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September 16, 2020

35th Annual WateReuse Virtual Symposium Final Day Wrap-Up

The third and final live day of the 35th Annual WateReuse Virtual Symposium opened with a morning plenary that allowed attendees to interact and engage in small groups to strategize on how best to advance water recycling in communities everywhere.

WateReuse Virtual Symposium Leaderboard: CASWB, Black & Veatch, Evoqua and Truckee Meadows!

This year’s virtual Symposium offers many opportunities for attendees to engage including attending sessions, downloading resources from the platform, visiting the Exhibit Hall, networking with colleagues in the lounge, and more. Our Leaderboard allows attendees to earn points for fun rewards and demonstrate their leadership in the water reuse community!

Of the more than 800 registrants, the participants at the top of our Leaderboard are:

  • Elena Joy Pelen, CA Water Boards, Division of Drinking Water, SF District – RW Coordinator (4,820 points)
  • Gill Hurwitz, Black & Veatch, Process Specialist (4,695 points)
  • Walt Kozlowski, Evoqua Water Technologies, Director Strategic Marketing (3,420 points)
  • Patrick Regan, Evoqua Water Technologies, Vice President (2,495 points)
  • Angel Lacroix, Truckee Meadows Water Authority, Engineer (2,255 points)

The entire platform, including over 100 hours of education, will continue to be available through October 24. WateReuse will continue to highlight those at the top of the leaderboard.

2020 Water Reuse Regulator Summit Report Out

For the second year in a row, state regulators from across the country convened a summit during the Annual WateReuse Symposium to exchange ideas and seek solutions related to developing state-based regulations for water recycling. Jake Adler of the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA) and Wendi Wilkes of the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) reported that more than 150 people from regulatory agencies in 35 states participated in this year’s virtual Summit.

With the broad geographical participation, the summit organizers shared that water reuse is clearly no longer just a western issue. A key theme emerging from this year’s Summit is a recognition by states that water reuse needs to be part of the water resources management toolbox. In addition, states want to be a partner in the adoption of water recycling programs, not a barrier.

Other partners joining ACWA and ASDWA in planning the State Regulator Summit are the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Environmental Council of the States, and the Groundwater Protection Council. WateReuse will continue to collaborate with these organizations to bring the Water Reuse Regulator Workshop to the Annual WateReuse Symposium each year.

Envisioning the Future: Water Reuse Charrette

U.S. EPA Assistant Administrator for Water David Ross facilitated a Water Reuse Charrette this morning in which participants were asked to explore how communities, businesses, institutions, and others can begin imagining and constructing a future in which water recycling is a central feature. Three panelists framed opportunities and challenges for greater adoption of water recycling from diverse perspectives.

Paul Bowen, the Water/Wastewater Supply Chain Manager for Coca-Cola, presented the point of view of the industrial customer with a discussion of his company’s journey toward adopting water efficiencies and water recycling technologies.

Representing a water scarce community, Austin Water Engineer Katherine Jashinski described how drought led the City of Austin to develop an Integrated Water Resources Master Plan that makes use of both municipally treated recycled water and decentralized reuse to meet its future water needs.

Finally, David Lipsky, a Senior Policy Advisor with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, presented the drivers pushing water abundant New York City toward water reuse, including the need to reduce CSO and stormwater discharges, reduce potable water and energy demand, and optimize sewer capacity for new infrastructure.

Following the panel discussions, attendees moved to small breakout discussions for in depth exploration of one of the scenarios—water scarce community, water abundant community, or industrial customer—via video conferencing. Themes that emerged from the breakout discussions included the importance of education, regulatory frameworks, and financing. Ross encouraged participants to continue the conversation and to become involved with the National Water Reuse Action Plan by either supporting an existing action or recommending new actions to spearhead.

David Ross, EPA
Paul Bowen, Coca-Cola

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