Tag Archives: Disaster Recovery

Urging the U.S. Government To Fund Rebuilding Water Infrastructure After Hurricanes

November 30, 2017

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) urges the White House and U.S. Congress to prioritize resilience in rebuilding water infrastructure in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands that was damaged by recent hurricanes. WEF also requests robust funding for hurricane relief and removal of any restrictions that prevent certified drinking water […]

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WEF Offers Support and Resources for Hurricane Relief Efforts

October 16, 2017

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) community wants to support those in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and throughout the Caribbean affected by the recent series of hurricanes — Harvey, Irma, and Maria. “It is during tremendous challenges like this that we see the incredibly tight-knit nature of the water community. […]

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Hisataka Sokawa Transformed Wastewater Treatment in Japan

July 26, 2017

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Since 1971, Hisataka Sokawa has helped expand sustainable wastewater treatment services throughout Japan as well as increase awareness of global water challenges around the world. In May, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) helped celebrate the retirement of this 45-plus-year veteran of the water sector. In the late 1960s, Japan suffered from severe levels […]

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U.S. EPA Prepares Water Sector for Extreme Weather with Online Resources

January 5, 2016

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works with partners to offer a variety of programs to prepare utilities for extreme weather including this workshop on managing small or rural utilities. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Rural Water Association (Duncan, Okla.).

As extreme weather events become more common, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been working to provide the water sector with resources to prepare. The tools are designed to improve the security and resilience of the drinking water supply and wastewater treatment services in the U.S. EPA’s Drinking Water and Wastewater Resilience website provides […]

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WEF Trustee Receives Award for Excellence in Water Engineering

May 6, 2015

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Garry Macdonald (center) received the 2015 Angus Award for Water, Waste, and Amenities from Kevin Thompson (right), the 2014–2015 president of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ; Wellington); and Sulo Shanmuganathan (left), Opus International Consultants Ltd. (Wellington) award sponsor representative. Photo courtesy of Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (Wellington).

On March 13, Garry Macdonald, member of the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) 2014–2015 Board of Trustees, received the 2015 Angus Award for Water, Waste, and Amenities from the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ; Wellington). The award, which falls under the category of Supreme Technical Awards for Engineering Achievers, recognizes Macdonald’s expertise […]

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WEF’s No-Charge Webcasts Cover Disinfection, Secondary Sedimentation, and Pipe Bursting

November 14, 2014

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Disinfection and Public Health Strategies in Developing Countries Developing countries need improved public health and disinfection services, especially after natural disasters. This webcast will provide a forum to discuss the most efficient and effective methods of providing these basic services in developing countries. Nov. 19, 1–3 p.m. (EST) Register now. Principals of Secondary Sedimentation Dec. […]

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Cities of the Future Offer Water Management Lessons

September 24, 2014

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From left, panel speakers Christian Guenner, director of System Development with Hamburg Wasser (Germany); Peter Grevatt, director of EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water; Ted Henifin, general manager at Hampton Roads Sanitation District (Virginia Beach, Va.); Tali Landau-Ofter, finance director at TaKaDu Ltd. (Yehud, Israel); and moderator David St. Pierre, executive director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, participate in a panel at the summit. Photo courtesy of Kieffer Photography.

Chicago Summit Discussion continues in New Orleans during WEFTEC® 2014    Any community can learn a lesson or two from cities leading the way in water resource management. Leaders from these cities, representing both the public and private sectors, gathered at the Chicago Water Summit 2014: Global Lessons From Great Water Cities on July 21, […]

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WEF Emergency Planning Book Provides Real-World Case Studies to Model

September 4, 2013

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) has released Emergency Planning, Response, and Recovery. The book was developed to help utility managers develop emergency response plans to recover from such events as infrastructure failure, small-scale and large-scale natural disasters, and human-made incidents. The case studies are the book’s most attractive feature, according to task force chair […]

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