look at two Pacific Northwest case studies from Boise and the WateReuse Oregon Subcommittee that demonstrate effective, local engagement approaches.
Holly Tichenor, Management Consulting National Practice Leader, Brown and Caldwell, WateReuse PNW Board President
- Natalie Monro, Communications Coordinator, City of Bellingham, WateReuse PNW Board VP
- Haley Falconer, Environmental Division Senior Manager, City of Boise
- Jared Kinnear, Reuse Program Manager, Clean Water Services
3 pm ET | 12 pm PT (1 hour)
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
Join us on January 17 to hear from Washington insiders about the current legislative and regulatory landscape and what we might expect for the coming year in Congress and from the Administration. Top Washington lobbyists will discuss the status of key water reuse-related legislation and regulations and how election-year politics may impact advocacy opportunities. Whether you plan to participate in the 2024 Water Week Policy Fly-In in April or are interested in learning more about opportunities to advance water reuse policy, this webcast will help get you up to speed.
Greg Fogel, Director of Government Affairs and Policy, WateReuse Association
Ana Schwab, Director of Government Affairs, Best Best & Krieger LLP
David Leiter, President, Plurus Strategies