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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

Managed Aquifer Recharge: Tucson’s Reclaimed Water Story
Jul 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Managed Aquifer Recharge: Tucson’s Reclaimed Water Story
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour) WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49 PDHs: 1 Register Now! The Tucson Water Reclaimed Water system is nearly 40 years old.  Early storage of excess effluent occurred in traditional constructed aquifer recharge facilities.  More recently, Tucson has advanced the concept of managed aquifer recharge, a practice that essentially leaves water in the local rivers and streams to naturally recharge the aquifer. This not only provides an aquifer recharge credit for the utility but creates natural riparian habitats in the desert for the community to enjoy. One project, the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project, has restored perennial stream flow to the river in downtown Tucson for the first time since the river dried up nearly 100 years ago. This presentation will provide a briefing on the Tucson Water Reclaimed system with a particular focus on the three managed aquifer recharge projects that are occurring in the Santa Cruz River. Presenter: John Kmiec, Director, Tucson Water
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Jul 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Arizona Water Reuse Symposium 2022
Jul 24 – Jul 26 all-day
Arizona Water Reuse Symposium 2022

Early Bird Registration and Discount Room Rate Expire July 7!

AZ Water Association and the Arizona Section of WateReuse Association will once again bring together thought leaders from across the Southwest for our annual symposium at Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona July 24 – 26, 2022.

Sunday:  Kick-off Reception and 6th Annual Purple Water Balloon Battle at 5:00 PM.  Pick a team/t-shirt color (ASU, NAU, UA or Purple if you want to be Switzerland) and get in the game.

Monday:  Full day of Symposium sessions with breakfast & lunch at Little America Hotel.  Shuttle to dinner at The Museum Club.

Tuesday: Half-day workshop: “Defining the Future of Direct Potable Reuse in Arizona”

View Program

Register and Book Your Hotel Reservation

WateReuse Pacific Northwest – Oregon Summer Summit and Social
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Free event

July 28, 2022
Summit: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Social: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Register Today!

The Summer Summit and Social will offer an on-site approach to learn about recycled water and its many benefits and opportunities, as well as network with leaders in water reuse along with local and state representatives.

Join us to learn about the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission (MWMC)’s current recycled water uses at its treatment facilities, the next step in advancing recycled water for community use, and the immense opportunities for recycled water’s future role as an integrated environmental and water management asset. Engage with other leaders to discuss the positive impact recycled water can make on the One Water we all share.

Register for an optional morning tour of the MWMC’s Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant and Biocycle Farm on Friday, July 29 at 9 a.m.

Summit Location: MWMC’s Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, 410 River Avenue, Eugene, OR

Who: WateReuse members, water industry leaders, local and state representatives

Cost: The Summit, Social and Tours are free, but registration is required.

WateReuse California Legislative/Regulators Committee Meeting @ TBD
Aug 5 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Aug 9 all-day
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Aug 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Orange County Chapter Meeting
Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
A Sustainable Solution to Meet Data Center Water Need – Water Reuse, Innovation and Partnership
Aug 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A Sustainable Solution to Meet Data Center Water Need – Water Reuse, Innovation and Partnership

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

Register Now!

According to the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the nation’s data centers collectively consumed 165 billion gallons of water in 2014. Without intervention and investment, water and energy use of data centers is expected to continue growing rapidly. These trends risk putting data centers into competition with other growing businesses for space, energy, and water, and pose a challenge for data center development in regions with limited water resources. In this webcast, Arcadis and Tomorrow Water will discuss their CoFlow concept which involves the co-location of water reclamation facilities and data centers to allow exchanging water and cooling capacities.


  • Ufuk Erdal, Arcadis
  • Jon Liberzon, Tomorrow Water
Northern California Chapter Meeting Q3 (Palo Alto/Virtual)
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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