An Update for WE&RF Subscribers
July 13, 2017

Melissa L. Meeker
     WE&RF Chief Executive Officer

Welcome to summer! July kicks off a flurry of events highlighting WE&RF research. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to connect with international leaders from the water reclamation and reuse industry at the 11th IWA International Conference on Water Reclamation and Reuse, July 23-27, at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. WE&RF is excited to hold IWA's premier event on water reclamation and reuse for the first time in North America.

IWA is presenting this conference in partnership with the WE&RF, WateReuse California, and the National Water Research Institute. The conference provides an opportunity to share knowledge regarding water reuse practices in different countries and brings together water managers, industry leaders, and cutting-edge researchers. We are deeply appreciative of the generosity shown by the conference sponsors, who are offering interesting technical tours, pre-conference workshops, poster presentations, technical sessions, and daily plenary sessions.

Join us on Sunday afternoon, July 23, for the “Beer Starts with Water Reception” and sample beer brewed by San Diego-based Ballast Point Brewing Co. This beer’s main ingredient – water – is from the Padre Dam Advanced Water Purification Program. On the evening of Tuesday, July 25, a Networking Dinner at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is the final networking event of the conference.

On August 23, WE&RF will offer our first of several workshops – the Potable Reuse Workshop co-hosted with the Water Research Foundation. This workshop will address the state of the science of potable reuse – particularly as it pertains to the mid-Atlantic region. This includes unique regional and sub-regional drivers for water reuse in the mid-Atlantic, plus the regulatory horizon. Highlights will include presentations on treatment technologies, treatment system design and permitting, economics, operations, and achieving stakeholder support to overcome regulatory barriers and gain public trust.

Earlier in August, WE&RF will be busy at two events in New York. The IWA Resource Recovery Conference at Columbia University August 5-9 will focus on facilitating solutions to provide renewable energy, clean water, and food security to the globe’s most vulnerable populations. Later that week on August 10-12, the Intensification of Resource Recovery Forum will feature LIFT at Manhattan College. The IR² Forum is an intensive three-day university-modeled event focused on innovation in wastewater and water reuse. It is held by the Water Environment Federation, and organized in partnership with WE&RF and LIFT, in cooperation with Manhattan College and BlueTech Research.

Also in August, we will begin accepting abstracts for the 2018 WE&RF Research Conference. We are excited to continue the 20-year tradition of the former WateReuse Research Foundation. The Annual Research Conference to be held in downtown Atlanta, Georgia on May 7-8, 2018 is designed to help communities prepare for the future with a comprehensive program offering innovative approaches and creative solutions for creating a safe and sustainable local water supply.

As summer turns to fall, WE&RF’s attention will shift to WEFTEC where we will host a variety of research-related workshops and technical sessions. WEFTEC takes place in Chicago, IL on September 30 - October 4. As always, we will honor our volunteers and announce the 2017 Paul L. Busch Award winner at our luncheon on Tuesday October 3. If we don’t see you there, or at one of these other events, please visit our booth (#8145) at McCormick Place, any time throughout WEFTEC!

We always look forward to connecting with our Subscribers!