September 2017 Digest

September 29, 2017

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Kicking the Porcelain Throne up Several Notches

WaterAid creates an eye-catching ‘toilet of dreams’ to convey a serious message about sanitation

Highlights17Sept1One of the big attractions at the 2017 Glastonbury Festival — a 5-day contemporary performing arts festival that takes place periodically near Pilton, Somerset, in the United Kingdom — was outfitted with a disco ball, mirrored walls, and even a throne. But this was not a posh lounge where people could talk and drink. It was what international non-profit WaterAid (London) coined the “Toilet of Dreams,” a blinged-out public bathroom that any festival-goer could use.

Your One-Stop Guide to All Things WEFTEC 2017

Highlights17Sept2Even in its 90th year, the annual Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) continues to grow while maintaining top-notch content. Prepare to attend WEFTEC 2017 by reviewing the key events and areas to visit Sept. 30 to Oct. 4 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Industry Leaders To Discuss the Water-Energy-Food Nexus at WEFTEC 2017

Highlights17Sept3Many of our favorite foods and beverages could not be produced without water. As a necessary resource in the water-energy-food nexus, tensions surrounding water supply will continue to grow as populations increase and climate changes.

At WEFTEC 2017, Session No. 102, No Water, No Energy, No Food: Managing the Nexus, attendees can gather to hear ways to help manage the water-energy-food nexus by representatives of the food and beverage, energy, and technology sectors.

WEF’s Fight Song for Clean Water

Highlights17Sept4“We clean the water everywhere, so that the world can get it’s share.”

The opening line for the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF’s; Alexandria, Va.) first-known song still rings true for the mission of the organization.

Medini Annavajhala To Showcase the Wastewater Treatment Potential of Commamox at WEFTEC 2017

Highlights17Sept5At WEFTEC 2017, attendess at Session No. 501, Commamox: New Kid on the Block, or Not?, will learn about Commamox (CMX) bacteria, which have the ability to convert ammonia to nitrate within a single organism. Medini Annavajhala, postdoctoral researcher in the Columbia University (New York) Medical Center Infectious Diseases Division, will discuss research into the functional potential of CMX in full-scale wastewater treatment systems.

Diego Rosso To Discuss Optimizing Aeration Efficiency Research at WEFTEC 2017

Highlights17Sept6At WEFTEC 2017, in Session No. 207, Aeration: Knowledge Development Forum, Diego Rosso will talk about using a dynamic model to identify energy conservation opportunities in aeration systems.

Rosso, an associate professor in the University of California, Irvine’s (UCI’s) Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and director of UCI’s Water-Energy Nexus Center, joined other researchers to test an activated sludge model’s ability to dynamically control energy used by aeration systems.

WEF Members Spread the Word About Water During the 2017 Boy Scout Jamboree



Participate in Imagine a Day Without Water 2017



Water Utility of the Future Today Program Recognizes 25 Utilities



New Book Maps Pathway to Water Reuse



Purchase Standard Methods and Receive Free Online Access



Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members



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