February 2013 at a Glance

February 28, 2013

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U.S. Department of Labor Approves Guidelines for Wastewater Operator Apprenticeship

Evidence of commitment to operators by the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) continues to grow. In 2010, WEF launched its Operator Initiative to provide knowledge and services to wastewater systems operations personnel. As part of this initiative, WEF has obtained U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) approval of National Guidelines for Wastewater Systems Operator Apprenticeship Standards.

WEF Operator Initiative Makes the Profession a Priority

In 2010, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) launched the Operator Initiative. It focuses on recruitment and retention of operators, education and training for operators and operator trainers, and recognition for operators. WEF’s efforts through the initiative encompass several programs and involve WEF staff, volunteers, and leaders.

From the President: Creating a Level Playing Field for All

Lately, there have been many discussions about developing the utility of the future and recovering energy and chemicals from water resource recovery facilities. But less is being said about the operators and the engineers who will be needed to design, manage, maintain, and operate these facilities.

WEF Member Receives 2012 Clarke Prize for

Nanotechnology Research

Pedro J.J. Alvarez, George R. Brown Professor of Engineering at Rice University (Houston) and Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) member since 1993, received the 2012 National Water Research Institute (NWRI; Fountain Valley, Calif.) Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize.

WEF Member Achievements — Robin Bain Advances Water Reuse

Robin E. Bain, Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) member since 1983 and environmental resources manager in the City of Peoria (Ariz.) Public Works–Utilities Department, was named WateReuse Person of the Year for 2012 by the WateReuse Association (Alexandria).

Students Design Efficient Water Pumps for Let’s Solve Water Challenge

More than 100 high school students gathered to decide how to build the most efficient water pump during the inaugural Let’s Solve Water Challenge.

Consumer Innovations Contend To Win Imagine H2O Competition

Startup companies are vying to win more than $200,000 in cash and in-kind services from Imagine H2O (San Francisco) for their water-related innovations. The nonprofit organization has narrowed down the field of more than 70 competing companies from 12 countries to 9 finalists for its fourth annual business plan competition, according to an Imagine H2O news release.

U.S. EPA SepticSmart Program Educates About Care and Maintenance

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the SepticSmart program to encourage homeowners to maintain their septic systems and prevent repairs and pollution that could harm waterways and public health, according to an EPA news release.

2013 WEF Conference Lineup — Don’t Miss These Educational Opportunities


Don’t Miss the Opportunity To Submit Award Nominations for 2013

WEF Releases Desalination Engineering: Planning and Design Book

Water For Jobs Campaign Hosts Infrastructure Summit in April

Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members


Register To Participate in the 2013 Water Matters Fly-In


Reviewers Needed for Two WEF Special Publications


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