August 6, 2020

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Register for the First-Ever Remote Operations Challenge Competition

Coinciding with WEFTEC Connect, Operations Challenge 2020 will take on a remote format. Teams of two will compete in abridged versions of the Process Control, Laboratory, and Collections Systems events beginning Monday, Oct. 5. Image courtesy of Kieffer Photography

Operations Challenge – the high-energy, teams-based skills competition that each year draws the global wastewater operations community’s best talent to the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Virginia) Technical Exhibition & Conference (WEFTEC) – will take on a new form for 2020 to coincide with the digital WEFTEC Connect format. Coinciding with WEFTEC Connect, Operations Challenge […]

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August 3, 2020

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New WEF Handbook Covers Peracetic Acid Disinfection

Click here to learn more about <i>Peracetic Acid Disinfection: Implementation Considerations for Water Resource Recovery Facilities</i>, the latest technical publication from the Water Environment Federation.

Utilities have recognized the value of peracetic acid (PAA) as a wastewater and stormwater disinfectant for years, but limited education and design guidance have impeded its implementation. Click here to learn more about Peracetic Acid Disinfection: Implementation Considerations for Water Resource Recovery Facilities, the latest technical publication from the Water Environment Federation. Aiming to bridge […]

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July 29, 2020

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CDC Scientists Discuss Wastewater-Based Epidemiology

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Virginia) held a webcast July 15 discussing the first federal government-led wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) effort in the U.S. The webcast featured scientists from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Click here to listen to the webcast.

Studying concentrations of pathogens in wastewater — a practice known as wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) — is a time-honored approach to gathering crucial public health data that traditional approaches might miss. During the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a […]

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July 20, 2020

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U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize Winner Focuses on Oil Spills, Penguins

Zoe Gotthold, a high-school student from Richland, Washington, won the 2020 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition for her investigation into mitigating environmental damages from oil spills. In August, Gotthold will compete against national-level winners from 28 other countries during a virtual event. Image courtesy of Gotthold

Innovative devices to help clean up oil spills won Washington high-school student Zoe Gotthold the 2020 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) competition, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Virginia) announced in late June. Her project now advances to the international competition in August, where she will represent the U.S. against 28 other countries. Plastics […]

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July 8, 2020

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Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members

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Chibby Alloway, member since 1979, California Water Environment Association. Photo courtesy of Alloway. Patricia M. Cleveland, member since 1984, Water Environment Association of Texas. Photo courtesy of Cleveland. Kevin J. Deeny, member since 1985, Pennsylvania Water Environment Association. Photo courtesy of Deeny. Thomas Holstrom, member since 1977, Water Environment Association of Utah. Photo courtesy of […]

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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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