December 11, 2019

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WEF Honors Broward County, Fla., for Innovative Cogeneration Project

Click here for details on the Utility of the Future Today program, established in 2016 by the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.), the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (Washington, D.C.), the Water Research Foundation (Alexandria, Va.), WateReuse Association (Alexandria, Va.), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Water resource recovery facility (WRRF) managers in Broward County, Fla., have been working actively for nearly a decade to reduce the utility’s carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency without compromising its high standard of wastewater treatment. At WEFTEC 2019, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and its partners recognized Broward County Water and Wastewater […]

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December 3, 2019

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WEF Members Todd Saums and Tom McGrain Aid Bahamas Relief Efforts

Todd Saums (left) and Tom McGrain (right), water professionals working for the Northwestern Water and Sewer District (Bowling Green, Ohio), recently volunteered with Operators Without Borders to help restore water and wastewater services in the hurricane-battered Bahamas. Photo courtesy of Saums.

Todd Saums and Tom McGrain, who operate and manage water resource recovery facilities for the Northwestern Water and Sewer District (Bowling Green, Ohio) have had a busy year. Saums and McGrain, members of the Ohio Water Environment Association (OWEA) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), spent the first several months of 2019 practicing […]

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November 27, 2019

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WEF Hosts Water Professionals from Palestine

Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) staff members stand alongside Palestinian water-sector delegates during an international meeting at WEF headquarters on Nov. 5. Photo courtesy of Mariah Walters Orose/WEF.

On Nov. 5, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) welcomed an international delegation from Palestine to discuss the current status and future of water in the West Bank region, which is bordered by the countries of Jordan and Israel. The meeting with the group of seven delegates focused on how international cooperation can help […]

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November 20, 2019

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WEF Eco Members Mark Drains to Aid Local Stormwater Outreach Efforts

Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) staff members (from left) Katherine Saltzmann, Brad Lovett, Ronnetta Zack-Williams, and Maggie Siddle joined the City of Alexandria in marking 52 storm drains around WEF headquarters, indicating to residents that anything that goes down the drain empties directly into local waterways. Will Fowler/WEF

Members of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) WEF Eco program participated in the City of Alexandria’s storm-drain marking program on Nov. 4. Participants marked 52 drains near WEF headquarters with stickers that warn against illicit dumping. The program began through a citywide ordinance called the “Only Rain Down The Drain Campaign,” according to […]

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November 18, 2019

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From the President: Supporting Tomorrow’s Water Professionals

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According to the Brookings Institution (Washington, D.C.), as much as 50% of the current water workforce in the U.S. will retire within the next 35 years. The water sector must take steps today to ensure the next generation of water professionals can seamlessly take the reins, keep critical water resource recovery facilities running, and confront […]

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November 13, 2019

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Meet the Clean Water Professionals of Kentucky & Tennessee

In October, the Water Environment Association of Kentucky & Tennessee became the Clean Water Professionals of Kentucky & Tennessee. The move underscores how the terminology the water sector uses influences public perception, affecting recruitment rates, customer approval, legislative priorities, and more. Photo courtesy of Clean Water Professionals of Kentucky & Tennessee.

Water Environment Association of Kentucky & Tennessee changes its name, encourages others to do the same Words are powerful. When the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) promoted a subtle shift in terminology from wastewater treatment plant to water resource recovery facility in 2013, for example, the organization formally recognized a long-underway change in focus […]

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November 6, 2019

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Teams from British Columbia, Colorado Win 18th WEF Student Design Competition

Students from George Mason University (Fairfax, Va.) described potential upgrades to solids-handling infrastructure at the H.L. Mooney Advanced Water Reclamation Facility in Woodbridge, Va. Photo courtesy of Oscar & Associates.

Student teams from the University of British Columbia (UBC; Vancouver, Canada) and the University of Colorado (UC; Boulder) left WEFTEC 2019 as winners of the 18th-annual Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Student Design Competition. The competition, which showcased innovative design projects from 30 universities, recognizes outstanding solutions to local water quality issues in two […]

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October 31, 2019

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Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members

• Steven Biuso, member since 1975, New Jersey Water Environment Association. • Sophie G. Simon, member since 1984, Pennsylvania Water Environment Association. • Richard G. Weigand, member since 1976, West Virginia Water Environment Association.

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