January 20, 2020

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WEF Joins Utility Leaders in Endorsing New EPA Workforce Grants

U.S. Congress recently appropriated $1 million to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for water sector workforce development programs in FY2020. The Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) joined a collection of water organizations in endorsing the grant program. Image courtesy of skeeze/Pixabay

As utilities across the U.S. brace for the workforce skills gap anticipated from the water sector’s looming silver tsunami, federal regulators and utility leadership organizations are taking action with a new grant program aimed at attracting new talent to jobs in water. The Water Workforce Infrastructure and Utility Development Grants program was passed by U.S. […]

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January 13, 2020

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From the President: Preparing for Tomorrow’s Workforce Challenges

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Working in the water sector, I am constantly learning and being challenged by the people around me. Ours is a profession that, at its core, requires working with others to find solutions that make sense for the future.  I love the spirit of cooperativeness that you can find so often behind the fence of a […]

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January 9, 2020

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Florida Water Environment Association Video Contest Turns High Schoolers into Teachers

The Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA) is accepting short video submissions for its “Once Upon A Flush” High School Video Contest through Feb. 10, 2020. To win the competition, Florida high school students will need to demonstrate their familiarity with the wastewater treatment process while putting their creativity on display. Image courtesy of FWEA

If you were asked to educate someone about the wastewater treatment process in just 30 seconds or less, what would you say? That is the challenge the Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA) is posing to the state’s high schoolers. FWEA, a Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) Member Association, is calling on young Floridians to create […]

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December 20, 2019

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From the President: Keeping Busy During the Holidays

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The holiday season is upon us, and while working people around the world take time off to spend with family and friends, many water professionals will still work around-the-clock providing clean water and a safe environment for their communities to enjoy. The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), too, is keeping busy by laying the […]

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December 17, 2019

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2019 LIFT Intelligent Water Systems Challenge Winners Demonstrate Power of Technology

The winning team from Boulder, Colo., the Colorado School of Mines (Golden), Baylor University (Waco, Texas), and Carollo Engineers (Walnut Creek, Calif.) included Christopher Marks; Tzahi Cath; Mandy Hering; Kathryn Newhart; and Tanya Rauch-Williams. Photo courtesy of Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.)/Water Research Foundation (Denver, Colo.).

At WEFTEC 2019, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and the Water Research Foundation (Denver, Colo.) recognized three U.S. utilities for projects that demonstrate technology’s potential to solve complex environmental and economic challenges. This year’s winners of the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) Intelligent Water Systems Challenge were the City of Boulder, Colo., […]

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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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