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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

WRCA NorCal Chapter Meeting @ Valley Water
Dec 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The WRCA NorCal Chapter December Meeting will be hosted by Valley Water in their Board room at 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose CA 95118

The meeting will be from 9 am to 12 pm, with a hybrid option and a following tour of Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center.

View agenda for more details.

WRCA Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Santa Monica
Dec 5 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Santa Monica Institute Meeting Room

330 Olympic Drive

Santa Monica, CA 90401

  • Lunch will begin at 11:00 a.m. Thank you to our lunch sponsor, Woodard & Curran.
  • The formal meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. Parking is available in the Civic Center Parking Structure above the meeting room.
  • A tour of the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Project (SWIP) will follow the formal meeting, starting at 1:15 p.m. Please wear closed-toed shoes.
  • There will also be an option to participate in the meeting virtually. A Zoom meeting registration link will be sent out with the agenda about one week prior.
  • Whether you plan to attend in person or via Zoom, please RSVP by Friday, December 1st by filling out the form at this link: https://forms.office.com/r/6B7UknVNmz. Please indicate if you plan on joining for lunch, the formal meeting, and/or the tour, so that we may get an accurate count. This meeting will have a capacity limit of 50 people.
San Diego Chapter Meeting @ San Diego County Water Authority in Kearny Mesa
Dec 7 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Save the date for our December chapter meeting!

Please save the date for our last chapter meeting of the year on Thursday, December 7 at 3 p.m. This meeting will be held in person at the San Diego County Water Authority in Kearny Mesa, followed by a happy hour at Khan’s Cave

The meeting will include a presentation from Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District on their recycled water project, 2024 officer elections, regulatory updates, and more! We look forward to seeing you all there.


Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information coming soon.

Meeting of the Board of Directors – Fourth Quarter 2023
Dec 8 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Friday, December 8, 2023

11:00 am to 2:00 pm ET (Remote)

Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Dec 12 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
WateReuse Florida December Board Meeting
Dec 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
WateReuse Webcast: Carbon Based Advanced Treatment for Water Reuse. Sponsored by Hazen & Sawyer
Dec 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
WateReuse Webcast: Carbon Based Advanced Treatment for Water Reuse. Sponsored by Hazen & Sawyer

11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

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
Inland Empire Chapter Meeting
Dec 14 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

We will hold an inperson meeting at Western Municipal Water District.


Please RSVP HERE for this meeting by Thursday, December 7th

Arizona Water Reuse 2024 Symposium – Call for Abstracts Deadline
Dec 15 all-day
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Dec 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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