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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

Potable Reuse Committee Meeting
Mar 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
WRCA Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Apr 11 all-day
2023 WRTX Annual Membership Meeting @ George R Brown Convention Center
Apr 12 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

After the membership meeting ends (around 6:15 pm), we will gather folks interested in reuse at Truck Yard Houston for a Reuse Happy Hour co-hosted with the WEAT Reuse Committee.

Truck Yard Houston is a 3-minute walk from the convention center at 2118 Lamar St. Houston, TX 77003.

If you have trouble finding us that evening, please call 832 619-9496.

Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Apr 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
WRCA Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting @ virtual
Apr 20 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ South Coast Water District
Apr 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
2023 WateReuse Colorado Conference @ SEEC Building, University of Colorado Boulder
May 2 @ 7:30 am – 6:00 pm

Colorado’s Challenging Water Future: Where are we with Water Reuse?

Join us at the 2023 WateReuse Colorado Conference on May 2 2023! The conference will bring together water reuse professionals to share the latest research, innovation, and experiences to address the growing need for water recycling in Colorado and across the country. WRCO is pleased to conduct this event in collaboration with CU Boulder. Make plans to attend the conference for learning, networking, and engaging in discussions with the experts of reuse community, while enjoying the view of beautiful Boulder Flatirons!

Event Info

Register Now

Board of Trustees Meeting
May 12 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Please contact Jennifer West for details

Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
May 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Second Quarter 2023
Jun 9 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Friday, June 9, 2023

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

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