Tag Archives: Public Communications and Outreach

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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WEF Recognizes 61 Utilities for Exceptional Performance

September 14, 2016

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) joins the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA; Washington, D.C.), the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF; Alexandria, Va.), and the WateReuse Association (Alexandria, Va.) in celebrating 61 recipients of the inaugural Utility of the Future (UOTF) Today Recognition Program. A peer committee of utility leaders selected […]

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Celebrating a Day To Call Their Own

July 27, 2016

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Virginia names June 30 as Drinking Water and Wastewater Professionals Appreciation Day From now on, June 30 will be known as Drinking Water and Wastewater Professionals Appreciation Day in Virginia. The day celebrate the efforts of water sector professionals to protect public health and the environment. The Virginia General Assembly passed Joint House-Senate Commending Resolution […]

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Can’t Flush This

June 29, 2016

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Photo courtesy of United Utilities.

United Utilities (Warrington, England) produced a music video called “Can’t Flush This.” The parody of M.C. Hammer’s 1990 hit “Can’t Touch This,” communicates the negative consequences of flushing items not intended to go down the toilet. In the video, “MC Plumber” and his two assistants rap in a bathroom and breakdance outside while conveying the […]

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What 2 Flush

May 18, 2016

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To educate ratepayers about wipes and many other products that can cause clogs and harm the environment, the Orange County Sanitation District (Fountain Valley, Calif.) launched its What 2 Flush website. The online resource includes public service announcements, nondispersible-related news, and list of information explaining why certain materials shouldn’t be put down the drain. Materials […]

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Wastewater Treatment Takes Center Stage in Alexandria, Va.

May 4, 2016

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Alexandria Renew Enterprises connects the community to water In Alexandria, Va., wastewater treatment services are taking the spotlight. A new multipurpose athletic field sitting over a nutrient management facility and an environmental center will connect the community to the often invisible but vital public service of transforming water. “A new series of projects is enabling […]

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Flushing Awesome

April 27, 2016

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In 2014, the King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) launched its Flushing Awesome campaign to raise awareness and deter people in Washington State from flushing nondisperable products such as wipes, tampons, condoms, hair, dental floss, and grease. The campaign featured two cartoon musical videos — a parody on artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” […]

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