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WateReuse recently appointed two new members to serve on the Board of Directors. Halla Razak, the Public Utilities Director for the City of San Diego and Gilbert Trejo, PE, the Chief Technical Officer for El Paso Water Utilities began their terms in May 2015.

A diverse group of U.S. water sector organizations joined forces for Water Week 2015 on April 12-18, 2015. The second annual event provided an opportunity for water professionals to advocate for national policies that advance clean and safe waters in support of a healthy sustainable environment.

A new WateReuse White Paper provides recommendations for EPA's new Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy joined Vice President Biden on January 16, 2015 to announce the Center, which will serve as a resource to communities to improve their wastewater, drinking water and stormwater systems, particularly through innovative financing and increased resiliency to climate change.  

For the first time, WateReuse is joining forces with other water groups to host the National Water Policy Forum, Fly-In & Expo, the anchor event of Water Week 2015, in Washington, D.C. on April 13–15, 2015. The Policy Forum will feature distinguished speakers, sessions, Capitol Hill visits, and regulatory roundtables.

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.