California has just experienced what may be the worst drought of the last 500 years. If history is a guide, however, the next drought may be just around the corner and we need to be prepared. WateReuse California is actively engaged in working with our appointed and elected officials to pass legislation and develop regulations that will accelerate the implementation of both non-potable and potable reuse. The depth and breadth of experience within the organization also makes us the go-to organization for communities who are advancing water reuse to meet local demand for water.
Register for the 2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference
Do not miss the 2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference, September 19-21, in Los Angeles! Join us in-person at the JW Marriott Hotel in Los Angles or participate virtually from the comfort of your office. In-person registration includes access to the on-demand, virtual content. The program will include 48 technical sessions, seven panel presentations, two tours, and many networking opportunities. Learn more.
Call to Action: Advocate for Recycled Water Funding in Drought Package
WateReuse California and the Southern California Water Coalition have developed a 55-second video to advocate for $750 million for recycled water in the California Drought Package. With the pandemic and no opportunity to “walk the halls” in the state Capitol, we need to find additional ways to have our reuse message stand out with the Legislature and key staff. But we need your help to make this happen.
Please help us by doing the following:
- Post the video on all your social media channels;
- Contact your legislators today to ask for $750 million in recycled water funding in the Drought Package (see our template letter, WRCA advocacy letter and funding survey). Please let WRCA know if these contacts are made;
- Post the video to your agency or company website.
Bay Area Recycled Water Landscape Guide Released
WateReuse California is pleased to announce the release of a Bay Area guide to using recycled water on landscapes: “Irrigating San Francisco Bay Area Landscapes with Recycled Water.” The guide is an easy to use 20-page document that includes a plant list for the Bay Area. WRCA hopes its Bay Area members will use the guide by posting it on their websites and making it available to their customers. Learn more.
DPR: A Resilient Water Supply for California’s Future
Direct Potable Reuse (DPR) is a source of local supply to help blunt impacts of climate change and create more than 1 million AFY of new water supply California. In this special issue of Clean Water, co-authored by WateReuse California, learn about the Expert Panel guiding DPR regulatory development, the research that is helping to fill in information gaps, and the innovative DPR projects leading the way. Clean Water is the publication of the California Water Environment Association (CWEA).
WateReuse Members Partner on Recycled Water Video Series
Several WateReuse members partnered with the Southern California Water Coalition to produce a new video series titled Water: Too Precious to Use Just Once.
WateReuse Mourns the Loss of Bahman Sheikh
The WateReuse community mourns the loss of Dr. Bahman Sheikh who passed away on July 28, 2020 at his home in San Francisco. Bahman was a true water reuse pioneer, who for half a century helped countless communities recycle their water, across the United States and around the world. Born in Mashad, Iran, Bahman came to California in 1962 and received his MS and Ph.D. at UC Davis in Irrigation and Soil Physics. We extend our condolences to his wife Charlotte and join his family and friends around the world in honoring his legacy even as we mourn his loss. A giant has left the room. Read More.
Water Board States Recycled Water is Safe from COVID-19
The California Water Board released a fact sheet explaining that California’s recycled water and treated wastewater are safe from the COVID-19 virus. According to the fact sheet, sanitation experts have determined that existing treatment plant disinfection processes successfully disinfect wastewater containing the COVID-19 virus. Municipal wastewater treatment plants in California go beyond minimum requirements and provide additional tertiary filtration treatment to meet stringent State Water Board public health standards for water disposal or water recycling whenever there is a risk to the public.
ESWRT Editorial: California’s Robust Multi-Barrier Treatment Requirements Protect Potable Reuse Supplies from SARS CoV2
Please see the latest editorial in Environmental Science Water Research and Technology that examines how California’s regulations, with their robust multi-barrier treatment processes, protect potable reuse supplies from emerging pathogens, including for SARS CoV2 (COVID-19). Learn what additional studies and actions are underway to assess the full impacts of COVID-19 on potable reuse supplies and future regulations for Direct Potable Reuse. Read More.
WateReuse California Hosts Successful Virtual Conference
WateReuse California welcomed nearly 600 people to its first virtual conference, which launched June 24-25. The conference included more than 50 technical presentations with audience Q&A and handouts, live and interactive panel discussions, an interactive sponsor and exhibitor hall, and a virtual cocktail party reception.
WateReuse California Celebrates 30 Years of Reuse
Thirty years ago water leaders in California founded the WateReuse Association.
“We were mavericks. No other association was willing to push the envelope for water recycling.”
California WateReuse Action Plan
WateReuse California released the California WateReuse Action Plan — a comprehensive set of proposed actions that will more than double the use of water recycling in California and help prepare the state for the impacts of climate change. The Plan identifies four strategic areas for action: research, regulations, regional planning and funding and includes 20 specific recommendations.