Tag Archives: Disaster Recovery

Words on Water Focuses on Puerto Rico, Technology, Workforce, and Outreach

April 29, 2018

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Water sector thought-leaders share insight on a variety of topics through the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Words on Water podcast series. Stream these episodes online and download audio files on iTunes and the Android Words on Water app. Recent episodes feature: Melissa Pomales, water program management leader for Arcadis (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), describes […]

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New ‘Words on Water’ Podcasts Cover Infrastructure, Education, and Storms

February 9, 2018

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In new episodes of the ongoing Words on Water podcast series, water leaders discuss topics ranging from infrastructure to education and mentorship to hurricane preparedness. Stream these Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) podcasts online and download audio files on iTunes and the Android Words on Water app. Recent episodes feature: Representative Garret Graves (R–La.) talks […]

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Houston Operators Recognized for Hurricane Recovery Work

December 21, 2017

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Two City of Houston operators received special recognition during WEFTEC 2017. During Session No. 533, Operator Excellence: Operations Ingenuity Contest Winners, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) presented Tomas Martinez and Sidney Bomer with The First Responders’ First Responder Award. During the session, WEF celebrated winners of its sixth annual Operator Ingenuity Contest. They […]

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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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