There is good news for commercial, industrial, and institutional water users looking to treat and reuse water onsite as a means of increasing the reliability of water supplies and achieving sustainability goals. A new law went into effect on October 1, 2014 allowing private sector companies to obtain Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loans to construct onsite industrial water reuse projects for the first time.

The WateReuse Association recognized excellence in water reuse during the Annual WateReuse Awards presentation held September 8 in Dallas, TX during the 29th Annual WateReuse Symposium.

WateReuse recently released two new educational videos in Spanish. “The Ways of Water” is an animated video that presents an overview of the many human interventions in the water cycle and looks at the benefits of some key water provision options including Direct Potable Reuse. The “Downstream” video provides a richly illustrated and easy-to-understand overview of the need for water reuse technology for a sustainable future.

Water Reuse is a critical component of solving the water crisis in the American West, and ensuring water sustainability across the country and around the world, according to a recently published New York Times editorial by WateReuse Executive Director Melissa Meeker.

The summer issue of World Water: Water Reuse & Desalination includes a special section on Energy and Water. The articles include Shale Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing; Protecting Water Resources: Unconventional Oil and Gas Industry: A Case for Reuse, and more.

WateReuse Association Executive Director Melissa L. Meeker recently explained to CNN that all water is recycled for a report on using recycled water to augment drinking water supplies. The article discusses how more communities are turning to recycled water as way of addressing climate change issues.

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations are due April 28 for the 2014 Rocky Mountain Water Reuse Workshop to be held August 14 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO. This Workshop is devoted to sustaining water supplies through water reuse in Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico.

WateReuse California honored leaders in water recycling during an awards luncheon at the 2014 California Annual Conference in Newport Beach on March 17. The award recipients included Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District (Recycled Water Agency of the Year – Small), City of Santa Clara (Recycled Water Agency of the Year – Medium), and Santa Clara Valley Water District (Recycled Water Agency of the Year – Large).

The Boards of Directors of the WateReuse Association and the WateReuse Research Foundation announced that Melissa L. Meeker has been named Executive Director effective March 25. Meeker will lead the strategic growth of the two organizations, as well as operational programs, staff, and execution of their missions.

The Orange County Water District (OCWD), of Fountain Valley, CA, was recently awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2014 for its pioneering work in groundwater management and water reclamation using advanced water reuse technologies, as well as its achievements in public policy and community outreach.