Tag Archives: Utilities

Navigating Barriers and Finding Opportunities To Assist Low-Income Customers

August 27, 2017

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Water and wastewater rates are rising as utilities address aging water infrastructure in the U.S. To assist low-income households with these increasing costs, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) joined other water associations in releasing a guide that assesses the feasibility of rate-funded customer assistance programs (CAPs) in each state. The guide, “Navigating Legal […]

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LIFT Celebrates 5 Years and Releases Survey Visualization Tool

July 17, 2017

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The Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT), which this year celebrates its fifth anniversary of helping to bring innovation into practice, has issued the 2017 Water Technology Survey Visualization Tool. LIFT — a joint Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF; Alexandria, Va.) initiative — has helped more than […]

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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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BlueTech Forum Reveals Water Sector Strategies for Using Innovation to Thrive

May 12, 2017

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Water innovations will take center stage at the BlueTech Forum 2017. The theme for the event, hosted by BlueTech Research (Cork, Ireland) and scheduled for June 6–7 in Dublin, Ireland, is Water and the 4th Industrial Revolution. During this industrial revolution, individuals gain power and influence as new technologies emerge and are placed in their […]

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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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WEF Joins in Updating Effective Utility Management Primer

March 25, 2017

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An expanded, 10-partner coalition has updated Effective Utility Management: A Primer for Water and Wastewater Utilities. The document includes an expanded implementation guide that walks water sector leaders through the creation of an improvement plan. The updated primer will help utilities meet the challenges of aging infrastructure, rapidly evolving technology, heightened customer expectations, rising costs, and […]

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LIFT Spreads Innovation Inspiration Through SEE IT Scholarships

March 22, 2017

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Public water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs) soon will be able to send staff to learn about innovations at other utilities. Through the joint Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) Scholarship Exchange Experience for Innovation & Technology (SEE IT), the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.), Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (Alexandria, Va.), and National Association of […]

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2017 AWWA/WEF Utility Management Conference Set for February

November 21, 2016

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Mark your calendars, utility administrators: the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA; Denver, Colo.) announced that the annual 2017 Utility Management Conference will be held in Tampa, Fla., Feb. 7–10. The conference, which has developed over the last 28 years into one of the most sought-after gatherings of […]

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