Archive | May, 2016

May 2016 Digest

May 31, 2016

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Featured Other News Wastewater Treatment Takes Center Stage in Alexandria, Va. Alexandria Renew Enterprises connects the community to water In Alexandria, Va., wastewater treatment services are taking the spotlight. Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) has a new multipurpose athletic field sitting over a nutrient management facility and an environmental center that will connect the community to […]

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Cacti Clean Contaminated Water

May 26, 2016

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Norma Alcantar, professor in the department of chemical and biological engineering at the University of South Florida (Tampa), is researching ways that cacti mucilage can clean contaminated water. Photo courtesy of the American Chemical Society.

Mucilage, the inner “guts” of cacti, may help clean water recirculating in aquaculture tanks and ponds, according to research presented at an American Chemical Society (ACS; Washington, D.C.) meeting. Because aquaculture conditions encourage bacterial growth that develop into odorous compounds, University of South Florida (Tampa) researchers set out to develop cacti as a natural and […]

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WEF Announces Recipients of the 2016 Singapore International Water Week Scholarship

May 25, 2016

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In July, six water sector leaders will form a U.S. utility delegation to attend Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) 2016. The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), National Association of Clean Water Agencies (Washington, D.C.), and Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF; Alexandria, Va.) chose the following leaders to receive the 2016 Singapore International Water […]

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Explore Texas’ Freshwater Resources Online

May 25, 2016

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The Texas Freshwater Explorer is a free, online tool for policymakers, water managers, scientists, municipalities, industries, and the public. The tool, created by the Nature Conservancy (Arlington, Va.), enables users to investigate and analyze freshwater availability of local surface water and groundwater. Users can obtain information about different policies, trends, and uses that affect the […]

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Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members

May 20, 2016

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Joseph C. Cantwell, member since 1974, Central States Water Environment Association. Richard Collins, member since 1974, Water Environment Association of Texas. Martin Hummel, member since 1978, Missouri Water Environment Association. John C. Mello, member since 1981, New Jersey Water Environment Association. John Ruggiero, member since 1980, New York Water Environment Association.

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White House Water Summit Features WEF’s Commitments to Action

May 19, 2016

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On March 22 — World Water Day — the Barack Obama Administration hosted the first White House Water Summit. More than 200 attendees gathered at the summit to discuss water resources in infrastructure in the U.S. and advance water sector efforts. The summit built on the White House Roundtable on Water Innovation held Dec. 15, […]

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What 2 Flush

May 18, 2016

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To educate ratepayers about wipes and many other products that can cause clogs and harm the environment, the Orange County Sanitation District (Fountain Valley, Calif.) launched its What 2 Flush website. The online resource includes public service announcements, nondispersible-related news, and list of information explaining why certain materials shouldn’t be put down the drain. Materials […]

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WEF Representative Testifies to the U.S. Senate about Water Infrastructure

May 13, 2016

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) was invited to testify at the U.S. Senate hearing, The Federal Role in Keeping Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Affordable, held to examine the federal role in water and wastewater infrastructure. On April 7, Rudolph Chow, the director of the Balitmore City Department of Public Works, represented WEF, the […]

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