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:
- Aquacion Group Inc.
- Biohabitats, Inc
- Dannenbaum Engineering
- Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
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.
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!
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pacific; 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Eastern
Fee: WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
Singapore is a small island nation and is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. In the early years of its nation building, with limited land to collect and store rainwater, Singapore faced drought, floods and water pollution. These challenges inspired the Public Utilities Board (PUB), Singapore’s National Water Agency, to strategize and seek innovative ideas, develop capabilities and secure a sustainable supply of water. Today, PUB has developed a diversified and sustainable water supply strategy for Singapore with the Four National Taps. The Four National Taps are local catchment water, imported water, NEWater and desalinated water.
This Webinar focuses on Singapore’s third National Tap, NEWater. NEWater refers to the high-grade reclaimed water that is produced using advanced membrane and ultraviolet technologies. It is primarily supplied to non-domestic sectors such as wafer fabrication plants, petrochemical plants, manufacturing industries and commercial buildings for industrial and air-conditioning purposes. A small percentage of NEWater is also injected into the reservoirs before being treated at the waterworks for drinking water supply. Participants of this Webinar will learn about the development of NEWater in Singapore, including R&D efforts and strategies to overcome various operational challenges.
Bingrui Liu has been the Operations Engineer at Kranji NEWater Factory since 2017 after graduating from Boston University with a BA(Hons) in Chemistry.
Joelyn Tan joined the Operations team at Bedok NEWater Factory (BNF) in 2018, bringing along her technical knowledge as well as experience with the latest industry innovations.
Melanie Tan was the Plant Manager for Bedok NEWater Factory from 2010 – 2013 and will be facilitating the session. She currently serves as the Northern California Reuse Practice Leader for Kennedy Jenks.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
This webcast will summarize the California Environmental Flows Framework and its application in the Los Angeles River. Across the country, state and local agencies are promoting water reuse and recycling to conserve water resources. Reuse and recycling of treated wastewater can result in a reduction of instream flow and can impact existing and future instream beneficial uses, setting up potential conflicts between policies aimed at promoting reuse, protecting water quality, and managing ecological resources. Agencies in California have come together to develop a statewide environmental flows framework that can be used to establish seasonal flow criteria. This framework is currently being applied in the Los Angeles River watershed to better evaluate the cumulative impacts of potential flow reductions associated with several water reuse and water capture projects. The project will provide a science-based approach for assessing flow necessary to sustain beneficial uses. The project outcomes will be used to help establish technically sound flow recommendations and evaluate the consequences of alternative flow scenarios for the LA River. This project may also serve as a model for assessing similar situations in other river systems across the state.
Dr. Eric Stein is a head of the Biology Department at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP). Dr. Stein oversees a variety of projects related to in-stream and coastal water quality, bioassessment, hydromodification, watershed modeling, and assessment of wetlands and other aquatic resources. His research focuses on effects of human activities on the condition of aquatic ecosystems, and on developing tools to better assess and manage those effects.
WOW! Wonders of Water Brownie Journey Jumpstart
Our event is a series of activities and presentations for Brownie Girl Scouts to earn a badge called Wow! Wonders of Water Journey – LOVE Water. Girl Scouts can sign up through the council events page. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Erica Marti (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Overview of activities:
- learning about the water cycle through active movement and visual demonstration
- learning about water pollution, especially how our community is affected by stormwater runoff
- learning about the unique water system in the Las Vegas Valley
Our event is now posted on the Girl Scout events page. Please share with anyone who has a Girl Scout (2nd, 3rd grades).