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September 28, 2020

Submit a Nomination for the 2021 WateReuse Awards for Excellence by September 30

Is your utility or business demonstrating leadership in advancing water recycling? Or do you know of an organization, individual, or partnership that has implemented an innovative solution that will inspire others? If so, submit a nomination for the 2021 WateReuse Awards for Excellence to get the recognition you deserve. Nominations are due September 30, 2020.

The 2021 WateReuse Awards for Excellence will recognize accomplishments for 2019 and 2020. Winners will be recognized in conjunction with the 36th Annual WateReuse Symposium in March 2021. Submit a nomination now!

Washington Update

Feedback Requested: WateReuse Seeks Member Guidance on Implementation of National Water Reuse Action Plan

The WateReuse Association is seeking member guidance on implementation of the U.S. EPA’s national Water Reuse Action Plan, which was developed in partnership with WateReuse and other stakeholders. WateReuse is leading or co-leading a variety of actions, including developing a database to track and report state-level policies and regulations related to water reuse; establishing a water reuse award to recognize significant achievements in adopting and promoting water reuse in the industrial and corporate sectors; and helping to organize events related to stormwater reuse, inter-state collaboration, and workforce development.

To help guide implementation of a range of actions, we are asking for your feedback. Complete our survey here. Thank you for your participation.

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Member!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new member:

Member Spotlight: Coastal Recycling and the Colorado River — The Nation’s Largest Reuse Project Could Benefit Three States

A wastewater purification facility not far from downtown Los Angeles may someday play a role in bringing the water uses in the Colorado River into balance, explains Deven Upadhyay, the Chief Operating Officer and Assistant General Manager at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Metropolitan and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County have formed a partnership to develop what would be the largest water purification facility in the U.S. Recycling more water in the heart of Southern California could translate into more Colorado River water for communities in Nevada and Arizona. Read More.

Member Spotlight: Twelve Water Reuse Programs Honored in Utility of the Future Today Recognition Program

Arizona: Recycled Water Revives Biodiversity in Tucson Riverbed

Researchers at the University of Arizona concluded that the City of Tucson’s Santa Cruz Heritage Project has not only revitalized a once dry riverbed, but it has also led to the resurgence of biodiversity. Almost 70 years after the Santa Cruz River’s downtown reach ran dry, Tucson Water began releasing 2.8 million gallons of reclaimed water into the riverbed daily. The University of Arizona School of Natural Resources and the Environment published studies on both the return of biodiversity and the impact of better treated wastewater effluent on biodiversity. Read More.

California: Oceanside Receives $69 Million Federal WIFIA Loan for Water Recycling

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded a $69 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to WateReuse member, the City of Oceanside, to help finance the Pure Water Oceanside Project. This innovative water reuse project will purify recycled water to create a new source of high-quality drinking water that is clean, safe, drought-proof and sustainable while benefitting the environment by reducing discharges into the ocean. The program will produce enough water to provide more than 30% of the city’s water supply. Read More.

Florida: Cape Coral Approves $1.5 Million for Water Reuse Project

The City of Cape Coral is partnering with Fort Myers City to use recycled water to improve water quality and help keep canals filled. The Cape Coral City Council approved $1.5 million last week to support the $15 million Caloosahatchee Connect Project which will build a pipeline to bring reclaimed water from Fort Myers to Cape Coral. Construction is expected to begin next summer and be completed in January 2023. Read More.

Texas: El Paso’s Innovation in Water Reuse Makes Wave Across Water Sector

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded a $69 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to WateReuse member, the City of Oceanside, to help finance the Pure Water Oceanside Project. This innovative water reuse project will purify recycled water to create a new source of high-quality drinking water that is clean, safe, drought-proof and sustainable while benefitting the environment by reducing discharges into the ocean. The program will produce enough water to provide more than 30% of the city’s water supply. Read More.

Member Spotlight: Las Virgenes Municipal Water District Opens Pure Water Demonstration Facility

Earlier this month, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District celebrated the grand opening of their Pure Water Demonstration Facility. The Pure Water Demonstration Facility will serve to educate the public on the effectiveness and safety of advanced water treatment processes, provide training for employees in the operation of a membrane treatment plant, and test alternative treatment equipment to optimize treatment processes. Virtual tours of the facility will be available October, 2020, with in-person tours becoming available when once again possible. To learn more, click here.

Microsoft Commits to Water Reuse in its 2030 Water Sustainability Commitments

Microsoft’s water sustainability efforts for 2030 include onsite reuse of rainwater and wastewater in their Redmond, Washington headquarter building and Silicon Valley campus, and non-potable reuse of wastewater in India and Israel. Microsoft also plans to integrate water basin restoration projects and install water-saving technologies for cooling in their Arizona data center. Microsoft’s goal is to replenish more water than they use by 2030, acknowledging the high rates of globally freshwater depletion. Read More.

Global Update

Canada Invests in Research to Recycle Mining Wastewater

As part of the economic recovery plan for COVID-19, Canada is investing $4.5 million in the Quebec-based company, E2Metrix specializing in treatment of wastewater. The investment is intended to improve water efficiency and reduce impacts on freshwater with a “more effective, energy-efficient and affordable way to reuse and recycle wastewater from mining operations.” The project is funded by the Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Growth Program. Read More.

Egypt’s Water Reclamation Facility Earns Best International Project 2020

The Al-Mahsama plant in Ismailia, Egypt was awarded the best project internationally of 2020 by U.S. Engineering News-Record (ENR). The facility recycles agricultural wastewater to provide irrigation to 70,000 acres of land and maintain the natural environment of the El-Temsah lake. The plant has the treatment capacity of 1 million cubic meters of wastewater per day. Read More.

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.

Conferences and Events

Stream On Demand: 35th Annual WateReuse Virtual Symposium Available through October 24

The complete 35th Annual WateReuse Symposium is available to view On Demand through October 24 via the fully interactive Virtual Symposium Platform. More than 800 registrants joined for the live days, September 14-16, and continue to access over 100 hours of content. New attendees can still register and stream the sessions on demand.

Bureau of Reclamation Hosts Stakeholder Virtual Webinar Series

The Bureau of Reclamation will host a virtual interactive stakeholder workshop each Wednesday in October at 10 am PT/1 pm ET. The workshops will include updates from Reclamation’s leadership, a new presentation on Reclamation’s history, and interactive sessions on WaterSMART and other funding opportunities, asset management and the Transparency Act, title transfer, and updates on regulatory issues such as the Endangered Species Act and streamlined National Environmental Policy Act and cultural resource compliance. Please RSVP to stakeholderworkshop@usbr.gov to reserve your virtual seat for this workshop series.

Upcoming Events

Apr
20
Tue
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Idaho Workshop 1
Apr 20 all-day
WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop series.
Apr
21
Wed
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Washington Workshop 2
Apr 21 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

Apr
27
Tue
2021 Water Week Policy Zoom-In
Apr 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Register Now!

Join Us!
11:00 am – 1:30 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET
Fee: Free

This webinar is hosted jointly by this year’s Water Week Water Association Partners and will provide attendees the opportunity to hear directly from key EPA officials and Members of Congress on the important regulatory and legislative water policies they are working on now and in the years ahead.

Apr
29
Thu
Resilience through Collaboration: First Year Highlights and Future Directions of the National Water Reuse Action Plan (Webcast)
Apr 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join us for a lively discussion with leaders from across the water sector about the future of water reuse and its importance as a tool to address the impacts of climate change and meet local water demands.

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Please join us for a free webinar on April 29, 2021, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM EDT to celebrate the first year of the National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP), including accomplishments of action leaders and partners and anticipated 2021 outcomes.

The Resilience through Collaboration: First Year Highlights and Future Directions of the National Water Reuse Action Plan webcast will feature remarks from Radhika Fox (EPA’s Acting Assistant Administrator for Water), Felicia Marcus (William C. Landreth Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Water in the West Program), and a roundtable discussion with WRAP action leaders and partners and other water reuse practitioners from around the United States. This event is hosted by EPA in collaboration with the WateReuse Association and other water sector partners.

The roundtable panelists include:

  • Gilbert Trejo, El Paso Water, WateReuse President (moderator)
  • Pinar Balci, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • Mike Markus, Orange County Water District
  • Melissa Klembara, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Brandi Honeycutt, Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment
  • Paula Kehoe, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Chair of the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems

The WRAP collaborative was launched on February 27, 2020 with federal, state, tribal, local, and private sector partners to build technical, financial, and institutional capacity to spur further consideration and implementation of water reuse across the country. The story of the WRAP’s first year of implementation is one of incredible dedication and determination by a growing community of over 100 different organizations. The WRAP collaborative has enabled the formation of new action-based partnerships across the water community to help address local water resource challenges through holistic thinking and integrated efforts to ultimately strengthen our Nation’s water security, sustainability, and resilience.

May
12
Wed
Water Reuse in Bioenergy Production – A Pathway to Conservation and Resiliency (Webcast)
May 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Water Reuse in Bioenergy Production – A Pathway to Conservation and Resiliency (Webcast)

Join May Wu, Principal Environmental System Scientist with Argonne National Laboratory, for a webcast on the role of water reuse in bioenergy production.

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

Register Now!

Production of bioenergy from a range of feedstocks and biorefining pathways requires a substantial amount of water for irrigation, conversion process, cooling, and steam generation. Because the feedstock varies with climate and soil regions, an increased production will have implications in the availability of regional and local freshwater resources across the U.S. It is critical to understand how fit-for-purpose water recycling can be used to conserve freshwater.

This webcast presents findings from an Argonne National laboratory analyses of potential recycled water use to produce biofuels from conventional crops and algae and generate power by incorporating technology, climate, and geospatial-temporal components. Findings suggest a significant potential of producing advanced biofuel while doubling the amount of recycled water in use nationally. Results from this project support informed decision-making and strategic planning for water sustainable bioenergy development.

Presenter

May Wu is a principal environmental system scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. Her research interests are water resource use, water quality, and wastewater management in the production of biofuels and conventional energy.

May
25
Tue
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Oregon Workshop 3
May 25 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Washington Workshop 3
May 25 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

May
26
Wed
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Idaho Workshop 2
May 26 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

May
27
Thu
WateReuse Arizona Section Meeting
May 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Save the date! More information to come soon.

Jun
1
Tue
Digital Platform, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Potable Reuse Projects (Webcast)
Jun 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Digital Platform, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Potable Reuse Projects (Webcast)

Learn how digital platforms that include artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used to improve asset management strategies and operational efficiencies.

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

Register Now!

In this webcast, our presenters will introduce how digital platforms that include artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can be used to improve asset management strategies and operational efficiencies, as well as enhance source control, validate unit process performance, predict product water quality and make sound decisions for assessing suitability of product water for human consumption.

The data collected from pilot and full-scale potable reuse treatment trains have been used to develop artificial neuron networks as part of an ML platform. The platform clearly demonstrates that ML can be used to predict, for example, the product water total organic carbon (TOC) concentration of a pilot advanced treatment facility and the specific fluxes on the third stage of a full-scale advanced treatment facility as the feed quality and operating conditions are changed.

The methodology used and model outputs will be discussed during the webcast. The presenters will also examine how we can couple AI/ML concepts with the Internet of Things (IoT) and next generation of the SCADA systems to operate and maintain assets efficiently while significantly enhancing public and regulatory confidence in potable reuse projects.

Presenters

  • Ufuk Erdal, Arcadis
  • Jim Cooper, Arcadis
  • Raluca Constantinescu, Arcadis
  • Ozan Erdal, University of Washington

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