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September 30, 2019

Washington Update

Senate Committee Advances Funding for Water Recycling

Department of Energy Selects National Alliance for Water Innovation to Lead Energy-Water Desalination Hub

Congressional Briefing Presents the Science of PFAS

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) organized an expert panel for a September 26 Congressional briefing on the science of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). New research results are improving understanding of how best to address potential risks posed from exposure to this diverse class of compounds. WRF brought together the foremost experts in the science of PFAS to share recent scientific discoveries with members to allow the nation to more effectively protect human health and the environment. Speakers included Peter Grevatt, CEO of The Water Research Foundation; Carla A. Ng, Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh; and Charles B. Bott, Director of Water Technology and Research at Hampton Roads Sanitation District. A recording of the event is available for viewing.

State Updates and Member Profiles

California: WateReuse CA Presents WateReuse Action Plan to State Board

WateReuse California Vice President Paul Sciuto, General Manager of Monterey One Water, presented the California WateReuse Action Plan at the September 23 Drought Preparation and Response Listening Session held by the California State Water Board. The action plan is a comprehensive set of proposed actions that will more than double the use of water recycling in California and help prepare the state for the impacts of climate change. The plan identifies four strategic areas for action: research, regulations, regional planning and funding and includes 20 specific recommendations. Sciuto discussed the importance of continuing to advance regulations that lead to responsible use of recycled water and the need for increased funding.

Florida: Officials look to Water Reuse to Meet Needs of Expanding Population

Faced with skyrocketing population, Florida officials from the state, water management districts, and local utilities are promoting water reuse to ease pressure on water supplies. Florida’s population is increasing by more than 900 people daily. Water management districts have identified reclaimed water projects as the number one source of water to meet future demands. Of the wastewater generated in Florida in 2017, 44 to 48% was reused. The majority was used to irrigate golf courses and lawns and for other public uses. Read More.

Minnesota: Stormwater Reuse in Waconia Controls Flooding, Conserves Water

WateReuse Association member the City of Waconia is operating four reuse systems across the city that capture and reuse stormwater runoff. The program provides flood control, improves water quality in Lake Waconia, and helps to recharge groundwater. The captured stormwater is used to irrigate residential developments, parks and ballfields, businesses, and schools. In the first eight months of 2019, the community reduced the amount of potable water used for irrigation by 4.3 million gallons. Read More.

Texas: El Paso Highlights Partnership with Bureau of Reclamation

El Paso Water President and CEO John Balliew recently shared a communication with ratepayers highlighting its partnership with the Bureau of Reclamation to develop water recycling and desalination projects. The Bureau of Reclamation offers a variety of competitive grant funding programs – from water recycling and reuse projects to drought response and desalination construction.  El Paso’s partnership with Reclamation has included a $1.1 million Title XVI grant to expand its non-potable reuse program, a $3.5 million Title XVI grant for a new advanced water purification facility, and a $2 million WaterSmart grant to build a desalination plant. Read More.

WateReuse Customer Communications Tools and Resources

Engaging the Public Health Community on Water Reuse? Check out Our Online Resources

Although water reuse is a proven, science-based process that has been used safely in communities around the world for decades, the public is often skeptical when the concept is first introduced into a community. To build acceptance among medical and health professionals, WateReuse has launched the Medical Community Initiative and begun developing resources to support members in engaging with the public health community. Visit our website for videos, articles, and presentations that support engagement with medical professionals. New tools are being developed so check back for updates.

Conferences and Events

WateReuse Staff Discuss Water Reuse during WEFTEC, Climate Panel

WateReuse Association Executive Director Patricia Sinicropi participated in a water reuse workshop on Sunday, September 23 during WEFTEC 2019, the Water Environment Federation’s annual conference. Sinicropi presented innovative examples of both potable and non-potable recycling projects and made the case that both applications are an important part of the nation’s future. Sinciropi was joined at WEFTEC by Director of Strategic Operations, Carrie Capuco, who presented on WateReuse’s Public Health and Medical Community Initiative. Sinicropi also participated in a Climate Week panel on Friday, September 27 in New York City. The panel focused on the pioneering decentralized water reuse systems at Battery Park City.

Call for Abstracts: 2020 WateReuse California Annual Conference

The California Section of the WateReuse Association is accepting abstracts for presentations at the 2020 WateReuse California Annual Conference to be held March 15-17, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, California. The conference is designed for individuals, organizations, and agencies that are associated with or interested in the design, management, operation, and use of water recycling facilities and projects in California. Abstracts are due October 18. Learn More.

Upcoming Events

Apr
16
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Apr 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Apr
18
Thu
WRAZ Section Meeting & Webcast
Apr 18 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
WRAZ Section Meeting & Webcast

WateReuse Arizona: Water Reuse and Small-Scale Water Treatment for Remote Communities

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Webcast: 10:30 – 11:30 Arizona Time/PT (11:30 MT | 1:30 ET)

Arizona Section Meeting (Lunch Provided): 11:30AM-1:00PM PT

In-Person Location: Carollo Offices, 4600 E Washington St, Suite 500, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Members: Free (Be sure to log in)
Non-Members: $55

Register Now!

Description:

In Arizona’s metropolitan areas, future water portfolios will include both water reuse and the utilization of nonideal water sources, such as brackish groundwater. What is the water future of Arizona’s remote communities? This presentation will give an overview of challenges facing safe water access in remote communities and highlight projects with remote, marginalized communities in the Navajo Nation from Dr. Vicky Karanikola’s Optimization Research for Environmental Sustainability Lab (University of Arizona). Projects include the assessment of the potential for water reuse in the Navajo Nation, small-scale off-grid water treatment design optimization, and performance testing of a small-scale solar nanofiltration system. Attendees can expect to not only learn the technical considerations but also cultural considerations when completing water projects with remote communities.

Presenter:

Lynn Carroll

Lynn is a first-year Ph.D. student in environmental engineering at the University of Arizona. She is working in Dr. Karanikola’s Optimization Research for Environmental Sustainability Lab (KORES), where her research is focused on the performance and suitability of nanofiltration for small-scale off-grid water treatment. Prior to starting her Ph.D., Lynn completed her undergraduate degree in biosystems engineering at the University of Arizona. During her undergraduate degree, she completed internships at both Hazen and Sawyer and Carollo. Lynn was also a recipient of the WateReuse Scholarship in 2022.

katielynn@arizona.edu

Moderator:

Erin Young

Water Resources Manager, City of Flagstaff

eyoung@flagstaffaz.gov

 

 

Orange County Chapter Meeting
Apr 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Meeting will be in person at IRWD’s Michelson WRP with lunch sponsored by Rincon Consultants.

  • Michelson Water Recycling Plant and Biosolids Facility Overview
    • Jose Zepeda – Director of Water and Recycling Operations, IRWD
  • North San Diego Water Reuse Coalition
    • Rosalyn Prickett, Rincon Consultants

We will also have a tour of the Michelson WRP post meeting for those that would like to attend.

Please make sure to RSVP so we have an accurate headcount for the lunch and tour: RSVP Response Form. Thank you.

Apr
25
Thu
WateReuse Texas Board Meeting
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
May
10
Fri
WateReuse California Legislative-Regulatory Committee Meeting
May 10 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Please find below the 2024 schedule for the Legislative-Regulatory Committee. All in-person meetings will be held at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Sacramento offices located at: 1121 L Street, Suite 900, Sacramento.]

 

Both in-person and virtual meetings will occur from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Those indicated as virtual will occur over Zoom and a link will be provided on the agenda.

 

The 2024 WRCA Annual Conference will be at the: Hyatt Regency Orange County.

 

Please save the date for our 2024 meeting dates:

 

1. January 19 – in person

2. March 8 – virtual

3. March 22 – in person

4. April 12 – virtual

5. May 10 – in person

6. May 31 – virtual

7. June 21 – virtual

8. August 9 – virtual

9. September 16 – in person (at annual conference)

May
16
Thu
WateReuse California Agricultural Reuse Committee
May 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
May
17
Fri
Northern California Chapter Meeting
May 17 all-day
May
21
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
May 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
May
22
Wed
WateReuse Florida 2024 Reuse Summit
May 22 all-day
May
28
Tue
Joint Meeting with S.C. DHEC @ SCAWWA/WEASC Offices in Columbia, SC
May 28 all-day

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