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The challenges water, wastewater and storm water utilities face today are familiar: aging infrastructure, shrinking budgets, population growth and tightening regulations. Solutions, on the other hand, may seem less obvious.

The U.S. EPA recognizes these hurdles and has developed an...

Water & Wastes Digest is pleased to announce that Siu Kwan Dave Ho is the winner of the 8th annual WWEMA/WWD Scholarship Award.

As part of the award, WWD provides a $1,000 scholarship to a student accepted to a college or university to pursue a...

A growing number of utilities are opting to provide their customers with electronic billing and payment solutions. This comes as no surprise because implementing new and innovative payment options and advanced billing systems can reduce expenses, grow revenue and help retain customers through...

In July, I traveled to Israel to tour facilities and meet with solutions providers as part of the Water & Energy Environmental USA Press Tour. The trip increased my awareness of areas in which the U.S. water and wastewater industry excels as well as those in which we have room for...

 

It is easy to take water for granted. In most areas in the U.S., except for the dry Southwest, people don’t think twice about how much work goes into treating and delivering clean water; they simply turn the tap and water flows—safe, available and cheap.

Depending on water...

Thousands of water professionals traveled to Los Angeles last week to attend the 84th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC).

The event welcomed 923 exhibitors featuring the latest technology trends, and was packed-full of various...

The Water & Wastes Digest editorial staff is in Los Angeles this week for the 84th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC). Industry professionals from all over the world are gathering at WEFTEC.11 for six days of education and three...

Pumping water is far from a new phenomenon: The practice dates back to ancient times. In fact, many basic principles and even some traditional devices that we apply today have been in existence for hundreds or thousands of years. The continuing use of time-honored solutions, however, should not...

WWD Managing Editor Caitlin Cunningham and I are traveling to Milwaukee to attend the 2nd Annual Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Conference, hosted by the Clean Water America Alliance (CWAA). The conference takes place from Oct. 3 to 5 and is designed to advance communities...

Every year Water & Wastes Digest supports future water and wastewater
professionals through the WWEMA/WWD 2011 Scholarship, by awarding $1,000
to a student seeking a career in a water- or wastewater-related field.
The deadline for 2011 applications is fast...

Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it had withdrawn the proposed rule that would have revised effluent limits for construction site runoff. With this also came news that the agency will roll out a...

Public awareness about water management and conservation starts at an early age with the help of children's award programs, such as the 26th Annual WateReuse Symposium Recycled Water Art and Writing Contest.

WWD Managing Editor Caitlin Cunningham and I enjoyed seeing...

Managing Editor Caitlin Cunningham and I are in Phoenix for the 26th Annual WateReuse Symposium. Water reuse and recycling continues to be an issue of growing importance, especially here in Arizona. The state has been dealing with limited water resources while undergoing explosive population...

Water & Wastes Digest is happy to announce the debut of its new website and weekly newsletter.

The new site will continue to deliver all the industry news, technology information and editorial content you have relied on, plus many more...

Last week I traveled to Israel as part of the Water and Energy Environmental USA Press Tour.

During my trip I had the opportunity to tour the Hadera RO Desalination Plant, the largest of its kind in
the world—definitely the highlight of my trip.
Other highlights...
Reverse osmosis has come a long way since its first successful salt rejection application in 1959.
Critics of RO desalination have pegged the process as too costly or too energy intensive, but
upfront prices continue to drop, technology is advancing and alternative energy...
Pumping requirements vary from application to application—that’s a no-brainer—but it is easy
to overlook the fact that they also fluctuate within each unique application.
Many water and wastewater pump operators err on the side of running systems at full throttle day...
More cities across the U.S. are considering selling municipal water and sewer systems to
private companies due to shrinking budgets and revenues.
Currently, millions of Americans receive water services from a privately owned utility
or municipal utility...
From weather advisories to water and sewer bills, ways to save water, customer service,
general news and watershed protection, most water systems around the country have
implemented some type of a public outreach program.
These programs are designed to educate...
“Comprehensive asset management helps utilities identify needs and plan future
investment.” In theory this statement is absolutely true, but in practice it is generally
easier said than done.
Water and wastewater utilities clearly understand the importance of...