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In two weeks, thousands of water professionals will head to Denver for ACE13, the American Water Works Assn.’s annual conference and exposition.

From June 9 to 13, ACE13 attendees will have an opportunity to learn about infrastructure management, water resources protection and the newest...

Last week, the Senate approved the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Authority (WIFIA) plan by a vote of 83 to 14 as part of the Water Resources Development Act of 2013. WIFIA was developed by the American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) with the support of the Association of Metropolitan...

Water industry tradeshows give “shop ‘til you drop” a new meaning. They are humongous, exhausting and often overwhelming. Yet each year, the manufacturing community invests millions of dollars and thousands of man-hours to exhibit while their customers squeeze money out of ever-tightening...

It's easy to take for granted an everyday activity like drinking a glass of water. But it's essential to recognize the major role drinking water plays in our daily lives; and that's why this week the American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) and the water community kicked off Drinking Water Week 2013...

Most water systems around the country offer some type of a public outreach program. These programs are an excellent way to involve the public in different water systems functions, projects and efforts and assist in generating support.

While I frequently talk about the importance of public...

Now in its 43rd year, Earth Day celebrates environmental awareness and progress by uniting activists of all nationalities and backgrounds to urge individuals, organizations and governments to do their part to protect the planet.

This year’s Earth Day is focused on the Face of Climate...

Innovation does not just happen. At least, not in the water industry. It requires governments to take risks and try new things. It requires regulators to adjust for altered outcomes. It requires investors to accept uncertainties.

Is it any wonder we are slow to innovate?

As...

Each year, Water & Wastes Digest supports future water and wastewater professionals through the WWEMA/WWD Scholarship program, awarding $1,000 to a student seeking a career in a water- or wastewater-related field. The deadline for 2013 applications is Friday, Oct. 18, 2013...

Once every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers provides a comprehensive assessment of the nation’s major infrastructure categories in its Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. The 2013...

Since I last wrote to you about pumps, there have been a number of alarming weather events. (And, might I add, many of them had very peculiar names. Winter Storm Q? Come on. But that’s a subject for another editorial …)

The most devastating of them had an admittedly normal name that...

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 780 million people do not have access to reliable sources of drinking water...

It’s the question everyone is asking: Is this the new norm?

From 2006 to 2010, spending was up and business was good for the water industry, but the past two years have seen a drop in activity. Is this an aberration? A temporary blip? Or is it the new norm?

A review of...

Water & Wastes Digest and its sister publication Storm Water Solutions are happy to remind readers of the second annual Storm Water Solutions Virtual Expo.

The Virtual Expo follows the successful 2012 event, which attracted more than 1,000 attendees...

One big theme of 2013 thus far seems to be a newfound appreciation for water. We keep hearing the saying, “Water is the new oil”—the new gold, even. As “The Ripple Effect” author Alex Prud’homme put it, “Today we no longer have the luxury of ignorance: We must understand how our actions impact...

The second annual Storm Water Solutions Virtual Expo is now less than a month away.

This one-day unique online learning and networking opportunity will feature live state-of-the-industry storm water and erosion control webinars offering Professional Development Hours (PDH...

Raising public awareness of water issues is essential to effective water resources management. It increases water conservation, and encourages long-term behavioral changes and protection of water resources by informing residents and businesses how to reduce the impacts of activities that lead to...

“Lowest responsible bidder” practices present a major barrier to innovation and advancement in the water industry, and they cost ratepayers, municipalities and states money every day.

In contrast, value-based procurement, also known as “total cost of ownership procurement,” encourages...

Whether as part of conservation efforts, better asset management or simply improved customer service, the number of utilities offering convenient and efficient billing payment methods is growing rapidly.

We are already familiar with the benefits of e-billing alone—both for the utility and...

When it comes to membrane technology—the water industry’s edgy child—innovative technologies sometimes are mistakenly dismissed as too expensive and only viable as a last resort. This scenario can be summed up with the all-too-familiar adage: “Parents just don’t understand.”

But they are...

Good customer service is essential for any successful business, so why should water and wastewater utilities be any different?

With many water and sewer rates on the rise—not to mention dilapidating infrastructure in need of continuous funding—customers need to feel confident that their...