Tag Archives: Public Communications and Outreach

Communicating the Value of Water

May 22, 2017

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A new suite of public outreach materials helps communicate the value of water and wastewater services and the need for infrastructure investment. The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) partnered with the American Water Works Association (AWWA; Denver) to develop these materials, which are available to free-of-charge. The materials include a series of five “The United […]

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StormTV Project Open for Entries

May 19, 2017

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) wants to share videos highlighting best practices in stormwater management. For the 2017 StormTV Project, WEF will collect and share videos that seek to educate about stormwater. Through June 12, WEF will accept video entries that exemplify good communication and effective public outreach on stormwater. The competition element […]

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Family of Toilet Rolls Educate About Wastewater System Troublemakers

May 18, 2017

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Queensland Urban Utilities video series asks viewers to only flush the “three Ps” Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU; Brisbane, Australia) doesn’t shy away from trying new ideas to make a difference when it comes to water. In October, QUU introduced their customers to the Rolls family. The animated toilet-paper rolls are featured in six episodes on […]

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Science Museum of Virginia Welcomes Ocean Debris Sculptures in New Exhibit

April 12, 2017

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Included with the price of admission, Science Museum of Virginia visitors can view 12 large-scale Washed Ashore sculptures through September. Photo courtesy of Washed Ashore and the Science Museum of Virginia.

Although located at least 1 hour from the nearest beach, the Science Museum of Virginia (SMV; Richmond) will feature visions of the ocean until September. A new exhibit unveiled last month, Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, showcases 12 large-scale representations of iconic marine wildlife pieced together from one of the ocean’s deadliest predators […]

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Judging Water at Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition

April 7, 2017

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Highlights editor participates in blind taste-test to choose winners You may ask yourself how anyone can tell the difference in taste between water, especially when given 20 different samples; but that is exactly the task presented to me as a judge for the 27th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting competition in West Virginia. Valuing […]

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City of Carlsbad Spreads the Message: Don’t Believe the Hype About Using Wipes

March 15, 2017

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When wastewater treatment professionals noticed an increase in clogged pipes, the City of Carlsbad, Calif., decided to do something about it. City officials released the Wipes Clog Pipes video series to educate the community about the problems wipes can cause for infrastructure. “The goal of our campaign was to inform residents that disposable wipes, even […]

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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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From the President: Earning Legitimacy for the Water Sector

December 22, 2016

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The sociological concept of “legitimacy” means that individuals and groups recognize and accept the appropriateness of an authority to lead. This concept becomes even more important to the water sector as communities implement seemingly more complex and controversial projects, particularly those seeking to implement potable reuse. Legitimacy starts with creating an authentic conversation with the communities […]

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