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
Topic: Recycled Water Technologies and Case Studies
WOW! Wonders of Water Brownie Journey Jumpstart
Our event is a series of activities and presentations for Brownie Girl Scouts to earn a badge called Wow! Wonders of Water Journey – LOVE Water. Girl Scouts can sign up through the council events page. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Erica Marti (email@example.com).
Overview of activities:
- learning about the water cycle through active movement and visual demonstration
- learning about water pollution, especially how our community is affected by stormwater runoff
- learning about the unique water system in the Las Vegas Valley
Our event is now posted on the Girl Scout events page. Please share with anyone who has a Girl Scout (2nd, 3rd grades).
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: WateReue & AWE Members: Free; Others: $49
Can onsite water reuse systems be successfully integrated with a community’s centralized treatment system? New legislation is being adopted around the country to remove barriers to onsite water reuse and communities like San Francisco are leading the way in demonstrating how onsite non-potable water systems can supplement centralized treatment and extend water supplies. This presentation will discuss important lessons learned in San Francisco, which has been requiring onsite water reuse in new large developments for seven years. You will also learn how model legislation developed by the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems is being adopted across the country to encourage the use of alternative water supplies. The presentation will also provide a preview of the National Blue Ribbon Commission’s new training manual for onsite reuse, which will be released in early 2020, and discuss future research priorities aimed at advancing more widespread adoption of onsite non-potable water systems.
Mary Ann Dickinson
President and CEO
Alliance for Water Efficiency
Director of Water Resources
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern ; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Fee: Members: Free; Others: $49
Congress enters 2020 with the next Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) in its sights. Hearings and discussions have begun in earnest within the committees of jurisdiction in both the House and Senate. A number of important bills that were introduced or debated in 2019 may see further consideration in 2020 in the context of development of the next WRDA. At the same time, the Trump Administration will release its FY 2021 budget request as early as February, prompting Congress to launch the FY 2021 appropriations cycle.
Please join us January 8 at 2 p.m. ET for a webcast with Washington insiders to examine what’s on the congressional agenda for 2020 and how you can position your utility or company to have a voice at the table. Top Washington water sector lobbyists will discuss the status of key legislation and explain the opportunities to advance a water reuse policy agenda. Whether you plan to travel to Washington for Water Week in the Spring or are just interested in what to expect from Congress in 2020, this webcast will be a national advocacy primer for water professionals.
Greg Fogel, Policy Director, WateReuse Association
Mia O’Connell, President, O’Connell & Dempsey, LLC
Mia’s focus for three decades has been in the water resource and environment arenas. Mia has focused her efforts for her public agency and water clients on Corps of Engineers, EPA and Department of Interior projects. Mia works with the Corps in the flood protection, ecosystem restoration, navigation and water supply areas.
Geoff Bowman, Vice President, Van Scoyoc Associates
Having spent large parts of two decades as a staff member on the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Geoff Bowman offers clients an insider’s perspective on the policy, players, and politics involved in those issues.
The Annual WateReuse Symposium is the nation’s premier conference on water recycling and the only conference dedicated solely to water reuse laws, policy, funding, research, technology, and public acceptance.
Save the Date!
35th Annual WateReuse Symposium
Hilton Denver City Center
September 13-16. 2020
Call for Abstracts coming soon!