Tag Archives: Operators

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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My Water Legacy: For Dustin and Sylvan Coles, Wastewater Begins at Home

April 26, 2017

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When Sylvan Coles first joined the Kansas Water Environment Association (KWEA) in 1979, some of the chapter’s “old-timers” made an impression on him that stuck. “They sold me on the importance of making a substantial commitment [to the profession,]” he said. And commit he did. If you want to visit KWEA’s offices, you’ll need to […]

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My Water Legacy: Fran Bonaccorso Follows in His Father’s Footsteps

March 28, 2017

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You never know what might inspire a young person to pursue a career in wastewater. For Joe Bonaccorso, the seeds were planted when he first glimpsed the inner workings of a New Jersey water resource recovery facility (WRRF) as a boy scout in 1961— he was fascinated by what he saw. Joe may not have […]

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Kirkwood Community College Offers Professional Development for Operators

February 28, 2017

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If you are licensed as a water or wastewater operator in the State of Iowa — or would like to be —  the Environmental Training Center at Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids) could be your one-stop shop for professional development. To remain certified, operators need to complete between 10 and 20 hours of training, which […]

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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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Operations Challenge 2016 Highlighted in Gallery

January 31, 2017

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During WEFTEC® 2016, 42 teams vied for first, second, and third place in Division 1 and Division 2 of Operations Challenge. Competitors tested their wastewater treatment skills in five events – Process Control, Laboratory, Collection Systems, Godwin Maintenance, and Safety. The Virginia Water Environment Association team, the Blue Ridge Brawlers, earned first place overall in […]

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