Groups Announce Recipients of Singapore International Water Week Scholarship

Winners will participate in next month’s Singapore International Water Week

NACWA WEF WERF Singapore International Water Week Scholarship

The National Assn. of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) announced the recipients of their new Singapore International Water Week Scholarship, which will fund participation in the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), scheduled for June 1 to 5, 2014.

Eight recipients will join a delegation of U.S. utility leaders hosted by the Singapore Public Utility Board and the three scholarship sponsors to attend the event. The scholarship recipients are:

  • • Jay Bernas, chief of planning and analysis, Hampton Roads Sanitation District, Virginia Beach, Va.;
  • • Rajendra Bhattarai, division manager, Austin Water Utility Environmental and Regulatory Services, Austin, Texas;
  • • Tom Broderick, deputy general manager operations, Loudoun Water, Ashburn, Va.;
  • • Sandra Kilroy, assistant director, King County Wastewater Treatment Div., Seattle;
  • • Jim McQuarrie, division head of operations, Metro Wastewater Reclamation District, Denver;
  • • Logan Olds, general manager, Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority, Hesperia, Calif.;
  • • Lou Storino, principal civil engineer, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago; and
  • • Diane Taniguchi-Dennis, deputy general manager, Clean Water Services, Hillsboro, Ore.

“WEF, NACWA and WERF share a commitment to helping water facilities become water resource recovery facilities that contribute to economic growth and protect public heath and the environment,” said WEF Executive Director Dr. Eileen O’Neill. “This scholarship will help provide important perspectives and also contacts with other global water utility leaders with similar goals.”

SIWW is a global platform for water professionals to share solutions for integration of sustainable water management strategies with urban planning processes. Scholarship recipients will receive funds for travel, lodging and registration, and will write papers or make presentations in the U.S. to share what they have learned.

“Global innovation is essential to becoming the utility of the future,” said NACWA Executive Director Ken Kirk. “By promoting international exchange at SIWW, we hope to accelerate technology transfer and create an understanding of innovative policy options.”

“Exposure to leading-edge technologies, best practices, and methodologies to address water issues is invaluable when thinking about a sustainable water environment,” said WERF Interim Executive Director Dan Woltering. “Scholarship recipients will also have the opportunity to share U.S. experiences and expertise with other global water leaders.”

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