Archive | August, 2013

Falling Into the Wastewater Treatment Field and Learning on the Job

August 20, 2013

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Photo courtesy of John Seldon.

Operators must choose the profession and prepare to run our facilities of the future Working in the wastewater field often is the result of serendipity rather than career planning. Yet engineers and operators in the field often stay for a career lifetime. I have worked in the wastewater field for 40 years. That’s a lot […]

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WEF Co-sponsors Congressional Briefing on Water Quality

August 19, 2013

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and Northeast Midwest Institute co-sponsored a congressional briefing by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey National Water Quality Assessment program. During the July 19 briefing, scientists presented findings from a recently completed national data collection and analysis of the ecological health of the nation’s streams. The ecological health […]

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Learn and Network at the Annual WateReuse Symposium

August 16, 2013

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Attend the 28th annual WateReuse Symposium to network with other water-sector professionals and learn about the latest innovations in water reuse and desalination. The conference, hosted by the WateReuse Association (Alexandria, Va.) and co-sponsored by the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) and American Water Works Association (Denver), will cover a variety of reuse topics, such […]

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Interested in Nutrient Recovery, Stormwater, and Collection Systems? Participate in Upcoming WEF Webcasts

August 15, 2013

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Creative Rate Structure and Affordability Program Options for Utilities Aug. 21, 1–3 p.m. (EDT) Register now. Toward a Renewable Future: Assessing Macro Nutrient Recovery as a Viable Treatment Alternative Sept. 4, 1–3 p.m. (EDT) Register now. User-Fee Funded Stormwater Utilities: Update to the 1994 WEF Manual Sept. 11, 1–3 p.m. (EDT) Register now. Chemical Grouting: […]

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Next Stop … Mr. Toilet House

August 14, 2013

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Mr. Toilet House in Suwon, South Korea was built by Sim Jae-duck, founder of the World Toilet Association (Hwaseong, South Korea). Photo courtesy of Lee Youn-sook, a manager of Mr. Toilet House.

Visit a toilet-shaped museum to learn about sanitation in South Korea   Looking for a unique vacation destination? Have an affinity for everything related to wastewater? Then look no further: Mr. Toilet House in Suwon, South Korea, offers visitors a variety of novelty photo ops and facts about toilets. The educational destination is housed in […]

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WEFTEC 2013 Speaker John Novak Discusses Biological Wastewater Treatment

August 13, 2013

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During WEFTEC 2013, John T. Novak will be the featured speaker of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) presentation at Technical Session 201. Photo courtesy of Novak.

During WEFTEC® 2013, John Novak will be the featured speaker of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) presentation at Technical Session 201. Novak, the Nick Prillaman Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg), has researched bioremediation, water and […]

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In Memoriam: Charles B. Kaiser Jr., WEF President 1990–1991

August 8, 2013

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Charles B. Kaiser Jr., Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) president from 1990 to 1991, died July 1 at the age of 89. Kaiser joined WEF in 1962 and was a life member. Kaiser graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law (Columbia). He worked at the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD), first […]

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Conference Attendees Get Hands-On Education About Collections Systems

August 7, 2013

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In June, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) hosted the Collection Systems 2013 Conference at the Sacramento (Calif.) Convention Center to educate water professionals about improving the effectiveness of combined and separate sanitary sewer collection systems. Attendees learned about different methods for planning, design, and construction and explored alternative delivery methods. “Attendees were able […]

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