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.
Presented in partnership with The Water Research Foundation, this presentation will cover key components of successful onsite non-potable water systems.
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members and WRF Subscribers: Free
Across the nation, onsite non-potable water systems (ONWS) are becoming increasingly common as a means to conserve and recycle water. Ensuring consistent implementation is one of the principal challenges for ONWS programs, particularly when multiple, new stakeholders are involved. Water Research Foundation project 4909 sought to identify key knowledge gaps and provide the resources needed to aid in the smooth implementation of ONWS. Through interaction with the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems, the project team identified common pitfalls that have impacted the design, operation, permitting, and implementation of ONWS.
This presentation will cover key components of a successful ONWS program including: (1) treatment goals that control public health risk, (2) effective design of both treatment and non-treatment (i.e., management) barriers, (3) strategies for effective operation and monitoring of ONWS systems, and (4) frameworks for regulating and permitting ONWS. The goal of this presentation is to convey the importance of stakeholder knowledge for consistent protection of public health at ONWS installations. This information will be presented through a survey of the projects two main deliverables: the comprehensive guidance manual and interactive training modules.
- Brian Pecson, Ph.D., P.E., Principal Engineer, Trussell Technologies
- Brie Post, P.E., Senior Engineer, Trussell Technologies
- Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
12:00 – 1:00 pm Eastern ; 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Pacific
Fee: WateReuse Members: Free; Others: $49
Managing teams remotely is challenging in the best of times, but in times of crisis, executives and team leaders need to develop an entirely new set of management skills to ensure their teams feel supported and cared for as they work to remain productive. Dr. Bill Mitchell, COO of MoreTalent and former executive of fortune 500 companies, specializes in helping leaders develop exceptional performing teams through periods of uncertainty and crisis. Join Bill and Gilbert Trejo, Chief Technical Officer for El Paso Water, for a special webcast to help you lead your remote team for superior performance and ensure your utility, business or institution successfully manages through this unprecedented public health pandemic.
- Bill Mitchell has been a student of leadership and successful leaders for his entire adult life. His 30 years of leadership experience in leading his own organizations as well as his education, provide a background to help organizations reach new heights. A magnetic speaker and storyteller with a self-deprecating sense of humor, Dr. Mitchell is able to connect people to ideas and inspire them to think differently, and critically, hold them accountable to taking action that will lead to new behaviors and results. He has extensive experience in igniting and driving human behavior change in complex strategic, technology, and process environments in sectors as diverse as manufacturing, aerospace, education, sales, retail, logistics and healthcare.
- Gilbert Trejo oversees the technical services portfolio for El Paso Water, which includes engineering, planning and development, and project and construction management. Gilbert is also President of the WateReuse Association.
Are water recycling utilities well prepared to address the COVID-19 crisis and other potential future risks?
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
WateReuse Members: Free
The America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) requires all utilities serving 3,300 or more people to complete a risk and resilience assessment (RRA) for their water systems, followed by the completion of an emergency response plan (ERP). The RRA’s are part of an overall effort to improve the ability of water systems to prepare for and respond to events from water resource limitations to cyber attacks, from extreme weather to an assault on the utility, and from contamination to treatment and distribution infrastructure, among others. In short, it is an all-hazards approach to managing risk.
This webcast will discuss how water reuse interacts with the RRAs and highlight some the ways that risks are viewed and managed from an AWIA perspective. It will also discuss how we are interpreting and acting upon risk in the midst the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and how we can use RRAs to prepare for future risks. This webcast will offer a fresh look at risk and resilience through the lens of preparation and response. The presentation will begin with an overview of AWIA requirements, RRAs, and the role of water reuse in those assessments followed by a focus on risk and risk perceptions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Section Meeting & Webinar at Stantec
– featuring Brian Biesemeyer, Scottsdale Water “Arizona’s First Direct Potable Reuse System”