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.
Submit a Nomination for the Annual Awards of Excellence
WateReuse California is accepting nominations for the Annual Awards of Excellence, which will be presented during a ceremony at the 2020 Annual Conference in San Francisco, March 15-17, 2020. The awards recognize agencies, customers, and individuals that have demonstrated exceptional leadership in advancing water recycling in California. Award nominations are due January 17, 2020. Learn More.
WRCA and NWRI Release SOP Guidance Document for Bioassays
WateReuse California (WRCA) and National Water Research Institute (NWRI) released the first guidance document for developing a standard operating procedure (SOP) for bioanalytical testing for potable reuse. This document is intended to assist potable reuse agencies in complying with the bioassay monitoring requirement that will begin in 2020.
On December 11, 2018, the State Water Board amended the Recycled Water Policy to include requirements for facilities that produce recycled water for indirect potable reuse via groundwater recharge and reservoir water augmentation to monitor using two bioanalytical screening tools (ERα and AhR). WRCA commissioned NWRI to develop a guidance document for ERα and AhR bioassays monitoring tests.
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.
2018 End of Year Report
WRCA has an active legislative program and took positions on numerous bills in 2018 including SB 966 (Onsite Reuse) and SB 606/AB 1668. Check out more in our 2018 Report:
Jennifer West, Managing Director
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