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The increasing demand for water and concerns for reliable availability are driving water intensive industries such as petrochemical, food and beverage to turn to wastewater treatment and reuse to supplement, and in some cases, replace traditional sources of water.

Wastewater is quickly...

Aside from aging infrastructure and limited funding, the municipal water and wastewater sector currently is ill-prepared for the departure of a large segment of its workforce, which is quickly reaching retirement age and is expected to exit the field in the next decade.

According ...

Water & Wastes Digest's Top Projects Award Program is designed to recognize noteworthy projects and accomplishments. For a sixth consecutive year, this program demonstrates that despite stringent regulations, aging...

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), a law that has had far-reaching effects on the water and wastewater industry and indeed on the welfare of our nation and all who live here.

As effective as the SDWA has been, and as much as it has done...

Over the past few years, advances in fracking technology have strengthened the U.S. reserves of natural gas.

According to the Energy Information Administration, shale gas fields in the U.S are said to contain enough natural gas to power the country for 110 years.

The aim for energy...

Every week, this newsletter is your source of industry news and events as well as important technical and regulatory updates.

From general industry information to specific topics, the editorial staff of Water & Wastes Digest frequently receives inquiries and feedback from...

A large number of utilities have reported being able to approve revisions to their water and sewer system rates in the form of gradual increases over a certain period of time; however, that hasn’t been true for all.

For some, budgets will remain out of balance despite facing critical...

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...

Preliminary results of Water & Wastes Digest’s 2014 State of the Industry Report are in, and the findings are quite optimistic for the water and wastewater industry.

Eight in 10 (80%) of survey respondents rated this year good to better, with another 8% stating it was...

Federal spending cuts and dwindling state budgets continue to put pressure on utilities struggling to maintain aging infrastructure.

Meanwhile, a proactive implementation of smart water management technology solutions could help utilities streamline their operations, better manage their...

A recent report from the International Benchmarking Network Water Supply and Sanitation Blue Book 2014, which analyzed data from 4,400 utilities in more than 135 countries and territories, revealed that, despite difficulties during the financial crisis of 2008 and 2010, the water utilities...

Defining the lining and limits of “cooperative federalism” is never easy, particularly when you get into the weeds of growing “weed” with federally supplied water.

My former colleague, Professor Jonathan Turley at George Washington University Law School, tackles one of the more...

More than 126 industry professionals joined the editorial staff of Water & Wastes Digest (W&WD) at an award ceremony to recognize winners of the 6th Annual Top Projects Awards.

The reception took place on Sept. 30 during WEFTEC.14 in New Orleans.

Every...

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...

I grew up in Indiana, where you don’t have to look too far to spot cornfields as far as the eye can see. But before I became the managing editor of iWWD, I never...

This week, thousands of water professionals will head to The Big Easy for the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference  (WEFTEC.14).

From Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, WEFTEC.14 attendees will have an opportunity to take part in 45 technical sessions, 35...

“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change.”
—Heraclitus


The water and wastewater industry is constantly evolving, and so is Water & Wastes Digest. The editorial staff is proud to share with its readers W&WD’s new look, which debuted with the...

Aside from some inconvenience due to having to navigate around construction areas, I am always excited to see water and sewer projects underway. And it appears Chicago’s department of water management is hard at work this fall trying to complete a number of projects before the end of the year....

In less than four weeks, thousands of water professionals will head to New Orleans for the Water Environment Federation Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC.14) at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

From Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, WEFTEC.14 attendees will have an...

The use of reclaimed water for irrigation and other purposes has been employed as a water conservation practice for many years. Consumers are becoming increasingly comfortable with these practices as a way to extend water supplies.

With stats showing that a typical ½-in. rainfall would...