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There are countless conversations going on in virtually every facet of our business about the pressing need to bring fresh talent into the water industry as the most seasoned professionals exit.

Water & Wastes Digest would like to highlight the young stars who have made that leap, and...

What a year 2016 was. From water crises to election results that elated some and crushed others, there was...

Each year, Water & Wastes Digest supports future water and wastewater professionals through the WWEMA/W&WD Scholarship, by awarding $1,000 to a student seeking a career in a water- or wastewater-related field.

This year, W&WD was pleased to announce the winner: Aadit Pujara....

Another WEFTEC is in the books. It was my seventh WEFTEC and fourth time in New Orleans, which just about...

To ensure the viability of our water infrastructure in the decades ahead, our industry must have a strong pipeline in place—a strong talent pipeline, that is.

Each year, Water & Wastes Digest supports future water and wastewater professionals through the WWEMA/W&WD...

In an industry awash in conferences, picking the most relevant one for your business is important. With WEFTEC around the corner, it can start to feel like the entire water industry’s focus shifts to New Orleans. WEFTEC is a huge event that provides an opportunity to see many people under one...

The Olympic Games are all about celebrating champions, but the 2016 Games host city is the site of some less-than-desirable attention as well.

Guanabara Bay, the estuary that serves as the site of Olympics sailing and rowing, for instance, has a real raw sewage...

Amidst the magic of the Olympic Games and the stunning star athletes they showcase glistens an unsavory spectacle: The extent of Rio’s water pollution problems and its troubled water bodies.

According to a National Geographic...

As we continue to come to grips with the effects of our aging infrastructure, there are increasing calls to focus the investments we are making in replacement and repair on sustainable solutions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a national...

Everyone’s talking about it, and now Pokemon Go has made its way onto the pages of W&WD.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (don’t worry, there are likely Pokemon there, too), you’ve likely heard by now about the wildly popular gaming app that takes users out into the real world...

Last chance! Introducing the 2016 industrial installment of W&WD's Top Projects Program. Many of you may already be familiar with this popular award program, but did you know we've added an industrial component...

Soaring mountains, beautiful beaches, picturesque vistas and Carnaval – that is Rio de Janeiro. I am sure that Olympic organizers were picturing this Rio, not mosquito-borne diseases and sewage-infested waterways, when the city was awarded the 2016 Summer Olympics. I never thought water quality...

Are you part of a water cluster? If the answer is no, why not? You are not alone. Water clusters are having an increasing impact on the industry, and joining one can offer distinct advantages, depending on where you operate.

Water clusters are, according to the U.S. Environmental...

In April, many of the major water groups gathered in Washington, D.C., for Water Week 2016. For the first time, we had a joint meeting of the executives and officers of our organizations, including the Water Environment Federation (WEF), American Water Works Assn. (AWWA), National Assn. of State...

On May 4, I had the pleasure of attending the White House Rural Council’s Third Annual Rural Opportunity Investment Conference. It was hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and put on by some very forward-thinking USDA staff.

The purpose of the event was to bring together...

New regulations can result in trepidation or even outright hostility from the companies and industries most directly affected by them. Sometimes mandates are unfunded, and changes needed for compliance can impact the bottom line. Against this backdrop, however, regulatory changes can mean...

For years, we in the water and wastewater industry have been beating the drum regarding our nation’s critical need for infrastructure investment. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes a crisis to capture the public’s attention, and the recent events in Flint, Mich., seem to have become a turning...

The headlines may be awash in stories of water-related problems and crises, but resourceful municipalities across the country work to provide the greatest possible value to their communities every day. When it comes to proactive approaches and problem solving in water-utility management,...

The Obama Administration this month released its 2017 budget, which includes $15 million in credit subsidy for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA). This may not sound like much (particularly in a budget that cut the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan...

The tragedy of lead-laced water in Flint, Mich., has entered the national consciousness and has provoked a visceral reaction from the public: “Could this happen in my town? What’s under the ground affecting my water that I can’t see?” And for good reason: Over 15% of the homes in Flint have...