October 8, 2018
Congress Wraps Up Work on Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations…For Now
WateReuse Urges Supreme Court to Consider Challenge to Underground Conduit Theory
Metropolitan Water District Discusses California Water Issues on Capitol Hill
WateReuse Association member the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) organized a congressional briefing last Tuesday to highlight California water issues, present solutions, and solicit congressional support. MWD Board Chairman Randy Record and General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger presented information on the $16.7 billion California WaterFix project and other projects such as the California EcoRestore and Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan. More than 50 people attended to learn about Southern California’s great endeavor in securing water.
State Updates and Member Profiles
Welcome New Members!
The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new members:
Arkansas: $4.3 Million Federal Grant Awarded to Study Agricultural Reuse
A University of Arkansas, Fayetteville researcher has won a $4.3 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to work with farmers on ways to recycle water. The grant, awarded to Professor Lauren Greenlee, also involves evaluating whether water technology used in other industries might work for agricultural applications. Greenlee’s project is one of seven receiving a total of $34 million through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area. Greenlee plans to work with dairy and hog farmers on ways to recycle water used in their operations. Read More.
California: Community Leaders Celebrate Completion of Monterey Pipeline Project
WateReuse Association member California American Water held a ceremony last week to celebrate the completion of a 7-mile, $50 million pipeline that will carry new sources of water to the Monterey Peninsula. The new water sources include a recently approved seawater desalination facility and water from the advanced-treatment project, Pure Water Monterey, currently under development by Monterey One Water and the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District. Pure Water Monterey expects to deliver water in late 2019. The desalination project should be online in 2021. Read More.
California: OCSD and OCWD Receive Regional Public Relations Award of Excellence
WateReuse Association members the Orange County Water District and Orange County Sanitation District received the 2018 Award of Excellence from the Orange County Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America for the “GWRS Bottled Water Campaign.” The project included a year-long California tour to bring bottled water and information to about 17,000 people from San Diego to Sacramento to educate audiences about the reliability and quality of this new source of water. The two agencies, with WateReuse California, helped to pass Assembly Bill 2022, which now allows the bottling of advanced purified water for educational purposes. Read More.
Florida: Pinellas County Names Megan Ross Director of Utilities
WateReuse Association member Pinellas County named Megan Ross as the new Utilities Director, effective October 1. Ross has been with Pinellas County for five years and has more than a decade of experience in public and private sector utility and engineering project management. She joined Pinellas County in 2013 and assumed the role of interim utilities director – leading the department since late 2017. She also served as primary facilitator for the Wastewater Stormwater Partnership. Read More.
Massachusetts: Natural Systems Utilities Awarded Contract for Onsite Reuse in Boston Development
WateReuse Association member Natural Systems Utilities has been awarded a contract to provide a two million gallons per day onsite water treatment and recycling facility to serve the Union Point development just south of Boston. Envisioned as a technologically advanced and environmentally conscious city, Union Point will comprise nearly 4,000 homes and apartments and 8 million square feet of commercial development opportunity balanced with more than 1,000 acres of green space and 50 miles of hiking and biking trails. The site also has direct pedestrian access to a commuter rail station. Read More.
Nevada: Water Innovation Campus Finds Success, Studies Advanced Purification
The Nevada Water Innovation Campus (NWIC), a partnership of the University of Nevada, Reno and regional agencies and cities focusing on sustainable water management, is marking its one-year anniversary with a celebration of successes. The university helps develop new approaches and the agencies implement them. One program that NWIC has added to its portfolio is OneWater Nevada, which evaluates treatment technologies and determines if advanced purified water can offer long-term benefits to the region. OneWater Nevada also has multiple demonstration trailers to inform the public about the treatment technology. Read More.
New Analysis Quantifies Resources Recovered from Wastewater
Each year, American communities recycle 2.2 billion gallons of water recovering 7 percent of the municipal wastewater produced, according to a new analysis supported by the WateReuse Association and led by the Water Environment Federation (WEF). The ReNew Water Project, the first analysis of resources recovery by U.S. Water utilities shows significant opportunities for expanding water reuse. The project uses data from national and state databases, publications, and a utility survey, which represents about 25 percent of municipal wastewater flow and about 20 percent of biosolids produced in the U.S. The ReNew Water Project will set goals for water utilities to increase resource recovery from baseline levels. New data will be collected on a biannual basis and expanded to Canadian water facilities. Other supporting organizations for the ReNEW Water Project include the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA), National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), The Water Research Foundation (WRF), as well as Réseau Environnement in Quebec. Learn More.
Conferences and Events
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 November 14 at 2 p.m. 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!
Webcast: Learn about the New Recycled Water User Network
Please join us on Thursday, November 15 at 2 pm eastern 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. To learn more, register for the webcast.
EPA Announces WIFIA Information Sessions
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced three new dates for Information Sessions designed to give utilities the opportunity to learn about funding opportunities for water, wastewater, and recycled water infrastructure available under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA). WIFIA program staff will provide an overview of the program, explain the financial benefits of WIFIA loans, and discuss the application process. The announced dates are:
- November 13, 2018, Chicago, Illinois
- December 11, 2018, Boston, Massachusetts
- January 15, 2019, Atlanta, Georgia
WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series
WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series
You’re invited to learn about Israel’s water reuse technology and policy approaches as part of a knowledge sharing partnership between the US and Israel. Israel has accomplished extensive infrastructure, regulatory, and institutional reform to recycle over 85 per cent of its wastewater for beneficial uses as a solution to extreme water stress.
This three-session tour will cover Israel’s water reuse regulatory approaches, case studies, technology, and agricultural irrigation applications relevant to the US perspective. Participants are encouraged to attend the session(s) most relevant to their interests.
- Session 1: Policy and Regulation of Water Reuse in Israel
Tuesday, May 25 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT
- Session 2: Israel’s Approach to Water Reuse Implementation, Technology, and Mechanisms
Wednesday, May 26 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT
- Session 3: Increasing Israel’s Agricultural Irrigation Efficiency through Recycled Water
Thursday, May 27 from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT
This event is hosted by the Israeli Ministry for Environmental Protection, the Economic & Trade Mission at the Embassy of Israel, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in collaboration with the Israel Water Authority, Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Israel Ministry of Health, WaterEdge.IL, WateReuse Association, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
This event is in fulfillment of Action 11.1 in the National Water Reuse Action Plan, “Facilitate U.S.-Israel Collaboration on Water Reuse.” and in support of the EPA/Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection Memorandum of Understanding.
WateReuse Pacific Northwest State Workshop Series
WateReuse Arizona Section Meeting & Webinar
10:30 am – 11:30 am Pacific | 1:30 – 2:30 pm Eastern
WateReuse Members: Free
Process Interrupted: Using BOR Funded Desalination Research to Evaluate an Innovative Process Train to Halt the Salt Accumulation in a Sewer-shed from Cooling Towers while also Promoting a Circular Economy.
- Eric Dole, PE, PSAP, Garver USA
- Michael Watts, PhD, Garver USA
- Yuliana Porras-Mendoza, US Bureau of Reclamation
The Southwest U.S. is challenged by freshwater scarcity and salt accumulation in its watersheds. A significant contributor to salt loading in urban sewer-sheds are the many industrial and commercial cooling towers that dot the landscape. These towers are very effective at cooling in arid environments; however, they use scarce freshwater resources to absorb heat through evaporation while accumulating the salts and minerals that must be discharged as blowdown.
Garver was selected by the Bureau of Reclamation’s Desalination and Water Purification Research Program Pitch to Pilot to research a novel treatment train that will reduce the amount of salt discharged from industrial cooling tower blowdown.
Garver’s zero liquid discharge, membrane desalination treatment train is estimated to remove more than two tons of salt from the 600 ton cooling tower blowdown and saved approximately 200,000 gallons of make-up water from the potable water supply over the eight-month field-testing portion of the pilot study. The reduction of salt discharged to the sewer will benefit the local wastewater treatment plants and the local watershed, while also improving the water quality of the cooling towers with a low energy intensity treatment train.
This presentation will address the BOR Desalination Pitch to Pilot Program, the thought process behind the EC, UF, GAC, RO with VAED concentrate management treatment train and report on commissioning efforts to date.
Eric is a senior project manager at Garver where he serves as the Water and Energy Practice Leader. He specializes in delivering sustainable infrastructure solutions through optimized hydraulic systems and optimized treatment processes. In 2019, Eric was selected for the Water Research Foundation’s 12-person Energy Advisory Committee where he advises the group on energy efficiency and process optimization projects.
Eric was one of the world’s first water professionals to be certified as a Pump Systems Assessment Professional (PSAP) through the Hydraulics Institute, which allows him to set the standard for pump systems assessments and optimization techniques, leading to energy efficient and reliable systems. His process mechanical expertise can be seen in his patented designs for two zero liquid discharge brine management systems, of which one was awarded the 2011 AZ Water Reuse Project of the Year Award and the other was selected for RO concentrate treatment in the Bureau of Reclamation Desalination Pitch to Pilot Research Project that started in September 2020 and is scheduled for commissioning in May 2021.
Dr. Michael Watts is a reclaimed water strategist, and the water reuse practice leader with Garver. His experience includes water quality analysis, water reclamation, and publication of peer-reviewed water research. In addition, he has developed and implemented bench- and pilot-scale treatment evaluations, and assisted utilities with compliance with water quality and water reuse regulations. Dr. Watts joined Garver in 2013.
Yuliana Porras-Mendoza is the Advanced Water Treatment Research Coordinator for the Research and Development Office with United States Bureau of Reclamation. After eighteen years with Reclamation, she is one of the Chemical Engineering experts in water treatment whose work expands from membrane development, testing of advanced water treatment technologies, to technology transfer. She holds a US Patent in the area of new membrane chemistries titled “Chlorine resistant amides, polyamides, and membranes made from the same” (US 9056284 B2, granted 6/16/2015). Ms. Porras-Mendoza’s current role is to develop the advanced water treatment strategy for the Research and Development Office within Reclamation and to manage and administer the Desalination and Water Purification Research (DWPR) Program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Science and Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, as well as a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, Austin.
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
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.
- Ufuk Erdal, Arcadis
- Jim Cooper, Arcadis
- Raluca Constantinescu, Arcadis
- Ozan Erdal, University of Washington
Remote – Zoom
Friday, June 4, 2021
11:00 am to 2pm EST // 10 to 1 CST // 9:00 to 12 MST // 8:00 to 11 PST
When: Jun 8, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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