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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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Access Water Provides Knowledge at Your Fingertips

April 6, 2020

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Information is more accessible today than ever before, but when searching the internet for an answer that has real consequences for the environment and public health, the quality of that information is just as important as its accessibility. Access Water, a new knowledge platform from the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) offers water professionals constant […]

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Water Experts Recommend New Methods to Measure Rate Affordability, Financial Capabilities

February 28, 2020

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Water, wastewater, and stormwater bills have been increasing above general price inflation and household income growth rates for decades. Affordability, therefore, has become an increasingly important issue, heightening focus on utility rate design, customer service policies, and customer assistance programs. It’s time to revisit traditional methods of measuring household affordability and assessing community financial capability. […]

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Morrisville College Crash Course Prepares New Yorkers for Operator Certification Exams

October 4, 2019

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Total registration for training programs at Morrisville College’s Environmental Training Center exceeded 600 people this year. The program condenses a robust wastewater-operator training curriculum into just 1-2 weeks. Photo courtesy of Morrisville State College

Located about 48 km (30 mi) southeast of Syracuse, N.Y., Morrisville State College gives students the opportunity to study everything from seahorse conservation to cannabis farming. But the classes that attract the greatest number of students from across the state to the small agricultural and technological college are those taught at its Environmental Training Center […]

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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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SUNY Ulster’s evening training program designed for new and current water professionals

June 4, 2019

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Conducted on the SUNY Ulster Community College (Stone Ridge, N.Y.) campus, the wastewater operator training program allows students to complete pre-certification training in six months by taking evening classes, Monday through Thursday. Photo courtesy of SUNY Ulster Community College.

A hundred miles north of New York City, not far from the origin of the 107-year-old Catskills Aqueduct that supplies 40% of the Big Apple’s water, a new generation of professionals is being trained to protect the region’s coveted water resources. All are students of SUNY Ulster Community College (Stone Ridge, N.Y.). SUNY Ulster launched […]

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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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