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Last month, the Obama Administration released its FY2015 Budget request, and all signs point to utilities tightening yet another notch on the proverbial municipal budget belt.

The request proposes $500 million in cuts to the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund programs (...

Water & Wastes Digest’s sister publication Storm Water Solutions is gearing up to deliver its third annual...

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...

Every year, on March 22, we celebrate World Water Day. This annual event highlights the importance of water and focuses attention on sustainable water management practices. 

According to UN Water, more than 768 million people do not have access to reliable sources of drinking water...

All around the country city crews are busy working around the clock to address sewer and water main problems.

Cold weather this winter is wreaking havoc on ageing pipe systems, with water main breaks more than double the typical amount in some areas.

It seems that more than ever...

“Mitigation Banking” may be a difficult term but it is proving to be an essential tool for improving and protecting wetlands, streams and other aquatic resources impacted by development. It will only grow in importance as America yearns for energy security, while continuing to embrace noble...

Staying up to date on current storm water management best practices is key as new regulations spring up and this industry segment continues to develop.

I am happy to announce that Water & Wastes Digest’s sister publication Storm Water Solutions is gearing up 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...

It’s been a long road to economic recovery. Reduced federal spending and state budgets pushed municipalities to address only the most urgent water and wastewater projects.

The industry continued to tread water as one report after another drew attention to the state of the nation’s water...

Faced with a diminishing water supply, coastal cities frequently rely on desalination facilities for their drinking water. Permitting for new seawater desalination facilities, however, is a complex process because of the environmental effects associated with the seawater intake and brine...

Water pipe and storage tanks can’t last forever and when they fail, neighborhoods and downstream communities can pay dearly.

That’s hardly news. Pipe of all types and tanks of all ranks have been falling short of expectations ever since they were born to suffer the ravages of time,...

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 Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency in California.
In 2013, the state experienced one of the driest years on record, and this year has remained extremely dry with no rain in the forecast for the next several weeks. Brown has asked state agencies to use less water, and...

Behold the New Year.

Editorial letters like this often rehash top happenings from the previous year or predict some ultra-exciting occurrences for the upcoming year, but, much like my New Year’s Resolutions, sometimes I question whether or not the ensuing year will actually deliver on...

For five days now, Charleston, W.V., residents have had to rely on bottled water as a result of an industrial chemical spill.

The chemical, a 4-methylcyclohexane methanol used in coal processing, seeped from a ruptured storage tank into the Elk River, just upstream of the intake pipes for...

A 10-degree change in the air or water temperature can dramatically increase stress on pipe. With most of the country experiencing a blast of polar weather—3,000 flights canceled on Sunday, Jan. 5, and temperatures expected to drop as low as -17°F in some areas—there is an increased chance of...

As folks closely watch the calendar, marking off the final countdown Christmas, I am ever observant of another approaching date that marks the end of my 35-year career with WWEMA: December 31. Instead of viewing it as an end, I view it as the beginning of a new chapter in my life and that of...

Aging infrastructure, ever-changing regulations and tight budgets present the water and wastewater treatment industry with a challenging road ahead. Still, innovation continues to propel tens of thousands of noteworthy industry projects.

For a fifth consecutive year, Water &...

This month, WWEMA held its 105th Annual Meeting of Members. As part of the event, during our Legislative and Regulatory Committee Meeting, I gave my semi-annual State of the Union (As It Pertains to Water) Address. My title for the talk was “Much Ado About Nothing”—because, of course, very...

Last week at the 105th WWEMA Annual Meeting, held at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra, Fla., Water & Wastes Digest Managing Editor Elizabeth Lisican recognized the 2013 WWEMA/WWD Scholarship award winner, Anthony Picozzi.

Picozzi is the son of Anthony...