The EcoCloud project will help locate more large businesses, paricularly high-tech businesses, which can use recycled wastewater in cooling towers, landscape and other purple pipe applications. The Bay Area uses only 10% of the 90 million gallons of reclaimed wastewater produced each day according to Eric Rosenblum, a division manager with South Bay Water Recycling.

According to American Water Intelligence

“I think of it as a match.com for water recycling,” said Craig Criddle, a Stanford University environmental engineering professor, who volunteers for the project. “It’s a chance to make sure that the markets are aligned with a supply of recycled water.”

According to Marianna Grossman, Executive Director of Sustainable Silicon Valley: “We’re really interested in creating a scalable, replicable solution, and once we make it work in our region we’re hoping to find a way for other communities to join in and create their own solutions. We want to turn waste into something of value, and also create community among people to try and solve these problems together.”

The EcoCloud project is expected to launch on Dec. 6th at an SSV event. Learn more at www.sustainablesv.org

To prepare for an updated system launch, all order processing within the WEF database, online reports, and the “Shop WEF” section of the WEF website will be unavailable from Monday, November 1, 2010 – Thursday, November 18, 2010.   During this time, to place an order or to modify a customer record, individuals may call our Customer Service team at  1-800-666-0206 (toll-free) or 1-571-830-1545 (outside of the US and Canada) for immediate assistance.  Requests can also be submitted via email to: csc@wef.org. Membership renewals will be checked by staff, which means that process time may be slower than usual.

EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation has received a request to hold a public meeting on Friday, October 29 to discuss its October 14, 2010 Federal Register proposed rulemaking for sewage sludge incinerators (SSIs). The meeting will be held at EPA’s Campus located at 109 T.W. Alexander Drive in Research Triangle Park, NC in room C111A starting at 9:00 am EDT. Contact Ms. Joan Rogers at (919) 541-4487 to request to speak at the public hearing. The comment period will be extended from November 14 to November 29. WEF plans to submit comments on the proposed rulemaking.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced nearly $300 million in federal funding to improve aging water and wastewater infrastructure and protect human health and the environment for people in the State of California. This new infusion of money through infrastructure capitalization grants will help state and local governments finance many of the overdue improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment throughout California.

To view a list of the projects in your community currently identified as fundable by the California Department of Public Health please visit: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/services/funding/Documents/SRF/2010/AppendixC-2010Final10-11FundableList-09-21-2010.xls.

This cool little video takes you on a short tour of Tri-Counties training, vendor booths and the end of the day prize giveaways. It features Tri-Counties President Teresa Kistner as your tour guide. Classes included plant maintenance, collections systems, math and more.

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Warning: video may make you very hungry after viewing a delicious Tri-Counties BBQ lunch!!