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New WEF Handbook Covers Peracetic Acid Disinfection

August 3, 2020

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Click here to learn more about <i>Peracetic Acid Disinfection: Implementation Considerations for Water Resource Recovery Facilities</i>, the latest technical publication from the Water Environment Federation.

Utilities have recognized the value of peracetic acid (PAA) as a wastewater and stormwater disinfectant for years, but limited education and design guidance have impeded its implementation. Click here to learn more about Peracetic Acid Disinfection: Implementation Considerations for Water Resource Recovery Facilities, the latest technical publication from the Water Environment Federation. Aiming to bridge […]

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WEF Offers Free Access to Technical Materials Until June 30

April 14, 2020

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Virginia) is offering individuals who have never been WEF members free access to its broad range of technical materials through June 30. Click here for details.

During the coronavirus pandemic, much of the water-sector workforce is working longer hours with smaller operations teams, placing unprecedented pressures on their individual skills and experiences. At the same time, many water professionals are spending more time at home due to social-distancing requirements, providing a unique opportunity to deepen their knowledge base and develop as […]

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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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Maryland Apprenticeship Programs Help Double Number of Job Applicants

September 3, 2019

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Kevin McClanathan (left), chief operator at a water resource recovery facility managed by Washington County Department of Water Quality (DWQ; Williamsport, Md.), stands beside participants in DWQ's Wastewater Apprenticeship Program. Photo courtesy of Katie Yoder/DWQ

With nine water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs), eight drinking water treatment facilities, 45 pumping stations, and miles of pipelines to operate and maintain, the Washington County Department of Water Quality (DWQ; Williamsport, Md.) sometimes struggles to find qualified candidates for its many technical jobs.   Since the launch of a new wastewater operator apprenticeship program last […]

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Hands-on intro course at Gaston College molds tomorrow’s water professionals

August 6, 2019

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The lectures in Whittemore's Introduction to Biology course are all online. Time in the classroom is spent on hands-on projects, discussions, and cooperative group work, Whittemore described. Gaston College

During their college careers, many students take a single, pivotal class that either cements their interest in a particular field of study—or sends them running in the opposite direction. Susan Whittemore, a science professor at Gaston College (Dallas, N.C.), believes the Introduction to Biology class she has taught at the community college for the past […]

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North Carolina jobs program fills vacancies, forges careers

July 31, 2019

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Charlotte (N.C.) Water has instituted a yearlong utility apprenticeship program with the goal of attracting new talent from the local community. Pictured left to right: Charlotte Water apprenticeship program graduates Desmond McKinnon, Edi Cardoza, and Beanard Odom, II. Photo courtesy of Jackie Jarrell/Charlotte Water.

Charlotte (N.C.) Water has a fresh approach to finding new utility technicians. That approach is a yearlong apprenticeship program offered by the utility trains recruits in a variety of skills — and even guarantees them a job upon completion. The program was created to tackle a high turnover and vacancy rate for the city’s utility […]

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Phoenix suburb encourages residents to “Be G.R.O.S.S.”

June 28, 2019

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The Be G.R.O.S.S. campaign introduces a colorful cast of characters that capture the attention of both children and adults. WRM hopes the campaign will drive down maintenance costs associated with headworks clogs from improper waste disposal. Photo courtesy of WRM.

A new public education campaign is relying on social media, community outreach and kid-friendly messaging to motivate residents of a Phoenix suburb to rethink their waste disposal habits. Developed by the Water Resource Management (WRM) department in Surprise, Ariz., the campaign invites residents to “Be G.R.O.S.S” — that is, Guardians Regarding Our Sewer System. It […]

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PERL: This gem of an educational partnership is helping build Indiana’s water workforce

May 21, 2019

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Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology civil engineering students toured several Citizens projects through PERL last spring. Photo courtesy of Citizens Energy Group.

While known for top-rated university science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs that are educating the next generation of water professionals, the state of Indiana has a problem: convincing graduating students to stay. Half of the 2014-to-2016 bachelor’s-level STEM graduates of Purdue University (West Lafayette, Ind.), for example, found employment out of state, according to […]

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