November 12, 2018
Election Update: Democrats to Chair Key House Committees in Next Congress
Interior Secretary Zinke Proposes Reorganization, including Bureau of Reclamation
EPA Recognizes WateReuse Association Members for Excellence and Innovation in Clean Water Infrastructure
State Updates and Member Profiles
California: Governor Cites Orange County’s Innovation and Efficient Water Use in TV Interview
Governor Gavin Newsom cited WateReuse Association member the Orange County Water District’s groundwater replenishment system as an example of the type of innovation needed to combat the state’s water challenges during an interview on Hulu’s I love You, America. In a comical exchange, host Sarah Silverman challenged the governor on the use of the term “Toilet to Tap” and the two engaged in a discussion of better ways to describe purified water. The clip was widely shared on social media.
California: East Valley Breaks Ground on State-of-the Art Treatment Facility
WateReuse Association member the East Valley Water District recently celebrated the groundbreaking of the Sterling Natural Resource Center, a state-of-the-art treatment facility in Highland, about 65 miles east of Los Angeles. The $150 million facility will be capable of treating up to 10 million gallons a day and will recharge the local groundwater basin. The center will also offer education and training, community space, neighborhood improvements, and new habitat for the Santa Ana Sucker fish. Read More.
WateReuse Sees Growing Interest on East Coast
CDC to Study Antibiotic Resistance in Recycled Water
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently awarded a contract to study antibiotic resistance in recycled water to Amy Pruden, a professor in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. Pruden’s team will examine a range of markers of antibiotic resistance through local water reclamation facilities treating water for reuse purposes. The researchers will track a range of antibiotic resistant pathogens of concern and identify which water treatment and disinfection processes are most effective for their removal. They also plan to examine the potential for new strains of resistant bacteria to evolve during wastewater treatment through the use of advanced next generation DNA sequencing. Read More.
Conferences and Events
Webcast: Learn about the New Recycled Water User Network
Are you interested in recognizing recycled water customers as community water stewards or strengthening your marketing to potential new customers? Please join us for a webcast on Thursday, November 15 at 2 pm EST to learn about a new resource for WateReuse members and a new membership program for industrial and commercial users of recycled water called the Recycled Water User Network™. The network provides a member-only platform for users of recycled water, including customers of water utilities and organizations that recycle water onsite, and is designed to be a resource for members of the WateReuse Association to market and provide support to current and potential customers of recycled water, while building public acceptance of recycled water in your community. The network provides businesses, governments and nonprofits that use recycled water the opportunity to receive a green designation, Water StarTM and to access information and resources on recycled water. Members of the network would also receive access to the Association’s membership benefits, including access to monthly webcasts, weekly newsletter, and discounts on conference registration fees. To learn more about how your utility can take advantage of the Recycled Water User Network, register today for the webcast.
Webcast: Reducing the Cost of Concentrate Disposal: Using a Novel Hybrid NF-RO to Enhance Sodium Chloride Removal
Concentrate disposal is a major cost for desalting operations, and for many water-recycling applications only partial desalting is needed, often targeting sodium chloride specifically. Please join us on Wednesday, November 14 at 2 p.m. EST to learn about a pilot study that was conducted to demonstrate the viability of a two-pass system, combining an NF pass with a second RO pass and blending the NF concentrate with the RO permeate. Findings indicate that sodium chloride can be preferentially removed from the recycled water, chemical and power consumption can be reduced when operated at system recoveries comparable to typical RO systems, and much higher recoveries are achievable with modest increases in power and chemical usage. Register Now!
Save the Date – 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium
Marriot Marquis San Diego Marina, San Diego, California
September 8 – 11, 2019
The 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium is in San Diego, California September 8-11, 2019. This year’s theme is “Collaborate to Innovate.” We will showcase recycled water collaborations among utilities, farmers, and industry; regulators working together at both the state and federal level; sustainability; public/private partnerships; and, for the first time, the latest in reuse research led by the Water Research Foundation. The Annual WateReuse Symposium is the nation’s premier conference on water recycling. The event attracts more than 500 water professionals from around the nation.
11 am PT | 2 pm ET (1 hour)
WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
At the end of 2021, Congress and the Administration passed the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which provided $1 billion for Western water recycling programs through the Bureau of Reclamation and roughly $48 billion for nationwide programs administered by EPA’s Office of Water. The IIJA includes $550 million over 5 years for the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Grants Program and $450 million for a Competitive Grant Program for Large-Scale Water Recycling Projects. It also authorizes the first nationwide water recycling program—the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program; and establishes a federal interagency working group on water reuse.
As part of the state budget process, the California Legislature and the Governor included $150 million in grants for groundwater cleanup and water recycling projects and $50 million for the Pure Water San Diego project. Additional funding of up to $200 million in grants for these projects was also included in out year funding in the California budget. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) also received significant additional federal funding and the California budget authorized funds for use as the state required match.
As 2022 begins, agencies like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Reclamation, and California State Water Board are making important decisions about program implementation and the distribution of available funding. Join this webcast on January 26 to learn about state and federal financial resources and how your community can access those resources.
- Amanda Erath, Program Analyst, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Interior
- Mike Downey, P.E., Supervising Engineer, Division of Financial Assistance, State Water Resources Control Board
- Greg Fogel, Policy Director, WateReuse Association
- Jennifer West, Managing Director, WateReuse California
Join Nevada’s state gathering for water reuse professionals, exploring the state of the science and trends in the state. The meeting will include a groundbreaking case study, a summary of state initiatives, and a technical update. The event is co-located with the Nevada Water Environment Association Reunited in Water 2022 Conference.
Register at the link below and select WateReuse as your registration type:
Friday, February 18, 2022
8 am – 9:30 am PT / 11 am -12:30 pm EST
Association Headquarters Operational Assessment
Sunday, March 6, 2022 ~ 8:00 am to 12:00 pm CST, San Antonio
Thursday, March 3, 2022 – Saturday, March 5, 2022
Thursday, March 3 ~ Board Dinner
Friday, March 4 ~ Meeting all day
Saturday, March 5 ~ Meeting in Morning