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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

Jan
27
Wed
Water Reuse Policy in the 117th Congress and Biden Administration (Webcast)
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Please join Washington insiders to examine what’s on the congressional agenda for 2021 and what water-related priorities the Biden Administration is likely to push in its first year. Register Now! Join Us! 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET| 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT WateReuse Members: Free Others: $49 January 2021 marks the beginning of both a new administration in the White House and a new Congress. While Congress passed a number of key pieces of legislation in the final days of 2020, much work remains to be done, including the reauthorization of important water recycling programs. At the same time, the Biden Administration is coming in with an ambitious agenda related to climate change, the environment, and infrastructure, among other issues. Top Washington water sector lobbyists will discuss the status of key legislation and explain the opportunities to advance a water reuse policy agenda. Whether you plan to participate in our Virtual Water Week in the spring or are interested in what to expect from Congress and the new Administration in 2021, this webcast will be a national advocacy primer for water professionals.
Feb
3
Wed
Stormwater Capture Drivers, Impediments, and Future Visions (Webcast)
Feb 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Register Now!
Join Us!
2:00 – 4:00 pm ET| 11:00 am – 1:00 pm PT
Fee: Complimentary

Join a group of stormwater management leaders from around the US to discuss stormwater capture motivations and drivers, barriers to progress, and future directions. This group will touch on questions like- Why are communities pursuing stormwater capture for use now? How do community interests in stormwater harvesting vary across the country? What factors get in the way of progress? Where do we want to be with stormwater capture in 20 years? The audience will learn about the different motivators, unique strategies, and opportunities to market and advance stormwater capture across the U.S.

Presenters

  • Randy Bartlett, Fairfax County VA
  • Sharlene Leurig, Texas Water Trade/Austin Water Forward
  • Mark Doneux, St. Paul, MN Capitol Region Watershed District
  • James Moore, Georgia Association of Water Professionals
  • Enrique Zaldivar, City of Los Angeles
  • Lynn Broaddus, Water Environment Federation
  • Drew Wenzel, Google

This webinar will be the first of a series of four webinars as part of the National Water Reuse Action Plan, Action 2.3.3. Co-sponsors include the WateReuse Association, U.S. EPA, National Association of Municipal Stormwater Agencies (NMSA), Re-Inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt), Water Environment Federation, and Johnson Foundation at Wingspread (JFW).

Save the Date

Join us for the second webinar in this series.

Developing Stormwater Treatment Standards – Where’s the Action?
February 23, 2021
2:00 – 4:00 pm ET

Feb
5
Fri
Containment of Covid-19 on a College Campus via Wastewater-Based Epidemiology
Feb 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join Us!
9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific | 12:00 – 1:00 pm Eastern
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

Wastewater-based epidemiology was utilized to detect SARS-Cov-19 in the wastewater of student dorms upon re-entry of University of  Arizona students in the fall semester of 2020. Positive wastewater samples allowed for subsequent targeted clinical testing of dorm students and the identification of both symptomatic and asymptomatic Covid-19 infections. Early detection of infected individuals resulted in reduced exponential spread of Covid-19 and allowed the university to remain open throughout the semester.

Presenter

Ian Pepper, Director, WEST Center & Professor, Environmental Science

Dr. Pepper is an environmental microbiologist whose research has focused on the fate and transport of pathogens in air, water, soils and municipal wastes. More recently, he has investigated the potential for real-time detection of contaminants in water distribution systems. Dr. Pepper is Professor in the Community, Environment, and Policy Department in the UA College of Public Health, as well as Professor in the Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering. In addition to his duties at the WEST Center, he is director of the National Science Foundation Water Quality Center at the UA.

He also teaches a graduate level laboratory class on Environmental Microbiology, and an undergraduate class on Pollution Science. He has co-authored numerous books and journal articles on Environmental Microbiology and Pollution Science, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Microbiology, the American Society of Agronomy, and the Soil Science Society of America.

He received his Ph.D. in Soil Microbiology from The Ohio State University, M.S. in Soil Biochemistry from Ohio State, and B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Birmingham, Great Britain.

Feb
17
Wed
Communicating about Potable Reuse and Public Health: Tools for Success
Feb 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Register Now!

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

As more communities face water quantity challenges, water reuse is a viable option to expand drinking water sources.  Although all water is recycled as it moves through the environment, the practice of treating wastewater to be used for potable water is sometimes met with skepticism. Some of this stems from the “toilet to tap” campaigns that may have led to more rejection of water reuse than acceptance.

Quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) is a framework that evaluates the many factors impacting water reuse practices and management, as well as those influencing community perception.  With the emergence of new pathogens, such as SARS-CoV-2, the acceptance of water recycling as part of a community’s drinking water sustainability plan may be even more challenging.  This webcast will describe how QMRA may be used to communicate with stakeholders – including healthcare providers – the human health safeguards associated with water reuse implementation.

Presenters

  • Karla Mendez, PhD Candidate, UTHealth Houston School of Public Health, El Paso campus
  • Kristina Mena, MSPH, PhD, Regional Dean and Associate Professor, UTHealth Houston School of Public Health, El Paso campus
Mar
12
Fri
Meeting of the Board of Directors – First Quarter 2021 @ Virtual
Mar 12 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

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

Mar
15
Mon
36th Annual WateReuse Symposium
Mar 15 – Mar 25 all-day
36th Annual WateReuse Symposium

36th Annual WateReuse Symposium: Redefining Resiliency

March 15-25, 2021

Join us for a series of live and on demand virtual roundtables!

Learn More

Jun
4
Fri
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Second Quarter 2021 @ Virtual
Jun 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Second Quarter:
Remote – Zoom
Friday, June 4, 2021
11:00 am to 2pm EST // 10 to 1 CST // 9:00 to 12 MST // 8:00 to 11 PST

Sep
17
Fri
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Third Quarter 2021 @ J.W. Marriott L.A. LIVE
Sep 17 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Third Quarter:
Los Angeles, J.W. Marriott L.A. LIVE
Friday, Sept 17, 2021
11:00 am to 2pm EST // 10 to 1 CST // 9:00 to 12 MST // 8:00 to 11 PST

Dec
3
Fri
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

 

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