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.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: $0; Others: $0
Join us for an inside look at the much anticipated national Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP), an effort to foster greater consideration of water reuse facilitated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in partnership with other governmental and non-governmental water sector organizations. The WRAP is a blueprint for advancing the adoption of water recycling as a tool for water resources management across the country. It includes an ambitious set of actions that will be led by a diverse range of actors, from industry to government agencies to academia.
On September 10, 2019, at the 34th Annual WateReuse Symposium in San Diego, California, EPA announced the release of a draft WRAP for public comment. Staff from EPA will join us again to describe the plan, its genesis, and the all-important implementation phase. Register today to learn how you can stay engaged and collaborate on advancing water reuse as part of an integrated water resources management approach.
Jeff Lape, National Program Leader for Water Reuse, Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Gilbert Trejo (Moderator), President, WateReuse Association
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
A group of chemicals known as PFAS – perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances – has garnered the public’s attention and posed treatment challenges for recycled water utilities. What is the latest science on effective treatment for PFAS? This webcast focuses on the fate of PFAS in recycled water destined for potable reuse, and will include results from different advanced treatment processes ranging from bench-scale evaluations to permanent potable reuse treatment demonstration projects. The data illustrate important considerations during treatment selection, design, and operation to meet PFAS treatment goals.
Reuse Innovation Lead and Principal Technologist
Mark your calendars for May 19-20, 2020 for the WateReuse Pacific Northwest annual conference. This year’s conference will be held at King County’s Brightwater Center, an environmental education and event center located on the Brightwater Treatment Plant campus. An impressive conference program is being planned featuring innovative reuse projects, research, education and community outreach, new regulatory directions and an operator session tailored to reuse facility operations.
Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
– featuring Brian Biesemeyer, Scottsdale Water “Arizona’s First Direct Potable Reuse System”