As announced earlier this year, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has funding available in 1 percent loans – approximately half the already low current interest rate – for water recycling projects that can be completed within three years of Governor Brown’s January 17, 2014 Drought Proclamation.

Water recycling is the use of treated municipal wastewater for beneficial purposes, such as agricultural and landscape irrigation, industrial processes, and replenishing ground water basins.  Eligible projects include recycled water treatment, distribution and storage facilities.

The funding is available for municipalities through the State Water Board’s Division of Financial Assistance, Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program.  Applications for this extremely low-interest financing are accepted continuously, but must be submitted by December 2, 2015.

The Financial Assistance Application, instructions, forms, and video tutorials are available at

Additional information can be found at

If you have any questions, please contact Dan Newton at (916) 324-8404 or

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has adopted the General Waste Discharge Requirements for Recycled Water Use (General Order) at its regularly scheduled public meeting on June 3, 2014.

The pdf file of the adopted General Order can be downloaded here. The General Order will also be available at:

For more information and any questions, please contact Annalisa Kihara at (916) 324-6786 or

Ever notice the Google Doodle on Google’s home search page? You know, the fun, spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists?  This year, Google held the 7th annual Doodle 4 Google competition for kids in grades K-12, asking them to submit an illustration for the home page of an invention that would make the world a better place. Out of 100,000 submissions, an 11 year-old from New York won for her illustration of a transformative water purifier.

Check out her delightfully enchanting animation here along with the other submissions.

“To make the world a better place, I invented a transformative water purifier. It takes in dirty and polluted water from rivers, lakes, and even oceans, then massively transforms the water into clean, safe and sanitary water, when humans and animals drink this water, they will live a healthier life.” - Audrey Zhang, 11

The National Water Research Institute (NWRI) is pleased to announce that David Sedlak, Ph.D., civil and environmental engineering professor at the University of California, Berkeley, will be the twenty-first recipient of the NWRI Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research. Sedlak is also Co‐Director of the Berkeley Water Center and Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center on Re‐Inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt).

Consisting of a medallion and $50,000 award, the NWRI Clarke Prize is given out each year to recognize research accomplishments that solve real-world water problems and to highlight the importance and need to continue funding this type of research. Sedlak was selected as the 2014 recipient because of his pioneering research on advancing the way water resources and urban water infrastructure are managed, including implementing water reuse and reducing the discharge of emerging contaminants (such as pharmaceuticals and personal care products). His work has served as the foundation for major policy and technical initiatives to reduce the effects of these contaminants and protect public health.

“Dr. Sedlak has had a profound influence on all aspects of the scientific and technical issues arising from the presence of trace organic contaminants in wastewater discharges that ultimately impact the quality of water provided to consumers,” said Michael Kavanaugh, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, Principal at Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. and Sedlak’s colleague. “His academic, research, and publication achievements, combined with his communication abilities, make him an outstanding choice for the Clarke Prize.” [Read more]

Task Force Chair Sought for Nutrient Roadmap Publication

The Water Environment Federation’s (WEF’s) Technical Practice Committee is seeking a Task Force Chair to lead the development of a nutrient roadmap publication.

The nutrient roadmap will be a high-level, overview document for utilities of all sizes to help them better managing nutrients in the context of their individual regulatory climates. The roadmap will address the following topics:

  • Products
  • Interrelationships
  • Treatment Technologies
  • Recommended Practices and Guidance: Support Nutrient Management, Product Development, Understanding the Environment, Alternatives Evaluation, Proactively Manage Risks

The guidance document will be supplemented with case studies and additional resources.  The Roadmap will also inform future research, training, and advocacy programs to support the movement towards smarter nutrient management in water resource recovery facilities.

The Task Force Chair would be responsible for preparing a proposed scope of work for the project, which would include an abstract; information regarding the audience, purpose, and scope of the publication; a list of confirmed authors; and a book outline. The Task Force Chair’s primary responsibilities once the effort is underway are to provide direction to the authors and reviewers of the publication regarding the content of the manual, ensure that consensus-review procedures are followed and that review comments are addressed by authors, and ensure that deadlines are met so that the publication can be published within a 12-month schedule.

If you are interested in leading this effort and will be able to work closely with WEF staff and dedicate the expertise and time to ensuring that a high-quality publication is developed according to the 12-month publication development schedule, please contact me by June 13 with a brief resume. Please also contact me with any questions regarding publication development procedures or the role of the Task Force Chair.

Manager, Technical Publication
Water Environment Federation
Phone: 703.684.2400 x7180