Archive | June, 2013

Learn Basics of Wastewater Treatment in New Online Course Series

June 18, 2013

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A new online course series, Basic Wastewater Treatment Series, now is available in the Knowledge Center. The series of four courses, hosted by Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) Past President Jeanette Brown, provides an overview of wastewater treatment and discusses key math and maintenance concepts. Specific topics covered throughout the series include permit requirements, unit […]

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Learn About Nondispersibles, Integrated Planning, Process Control, and Leadership Training in Water Environment Federation Webcasts

June 13, 2013

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Flushable or Not? Dispersing the Nondispersible Problem June 19, 1–3 p.m. (EDT) Register now. Integrated Planning Framework in Action: Baltimore’s New Integrated Plan To Address Water Quality Impacts June 26, 1–2:30 p.m. (EDT) Register now. Process Control for Activated Sludge June 27, 1–3 p.m. (EDT) Register now. Building Effective Supervisor and Leadership Training Programs: Three […]

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Stop, Don’t Flush That

June 12, 2013

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Robert Villée, Plainfield Area Regional Sewerage Authority (Middlesex, N.J.) executive director, worked with authority staff to test flushable-product claims using this system. Photo courtesy of Villée.

WEF members work to solve nondispersibles problem   Wastewater treatment systems operate 24-hours a day, 7-days a week — that is, until an item that doesn’t belong makes its way into the system, clogging pipes and causing headaches for operators. Defining nondispersibles Perpetrators mucking up the system are known as “nondispersibles,” which currently means anything […]

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U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize Winners Compete in National Competition

June 7, 2013

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The state winners of the 2013 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) have been announced by the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.). The winners, selected by water quality professionals from WEF Member Associations, will travel to the national competition, to be hosted by the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (Hansen, Idaho) June 14–15 in […]

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From the President: Collaboration Is Key To Improving Water Industry

June 6, 2013

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Cordell Samuels, 2012–2013 WEF President

Recently, I invited leaders from other water-sector organizations to meet with me and discuss collaboration efforts we could be pursuing. I left this very positive meeting feeling that we had achieved some forward movement. But while I continue to be very encouraged by these efforts, the industry continues to experience many challenges. There is still too […]

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History From the Bottom Up

June 4, 2013

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A separate feature of the Old Wastewater Treatment Plant tour in Bubeneč, Czech Republic, is an underground raft ride. Photo courtesy of Tomáš Věžník.

Sewer tours are a popular attraction throughout Europe   The Eiffel Tower? Been there, done that. A walking tour of Victorian architecture? Yes, but Rick Steves covered that ad nauseum. A taste of Vienna? Yesterday’s leftovers. No, to truly experience Europe and all its varied sights, sounds, and smells, look no farther than the ground […]

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