June 30, 2020

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Collections Systems Professionals Invent New Tools for Battle Against Non-Flushables

Northumbrian Water sewerage maintenance operative Mark McCone overlooks the Porcupine (left), a tool invented by colleague Ray Armstrong in 2014 to prevent blockages related to woven wipes and identify their sources. McCone recently invented two successors to the Porcupine, named the Stinger and the Sentinel. Image courtesy of Northumbrian Water

Flushing household products – such as wet wipes for restroom use or cosmetic wipes for removing makeup – is a global issue for the wastewater sector. These products are often mislabeled as “flushable” despite their inability to disperse in conventional collections systems. Flushing them can result in costly and messy septic backups, environmental contamination, and […]

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June 25, 2020

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WEF Leaders Pay Forward Lessons Learned in New Podcast Series

2018-2019 WEF Past President Thomas Kunetz hosts the new podcast series, which aims to provide listeners the chance to benefit directly from the experiences of accomplished professionals at the forefront of the water sector.

On June 1, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) published the first episode of Take It From The Top, a new series from the Words on Water podcast that features perspectives from past-and-present WEF leaders. Take It From The Top provides listeners the opportunity to benefit directly from the experiences of accomplished professionals at […]

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June 17, 2020

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WEFTEC 2020 Goes Fully Virtual

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WEFTEC 2020 will be a fully virtual event in October called WEFTEC Connect that offers attendees interactive education, an exhibitor showcase, and networking experiences.   Registration for WEFTEC Connect will open on July 13 with programming scheduled for October 5 through 9. “While we will miss seeing water professionals in person in New Orleans this […]

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June 9, 2020

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UN Releases 2020 World Water Development Report

The United Nations released the 2020 World Water Development report, an annual publication summarizing trends and challenges for global water resource management. The 2020 report focuses on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Click here to read the full report.

In March, the United Nations (UN) released the 2020 edition of its annual World Water Development report, with a special focus on climate change. The report advises a combination of climate change mitigation and adaptation measures, covering such practical considerations as agriculture, finance, and disaster risk reduction. Of particular interest to water professionals, the report […]

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June 3, 2020

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Applications Open for Fifth-Annual Utility of the Future Today Recognition Program

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The application period is now open for the Utility of the Future Today recognition program, which seeks to honor water resource recovery facilities for community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients. Apply for recognition by 5 p.m. (EDT), July 17, 2020. The Utility of the Future concept is […]

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June 1, 2020

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Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members

Joseph Cleary, member since 1974, New Jersey Water Environment Association. Photo courtesy of Cleary. John D’Antoni, member since 1985, Water Environment Association of Texas. Photo courtesy of D’Antoni. George W. Desmarais, member since 1981, New York Water Environment Association. Photo courtesy of Desmarais. Fred Ellerbusch, member since 1977, New Jersey Water Environment Association. Photo courtesy […]

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May 28, 2020

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U.S. EPA Honors Two New England WEA Members

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Region 1 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which serves six northeastern states and ten tribal nations, recently recognized two wastewater professionals for excellence in their respective fields. Wayne Graham of the Vermont Rural Water Association received the 2019 Regional Wastewater Trainer of the Year Excellence Award, and Paul Desrosiers, a Providence, Rhode Island-based […]

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May 21, 2020

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Groundwater Expert John Cherry Earns 2020 Stockholm Water Prize

Dr. John Cherry of Canada was recently announced as the winner of the 2020 Stockholm Water Prize, considered the global water sector’s most prestigious annual commendation recognizing outstanding contributions to water protection, conservation, and education. Image courtesy of Stockholm International Water Institute

The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) has awarded Dr. John Cherry, a Canadian groundwater expert credited with creating the field of contaminant hydrogeology, the 2020 Stockholm Water Prize. Dr. John Cherry of Canada was recently announced as the winner of the 2020 Stockholm Water Prize, considered the global water sector’s most prestigious annual commendation recognizing […]

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