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October 22, 2018

 

Washington Update

Congress Enacts Major Water Infrastructure Legislation, includes Support for Water Reuse

Membrane Technology in Water Reuse Highlighted in Washington Briefings

 

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Members!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:

California: New Law Will Expand On-Site Water Recycling

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill, SB966, which will expand water recycling in California by developing on-site water reuse regulations. Introduced by state Senator Scott Wiener, the new law requires the state water board to issue more comprehensive regulations for on-site water recycling. The new law will give businesses clear standard on how to permit on-site systems. WateReuse Association member the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, WateReuse California, and the US Green Building Council all supported the bill.

California: Malibu Opens $61 Million Water Recycling Facility

The City of Malibu recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new $61 million Civic Center Water Treatment Facility, which will recycle 70 million gallons of water each year to irrigate parks and public landscaping. The city formed a community facilities district to fund the design and then formed an assessment district among Civic Center properties to fund the construction. Attendees of the ribbon cutting took guided tours of the facility to view and learn about the system’s major features. Learn More.

Florida: Tampa Bay Times Publishes Editorial in Support of Potable Reuse

The Tampa Bay Times published an editorial October 12 in support of a proposed potable reuse project that would add purified water into the area’s drinking water supply. The editorial states, “this is a smart use of precious natural resources and an example of regional thinking, and the utility’s governing board should approve it.” Under the proposal, 50 million gallons of purified water would be injected into the aquifer each day. When the water is pumped back up, about half would go to Tampa’s drinking water treatment plant and the other half to the Hillsborough River reservoir. Read More

New Mexico: New Planned Community Required to Recycle Water

WateReuse Association member the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority is requiring a proposed 13,700-acre planned community to include water reuse as an integral part of its water management strategy. The developer would be required to build a drinking water system, a reuse system, and a wastewater system at an estimated cost of $600 million over the 50-year-build-out. Water Utility Authority officials have told developers that groundwater is available on the property, but no additional water capacity within the Water Utility Authority’s current infrastructure is available for the community. Read More.

 

Association News

Water Reuse Baseline Data Indicates Rate of Adoption in U.S.

WateReuse Executive Director Participates in Maryland-Israel Sister State Water Security Summit

 

Conferences and Events

Webcast: Learn about the New Recycled Water User Network

Please join us on Thursday, November 15th at 2:00 pm EST to learn about the WateReuse Association’s newest membership opportunity, the Recycled Water User Network. The network gives 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 and 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!

Upcoming Events

Feb
10
Fri
Board of Trustees Meeting
Feb 10 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Please contact Jennifer West for details

Feb
14
Tue
Agricultural Reuse Committee @ Virtual
Feb 14 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

For more information contact Rosario Cortes

WRCA Los Angeles Chapter Meeting @ LACSD Joint Administration Office (JAO)
Feb 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Tour of the San Jose Creek WRP will follow starting at 1:15 pm

Hosted by Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, and lunch will be sponsored by AECOM.

For in-person attendance, please RSVP to jjacobus@rinconconsultants.com by Friday, February 10. Virtual attendance option also available.

 

Agenda
WRCA Inland Empire Chapter Meeting @ Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority
Feb 14 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Feb
15
Wed
WRTX: Tel Aviv to Texas: Lessons Learned from the 2022 WateReuse Israel Delegation
Feb 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
WRTX: Tel Aviv to Texas: Lessons Learned from the 2022 WateReuse Israel Delegation

Register Now!

February 15, 2023 Time: 1:00pm CT | 2:00pm ET


As a global leader in water reuse, Israel takes a very intentional and integrated approach to producing and maintaining its water supply. They combine desalination, water recycling of municipal wastewater and stormwater capture, and reuse to ensure sustainable supplies. Nearly 90 percent of Israel’s treated wastewater is reused for agricultural irrigation purposes.


In November 2022, over 40 representatives from the U.S. water sector, including utilities, industry, states, and the federal government, traveled to Israel as part of a science, technology, and policy informational exchange focused on water reuse practices. This intensive week of learning about the Israeli approach to managing its water resources included several delegates from Texas.


The panelists will share their general experience as part of the delegation (5-10 mins each) and then we will ask a few prepared questions about lessons learned and how those could be applied to Texas communities. If time allows, we will take questions from the audience.


Moderator: 

Paula Paciorek, Division Manager, Houston Water Planning

Presenters:

  • Special Introduction by Omer Bab, Director of Trade and Regulatory Policy, Embassy of Israel and Danny Greenwald, Senior Deputy Director General for Regulation, Israel Water Authority
  • Eva Steinle-Darling, Water Reuse Technical Practice Director, Carollo Engineers
  • Hunter Adams, Environmental Laboratory Supervisor, City of Wichita Falls – Cypress Environmental Laboratory
  • Erika Crespo, Assistant Deputy Director, Water Quality Division, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
  • Kobe Nagar, CEO and Co-Founder, 374 Water

 

Feb
16
Thu
WRCA Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Moulton Nigel Water District
Feb 16 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Key topic will be on urban runoff diversions; more details forthcoming.

For more information contact Kraig Erickson

Feb
17
Fri
WRCA Northern California Chapter Meeting @ virtual
Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Feb
21
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Feb 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Feb
24
Fri
Leg-Reg Committee Meeting
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Please contact Jennifer West for details

WRCA Leg-Reg Committee Meeting @ virtual
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

For more information contact Jennifer West

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