June 17, 2019

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Washington inmates bring drinking water to Ethiopian prisons through one-of-a-kind program

This story begins with a bicycle-powered swimming pool pump in Haiti and ends with 400 inmates in Washington building water filtration systems for Ethiopian prisons. Many dots must be connected to get from one to the other, and they all pass through a California plumbing contractor named Andy Pierce. From aid worker to entrepreneur Pierce’s […]

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June 7, 2019

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WEF Announces New Executive Director

Marlowe Brings Association Leadership, Engineering Experience as New Executive Director of Water Environment Federation The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is pleased to announce the selection of Walter Marlowe, P.E., CAE as its new Executive Director. Marlowe brings extensive, high-level experience in association leadership and the areas of civil engineering, construction, certification, and science to the […]

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June 4, 2019

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SUNY Ulster’s evening training program designed for new and current water professionals

Conducted on the SUNY Ulster Community College (Stone Ridge, N.Y.) campus, the wastewater operator training program allows students to complete pre-certification training in six months by taking evening classes, Monday through Thursday. Photo courtesy of SUNY Ulster Community College.

A hundred miles north of New York City, not far from the origin of the 107-year-old Catskills Aqueduct that supplies 40% of the Big Apple’s water, a new generation of professionals is being trained to protect the region’s coveted water resources. All are students of SUNY Ulster Community College (Stone Ridge, N.Y.). SUNY Ulster launched […]

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May 29, 2019

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Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members

    Michael Benza, Jr., member since 1964, Ohio Water Environment Association. Walter Bowen, member since 1977, New Jersey Water Environment Association and Pennsylvania Water Environment Association.

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May 21, 2019

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PERL: This gem of an educational partnership is helping build Indiana’s water workforce

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology civil engineering students toured several Citizens projects through PERL last spring. Photo courtesy of Citizens Energy Group.

While known for top-rated university science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs that are educating the next generation of water professionals, the state of Indiana has a problem: convincing graduating students to stay. Half of the 2014-to-2016 bachelor’s-level STEM graduates of Purdue University (West Lafayette, Ind.), for example, found employment out of state, according to […]

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May 14, 2019

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Columbia, S.C.’s atypical apprenticeship program is working, and here’s proof

Operator apprentices at Columbia Water complete walk-through practicals as part of their training and evaluation. Photo courtesy of Hickman.

When it rains, it doesn’t always pour — at least not at the City of Columbia (S.C.) Metropolitan Wastewater Treatment Plant. Even after a historic 1,000-year flood in 2015 and the wettest December on record 3 years later, the 227-ML/d (60-mgd) facility remained well within its regulatory limits every day, according to superintendent David Wiman. […]

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April 30, 2019

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April 2019 Digest

Featured Other News Poetry in Water: Member Embraces the Creative Side of Science Blending science with poetry may seem like an odd combination, but it is one of Art Stewart’s favorite activities. The professional limnologist, who studies inland waters, has built a name for himself in the world of poetry. Read about his journey to […]

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April 30, 2019

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Apprenticeship Program: The “Secret Sauce” Behind Hampton Roads’ Success

Hampton Roads Apprentice Featured

Faced with the challenge of staffing three new water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs), Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD; Virginia Beach, Va.) launched its wastewater apprenticeship program in 1979. HRSD has grown to operate 13 award-winning WRRFs that provide service to 1.7 million residents across 18 cities and counties. Its apprenticeship program has grown in tandem, […]

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