March 2018 Digest

March 31, 2018

Monthly Digests



Making a Holly Jolly Water Resource Recovery Facility

’Tis the season to transform wastewater treatment into gingerbread

Thinking of wastewater treatment does not usually evoke the sights and smells of Christmas. But combining contrasting concepts can produce memorable art. That’s exactly what Sean Porter did when he decided to create a water resource recovery facility out of gingerbread.

Georgia County Develops Specialized Training To Fit Its Utility’s Needs

When it comes to training operators in wastewater treatment, one size does not fit all. Gwinnett County, Ga., figured this out in 2014 when it set a new goal to become a “utility of the future.” After assessing its existing facilities, county staff decided advanced training was needed to equip operators with skills to manage its advanced treatment processes.

My Water Legacy: Davila Family Bonds Through Competition

Rey Davila and his daughter Jessica attend the Water Environment Association of Texas conference, Texas Water 2016. The pair celebrate after learning both of their Dallas Water Utility teams were going to the respective national competitions: Operations Challenge and Pipe Tapping. Photo courtesy of Jessica Davila.

When one door closes, another opens, and Rey Davila is living proof. An unexpected layoff from the City of Dallas’ Transportation Department opened the door to a successful water sector career for him and, eventually, two other relatives – his daughter, Jessica Davila, and nephew, Christian Mendez.

Nano Membrane Toilet is Flush with Funding

A “nano membrane toilet” was created in response to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Seattle) challenge to design an inexpensive toilet for the developing world. The waterless flush system has received yet another round of major funding from the foundation.

WEF Fellow David Zitomer Leads Future Water Professionals by Example

To his students, colleagues, and community, Marquette University (Milwaukee) environmental engineering professor Daniel Zitomer has been a fixture of the Wisconsin water environment profession for more than two decades.

Zitomer, a member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and the Central States Water Environment Association for nearly 30 consecutive years, was named a 2017 WEF Fellows program honoree.

Variety of Learning Opportunities Offered at Residuals and Biosolids Conference 2018



Take Part in the #MyWaterLegacy Challenge



Accepting Nominations for 2018 WEF Awards



White House Recognizes Need To Invest in Water Infrastructure



Water for People Video Thanks WEF



Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members



WEF Member Associations Select State SJWP Winners



Discuss Engagement, Membership, and Workforce Development at WEFMAX 2018



Words on Water Podcasts Explore Workforce Issues and Relationship Between Water, Energy, and Food

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