Water Reuse and Non-Traditional Water Sources for Irrigated Agriculture

Phoenix, Arizona

11th International Conference
on Irrigation and Drainage

October 16-19, 2018

Cooperating Organization

The Water Research Foundation

Announcement and Call for Papers

PDF version of the Call for Papers

Sections of this Call for Papers may be reached from these links:


Treated effluent is extensively used for agricultural and municipal irrigation in the United States and has been regulated by statutes at the state and federal level since the 1970s. When treated effluent cannot be used for irrigation, it is often used for artificial groundwater recharge or as a supply for natural or artificial wetlands. As competition for scarce water resources increases, as well as increased production of treated effluent with increasing population, we can expect even greater use of treated effluent for irrigation, recharge, and environmental uses. While the current experience with the use of treated effluent has been positive, there are short- and long-term concerns about its use, and thus about the sustainability of these practices.

Phoenix Views, courtesy Pheonix Convention & Visitors Bureau

This Conference aims to present and discuss various concerns regarding water reuse and non-traditional sources of water for irrigated agriculture. Implications for groundwater recharge and environmental concerns will also be explored.

The theme of the Conference is Water Reuse and Non-Traditional Water Sources for Irrigated Agriculture.

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Who Should Attend?

Arizona Science Center This USCID Conference will provide a forum for water district staff, water agency staff, irrigation and drainage specialists, consultants, equipment suppliers and academics to share innovative solutions and learn from each other’s experiences. Water resources professionals from abroad are especially welcome to attend and share their experiences.

The Water Research Foundation is a Cooperating Organization of the Conference. Foundation staff and participants are encouraged to attend the Conference as authors and/or participants.

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Conference Format

A half-day study tour on Tuesday morning will be followed by lunch and a Plenary Session featuring presentations of broad interest to irrigation managers. Focused oral presentations during Technical Sessions and a Poster Session will occur on Wednesday and Thursday. Invited speakers will offer their perspectives during meals. The Conference will conclude with a Friday study tour. Receptions, meals, breaks and tours will provide excellent networking opportunities.

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An Exhibition will feature organizations providing products and services related to water resources. The latest technologies and products will be showcased.

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Call for Papers

Abstracts of proposed papers addressing the Conference Topics are invited. Abstracts will be accepted for either a 20-minute oral presentation, or for the Poster Session. Conference Topics follow.

Phoenix Sunsets Accepted authors will be invited to prepare an electronic version of their paper for the Proceedings, which will be distributed during the Conference. Authors are asked to submit a draft manuscript for a peer review. Preparing a paper for the Proceedings is the preferred method of participation, to capture the information presented during the Conference. However, authors may choose to not prepare a paper for the Proceedings. If a paper is not prepared for the Proceedings, an abstract with author and co-author information will be included.

Submission of an abstract will constitute an agreement that the author will register for the Conference at the reduced author registration fee, attend the Conference, and make an oral or poster presentation in person.

Important Note: USCID will not provide funding, nor seek funding from donors or other sources, for authors or other participants to attend the Conference. Please do not submit an abstract if funding for your participation is unlikely.

Please submit a 250-300 word abstract by April 9, 2018, with this information at the top of the page:

  • the paper title
  • author and co-author names and affiliations
  • address, phone, fax and e-mail for each author

Your abstract should be submitted as an attached .doc or .docx file to Use the senior author surname as the file name, e.g., jones.doc.

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Conference Schedule

  • Abstracts Due — April 9, 2018
  • Notify Authors — April 18, 2018
  • Draft Papers Due — June 15, 2018
  • Comments to Authors — August 3, 2018
  • Final Papers Due — September 1, 2018
  • Conference — October 16-19, 2018

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Water Reuse in Irrigated Agriculture

Central Arizona Project Canal (USBR)
  • Sustainability
  • Salinity management
  • Benefits
  • Barriers
  • Environmental impacts
  • Socioeconomic impacts
  • Groundwater recharge
  • Pathogens
  • Transport and fate of contaminants and pharmaceuticals
  • Water quality
  • Fit for purpose reuse
  • State-of-the-art technology
  • Economic benefits
  • Opportunities and strategies
  • Water supply limitations
  • Climate change
  • Case studies

Non-Traditional Sources of Water

  • Municipal recycled
  • Banked water
  • Water trading
  • Water wheeling
  • Leasing of agricultural water to municipalities
  • Desalination and brackish water
  • Produced water from oil and gas production
  • Mining
  • Agricultural return flows (drainage water, surface water, etc.)
  • Agricultural process water
  • State-of-the-art technology
  • Case studies

Infrastructure Issues

  • New infrastructure needed for reclaimed water
  • On-site vs. centralized systems
  • Recharge ponds
  • New treatment procedures
  • Infrastructure O&M
  • Infrastructure rehabilitation
  • Offsite water storage facilities
  • Converting unlined ditches to piped ditches
  • Electronic monitoring and control of infrastructure
  • Leak detection
  • Large pipe systems
  • Case studies

Regulatory Issues and Public Perception

  • Public perception
  • Education
  • Legislation
  • Regulatory barriers
  • Water rights implications
  • Case studies


  • Nitrogen contamination
  • Nitrogen management
  • Groundwater pumping
  • Regulatory barriers
  • Legislation
  • Case studies

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Conference Planning Committee

Brian T. Wahlin, Co-Chair, WEST Consultants, Inc., Tempe, Arizona
Eduardo Bautista, Co-Chair, ARS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Maricopa, Arizona
Taylor Ahrensdorf, Stantec Consulting Services Inc., Phoenix, Arizona
James E. Ayars, Consultant, Clovis, California
David E. Bradshaw, Imperial Irrigation District, Imperial, California
Hassan A. Elsaad, Salt River Project, Phoenix, Arizona
Peggy B. Graham, Advanced Drainage Systems, Longmont, Colorado
Sara Harper, Dewberry, Sacramento, California
Aung K. Hla, Bureau of Reclamation, McCook, Nebraska
Randy Hopkins, Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group, Clovis, CA
Erling A. Juel, Greenfields Irrigation District, Fairfield, Montana
Reed R. Murray, U.S. Department of the Interior, Provo, Utah
David T. Phelps, Stantec Consulting Services Inc., Phoenix, Arizona
Aldo R. Pinon-Villarreal, Angelo State University, Sam Angelo, Texas
Nelson W. Plummer, Water Resources Consultant, Scottsdale, Arizona
W. Martin Roche, Consulting Engineer, Grass Valley, California
Channah M. Rock, University of Arizona, Maricopa, Arizona
George Sabol, Stantec Consulting Services Inc., Phoenix, Arizona
Anne Thebo, Pacific Institute, Oakland, California
Kristan C. VandenHeuvel, The Water Research Foundation, Alexandria, Virginia
Clinton Williams, ARS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Maricopa, Arizona

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