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

DEQ Schedules Listening Session for Reuse Rulemaking

ADEQ is beginning the process to revise Arizona’s’ rules governing the reuse of reclaimed water and gray water. ADEQ last updated its reuse rules in 2001. While the rules have served the state well, Arizona has seen a striking expansion in the beneficial reuse of treated wastewater since then. During this time, research and technology have moved forward and new uses of reclaimed water have been proposed.

ADEQ will rely heavily on stakeholder involvement and expertise in developing the reclaimed water rule revisions. ADEQ intends to hold initial listening sessions in Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, and other cities around the state to gather input on key needed changes. With input from stakeholders, ADEQ will develop proposed rule changes that the public can review and comment on. ADEQ will then move forward on adopting the proposed rule changes as Arizona’s new rules.

Schedule

February 12, 2016, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Pima County Agua Nueva Wastewater Reclamation Facility
Radon Room
2955 W. Calle Agua Nueva
Tucson, AZ 85745

March 10, 2016, from 10 am – 12:00 pm
ADEQ, Room 3175
1110 W. Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007

If you have any questions or comments, please contact DEQ at ReuseRulemaking.

Government Goings-On – July 2015

July 6, 2015 by Alan Dulaney

All’s quiet on the State front, but not so on the Federal level. And like water, some Federal actions and resources will flow downhill to our level.

Almost every state agency in Texas that has anything to do with water has joined in a complaint filed in Federal court on June 29, 2015. Texas seeks a judgment that the recent rule on Waters of the United States, promulgated by the EPA and Corps of Engineers, is unconstitutional and must be overturned. The WOTUS issue remains a hot stinking mess, and Texas isn’t the only state filing a court challenge; Arizona with 12 other states sued as well. Read more.

WaterReuse Arizona 2015 Scholarship

The recipients of the 2015 WateReuse Arizona Scholarship were awarded to Bradley Schmitz and Daniela Panfil.  The purpose of this award is to encourage full-time students with a focus on wastewater reclamation, water reuse, and/or desalination and each received a $2,500 scholarship.

Scholarship - Photo - Arizona - Bradley Schmitz      Scholarship - Photo - Arizona - Daniela Panfil

Scholarship Success Story

Scholarship - Photo - ArizonaFirst WateReuse Arizona Scholarship Recipient, Patrick Mette, joins WestLand Resources, Inc.

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.

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.

Contacts

Lisa Culbert, CPSM, Executive Administrator
(602) 332-3174
watereuseaz@cox.net

Brian Biesemeyer, President
City of Scottsdale
bbiesemeyer@scottsdaleaz.gov

Channah Rock, Vice President
University of Arizona
channah@cals.arizona.edu

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