September 2013 at a Glance

September 30, 2013

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Coming to the Windy City for WEFTEC? Get All the Information You Need Here

Thousands of water and wastewater professionals will journey to WEFTEC® 2013, the world’s largest water show, Oct. 5 to 9 in Chicago. The 86th Annual Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Technical Exhibition and Conference features 144 technical sessions, 24 hands-on workshops, and 10 facility tours. The technical exhibition offers more than ever before, with 24 technical sessions held on the exhibit floor, 12 mobile sessions, and nearly 1000 exhibiting companies on more than 27,800 m2 (300,000 ft2) of exhibit space, which is equivalent to nearly seven football fields.

Big Water Ideas Presented at SJWP International Competition

Young scientists representing 28 countries gathered in Stockholm during World Water Week to compete at the 2013 Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) competition. The duo of Naomi Estay and Omayra Toro from Chile was named the winners of this year’s prize.

From the President: Reflecting Back, Looking Forward

I am proud to have served the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) as president this year. As my term comes to a close, I am struck by how fortunate I have been — both in my chance to be involved with WEF — especially recently, as many exciting things have been happening at the Federation — and in my choice to enter the water profession.

WEFTEC 2013 Speaker Sue Murphy Discusses Innovative Water Communities

Sue Murphy will join a panel of water leaders at WEFTEC® 2013 to discuss innovative water communities around the world during Technical Session 100: Water Thought Leaders: The Future of Cities and Water. Murphy, CEO of the Water Corp. (Leederville, Western Australia), has been named annually as one of the top 100 most influential engineers in Australia by Engineers Australia (Barton, Australian Capital Territory) since 2009.

Working Together To Spread the Value of Water Message in North Carolina

Educating about the value of water always has been part of the mission of the North Carolina American Water Works Association and Water Environment Association (Raleigh; NC AWWA–WEA). But to consolidate resources while expanding the message’s reach, NC AWWA–WEA joined the North Carolina Rural Water Association (Lexington), and the North Carolina Waterworks Operators Association (Emerald Isle) to develop the public education program My Water Matters.

Defining a ‘Basis-of-Design’ Technologist–Operator

An operator in a water resource recovery facility carries the primary responsibility for protecting our receiving streams from contamination and, for many water takers, our potable-drinking-water quality sources. Because of this enormous responsibility, they must be fully capable of operating all aspects of their facility.

U.S. EPA Showcases Videos on Urban Water Improvements Across the United States

Urban waters can provide public spaces for recreation, spur development of local businesses, and create new jobs. So, through its Urban Waters program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been working to improve public access to and the quality of urban waters.

WEF Member Wins Clarke Prize for Water Industry Research and Designs 



WEF Pavilions Feature Brief Presentations




WE&T Releases 2014 Editorial Calendar




WEF Emergency Planning Book Provides Real-World Case Studies to Model




Check Out New Business Courses in WEF Knowledge Center




Meet WEF’s Newest Life Member


WEF Manual Educates About Automation




Upcoming WEF Webcasts Educate About Chemical Grouting, Collection-System Optimization, and Nitrogen Removal





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