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2017 Water Reuse Conference

This annual conference enables water and wastewater operators, engineers, public works directors, elected officials, consultants, developers, attorneys, environmental advocates, and other professionals to continue their education, network, and discuss key issues related to water reuse in Idaho and the West.

May 17-18, 2017
Riverside Hotel
2900 Chinden Blvd., Boise 83714

The cost for the two-day conference is $155. Two tours will be offered May 16 for $25 each. Tour Details


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Thanks to our planning committee: Basic American Food, Brown and Caldwell, Carollo Engineers, Cascade Earth Sciences, City of Caldwell, CH2M Hill, Clean Water Services, Forsgren Associates, Hayden Area Regional Sewer Board, HDR, Idaho DEQ, J4 Engineering, J.R. Simplot Company, J-U-B Engineers, Keller Associates, Kennedy Jenks Consultants, King County Washington, MWH Global and Stantec, WA Department of Ecology, and WateReuse Association Pacific Northwest Section.

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, May 16 Pre-session Events

  • J.R. Simplot tour from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Municipal Reuse Systems tour from 1 to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, May 17

  • Conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 18

  • Conference from 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 pm

Agenda Topics

  • Status of water reuse in the nation
  • Status of water reuse in the northwest
  • Status of reuse in Idaho
  • Recycled water and utilities of the future
  • Irrigation system operation with recycled water – advice from a farmer and irrigation engineer
  • Recycled water and beer brewing
  • Funding reuse projects
  • Recycled municipal wastewater and antibiotic resistance: Is there a connection?
  • UV Disinfection Lessons Learned
  • Case study on disinfection credits
  • Case studies of recycled water fill stations
  • Case study of Moscow and U of I recycled water
  • Case study of reuse permitting process in Idaho
  • Regulators panel discussion from multiple states

Continuing Education

Attendance certificates will be issued for professional development hours. The conference is pending approval for Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses CEUs for wastewater.

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Staff Contacts

Wastewater Analyst
Tressa Nicholas
DEQ State Office
Water Quality Division
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0116

Water Reuse Conference Assistant
Thomas VanDerWeide
DEQ State Office
Water Quality Division
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0156

Student Recycled Water Art and Poetry Contest

Idaho, Oregon, and Washington K-12 students are invited to submit artwork and poetry to be entered to win $100. The contest theme is "Water's Memories – A Drop of Water Never Dies, Tell the Stories of its Many Lives."

All entries must be received by Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Conference Sponsorship and Vendor Opportunities

Becoming a sponsor or vendor is an excellent way to show support for water reuse. Conference vendor tables and sponsorship are available. To become a conference sponsor, contact Tressa Nicholas at, (208) 373-0116.

Hotel Information

The conference will be held at the Riverside Hotel in Boise. A limited block of rooms is available at the hotel and are reserved on a first come, first served basis. Mention the Water Reuse Conference group rate when making a reservation to obtain the conference rate. To make a reservation, visit the Riverside Hotel's website, or call (208) 343-1871.

All reservations must be made by Friday, April 28, 2017 to secure the special rate.

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Related Pages

2015 Water Reuse Conference

2014 Water Reuse Conference

2013 Idaho Water Reuse Conference

2012 Idaho Water Reuse Conference