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This marks my first official blog for Water and Wastes Digest as I take over the helm of WWEMA from past president, Dawn Champney. Dawn’s 35 years of dedicated service will be hard to match, but I look forward to the opportunity to strengthen and further grow the association. I bring to...

Last month, Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed into law a long-awaited $1.1 trillion 2014 federal spending bill. Much to the dismay of many in the water and wastewater industry, the bill includes “Buy American” language, placing protectionist domestic...

Last summer, the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Assn. (WWEMA) surveyed our membership and asked them: “What keeps you up at night?”

Their response, in no particular order: (1) Funding. (2) Funding. (3) Funding.

Four out of five respondents named funding of water and...

Drones flying through neighborhoods to read meters and monitor water usage, tiny submersibles sent through hydrants to monitor pipe systems for leaks, self-healing concrete that seals leaks before they become breaks.

Futuristic ideas? Yes, but a number of progressive-thinking, innovative...

Congress currently is considering two initiatives that could result in billions of dollars in funding for water and wastewater infrastructure projects, including the proposed Sustainable Water Infrastructure...

I just returned from the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Annual Meeting in Boston where for the second year in a row, WWEMA co-chaired a session with Randy Moore of Utility Service Co. Inc. on barriers to innovative technology. The title of the session, which had attendance as high as...

Americans are willing to spend a lot of money on water.

Now that I have your attention (and many of you think I need to get my head checked), let me clarify: Americans are willing to spend a lot of money on bottled water.

According to a recent Beverage Marketing Corp....

“There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.”
— British Philosopher Bernard Williams

Each year, the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) sends out a survey asking its members: What keeps you...

We all understand the urgent need for water and wastewater construction, improvements and repairs. The reports and the calls for action are sobering, from the American Society of Civil Engineers’ “D” rating of our...

The dust from the 2014 midterm elections has (for the most part) settled, and it is time to look ahead to what the new makeup of the U.S. Congress will mean for the future of our nation. The people have spoken, and they have said, quite simply: “We want Congress to do its job.”

Our...