WateReuse Arizona

WateReuse Arizona is comprised of state water professionals working together to encourage and assist communities achieve sustainable water supplies through reclamation and reuse. WateReuse Arizona annually holds a Symposium.

Call for Awards: Nomination Deadline is June 11

Do not miss your opportunity to receive recognition for excellence in water reuse in Arizona! WateReuse Arizona will present awards for Project of the Year, Program, of the Year, and Person of the Year at the Arizona Water Reuse Symposium, July 25-27 in Flagstaff. Award nominations must be submitted by June 11, 2021. Learn More.

2021 Scholarship Applications Due June 15

WateReuse Arizona will award two $2,500 scholarships to Arizona university and college students. The purpose of this award is to encourage full-time students with a focus on wastewater reclamation, water reuse, and/or desalination. The scholarships will be awarded in July 2021 at the Arizona Water Reuse Conference in Flagstaff, Arizona. Learn More.

Webinar: Containment of Covid-19 on a College Campus via Wastewater-Based Epidemiology

The February 2021 WateReuse Arizona section meeting included a presentation from Dr. Ian Pepper of the University of Arizona. 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. View webinar here.

Fact Sheet:  Implications of COVID-19 for Water, Wastewater, and Water Reuse

Excerpt from Fact Sheet – How can water/wastewater/water reuse agencies get involved?
As a water/wastewater/water reuse agency, there may be opportunities to actively participate in this important research effort. Although standard methods exist for clinical testing, there are no standard methods for environmental surveillance of SARS-CoV-2, and given the current ‘stay-at-home’ directives in many states, research is currently on hold in many places.

However, there are still measures that can be adopted now to assist in future research efforts. One option is to freeze at least 1 liter of composite influent wastewater/raw sewage each week—or whatever frequency is practical for a given facility. If possible, this sampling should continue throughout the duration of the outbreak and beyond to account for unexpected spikes in COVID-19. Once activities resume at universities and other research agencies, there will be considerable demand for these samples so that the industry can learn from the current pandemic and adopt best practices for the future. There will be additional guidance from researchers and/or research foundations on how to participate in these future efforts. View the Fact Sheet.

2020 WateReuse Arizona Webinars

In lieu of an in-person meeting, WateReuse Arizona brought together experts on a series of webinars discussing brine management and the past, present, and future of Arizona’s water portfolio. The webinars can be viewed here.

  • What Strikes Fear in the Hearts of Arizona Water and Wastewater Utilities? Brine Management
    This webinar presents an update on the Central Arizona Salinity Study options along with new options and associated costs. 
  • Panel Discussion: Past, Present, & Future Reuse as Part of Arizona’s Water Portfolio
    This panel explores how communities from Northern to Southern Arizona and from East to West Valley use treated effluent as a component of their water resources portfolio.

2019 Arizona Water Reuse Symposium

The 2019 Arizona Water Reuse Symposium co-hosted by WateReuse Arizona and AZ Water Association was held July 28 – 30, 2019 at Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Symposium attendees enjoyed participating in the 4th Annual Purple Water Balloon Battle and witnessing the transfer of the trophy from Team UofA to Team ASU.  Besides a full program of sessions and videos from Arizona Senators Martha McSally and Krysten Sinema, attendees also enjoyed a sunset chair lift ride prior to dinner at the Hart Prairie Lodge at Arizona Snowbowl. 

The event ended with an optional tour of Arizona Snowbowl’s Reclaim Water Snowmaking System. 

  • The presentations are available here including the Senator’s videos. 
  • Photographs from the event are available here
  • Professional Development Certificates (PDH) are available by contacting Lisa Culbert.
  • Presentations can be found here.

2019 WateReuse Arizona Awards

The Arizona section presented two awards during the 2019 Arizona Water Reuse Symposium in Flagstaff.  The Project of the Year award was presented to the Town of Marana for their Water Reclamation Facility Recharge Project which is focused on recharge of recycled water, designed for future multi-benefit recreational and wildlife habitat and will help meet the future water needs of this southern Arizona community.  The finer points of the project include:

  • 1st Phase 2 MGD recharge capacity, master planned to 3.5 MGD
  • Project consists of deep recharge basins (>20 feet) to overcome poor infiltration rates at shallow depths; but used spoils to create relief at the facility for wildlife watching
  • Master Plan design will include educational features, ramadas, trails, birdwatching, etc.
  • Extends the riparian corridor along the Santa Cruz River

The challenges for this project included being located in a floodplain for complex permitting and the pipeline delivery system had to cross an active irrigation canal.  Congratulations Town of Marana!

A special President’s Award of Recognition was also presented to a very surprised Brad Hill!  Brad is the Water Services Director for the City of Flagstaff and is planning to retire at the end of the year.  This award recognizes his many years of outstanding dedication and commitment to the mission of the WateReuse Association and the responsible stewardship of water resources within the state of Arizona.  Congratulations Brad!

2019 WateReuse Arizona Scholarship Recipients

WateReuse Arizona presented two scholarships of two-thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) each to Arizona university and college students at our 2019 Arizona Water Reuse Symposium. Congratulations to Neha Gupta and Mallory McMurray!

Neha is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Arizona in the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences.  Mallory is a recent University of Arizona graduate with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and is beginning her Master’s in Chemical Engineering at the University of Arizona.

The Genius of Potable Reuse: California is Discovering that Wastewater has Incredible Value

An Op-Ed by University of Arizona professor Robert Glennon published in the Los Angeles Times discusses building resilience in water supplies. Read the article.

New Report Provides Recommendations for the Regulation of Direct Potable Reuse in Arizona

WateReuse Arizona, AZ Water Association, and the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) are pleased to announce the publication of Guidance Framework for Direct Potable Reuse in Arizona, a 114-page document meant to inform the State of Arizona as it develops regulations for direct potable reuse (DPR) that are protective of public health and effectively manage the state’s water resources.  Download Report.

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Scholarship Success Story

First WateReuse Arizona Scholarship Recipient, Patrick Mette, joins WestLand Resources, Inc.

Scholarship - Photo - Arizona

Four years ago, in 2011, I was an undergraduate student at the University of Arizona, pursuing a BS in Civil Engineering.  That year I was selected to receive a scholarship from WateReuse Arizona.  Now, I am an EIT with a BS and MS, working at WestLand Resources, Inc., doing consulting work for water and wastewater systems. If you have heard about the WateReuse Association, then you probably know a little about water and the current affairs of it in Arizona.  It should not be a surprise to you that many of the conversations being held by professionals in the water industry are centered around the reuse and reclamation of water.  Many water utilities within Arizona are already forecasting some form of potable reuse as being essential to balancing their water budgets in the future. Water reuse is an important subject for the immediate future of Arizona and professionals from our generation will be implementing reuse systems during our careers. The scholarship that I received in 2011 from WateReuse Arizona provided me with more than just funding for education.  It connected me to a network of professionals who are exploring the future of water in Arizona.  This network has exposed me to career opportunities that I would not have known about otherwise and has given me resources to be a part of shaping that future. If you are interested in water, apply for this scholarship.  Make sure the professionals in industry see your name now.  Make sure you know what the future of water looks like.  One day you may be responsible for building a reuse system, for writing new codes, or for developing reuse technology.

SCAPR Workshops to Develop a Guidance Framework Document for Potable Reuse in Arizona

WateReuse Arizona has hired Jeff Mosher, Executive Director from the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) to help draft a guidance document to assist the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) in the ongoing Reuse Rulemaking process. This document will capitalize on all the work previously completed by the Steering Committee for Arizona Potable Reuse (SCAPR).  WateReuse Arizona, in collaboration with the AZ Water Association, has hosted two workshops utilizing Arizona’s water reuse experts to develop an outline for the guidance document.  We anticipate that the draft guidance document will be unveiled at the Arizona Water Reuse 2016 Symposium in Flagstaff July 24-26, 2016.  Jeff’s presentation from our most recent workshop, held on May 12, is available here.  Stay tuned as we expect to host additional workshops as the ADEQ Reuse Rulemaking process progresses.

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AMWUA: Words matter when it comes to water recycling

The Arizona Municipal Water Users Association published an editorial by Kathleen Ferris that included a glossary of terms we should use when it comes to recycling water. A phrase “toilet to tap” has appeared in a recent spate of stories about cleaning and recycling wastewater. While the catchy phrase is irresistible to headline writers, it is not popular with city water managers. (W)ords matter to water pros. They know that the science is well established, but they are trying to assure lawmakers and consumers that the water is safe for their families. Kathleen Ferris is executive Director of AMWUA and a Senior Research Fellow at Morrison Institute for Public Policy. For 45 years, AMWUA has worked to protect our member cities’ ability to provide assured, safe and sustainable water supplies to their communities. For more water information visit www.amwua.org.


Lisa Culbert, Executive Administrator
(602) 332-3174

John Kmiec, Deputy Director
Tucson Water

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