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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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U.S. SJWP Winner Applies Sanitation Research to Composting Toilets in India

July 26, 2016

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Nishita Sinha from Chatham, N.J., has a personal connection to her research. The winner of the 2016 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize began 2 years ago trying to improve sanitation in Payagpur, North India. After witnessing and learning the dangers of open defecation in the village where her grandmother resides, Sinha started working to garner […]

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Water Resource Recovery Facilities Operate as Urban Microbiomes

June 23, 2016

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Photo courtesy of John Seldon.

John Seldon, WEF Member and Founder of Temporary Operations and Maintenance Inc. John Seldon, a Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) member since 1980, is founder and president of Temporary Operations and Maintenance Inc. (Port Burwell, Ontario, Canada). During his career, Seldon has focused on optimizing municipal and industrial solids collection and dewatering systems. Since […]

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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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Not Your Usual Scenic Attraction

November 13, 2015

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Visitors toured the Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility on a bus as part of Doors Open Milwaukee. The annual event has experienced double-digit growth since its inaugural year in 2011. Photo courtesy of Veolia.

Historic WRRF draws thousands of visitors during Doors Open Milwaukee event   Of the 150 attractions, such as free tours of historic churches and museums, offered during the annual Doors Open Milwaukee, the Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility (Milwaukee) is one of the most popular. The 1.1 million-m3/d (300-mgd) facility, which is run jointly by […]

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WEF Experts Raise Issues About Water Contamination Indicators

October 13, 2015

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On Aug. 14, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Review of Coliphages as Possible Indicators of Fecal Contamination for Ambient Water Quality. WEF’s Bacteriophage/Virus Task Force prepared the comments on this EPA literature review. The task force consists of experts from nine different WEF […]

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Turning Beer Waste into Animal Feed

September 24, 2015

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When you crack open your next beverage from MillerCoors LLC (Chicago), you may not be the only species enjoying the product. Nutrients recovered from the MillerCoors Trenton Brewery in Ohio are being transformed into a protein for animal feed. In May, Nutrinsic Corp. (Glendale, Colo.) opened a protein production facility co-located with the brewery’s water […]

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The Next Big Thing in Recycling?

August 26, 2015

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Rich Earth Institute tests human urine as a fertilizer for plants such as hay and lettuce at a farm near Brattleboro, Vermont. Photo courtesy of Marcin Szczepanski, senior multimedia producer at the University of Michigan, College of Engineering.

University of Michigan sponsors its first urine drive   On any given day, it’s not uncommon to find students at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) out on campus raising awareness for one good cause or another. Until recently, however, their efforts almost never involved porta-potties. That changed on April 1 when researchers from the […]

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