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Each year, WWD accepts nominations for top young professionals in the water and wastewater industry. While we intended to select only 10 young professionals this year, we simply felt we could not cut any from this list of 11 talented and passionate…
Fresh off Water Week in Washington, D.C., following the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Assn. (WWEMA) Washington Forum in mid April, the industry still does not have a complete view of the infrastructure picture. The current administration…
A new baseball season is starting, so with this in mind I want to make a connection between a shift in baseball and one that may be happening now in the storm water sector. I recently spent a few days in the Oakland, Calif., area to participate in a…
Through the first two weeks of March 2018, the Northeastern U.S. was slammed by four winter storms that earned the name “nor’easter.” They brought blizzard-like conditions and thrashing gusts of wind to communities on the East Coast. Winter storm Toby,…
Managing sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) is an ongoing concern for many sewer utilities, and while most have established plans to deal with them when and where they occur, preventing them from happening is the preferred solution. Blockages are among the…
East Greenbush, N.Y., is a town of approximately 15,000 residents where Tom Kennedy serves as the East Greenbush Water Department general foreman. The municipality purchases its water from nearby Troy, N.Y.; the water is distributed through 10 miles of…
For the better part of nine years, Vivian Shaw has been the operator of Chautauqua County Rural Water District #4 (RWD4) in Kansas. The utility distributes potable water to customers of Chautauqua and Montgomery counties, as well as the city of Longton,…
Maintenance is a necessary evil that all wastewater facility owners and operators must address at various points in their facilities’ life cycles. Facility managers do their best to maintain optimum operating conditions to minimize maintenance needs.…
Residential and industrial water treatment dates back thousands of years. From the Egyptians purifying drinking water through coagulation techniques to the Romans constructing aqueducts, water treatment has been a cornerstone of human civilization.  Some…
Municipal water systems can be complex, with multiple pumps, tanks, valves and miles of pipelines. Unfortunately, in many municipalities, water facilities are aging, and neglect of water systems is exacting a steep price. According to the Center for…
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