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September 27, 2021

37th Annual WateReuse Symposium Call for Presentations: Share Your Knowledge

Position yourself as a water reuse thought leader at the 37th Annual WateReuse Symposium, March 6-9, 2022, in San Antonio, Texas and on the WateReuse Virtual Conference Platform. The WateReuse Association invites water reuse experts, practitioners, researchers, and young professionals to submit proposals for a place on the podium during the Symposium. WateReuse is looking for fresh presentations emphasizing the future of water reuse globally. Speakers will be live and on the virtual platform. View the Call for Presentations and submit proposals online by November 1, 2021.

special super saver registration rate will be offered exclusively to WateReuse members beginning Monday, October 4, 2021—before early-bird registration opens to the general public. Read more.

Call for Nominations: WateReuse Awards for Excellence Honor Member Achievements

Get the recognition you deserve! The WateReuse Awards for Excellence recognize WateReuse members, their projects, and their partnerships for significant contributions in advancing water reuse.

Award recipients exhibit leadership in water reuse education, advocacy, technology, and/or implementation, showcasing innovative approaches that others can follow.  

Award nominations are due October 22, 2021. Read more.

Washington Update

Congress on Track to Pass Funding Bills this Week, Will Include Water Reuse Funding

WRAP Action 3.3: Stormwater Professionals Identify Research, Programs, and Policies to Advance Reuse

Experts on stormwater capture and use from across the nation came together earlier this month at the Johnson Foundation’s Wingspread facility in Wisconsin to discuss “Catalyzing Stormwater Capture and Use: Focusing Opportunities and Overcoming Barriers.” After three days of information sharing and brainstorming , discussions turned to identifying potential solutions and specific needs through the lenses of stormwater characteristics and treatment standards, technology effectiveness and needs, and integration across water sectors, scales, and organizations. The convening completed milestone 10 of the National Water Reuse Action Plan Action 3.3.The U.S EPA will develop a summary report detailing the findings and recommendations from the convening including all the examples and program materials shared. WateReuse will monitor the progress and share when the final report is released. Read more.

State Updates and Member Profiles

CA: Governor Newsom Signs Climate Action Bills Investing $200 Million in Recycled Water

Last week, Governor Newsom signed a package of climate action bills that include up to $200 million in grants for recycled water. Of the $200 million in grant funding, $50 million is designated for the City of San Diego’s Pure Water Project. The exact split and grant cap for the remaining $150 million will be determined in the coming months by the state Water Board, but it will include some funding for groundwater cleanup. In addition, the climate package allocates more funding to the state match for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, further increasing funding opportunities for recycled water programs.

A state budget surplus is expected next year as well, and WateReuse California (WRCA) will continue its advocacy efforts to seek funding for recycled water projects. WRCA will also urge Governor Newsom to include recycled water grant in the Governor’s Budget that will be released in January. 

WRCA thanks all the member agencies that assisted in securing the new funding in the climate action bills. For additional information about this legislation, please contact WRCA Managing Director Jennifer West.

CA: San Francisco Expands Onsite Water Reuse Rules

In an effort to further address climate change and drought, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) board of supervisors passed a measure that doubles the amount of water new large buildings are directed to collect and reuse. The measure expands the existing regulation established in 2012, which requires large commercial buildings, 250,000 square feet or larger, to treat wastewater from showers and bathroom sinks for reuse in flushing toilets and irrigation. The new regulation will go into effect for buildings permitted after January 1, 2022. Read more.

FL: JEA Moves a Step Closer to Building a New Water Purification Demonstration Facility

The JEA Board of Directors approved a $3 million land purchase to build a new water purification demonstration facility and visitor center. The $40 million facility will test technologies for potable reuse and then send the purified water to the city’s reclaimed water system for irrigation and other purposes. The city of Jacksonville projects a need for additional potable supply from the purification facility as soon as 2028. Read more.

Section Spotlight: New Report Identifies Opportunities for Water Reuse Collaboration in the Pacific Northwest

WateReuse Pacific Northwest released a report, Advancing Reuse through State Focused Partnerships, that presents draft roadmap frameworks for advancing water recycling in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The report is the result of a nine-part workshop series in which over 50 members came together to identify goals and initiatives to accelerate water reuse in each state. The workshop series prioritized connecting organizations to advance water reuse solutions. Read more.

Member Spotlight: Digital Realty Recognized for Recycled Water Use in its Data Centers

InterGlobix Magazine released a comprehensive report filled with expert interviews about the impactful ways the data center industry can meet global demands in climate-friendly ways. The feature highlights Digital Realty, the first member of the WateReuse Recycled Water User Network, and explores how recycled water can be the key to sustainability. The magazine also includes an interview with WateReuse Executive Director Patricia Sinicropi. Read more.

Member Spotlight: Brown and Caldwell Hosts Podcast on Brewing Beer with Recycled Water

Participants in the Pure Water Brew alliance were recently featured on the Brown and Caldwell Engineering Legends podcast. Guests from Horse & Dragon Brewing Company, Clean Water Services, Water Environment Federation, and Brown and Caldwell sat down to discuss the sustainable practice of brewing beer with recycled water. Listen here

Spotlight on Agriculture: Water Reuse and the Future of Farming

CoCo San Sustainable Farm is working to reduce waste and use water more creatively to mitigate the impacts of climate change. The northern California farm uses recycled water from the Central Contra Costa Sanitation District to grow its crops. Recycled water use prevents the discharge of up to 760 million liters of treated water per day to the Suisun Bay and provides farmers with nutrient-rich irrigation water that fosters plant growth. Read more.

WateReuse Member Resources and Benefits

Need to Illustrate the Value of Water Reuse Investment? Use Our Flyer and Infographic

Utilities must make a compelling case to ratepayers, policymakers, and other stakeholders that investment in water recycling is the right decision. Use our flyer and infographic to illustrate that Investment in water reuse builds communities that are modern, sustainable and stable—ready for families to flourish and businesses to grow. The infographic highlights examples of recycled water from coast to coast and documents the value they bring.

Interactive Map on State Water Reuse Policies and Regulations

Do you need information about water reuse policies and regulations from across the United States? Visit the state policy map on our website to find summaries of the regulatory landscape in key states, as well as links to specific polices and regulations. Clicking on a particular state opens a pop-up window with detailed information about the state. WateReuse invites members to help us fill in gaps in knowledge using the comment box provided on the page. The map is updated periodically as new information is received and/or states update their regulations. View the state policy map here.

Water Reuse Conferences, Webcasts and Events

WateReuse California Hosts Successful Hybrid Conference, Registration Still Available for Virtual Event

Nearly 600 people participated in the 2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference last week, including more than 400 people that attended the hybrid event in person in Los Angeles. California’s recycled water community came together to learn, network, and discover the latest trends in the design, management, operation, and use of water recycling facilities and projects. Recordings of all sessions are available for on demand viewing in the WateReuse virtual conference platform. Register today to view the sessions through October 31. Learn more.

Webcast: Coast to Coast – Direct Potable Reuse Regulatory Development

September 29, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1.5 hours)

In this webcast, a panel of experts will discuss the state regulatory development process for direct potable reuse in California and Florida. The panel will explore the nuanced differences in the development process, the regulations, and the future outlook of direct potable reuse across the country. Register here.

Webcast: Navigating Onsite Water Reuse Regulations – Utility Perspective

October 13, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)

This webcast will explore explore the experiences of several utilities across the country in planning, establishing, and setting up onsite water reuse programs. A panel of utility representatives will offer expert insight into navigating various state regulations or regulatory development processes. Register here.

Webcast: Water Reuse in the 87th Session of the Texas Legislature

October 14, 2021
9:30 am PT | 12:30 pm ET (1.5 hours)

Join WateReuse Texas and WEAT’s discussion about water bills passed the 87th Session of the Texas Legislature! This webinar will discuss several water bills passed in the 87th Session of Texas legislature, including SB 3, and will focus specific attention to the water reuse bills including SB 905 and SB 601. Learn more.

Webcast: Exploring Agriculture Reuse

November 10, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)

Join WateReuse California’s Agriculture Reuse committee to discuss the benefits of agriculture reuse, programs and case-studies, regulations, and an outlook for the future. Register here.

Upcoming Events

Central Coast Chapter Meeting
Oct 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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Orange County Chapter Meeting
Oct 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Inland Empire WateReuse Chapter Meeting & Elections @ TBD
Oct 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Webcast: Agricultural Reuse in California: Moving to the Next Level
Nov 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Webcast: Agricultural Reuse in California: Moving to the Next Level

11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

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Join WateReuse California’s Agricultural Reuse Committee to learn about agricultural water reuse in production, planned projects, and new opportunities. An expert panel of agricultural reuse practitioners will share their experiences, lessons learned, and outlook for agriculture reuse in California. Following the panel, the audience will be encouraged to submit questions for a moderated Q&A.  Agricultural reuse refers to recycled water used in an agricultural setting. Water is treated and used again, employing effective and efficient processes to meet specific quality standards for the intended end use. Water that is treated and cleaned for agricultural reuse includes municipal wastewater, wastewater from plants that process agricultural products, and runoff from fields after irrigation (also known as tailwater).


North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program
William Wong
Director of Utilities
City of Modesto

City of Fresno
Rick Staggs
Assistant Director
Department of Public Utilities Wastewater

Escondido MFRO
Angela Morrow, P.E.
Deputy Director of Utilities / Construction and Engineering
Utilities | City of Escondido

Havest Water
José R. Ramírez, P.E.
Senior Civil Engineer
Water Recycling Program Manager
Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District

Register here

Meeting of the Board of Directors – Fourth Quarter 2021 @ Virtual
Dec 3 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Fourth Quarter:
Remote – Zoom
Friday, Dec 3, 2021
11:00 am to 2pm EST // 10 to 1 CST // 9:00 to 12 MST // 8:00 to 11 PST


Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Dec 7 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Zoom Meeting

When: Dec 7, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Orange County Chapter Meeting
Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
37th Annual WateReuse Symposium
Mar 6 @ 1:00 pm – Mar 9 @ 2:00 pm
37th Annual WateReuse Symposium

Super Saver Opens October 4:  37th Annual WateReuse Symposium in San Antonio, Texas

Mark your calendar for the 37th Annual WateReuse Symposium to be held March 5-9, 2022 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas. A special super saver registration rate will be offered exclusively to WateReuse Association members beginning Monday, October 4, 2021—before early-bird registration opens to the general public.

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