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WEF’s Fight Song for Clean Water

September 16, 2017

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“We clean the water everywhere, so that the world can get it’s share.” The opening line for the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF’s; Alexandria, Va.) first-known song still rings true for the mission of the organization. Since 1929, WEF and its members have worked to protect public health and the environment. WEF’s strategic plan outlines a […]

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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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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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Celebrating WRRF Operators and Their Receiving Streams

March 23, 2016

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John Seldon, WEF Member and Founder of Temporary Operations and Maintenance Inc. John Seldon, a Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) member since 1980, is founder and president of Temporary Operations and Maintenance Inc. (Port Burwell, Ontario). During his career, Seldon has focused on optimizing municipal and industrial solids collection and dewatering systems. Since entering […]

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New Guidance for Direct Potable Reuse Now Available

December 17, 2015

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In response to the many U.S. communities seeking new strategies to develop sustainable water supplies, water sector organizations developed the document, Framework for Direct Potable Reuse. The framework, which is available for free to download, will help state regulatory agencies and utilities develop guidelines for safely converting wastewater into municipal drinking water through the emerging […]

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WEF Hosts Congressional Briefing on USGS Groundwater Quality Findings

April 17, 2015

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On March 6, the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.), the Northeast-Midwest Institute (Washington, D.C.), and the National Ground Water Association (Westerville, Ohio) hosted a briefing before U.S. Congress on new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) findings about the quality of groundwater in the U.S. During the last two decades, USGS scientists assessed water quality in more […]

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From the President: The Changing of the Guard

April 9, 2015

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The Cuyahoga River, which runs through Cleveland, caught fire 13 times since 1868. It’s been nearly 46 years since the last time the river burned. That 1969 oil-slick river-fire was memorialized on the cover of Time Magazine; the image became a national symbol for water pollution and environmental degradation and fueled public concern for the […]

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WEF Hosts Discussion on Ebola Virus-Related Issues in the Wastewater Sector

April 7, 2015

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Produced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, this digitally-colorized scanning electron micrograph depicts numerous filamentous Ebola virus particles (blue) budding from a chronically-infected VERO E6 cell (yello-green). Photo courtesy of the CDC Ebola Outbreak 2014 Press Kit.

On Feb. 24, the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) hosted representatives from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA; Sacramento, Calif.), the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (Washington, D.C.), the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF; Alexandria, Va.), and other stakeholders for a dialogue on Ebola-related issues […]

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