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September 4, 2018

 

Countdown to Lift-off:  Join us in Austin for the 33rd Annual WateReuse Symposium

The 33rd Annual WateReuse Symposium is on track to be the most well attended Symposium in nearly a decade with almost 600 water professionals expected to attend the event on September 9-12 at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas. The Annual WateReuse Symposium is the premier conference on water reuse and features a keynote address by Astronaut Captain Scott Kelly. Onsite registration will be available beginning Sunday, September 9 at 1 p.m.

A robust technical program with four themed tracks will cover the latest in treatment, growing interest in potable reuse, innovations in industrial and commercial applications, and general practice issues related to water recycling. From a business CEO roundtable about the future of the reuse market to a direct potable reuse regulatory panel and a discussion of the federal role in water recycling, plenary sessions will examine federal and state policy, emerging trends, and new opportunities for water reuse around the country.

Make your arrangements today to join us in Austin, Texas!

 

State Updates and Member Spotlight

Welcome New Members!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:

California: Agencies Boost Recycled Water Capacity by 60%

The $18.8 million expansion of the Tri-Valley’s largest water recycling plant is complete, allowing for millions of gallons of nonpotable recycled water to flow through purple pipes for large-scale irrigation customers in the region. WateReuse Association members Dublin San Ramon Services District, which owns the plant, and East Bay Municipal Utility District and City of Pleasanton are the partners. The project boosts capacity from 9.7 million gallons per day (mgd) to 16.2 mgd, an increase of nearly 60%. The recycled water is used on golf courses, sports grounds, road medians and school grounds. It displaces potable water, which customers use in their homes. Read More.

California: OCWD Receives $400,000 in Federal Funding for Research

WateReuse Association member the Orange County Water District (OCWD) received two research grants totaling $400,000 from the Bureau of Reclamation Desalination and Water Purification program. The first grant will enable OCWD to conduct pilot-scale testing on closed circuit desalination and forward osmosis as alternate technologies that can be used to recover water from reverse osmosis concentrate. The second research grant will fund a water quality study to determine the occurrence of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) and NDMA precursors at OCWD’s advanced wastewater reclamation facility including diurnal trends and efficacy of RO and ultraviolet-advanced oxidation (UV-AOP). Read More.

California: EMWD Receives Agriculture Efficiency Grant for $210,000

WateReuse Association member Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has received a $210,000 grant from the Bureau of Reclamation to support increased water use efficiencies among its agricultural customers. The grant funding will support real-time online tracking of water use, creating weather-based water budgets for local farms, and the replacement of irrigation infrastructure to more water-efficient devices. A vast majority of local farmland uses recycled water for irrigation. Read More.

Idaho: Boise Teams Up With Local Brewers to Make Beverages from Recycled Water

WateReuse Association member the City of Boise last week became the latest community to use beer to educate the public about purified water with its Pure Water Brew Boise initiative. The city hosted a party with brewers at the Lander Street Water Renewal Facility last Thursday and allowed attendees to taste water treated to drinking water standards, visit a mobile filtration facility, and sample beers and ciders from participating breweries. Boise partnered with WateReuse member Pima County Wastewater Management and used the AZ Pure Water Brew treatment trailer to facilitate the initiative. Read More.

 

Research Update

WRF Announces Grants for New Water Reuse Research

The Water Research Foundation released a series of requests for proposals last week for research to advance water recycling. The new projects include:

  • Considerations and Blending Strategies for Drinking Water System Integration with Alternative Water Supplies (Project 4953)
  • Integration of High Frequency Performance Data for Microbial and Contaminant Control in Potable Reuse Systems (Project 4954)
  • Indicator Viruses for Advanced Physical Treatment Process Performance Confirmation (Project 4955)
  • New Techniques, Tools, and Validation Protocols for Achieving Log Removal Credit across NF and RO Membranes (Project 4958)
  • Review of Industrial Contaminants Associated with Water Quality or Adverse Performance Impacts for Potable Reuse Treatment (Project 4960)
  • The Use of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and Metagenomics Approaches to Evaluate Anti-Microbial Resistance, Plant Challenge, Biological Removal Processes (Project 4961)
  • Developing a New Foundational Understanding of SAR – Soil Structure Interactions to Provide Management Options for Reclaimed Water Use in Agriculture (Project 4963)

For more information, visit the WRF website.

 

Conferences and Events

Webcast: Potable Reuse Using Ozone-Biofiltration

Interest in potable reuse is rapidly increasing across the United States, but some utilities are finding proven treatment processes cost prohibitive. Please join us Wednesday, September 26 at 2 p.m. eastern to hear results from a Water Research Foundation and Gwinnett County, Georgia study evaluating an alternative treatment train using two-stage ozone-biofiltration – without reverse osmosis – to achieve potable quality water. The presentation will include the research drivers and background, outline the pilot study objectives, and provide a summary of results from the drinking water pilot as well as the upstream advanced treatment facility.  A cost comparison will be presented showing significant capital and operating cost savings of this non-RO based treatment approach. This research provides valuable information to the water industry by demonstrating the strengths and challenges associated with this non-RO approach to potable reuse, particularly for inland facilities where disposal of RO brine can be cost-prohibitive. Register Now!

 Upcoming Events

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

Israel Water Reuse Virtual Tour (Webcast)
May 25 @ 10:00 am – May 27 @ 12:00 pm
Israel Water Reuse Virtual Tour (Webcast)

You’re invited to learn about Israel’s water reuse technology and policy approaches as part of a knowledge sharing partnership between the US and Israel. Israel has accomplished extensive infrastructure, regulatory, and institutional reform to recycle over 85 per cent of its wastewater for beneficial uses as a solution to extreme water stress.

Register Now!

This three-session tour will cover Israel’s water reuse regulatory approaches, case studies, technology, and agricultural irrigation applications relevant to the US perspective. Participants are encouraged to attend the session(s) most relevant to their interests.

  • Session 1: Policy and Regulation of Water Reuse in Israel
    Tuesday, May 25 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT
  • Session 2: Israel’s Approach to Water Reuse Implementation, Technology, and Mechanisms
    Wednesday, May 26 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT
  • Session 3: Increasing Israel’s Agricultural Irrigation Efficiency through Recycled Water
    Thursday, May 27 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT

This event is hosted by the Israeli Ministry for Environmental Protection, the Economic & Trade Mission at the Embassy of Israel, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in collaboration with the Israel Water Authority, Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Israel Ministry of Health, WaterEdge.IL, WateReuse Association, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

This event is in fulfillment of Action 11.1 in the National Water Reuse Action Plan, “Facilitate U.S.-Israel Collaboration on Water Reuse.” and in support of the EPA/Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection Memorandum of Understanding.

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
Process Interrupted: Using BOR Funded Desalination Research to Evaluate an Innovative Process Train (Webcast)
May 27 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

WateReuse Arizona Section Meeting & Webinar
10:30 am – 11:30 am Pacific | 1:30 – 2:30 pm Eastern
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

The Southwest U.S. is challenged by freshwater scarcity and salt accumulation in its watersheds. A significant contributor to salt loading in urban sewersheds are the many industrial and commercial cooling towers that dot the landscape. These towers are very effective at cooling in arid environments; however, they use scarce freshwater resources to absorb heat through evaporation while accumulating the salts and minerals that must be discharged as blowdown.

Garver was selected by the Bureau of Reclamation’s Desalination and Water Purification Research Program Pitch to Pilot to research a novel treatment train that will reduce the amount of salt discharged from industrial cooling tower blowdown.

Garver’s zero liquid discharge, membrane desalination treatment train is estimated to remove more than two tons of salt from the 600 ton cooling tower blowdown and saved approximately 200,000 gallons of make-up water from the potable water supply over the eight-month field-testing portion of the pilot study.  The reduction of salt discharged to the sewer will benefit the local wastewater treatment plants and the local watershed, while also improving the water quality of the cooling towers with a low energy intensity treatment train.

This presentation will address the BOR Desalination Pitch to Pilot Program, the thought process behind the EC, UF, GAC, RO with VAED concentrate management treatment train and report on commissioning efforts to date.

Presenter

Eric Dole is a senior project manager at Garver where he serves as the Water and Energy Practice Leader.  He specializes in delivering sustainable infrastructure solutions through optimized hydraulic systems and optimized treatment processes.  In 2019, Eric was selected for the Water Research Foundation’s 12-person Energy Advisory Committee where he advises the group on energy efficiency and process optimization projects.

Eric was one of the world’s first water professionals to be certified as a Pump Systems Assessment Professional (PSAP) through the Hydraulics Institute, which allows him to set the standard for pump systems assessments and optimization techniques, leading to energy efficient and reliable systems.  His process mechanical expertise can be seen in his patented designs for two zero liquid discharge brine management systems, of which one was awarded the 2011 AZ Water Reuse Project of the Year Award and the other was selected for RO concentrate treatment in the Bureau of Reclamation Desalination Pitch to Pilot Research Project that started in September 2020 and is scheduled for commissioning in May 2021.

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
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

Jun
8
Tue
Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ Virtual
Jun 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Zoom Meeting

When: Jun 8, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrcOurqT8rHNbep0DGS8jHvaxNGuGs2cbu

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Jun
16
Wed
Desalination Research and Technology (Webcast)
Jun 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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