Tag Archives: Public Education

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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New York WEA Illustrates the Importance of Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

June 29, 2017

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While everyone uses water and wastewater infrastructure daily, not everyone knows exactly how it works and why it needs to be funded. The New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) decided to illustrate the importance of this infrastructure to the public with a video and accompanying guide. NYWEA’s messaging video and its guide, “Sustaining and Enhancing […]

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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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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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New Jersey Water Environment Association Receives Award for Training

March 29, 2017

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The New Jersey Water Environment Association (NJWEA) has received the 2016 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award in the adult-led environmental education category. The award recognizes outstanding environmental performance programs and projects in the state. “It certainly was an honor to receive the award,” said Tom Grenci, NJWEA president. During the past year, NJWEA has provided approximately […]

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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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