Fundamentals of Water Recycling

Fundamentals of Water Recycling

Distribution/Use Municipal Recycled and Reclaimed Water

March 1-2, 2023 | Online :: Mountain Time

Available water supplies have not been able to keep up with population growth in many parts of the southwest United States. Reclaiming and recycling wastewater has been one response over the past half dozen decades in these areas, along with other parts of the world that share a similar climate, like Spain, Australia, and Israel. However, global climate change has broadened the need to develop this resource to other parts of the U.S., even in states that have historically not experienced water shortages.

Fundamentals of Water Recycling will cover the basics of the entire “water recycling” process, from wastewater collection and treatment to distribution of the product water to end-use. The course will focus on municipal recycled water programs, rather than individual industrial on-site reuse or single-family home “graywater” systems. Attendees will be exposed to water quality and availability considerations, distribution system development, reuse site requirements and best management practices, and customer relations, finishing up with a discussion of potential problems with developing a recycled water program and previously successful strategies and solutions.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to successfully:

  • Identify the water recycling process from treatment to end-use
  • Determine the need/viability of recycled water in their local area
  • Evaluate recycled water quality for applications in their local area
  • Determine the social, economic, and environment benefits to their local area
  • Review the initial layout of a recycled water distribution system
  • Identify and mitigate potential reuse site compliance issues
  • Perform a cross-connection site test and ensure backflow is prevented
  • Discuss and address the potential customer issues that might arise
  • Identify physical, regulatory, institution, economic and public acceptance issues and apply appropriate solutions
  • Gain an overall assessment of the entire process to be able to adequately communicate to various project stakeholders


Wednesday, March 1, 2023 : Mountain Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Course Timing

Short breaks will be taken throughout each session

Introduction to Water Recycling

  • Course goals and organization
  • Defining “water recycling”
  • Need for water reuse as a supplemental supply
  • Need as a disposal option
  • Sustainability benefits

Water Reclamation

  • Wastewater collection
  • Treatment processes
  • Recycled water quality considerations

Non-Potable Reuse Applications

  • Urban landscape
  • Agriculture
  • Cooling towers
  • Industrial processes
  • Dual-plumbing
  • Other applications

Groundwater Replenishment

  • Surface recharge
  • Injection

12:00- 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

“Purple Pipe” Distribution System Development

  • The official color of recycled/reclaimed water
  • 4 “generations” in LA
  • “Shopping Mall” approach
  • Demand variables
  • Seasonal

Safe and Proper On-site Use/Site Inspections  

  • Protection of public health
  • “Good housekeeping”
  • Pumps, pipes, and appurtenances
  • Signage
  • Hose bibs vs. quick couplers
  • Irrigation system operation

Cross-Connection and Backflow Prevention  

  • Definition
  • Case studies
  • How to avoid the occurrence

Questions and Discussion


Thursday, March 2, 2023 : Mountain Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Course Timing

Short breaks will be taken throughout each session

End User/Customer Considerations

  • Potable vs. recycled water rates
  • Recycled water quality
  • Irrigation scheduling
  • Soil treatment
  • Plant selection
  • Water features
  • Supply interruptions/backup source
  • Industrial applications
  • Firefighting issues

Obstacles/Impediments/Challenges and their Solutions

  • Physical/technical issues
    • RW availability
    • RW quality limitations
  • Regulatory constraints
    • Direct, non-potable use
    • Indirect, potable use
    • Regulatory project oversight and approval
    • Water rights
    • State policies
  • Institutional arrangements
    • Public vs. private purveyors
    • Service duplication
    • Easements and rights-of-way
    • Interagency coordination
    • Interjurisdictional issues
  • Financial concerns
    • Water pricing
    • Distribution system costs
    • Operational storage costs
    • Seasonal storage costs
    • Supplemental treatment costs
    • Financial analysis
    • On-site retrofit costs
  • Public acceptance
    • Public opinion and health risk perception
    • Growth inducement concerns

Questions and Discussion


Earle C. Hartling, MS, QEP, Water Recycling Coordinator, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts

Referred to by many of his water recycling colleagues as the “Guru,” Earle Hartling has dedicated his entire professional career to the advancement of water reuse, not only for his agency but for the industry in general. He has been involved in just about every facet of water reuse, including planning and feasibility, regulatory development and compliance, legislation, contracts, external funding, report production, and on-site supervisor training. Since taking over the Sanitation Districts’ water recycling program in 1981, the number of that agency’s reuse sites has increased from 11 to over 900 and the volume of recycled water usage from 35,000 acre-feet a year to over 100,000, just about 75% of the available supply. The amount of revenue generated by this program has increased to nearly $8 million per year, with an additional cost recovery of over $1.6 million per year.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event


Fundamentals of Water Recycling

March 1-2, 2023 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1195.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 4,780.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 8,365.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 14,340.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before January 27, 2023 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.9 CEUs for this event

Instructional Methods

This program will use PowerPoint presentations and group discussions, as well as active participation.

Requirements for a Successful Completion of Program

Participants must login each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 10.5
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend

This course is designed for anyone who wishes to obtain a basic understanding of the development and operation of a water recycling system. 

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