Tag Archives: Microorganisms

Illustrated Guide to Wastewater Biology Now Available

August 18, 2017

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Wastewater operators and engineers have a new resource at their disposal: Wastewater Biology: The Microlife. The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) released the new edition of this book as an easy-to-use guide to the biological aspects of wastewater treatment. It explores the organisms considered the most important in wastewater treatment and disease transmission and […]

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$10 Million George Barley Water Prize Competition Names Stage 1 Winners

July 14, 2017

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At a ceremony held March 22 by the Everglades Foundation (Palmetto Bay, Fla.), Prashanth Kumar of overall Stage 1 winning team WETSUS NaFRAd (third from left) accepts $25,000 in prize money alongside (from left) Mary Barley, wife of late conservationist George Barley; Nathalie Olijslager-Jaarsma, consul-general of the Netherlands; and Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg. Photo courtesy of Jenny Abreu Photography.

Stage 1 of the Everglades Foundation’s (Palmetto Bay, Fla.) George Barley Water Prize competition is complete. Three teams continue on their journey toward one earning a $10-million prize, which will be awarded to the creator of a lasting, scalable, and cheap solution to reducing high phosphorus content in waterways. From July 2016 through January 2017, […]

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WaterHub Reclaims Wastewater for Reuse at Emory University

May 28, 2015

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Emory University (Atlanta) has opened the doors to the WaterHub™, an ecological treatment facility that reclaims campus wastewater for nonpotable reuse. Photo courtesy of David Fisher, Emory University.

As sustainable water management increasingly becomes important for the metro-Atlanta region, Emory University  (Atlanta) is stepping up as a technological pioneer and community leader in that city. University embodies sustainability The region struggles with drought, legal disputes over water supply, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency consent decrees on water quality. So the university opened the […]

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There’s Art in Those Aeration Tanks!

March 18, 2015

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Lindsay Olson explores the beauty in science   “I create conceptual art about municipal wastewater treatment,” said no one ever – until Lindsay Olson came along. Olson has boldly gone where no artist has gone before: the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant in Cicero, Ill., the world’s largest wastewater treatment facility, according to the Metropolitan Water […]

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A Family That Builds Together

January 27, 2015

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Members of the Menniti family bond (and argue) over their love of engineering and wastewater treatment   Most families argue around the dinner table about football games and politics. But, the Mennitis — a multi-generational family of engineers and Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) members — are just as likely to spar about all […]

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A Buggy Exhibition

March 8, 2013

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This sculpture represents a rotifer – a microorganism commonly found at water resource recovery facilities and is used to treat wastewater. Photo courtesy of Ristich.

An Idaho wastewater utility installs artwork of microorganisms near its WRRF  Few think of a water resource recovery facility (WRRF) as a likely venue to showcase local art, but that is exactly what the City of Coeur D’Alene (Idaho) Wastewater Utility Department building is doing. Since summer 2012, the facility has featured several art pieces, […]

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