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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...

Each New Year brings new challenges and opportunities as we resolve to eat healthier, exercise more and use our time and resources more effectively. We look forward with hope and a determination to build a better future.

Just as many of us do this in our personal and professional lives,...

Welcome to 2016! It is hard to believe that the New Year is upon us. A new calendar year is often accompanied by vows for change. People make resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking or to exercise more. You can also make and keep a different kind of resolution with the right tools: Resolve to...

What would you do if you had all the money in the world? Before I lose you to visions of the beaches you would visit or the causes you would support, let me be clear that what I am really asking about is what your priorities would be if you had all the money you needed to support your work....

On Dec. 3, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act by votes of 359-65 and 83-16, respectively, and President Obama subsequently signed the bill...

Every September, Protect Your Groundwater Day rolls around, reminding us of the importance of ensuring we have enough of this critical resource. And even though this year’s date has passed, the upcoming...

Between drought, algae, deteriorating infrastructure and increased regulatory scrutiny, the demands on the water industry have never been higher. The outside observer might think that meeting those demands would be enough to keep engineering firms, solutions providers, distributors and new...

Associations in the water and wastewater industry are accustomed to monitoring and advocating for or against certain federal bills, most notably those affecting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Recently, however, we found ourselves in the midst of discussions regarding a transportation...

Time is running out. Every 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. The deadline to submit your 2015 application is fast...

I just returned from the 30th WateReuse Symposium in Seattle, where there was a lot of buzz about indirect and direct potable reuse. While “unintentional” indirect potable reuse has existed since humans first appeared on earth, given the recent droughts in California and Texas,...

The Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Assn. (WWEMA) is one of the most active industry groups promoting fair and open trade practices both within and outside U.S. borders. As an active member of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee (...

Milton Berle once said, “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”

The Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Assn. (WWEMA) is all about creating opportunities, both for our members and for the industry as a whole. While many think of mid-summer as a time to slow down and take it...