Water Resources, Reuse and Resiliency

The new Water Resources, Reuse and Resiliency Committee (WR3) grew out of the One Water concept when the Water Reuse and Integrated Water Resources Committees merged to meet the current industry trends. As before, the Committee is dedicated to providing technical education and professional development programs for Association members through seminars, workshops, and access to technical experts in the field of Water Reuse, Integrated Water Resources, Water Supply, Water Conservation and Resiliency. The committee meets regularly by teleconference to discuss technical and regulatory issues and events happening in the community. Check out some articles of interest in the Florida Water Resources Journal below! 

Key committee activities include:

• Conducting  integrated water reuse and stormwater topic based Seminars
• Selecting and Presenting the David W. York Water Reuse Awards
• Organizing WR3 Round Table to focus on integrated projects (water reuse and stormater) at the Florida Water Resources Conference in April or May of each year.

2018-2019 Committee Officers

Kevin Carter
Mike Knowles, P.E.
Elizabeth Thomas
Ryan Messer
Lillie Thomas           
Ricardo Borromeo
Shanin Speas-Frost
Website Coordinator
Mike Knowles, P.E.
Past Chair/Director at Large
Nita Naik, P.E., ENV SP
Lynn Spivey
Seminar Subcommittee Co-Chairs

Tom Bartol

FWEA Water Reuse Awards
In 1992, FWEA established the David W. York Water Reuse Awards to recognize outstanding water reuse projects in Florida. Projects are evaluated by members of FWEA’s Water Reuse Committee based on environmental quality management, water reuse system, and public education/information aspects of the submittal. The FWEA Water Reuse Committee will also nominate the Florida winners for consideration for national awards presented by the WateReuse Association at the annual WateReuse Symposium.
Since then, awards for Reuse Person of the Year and Reuse Customer of the Year have also been awarded. Awards are given out at the Florida Water Resources Conference’s FWEA Awards Luncheon that occurs each April or May.

Water Reuse and Stormwater FWRJ Articles of Interest
The Florida Water Resources Journal, published monthly, is a publication of FWEA, the Florida Section of American Water Works Association, and Florida Water & Pollution Control Operators Association. The Journal dedicates each August issue to conservation and reuse. If you have any news, articles, or events for the journal please contact them at admin@fwrj.com. Below are some recent articles of interest.

  • Go to the FWRJ Online to see these full articles complete with photos and figures.

One City Finds Funding for a Public-Access Reclaimed Water Distribution Project (August 2013 Issue)
The City of Tavares, the seat of Lake County with a growing population of 287K, has limited availability of groundwater and the surrounding area does not provide available surface water resources. Regional alternative water supply projects are too remote to feasibly contribute to the City’s growing water demands. A solution was to maximize reclaimed water for irrigation use. But how was the City to implement such a project and find funding?  Click here (text version only) to find out.

Clearwater Looks to Replenish Groundwater with Reclaimed Water (August 2013 Issue)
The City of Clearwater’s groundwater supply that its potable water system depends upon is in danger of saltwater intrusion. The City is looking at reclaimed water produced by its wastewater system to help replenish its groundwater supply. But this is not without its challenges, including public perception, metals mobilization, and choosing the most appropriate treatment technologies. Click here (text version only) to find out the status of the City’s investigation efforts.

Collaborating on a Large Stormwater/Reclaimed Water Project in Osceola County (July 2013 Issue)
A preliminary feasibility analysis of an aboveground earthen water storage facility located in Osceola County to store and treat stormwater from three surface waters to augment the local reclaimed water supply was conducted. Many benefits could be derived from such a large-scale multiple jurisdictional project, including maximizing reclaimed water,  flow equalization, as well as providing treatment and nutrient attenuation for impaired surface waters. Click here (text version only) to learn how such a collaborative approach to a feasibility analysis was done.

Implementing a Master Plan’s Capital Improvement Plan with Linkage to a Financial Model (May 2013 Issue)
Marion County Utilities Department discovered the benefits to the integrated master planning process which combines financial planning with utility master planning efforts. The resultant Master Plan is used to help determine future demand projection for reclaimed water (and other water services), infrastructure necessary to meet that demand, and the funding schedule for the resultant capital improvements. Click here (text version only) to learn more.