What is WateReuse Pacific Northwest?
WateReuse Pacific Northwest is the first multi-state regional chapter of the WateReuse Association. It was chartered in December 2012.
Why was it formed?
- To encourage and promote water reuse in the Pacific Northwest.
- To build a regional network for sharing information and ideas about planning, design, construction, operation, and regulatory experiences and issues.
- To increase public awareness and support for water reuse efforts in the Pacific Northwest.
- To advocate legislation and regulations that facilitate appropriate water reuse.
Goals and Action Items
Goal: Enhance visibility of the WateReuse Pacific Northwest Section among water and wastewater professionals, utilities, organizations, and regulatory agencies.
- Co-sponsor and actively participate in the annual Idaho Water Reuse Conference.
- Co-sponsor and actively participate in a pre-conference or conference workshops for the annual Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA) Conference.
- Participate in planning, hosting, and promoting the 2015 WateReuse Symposium in Seattle (September 13-16, 2015).
Goal: Establish the section as a recognized resource for water reuse information and training in the Pacific Northwest, including serving as a clearinghouse for information and pending actions.
- Plan and implement at least one educational program per year, including webinars related to water reuse in the Pacific Northwest.
- Expand website with information about water reuse in the Pacific Northwest.
- Add case studies of reuse projects in each state to the website.
- Build data base of water reuse projects in the Pacific Northwest,
Provide proactive public and media communications related to water reuse programs and issues.
- Develop a Communications Guide.
- Correct misinformation as identified.
- Explain how regulations and rules are set up to be protective.
Goal: Work with regulators to address water reuse regulatory needs and pending water reuse related actions (i.e. rules, guidelines, permits, etc.).
- Sponsor workshop sessions for regulators & encourage involvement of regulators
- Monitor Washington state rule development and provide input
- Help regulators understand the state of the industry
Goal: Support existing water reuse programs and encourage development of new ones in the Pacific Northwest
Goal: Expand WateReuse Association and section membership in the Pacific Northwest
- Add 3 new utility members
- Add 5 new consultant members
Goal: Coordinate with peer professional organizations in the Pacific Northwest to collaboratively advance mutual goals and objectives
- Develop a Memorandum of Understanding with PNCWA
- Develop a Memorandum of Understanding with AWWA PNW