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WEFTEC 2020 Goes Fully Virtual

June 17, 2020

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

June 3, 2020

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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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New WEF Guide Helps Facilities Identify and Mitigate Nuisance Odors

May 4, 2020

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For facility managers, operators, engineers, and collection systems personnel, the mention of nuisance odors can instantly trigger anxiety. Complaints, potential shutdowns and fines, and angry neighbors quickly come to mind. While commonplace, the threat to a facility’s reputation posed by nuisance odors cannot be understated. Click here for more information about Odor Emissions and Control […]

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Odors and Air Pollutants 2020 Conference Sessions Available April 20

April 10, 2020

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Wastewater treatment and utility management professionals may still take advantage of the rich array of knowledge featured in the technical program for the canceled Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Virginia) Odors and Air Pollutants 2020 Conference. WEF will provide presentations from its canceled Odors and Air Pollutants 2020 Conference online beginning April 20. Participants can […]

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Access Water Provides Knowledge at Your Fingertips

April 6, 2020

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Information is more accessible today than ever before, but when searching the internet for an answer that has real consequences for the environment and public health, the quality of that information is just as important as its accessibility. Access Water, a new knowledge platform from the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) offers water professionals constant […]

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Experts Share Advice on Continuity of Operations During Coronavirus Pandemic

March 27, 2020

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Many water resource recovery facility operators are essential personnel who cannot work remotely. Utilities can keep employees safe and motivated by communicating frequently with their staff, minimizing infection risks, and being flexible with their scheduling, webcast speakers advised. Image courtesy of Preston Keres/U.S. Department of Agriculture

Even during the coronavirus pandemic, water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs) cannot cease operations even for a moment. It remains critical, then, for WRRF managers to develop actionable plans to ensure continuity of operations despite potential staffing shortages and supply chain disruptions. For utility managers, effectively responding to coronavirus requires additional attention to employee safety and […]

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WEF Webcast Discusses Regulatory Concerns During Coronavirus Crisis

March 27, 2020

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The coronavirus pandemic is presenting unprecedented challenges for WRRFs, who may face critical staffing shortages, supply chain disruptions, and workflow restrictions. Recognizing these obstacles, regulators are attempting to strike a balance between crucial public health and environmental services and operator safety. Image courtesy of Pixabay

During the coronavirus pandemic, directives focused on avoiding social contact create unprecedented questions for the relationship between water and wastewater utilities and environmental regulators. For example, should regulators continue to enforce minor failures to meet permit obligations because of unavoidable staffing shortages at water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs)? Does the language in regulatory permits, agreements, […]

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Water Experts Recommend New Methods to Measure Rate Affordability, Financial Capabilities

February 28, 2020

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Water, wastewater, and stormwater bills have been increasing above general price inflation and household income growth rates for decades. Affordability, therefore, has become an increasingly important issue, heightening focus on utility rate design, customer service policies, and customer assistance programs. It’s time to revisit traditional methods of measuring household affordability and assessing community financial capability. […]

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