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November 19, 2018

 

Washington Update

WateReuse Association Urges Lame Duck Action on Western Water Investment Programs

WateReuse Association Joins Water Sector in Urging Passage of Legislation to Fund Water Research

The WateReuse Association signed onto a joint water sector letter sent to House and Senate appropriation chairs November 13 in support of swift action to pass the FY2019 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill upon returning into session, which includes $4.1 million for the National Priorities Water Research Grant program. This program is one of the few federal programs that sponsors extramural research to address the most pressing needs of the water sector, including water recycling research sponsored by the Water Research Foundation. Although Congress has supported funding for the program since 2012, funding of this grant program would be less certain under a Continuing Resolution.

 

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Member!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:

California: Water Board Set to Revise CWSRF Policy

On November 28, the California State Water Board will revise the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Policy to help manage the extreme demand the program has experienced in recent years. The CWSRF is a major source of funding for recycled water projects in California. One of the significant changes contained in the draft CWSRF Policy is replacing a Project List with the “Fundable List.” The primary purpose of the Fundable List is to identify potentially eligible projects the Water Board intends to finance during a particular state fiscal year. Only the projects listed on the Fundable List would be eligible to receive financing. WateReuse California submitted comments to the Water Board and will testify at the hearing. WRCA has also asked the Water Board to request additional bond financing to help fund the huge backlog of recycled water projects.

Maryland: Water Reuse Initiative Aims to Increase Reuse; Update Regulations

Although water reuse is not new to Maryland, the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) is a year into a water reuse initiative intended to raise awareness, improve business certainty with clear reuse guidelines, offer financial and technical resources, and incorporate water reuse into long range planning for Chesapeake Bay restoration and Maryland’s statewide water supply plan. Maryland currently recycles water for non-food crop irrigation, golf course irrigation, power plant cooing, and data center cooling. As part of this initiative, MDE is exploring ways to remove barriers to increasing the volume of reuse and expanding the types of reuse. Learn More.

New Mexico: EPA, New Mexico Release Draft White Paper on Water Reuse in the Oil and Gas Sector

The State of New Mexico and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a draft white paper that addresses state and federal regulatory management of produced water, along with opportunities to treat and reuse the water to help alleviate water scarcity issues across the state. New Mexico is the third largest oil producing state in the United States and is seeking ways to reuse the water that is produced during oil and gas extraction and the EPA has a goal of promoting wastewater as a resource. The final white paper is scheduled for release at the end of 2018. Learn More.

 

Association Update

Webcast Introduces Recycled Water User Network

 

Conference and Events

Webcast: Using Onsite Water Recycling Systems to Transform Water Management

Please join us on December 11 at 2 p.m. ET to learn how communities such as San Francisco and Denver are incorporating onsite non-potable water systems to diversify their water supply portfolios and transform the way water is managed in buildings. Increased interest in sustainable resource management has resulted in the adoption of a diverse array of water recycling and reuse techniques that maximize valuable water supplies to meet the challenging water demands of the 21st century.

Paula Kehoe, the Director of Water Resources at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, will present on San Francisco’s innovative Non-potable Water Program. Established in 2012, San Francisco’s Non-potable Water Program allows for the collection, treatment, and use of alternate water sources for non-potable uses in buildings, and provides a streamlined permitting program for onsite water systems. In addition, she will present on the recent work of the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems, a group of public utilities and health agencies building consensus on water quality standards and permitting approaches, to help municipalities build local permitting programs for onsite water systems.

Brian Good, Chief Administrative Officer of Denver Water, will present on upcoming regulatory changes and remaining challenges for onsite water recycling in Colorado. He will also present on two of Denver Water’s projects that are moving forward with design and construction guided by a One Water approach to water management. Register Now!

Upcoming Events

Apr
20
Tue
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Idaho Workshop 1
Apr 20 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop series.

Apr
21
Wed
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Washington Workshop 2
Apr 21 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

Apr
27
Tue
2021 Water Week Policy Zoom-In
Apr 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Register Now!

Join Us!
11:00 am – 1:30 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET
Fee: Free

This webinar is hosted jointly by this year’s Water Week Water Association Partners and will provide attendees the opportunity to hear directly from key EPA officials and Members of Congress on the important regulatory and legislative water policies they are working on now and in the years ahead.

Apr
29
Thu
Resilience through Collaboration: First Year Highlights and Future Directions of the National Water Reuse Action Plan (Webcast)
Apr 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join us for a lively discussion with leaders from across the water sector about the future of water reuse and its importance as a tool to address the impacts of climate change and meet local water demands.

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Please join us for a free webinar on April 29, 2021, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM EDT to celebrate the first year of the National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP), including accomplishments of action leaders and partners and anticipated 2021 outcomes.

The Resilience through Collaboration: First Year Highlights and Future Directions of the National Water Reuse Action Plan webcast will feature remarks from Radhika Fox (EPA’s Acting Assistant Administrator for Water), Felicia Marcus (William C. Landreth Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Water in the West Program), and a roundtable discussion with WRAP action leaders and partners and other water reuse practitioners from around the United States. This event is hosted by EPA in collaboration with the WateReuse Association and other water sector partners.

The roundtable panelists include:

  • Gilbert Trejo, El Paso Water, WateReuse President (moderator)
  • Pinar Balci, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • Mike Markus, Orange County Water District
  • Melissa Klembara, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Brandi Honeycutt, Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment
  • Paula Kehoe, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Chair of the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems

The WRAP collaborative was launched on February 27, 2020 with federal, state, tribal, local, and private sector partners to build technical, financial, and institutional capacity to spur further consideration and implementation of water reuse across the country. The story of the WRAP’s first year of implementation is one of incredible dedication and determination by a growing community of over 100 different organizations. The WRAP collaborative has enabled the formation of new action-based partnerships across the water community to help address local water resource challenges through holistic thinking and integrated efforts to ultimately strengthen our Nation’s water security, sustainability, and resilience.

May
12
Wed
Water Reuse in Bioenergy Production – A Pathway to Conservation and Resiliency (Webcast)
May 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Water Reuse in Bioenergy Production – A Pathway to Conservation and Resiliency (Webcast)

Join May Wu, Principal Environmental System Scientist with Argonne National Laboratory, for a webcast on the role of water reuse in bioenergy production.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
WateReuse Members: Free | Others: $49

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Production of bioenergy from a range of feedstocks and biorefining pathways requires a substantial amount of water for irrigation, conversion process, cooling, and steam generation. Because the feedstock varies with climate and soil regions, an increased production will have implications in the availability of regional and local freshwater resources across the U.S. It is critical to understand how fit-for-purpose water recycling can be used to conserve freshwater.

This webcast presents findings from an Argonne National laboratory analyses of potential recycled water use to produce biofuels from conventional crops and algae and generate power by incorporating technology, climate, and geospatial-temporal components. Findings suggest a significant potential of producing advanced biofuel while doubling the amount of recycled water in use nationally. Results from this project support informed decision-making and strategic planning for water sustainable bioenergy development.

Presenter

May Wu is a principal environmental system scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. Her research interests are water resource use, water quality, and wastewater management in the production of biofuels and conventional energy.

May
25
Tue
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Oregon Workshop 3
May 25 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Washington Workshop 3
May 25 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

May
26
Wed
Advancing Water Reuse Through State Focused Partnerships: Idaho Workshop 2
May 26 all-day

WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series

May
27
Thu
WateReuse Arizona Section Meeting
May 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Save the date! More information to come soon.

Jun
1
Tue
Digital Platform, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Potable Reuse Projects (Webcast)
Jun 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Digital Platform, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Potable Reuse Projects (Webcast)

Learn how digital platforms that include artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used to improve asset management strategies and operational efficiencies.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
WateReuse Members: Free
Others: $49
PDHs: 1

Register Now!

In this webcast, our presenters will introduce how digital platforms that include artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can be used to improve asset management strategies and operational efficiencies, as well as enhance source control, validate unit process performance, predict product water quality and make sound decisions for assessing suitability of product water for human consumption.

The data collected from pilot and full-scale potable reuse treatment trains have been used to develop artificial neuron networks as part of an ML platform. The platform clearly demonstrates that ML can be used to predict, for example, the product water total organic carbon (TOC) concentration of a pilot advanced treatment facility and the specific fluxes on the third stage of a full-scale advanced treatment facility as the feed quality and operating conditions are changed.

The methodology used and model outputs will be discussed during the webcast. The presenters will also examine how we can couple AI/ML concepts with the Internet of Things (IoT) and next generation of the SCADA systems to operate and maintain assets efficiently while significantly enhancing public and regulatory confidence in potable reuse projects.

Presenters

  • Ufuk Erdal, Arcadis
  • Jim Cooper, Arcadis
  • Raluca Constantinescu, Arcadis
  • Ozan Erdal, University of Washington

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