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Idaho Wastewater Operator Doubles as Celebrity Lookalike

November 16, 2017

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When Ed Sheeran burst onto the music scene several years ago, William “Rusty” Goss took little notice of the popular English singer–songwriter and guitarist. Although familiar with some of Sheeran’s songs, the industrial wastewater operator living in Idaho Falls knew little about the musician, including his appearance. That soon changed, as friends and even strangers […]

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Retirement Doesn’t Stop William Grandner from Guiding Young Operators

October 31, 2017

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William Grandner, an icon of New York City’s wastewater treatment sector, has a long history in mentoring wastewater operators. By serving as a mentor for the next generation, he hopes to prepare the sector for an uncertain future. “I am not a psychic, but I know the future of the young operator. I walked in […]

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From the President: Spreading the Value-of-Water Message

October 17, 2017

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It is an honor to serve the members of the Water Environment Federation (WEF, Alexandria, Va.) as the 2017-2018 president. This column reaches you after we all return home from an extremely busy week at WEFTEC 2017. WEFTEC, a program helping WEF achieve its mission As a member of the WEF Board of Trustees, I […]

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Pick the Top Ops Challenge Team

October 15, 2017

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With the 30th Operations Challenge just concluded at WEFTEC 2017 in Chicago, now marks an ideal time to look back at the best of the best. The idea for the Operations Challenge competition began in the mid-1980s. After Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Member Associations began to host local operator-focused competitions, WEF hosted the first […]

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WE&T Photo Contest Shows Operators in Action

August 25, 2017

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On July 31, Water Environment & Technology (WE&T) magazine revealed the winners of its photo contest. During June and July, more than 50 photos of water quality professionals on-the-job were collected and 300 votes were cast for these submissions. Entries came from wastewater operators, water systems engineers, hydrologists, environmental workers, and various others. They provided […]

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Enter the WE&T Operator in Action Photo Contest

July 13, 2017

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) introduces photo contests for its magazine, Water Environment & Technology (WE&T). Anyone can submit photos that convey the current theme. Accepted submissions will be placed online for water sector professionals to vote for their favorites. Three winning photos with the highest number of votes will be selected and […]

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Sewer Simulator Shines a Light on Underground Infrastructure

June 30, 2017

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Two wastewater operators from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD; Cleveland) had a bright idea — if the public can’t go underground to see wastewater treatment systems, then these systems must be brought to the public. To spread the word, Pete Lehman and Todd Andexler, NEORSD field tech operators, transformed a metal storage container […]

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California Operator Leaves a Legacy for Future Professionals

June 15, 2017

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David Hayden, Irvine Ranch Water District operations supervisor David Hayden has been a member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and Santa Ana River Basin Section of the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) since 1992. He is a Grade III operator in California and was recognized as CWEA Operator of the Year in […]

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