Tag Archives: Wastewater Treatment Systems

Hisataka Sokawa Transformed Wastewater Treatment in Japan

July 26, 2017

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Since 1971, Hisataka Sokawa has helped expand sustainable wastewater treatment services throughout Japan as well as increase awareness of global water challenges around the world. In May, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) helped celebrate the retirement of this 45-plus-year veteran of the water sector. In the late 1960s, Japan suffered from severe levels […]

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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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Central States WEA Program Seeks To Bring Sanitation to Underdeveloped Regions

April 28, 2016

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For its second project, GWS focused on Bahia Bellena, a village of several tightly packed commercial establishments and 40 to 50 homes. The village sits at the entrance of the Marino Ballena National Park in Costa Rica. Photo courtesy of the Global Water Stewardship.

The Central States Water Environment Association (CSWEA) has created a program to help protect public health in underdeveloped regions of the world. The program, Global Water Stewardship (GWS), seeks to advance the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goal of providing sanitation for the 2.5 billion people worldwide who lack it. CSWEA’s membership called for the […]

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WEF Wants To Celebrate Your Ingenious Fixes at WEFTEC® 2016

April 22, 2016

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) is hosting the fifth annual Ingenuity Contest. The competition recognizes that not all innovations come from the research laboratory. Some innovations come from the need to tackle a persistent problem with nothing more than the materials at hand and a hearty dose of ingenuity. The imaginative, inventive, and […]

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U.S. EPA Prepares Water Sector for Extreme Weather with Online Resources

January 5, 2016

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works with partners to offer a variety of programs to prepare utilities for extreme weather including this workshop on managing small or rural utilities. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Rural Water Association (Duncan, Okla.).

As extreme weather events become more common, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been working to provide the water sector with resources to prepare. The tools are designed to improve the security and resilience of the drinking water supply and wastewater treatment services in the U.S. EPA’s Drinking Water and Wastewater Resilience website provides […]

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Federal Trade Commission Approves Flushables Consent Order

December 18, 2015

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved a final consent order with Nice-Pak Products Inc. that requires the company to stop advertising moist toilet tissue and cloth as flushable or safe for sewer or septic systems unless it can substantiate those claims. In May 2015, FTC filed a complaint that Nice-Pak violated the FTC Act […]

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Maine Water Resource Recovery District Takes an Interactive Approach to Education

October 7, 2015

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The Brunswick (Maine) Sewer District has taken a proactive approach to foster an informed customer base. The district has created a poster that links customers to videos that show how water flows through the district’s systems, according to Leonard Blanchette, general manager. The district is using this interactive education in addition to traditional public outreach […]

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Lost and Found: Union Sanitary District Employees Save the Day

September 10, 2015

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At least to some, wastewater treatment personnel are real-life superheroes. Union Sanitary District (USD; Union City, Calif.) Collection Services employees saved the day for Mehvish Tapal and her family after an heirloom was flushed down the toilet in early October 2014. After Tapal realized that her 3-year-old son flushed a ring that had been in […]

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