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Hackers Attack Model Water Treatment Facility in Cybersecurity Competition

March 9, 2017

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Cal Poly Pomona Professor Dan Manson (third from left) stands with students, from left, Jose Ybanez, Raissa Englehard, Nate Hom, and Joe Needleman. The students built a device that replicated the functions of a water-treatment plant for the Passcode Cup cybersecurity competition. Photo courtesy of Tom Zasadzinski.

‘Capture-the-flag’ challenge alludes to potential vulnerabilities in the water sector A miniature-sized mock water treatment facility was the target of cyberattacks at the first-ever Passcode Cup hacking competition. A network security challenge using a computer simulation based on the traditional “capture-the-flag” team game was held in Washington, D.C. as a training opportunity for future cybersecurity […]

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Kirkwood Community College Offers Professional Development for Operators

February 28, 2017

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If you are licensed as a water or wastewater operator in the State of Iowa — or would like to be —  the Environmental Training Center at Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids) could be your one-stop shop for professional development. To remain certified, operators need to complete between 10 and 20 hours of training, which […]

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Seventh Grader Shows Appreciation for Operators in Texas

February 23, 2017

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Often, wastewater treatment services remain out-of-sight and out-of-mind. But 12-year-old Cameron Weeks sought to change that when he decided to learn about local wastewater operators for a school project. Thanking operators for a job well done The seventh-grade Medlin Middle School (Roanoke, Texas) student received an assignment in his language arts class to demonstrate empathy […]

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2015 SJWP Winner Takes Research to Budapest

February 21, 2017

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Perry Alagappan’s research on heavy-metal removal continues to appeal to an international audience. The winner of the 2015 International Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) was invited to participate in the Budapest Water Summit 2016, Nov. 28–30. He spoke during the summit’s Youth Forum about his renewable filter, designed to remove heavy-metal contamination from water permanently. “Attending […]

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My Water Legacy: A Match Made in Wastewater Heaven

February 14, 2017

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WEF inspires a love connection It’s one of those fairy-tale romances you thought only happened in movies. Growing together through wastewater and engineering It begins with two young and ambitious environmental engineering students. Add a wastewater design competition, and sparks were sure to fly. Chris Wilson and Lauren Zuravnsky first crossed paths in 2005. Both […]

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From the President: Setting and Surpassing Goals in the New Year

February 8, 2017

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Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) members have built an extremely successful organization with a bold, aspirational strategic plan that sets clear and attainable goals. WEF is the product of almost 90 years of work by water champions. This includes countless contributions from dedicated volunteers belonging to 75 Member Associations as well as from WEF […]

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Operations Challenge 2016 Highlighted in Gallery

January 31, 2017

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During WEFTEC® 2016, 42 teams vied for first, second, and third place in Division 1 and Division 2 of Operations Challenge. Competitors tested their wastewater treatment skills in five events – Process Control, Laboratory, Collection Systems, Godwin Maintenance, and Safety. The Virginia Water Environment Association team, the Blue Ridge Brawlers, earned first place overall in […]

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WEFTEC 2016 Showcased in Gallery

January 28, 2017

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A total of 20,113 registrants and 1006 exhibitors gathered at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center to attend WEFTEC® 2016. In the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) conference’s 89-year history, WEFTEC 2016 makes the top-five list for largest and best-attended. Attendees shown in the gallery below took part in the event’s 130 technical sessions, 29 […]

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