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“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...

Storm water innovation is hitting the rooftops and hardscapes in the nation’s capital in a big way: Washington, D.C.’s District Department of the Environment (DDOE) is using regulatory drivers, market-based incentives and public-private partnerships to get cleaner water and a greener city.

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Every year Water & Wastes Digest supports future water and wastewater professionals through the WWEMA/WWD Scholarship, by awarding $1,000 to a student seeking a career in a water- or wastewater-related field. The deadline for 2014 applications is Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.

To...

Harmful algae blooms causing high levels of microcystin in Lake Erie resulted in a drinking water ban for the entire city of Toledo, Ohio. More than 400,000 residents were affected by the ban over the weekend, after testing showed high levels of the toxin.

The city responded quickly by...

There is less than one week left to submit your nominations for Water & Wastes Digest's Top Projects Award Program, which recognizes notable facilities and innovative water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades. Now in its...

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 is less than one week left to submit your nominations for Water & Wastes Digest’s Young Professionals program, which recognizes the young men and women standing behind new research efforts,...

When it comes to planning for the future, companies have a whole host of issues likely keeping them up at night. They may worry about staying competitive and innovative in their...

Important and fractious debates over shale gas and oil continued to play out in watersheds and communities this past Fourth of July. As America searches for answers and assurances about scientific, legal and policy risks, here is my own personal take on some of the more interesting trends since...

In March 2014, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) announced it would shut off water to thousands of overdue water and sewer accounts.

DWSD distributed 46,000 shut-off notices with approximately 4,500 total shut-offs in May, according to a...

Recently, President Obama signed into law the Water Resources and Reform Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA)—the first water bill since 2007. WRRDA authorizes funding for more than $12 billion worth of new water infrastructure projects.

It establishes a five-year pilot program—the Water...

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...

Water and wastewater utilities understand the importance of effectively managing their facilities, their distribution and collection networks; however, utilities also are not without the knowledge that maintaining, rehabilitating and replacing these assets comes with a significant price tag....

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...

Despite a slow economy, the future of the water and wastewater industry is bright, and so is the new wave of young professionals entering the water industry. To recognize the young men and women standing behind new research efforts, technology innovations and sustainable water practices, ...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new Water Innovation Technology Blueprint, Version 2, announced on April 7 at the U.S. Water Alliance’s U...

Having the right tools on hand is critical for any business, and water utility billing is no different.

With technology advances, including the development of various handy smartphone apps, a growing number of utilities are providing their customers with innovative billing and payment...

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...

I’m California dreaming on such a winter’s day (even though it’s March as I write this …). Unfortunately, however, the state is facing some nightmarish issues. Its crippling drought this past winter,...

Pumps play a critical role in the operation and management of water and wastewater treatment facilities, and just about every plant operator knows they can be a headache to maintain. Even minor clogs and blockages can quickly lead to a major problem.

Although the demand for pumps has...