Blogs

Welcome to WWEMA Connection, a monthly blog that will provide you with a glimpse of the water and wastewater industry from the manufacturers’ perspective.

As president of the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Assn. (WWEMA), I am delighted that Water & Wastes Digest...

It’s hard to believe it’s 2013—not just because all of the 2012 doomsday predictions proved false, but also because the simple fact that we are already 13 years into the 21st century is awe-inspiring.

Another year gone by reminds us of how rising concerns about water scarcity are growing...

A new water industry survey from WeiserMazars LLP has revealed some surprising (and some not-so-surprising) responses about the future of the industry over the next three to five years.

Seventy-one percent of...

Hard work and innovation drive countless water and wastewater projects and upgrades across the country each year. While different in size and scope, the main objective of these projects remains the same: to meet population and regulatory demands, address aging infrastructure needs, and implement...

Two weeks ago, when I wrote about Hurricane Sandy in this blog for the first time, the storm had just passed and residents of the storm-ravaged East Coast were just beginning to assess the damage.

Now...

Last week, Water & Wastes Digest's editorial staff was invited to descend into Milwaukee’s Deep Tunnel, one of the largest storm water systems in the world.

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s (MMSD) massive 500-million-gal “pipe” is one of few similar systems in...

Later this week, Water & Wastes Digest Managing Editor Elizabeth Lisican and I will attend the 2012 American Water Summit, taking place in Chicago, Nov. 14 and 15.

According to the summit organizer, American Water Intelligence, the summit will bring together leaders...

As 100-year-old water and sewer infrastructure surpasses its expected life span, managing capital costs and dealing with financial issues takes center stage for utilities across the nation.

For quite some time now utilities have been forced to rob Peter to pay Paul, prioritizing dire...

From June to August 2012, Water & Wastes Digest invited project managers to submit entries showcasing industry-specific projects in design or construction during the past 18 months. The editorial staff selected the winners based on the obstacles that were faced and overcome by all...

Election season is upon us, and I’m surrounded by rabble rousers ... That is in reference to my friends, not the candidates. My Facebook news feed is packed to the brim with bold statements and I quickly start to...

Last week Water & Wastes Digest’s editorial team traveled to New Orleans for the Water Environment Federation’s 85th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC.12).

The three-day exhibit filled the halls with a plethora of the latest practices and technical...

Thousands of water professionals arrived in New Orleans this week for the Water Environment Federation's 85th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference.

The show offers attendees an abundance of networking opportunities and the chance to learn about the latest technologies and...

The deadline for the WWD/WWEMA 2012 Scholarship is quickly approaching—Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. This Water & Wastes Digest scholarship program supports future water and wastewater professionals by awarding $1,000 to a student seeking a career in a water- or wastewater-related...

When most people think of the Olympic Games, they think of awe-inspiring stories of determination, stories of achieving the goal of a lifetime—and the promise the future can hold. They wonder what it must be like to go through such an intense level of preparation for one make-it-or-break-it...

It’s no secret that small water systems face big challenges. Diminishing state and federal funding options, combined with swelling population has put a lot of stress on small systems that already struggle to meet demand and regulatory challenges, manage water resources, and upgrade aging...

In six weeks, thousands of water professionals will head to New Orleans for WEFTEC.12, the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference.

From Sept. 29 to Oct. 3, attendees will have an opportunity to learn about a growing number of challenges, such as...

Dwindling budgets and staff affect a large number of water and wastewater facilities across the nation. Because of economic conditions at the state and federal levels, borrowing has become increasingly necessary to fund upcoming projects. As a result, improvement projects are often postponed...

Summer into fall is my absolute favorite time of year. The air starts to take on that ever-so-slight, brisk chill; the sky is extra blue and you can almost smell the sharpened pencils in the air—along with apples—...

From growing population, to tightening regulations, to water availability, water systems are faced with various challenges; however, funding continues to be the single largest issue when it comes to treating and delivering safe drinking water.

In most areas in the U.S., the general public...