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Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons, swept through the Philippines last Friday, affecting at least 2 million people in 41 provinces, and final death toll has yet to be confirmed.

Winds of 147 mph with gusts of up to 170 mph hit the eastern seaboard of the Philippines and charged...

According to a recent Wisconsin State Journal report, the Madison Water Utility has proposed a 22% rate increase for next year to cover borrowing for a number of capital projects, such as replacement of aging mains and efforts to improve water quality.

Madison is not alone....

The preliminary results of Water & Wastes Digest’s 2013 State of the Industry report are in and more than seven in 10 respondents (71%) rated this year good or better for their business compared with 2012. Surveyed respondents are even more optimistic for next year—with 76%...

They say information is power, but in today’s world, we have access to almost too much information.

I just typed the word “water” into Google, and it returned 2.47 billion results. “Wastewater” gave me 29.2 million. That’s a lot of information, and anyone trying to research today’s top...

For the fifth consecutive year, Water & Wastes Digest recognized industry-specific projects featuring innovative upgrades and notable water and wastewater solutions and improvements that have been in design or construction during the past 18 months.

This year, Water...

For those studying or covering the always-newsmaking topic of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), the word “unknown” has become frustratingly redundant. Even when there is seemingly...

Thousands of water professionals arrived for day one of the exhibit portion of WEFTEC.13 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

The show doors opened at 9 a.m., inviting attendees to take a first glance at close to 1,000 exhibitors showcasing...

Last week WWEMA held its annual Finance & Contract Administration Council event in Indianapolis, Indiana, hosting 45 industry professionals who gathered to discuss best practices in negotiating and executing contract terms and conditions...

Pumps are involved in nearly every aspect of modern living, and have always been an integral part of water and wastewater management. If a pump or lift station fails, it is no small matter. The world depends on...

While e-mail, conference calls, social media and various other forms of communication are helpful for building and maintaining professional relationships, none of them can match the impact of face-to-face meetings.

Next week, thousands of water professionals will head to Chicago for...

This summer, as part of WWEMA’s strategic planning process, we sent out a member survey to learn the top concerns of today’s water and wastewater equipment manufacturers and their representatives.

When asked the open-ended question, “What keeps you up at night?” the response could not...

Regulatory compliance and funding generally tend to be top of mind for the majority of water professionals.

Other key concerns typically include water availability, maintenance and upgrades, infrastructure rehabilitation, lifecycle costs, energy efficiency and more.

As we head into...

In July, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released preliminary results from its study on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the Marcellus Shale formation of Pennsylvania, stating that fracking chemicals do not cause water pollution, according to the Associated Press.

After a year of...

American financier Martin Levin once said of negotiations, “If you’re going to skin a cat, don’t keep it as a house cat.”

His point: Successful negotiations lead to successful partnerships. If you get everything you want but in doing so “skin the cat,” you will most likely squelch your...

From notable system improvements and rehabs, to complete overhauls and brand-new facilities, there is no project too small or too ordinary. Our industry strives to deliver safe water and wastewater services to customers, and Water & Wastes Digest is here to recognize your efforts....

Water’s increasing importance in the industrial arena is difficult to ignore, as is the ever-growing urgency to protect this precious resource.  

When it comes to water stewardship, soft drink giant PepsiCo leads the pack in the food and beverage industry. The company is well...

The Chicago area received 1.5 in. more rain for the first half of this year than it did for all of last year, according to the National Weather Service. The heavy rains caused flooding, closing expressways and challenging the Chicago Metropolitan Reclamation District.

Meanwhile, other...

Recently, at the request of one of our members, WWEMA surveyed the membership to ask what type of customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems they used; the selection process they employed in choosing those systems; pros and cons of their systems;...

Last week WWD’s editorial staff attended AWWA ACE13 in Denver. The four-day event offered numerous workshops, technical sessions and networking opportunities. Exhibitors filled the halls with new technologies and product demos and competitions.

We were happy to meet many of you...

The 132nd American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition opened doors on Sunday, June 9, as exhibitors and attendees eased into what promises to be a busy week.

Today's Opening General Session featured an address by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. In his keynote...