Member Spotlight

  • Northeast Ohio’s Let’s Ask Series Connects the Community and Utility

    Aug 07, 2019
    NACWA Member Agency the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) in Cleveland, Ohio, serves one million residents, manages a 420-mile regional stormwater system, and treats more than 200 million gallons of wastewater every day. But behind the numbers are real people who love their work, understand their responsibilities, and want others to take up a similar commitment to their Great Lake.
  • Honolulu Entertains and Educates with Award-Winning Video About FOG

    Jul 02, 2019
    To inform the public on the consequences of fats, oils and grease (FOG) in the wastewater collection system, the Department of Environmental Services, City and County of Honolulu hit the television airwaves with The F.O.G. Zone. Using the television series The Twilight Zone as inspiration, this 30-second educational video informs residents that the proper disposal of grease and other FOG-related foods is in the trash can, rather than down the kitchen sink.
  • KC to the Sea Introduces Students to Stormwater Runoff and Water Pollution

    Jun 04, 2019
    KC Water recognizes that good quality water is everyone’s business and that educating young people is a great way to spread the message of sustainable water use and raise awareness about the role individuals play in preventing stormwater pollution. The program is free and is available to schools within the KC Water ratepayer boundaries.
  • The City of Corpus Christi Makes a Mark with Workforce Development Program

    Apr 23, 2019
    The City of Corpus Christi Water Utilities received a 2019 National Environmental Achievement Award (NEAA) for its workforce development program. The utility makes workforce development a priority within the organization. It is their goal to produce a workplace that gives employees opportunities to become more successful in their current and future employment and to increase the number of leaders in the community. The leadership within the City strives to provide a roadmap to guide the career of employees by providing the means to participate in innovative learning and to develop meaningful, lifelong skills.
  • San Francisco Bay Nutrient Management Strategy Serves as Model

    Mar 18, 2019
    Nutrient pollution, caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus in waterways, is one of America's most widespread, costly, and challenging environmental problems. For the San Francisco Bay, the West Coast’s largest estuary and home to over seven million people, algal blooms, fish kills and other nutrient-related environmental impacts have generally not been seen despite 37 wastewater treatment plants discharging to the Bay without full-scale nutrient treatment.
  • MWRDGC Honored for Operations & Environmental Performance

    Feb 26, 2019
    NACWA was pleased to honor the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC) this month with a National Environmental Achievement Award for Operations & Environmental Performance with its McCook Reservoir Stage 1.
  • MR. CAN Protects Narragansett Bay from The Grease Beasts

    Jan 24, 2019
    Conceived jointly by the Narragansett Bay Commission’s Pretreatment and Public Affairs departments and brought to life by animator Rafael Cuello, NBC’s education program, MR. CAN vs The Grease Beasts and its eponymous protagonist, aim to educate the public about proper household grease disposal. In the 2017-2018 school year, MR. CAN was integrated into the curriculum of the award-winning environmental education program, The NBC Watershed Explorers, which reaches economically-disadvantaged students in the state...
  • Richmond Elevates Beyond Compliance with Nutrient Reduction Program

    Dec 12, 2018
    The City of Richmond’s wastewater treatment plant Nutrient Reduction Program is an outstanding example of significant investment in planning and operations leading to superior performance. Over five years, the City made significant modifications to its wastewater treatment plant, and at the end of the project the performance of the plant is making significant contributions to improving water quality in the James River and Chesapeake Bay.
  • Pima County’s ‘Living River Project’ Heralds Robust Improvement in Wetland Health

    Nov 06, 2018
    Through the Living River Project, NACWA Member Agency the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD) raises the public’s awareness about improvement in the riparian ecosystem health of the Santa Cruz River in Pima County, AZ. The Project—through written annual reports, e-media, public outreach activities, and school outings—has become an inventive tool for educating people about the effects of wastewater treatment on local wetlands. It uses an innovative approach to...
  • Hampton Roads' "Secret Sauce:" The HRSD Apprenticeship Program

    Oct 10, 2018
    This month’s Member Spotlight shines on the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD), which created the nation’s first wastewater sector apprenticeship program in 1979 to support continued workforce excellence. Today the program is touted as a progressive initiative, fostering workforce development and furthering the growth of the clean water sector. And while HRSD is known for its innovation and leadership, HRSD Commissioners and senior management credit its apprentices and support teams for its success, frequently referring to the program as “HRSD’s Secret Sauce.” Here’s why…
  • NEW Water Reaches Out With Video: Water Knows No Boundaries

    Sep 12, 2018
    In the fall of 2016, NACWA Member Agency, NEW Water in Green Bay, WI developed a four-minute outreach video about its Silver Creek Project entitled, Water Knows No Boundaries. The video was developed to demonstrate the partnerships that have been developed throughout the project, and the success in implementing change on the agricultural landscape.
  • Louisville MSD Connects with Community on Infrastructure Resilience

    Aug 15, 2018
    As evidenced by recent catastrophic weather events, infrastructure resilience is one of the most critical issues facing the health and safety of a community. Recognizing this, the Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) developed Community Connection, a comprehensive and strategic outreach effort aimed at speaking directly with citizens about the infrastructure improvements needed for reducing risks and gathering customer input on balancing risk reduction with additional investment.
  • Beckley Sanitary Board Controls Runoff in the Cloud

    Aug 15, 2018
    The Beckley Sanitary Board’s (BSB) Ewart Avenue iPond project capitalizes on the emerging availability and advancements in low-cost, internet-accessible controller systems — with wired and wireless communications – to allow for real-time, dynamic control of stormwater infrastructure. This new control technology accounts for, and manages, the highly variable nature of wet weather induced runoff, and for its innovation and application, won NACWA’s National Environmental Achievement Award.
  • Aurora Water’s Forests to Faucets Showcases Watersheds for Area Teachers

    May 22, 2018
    Forests to Faucets is an annual continuing education teacher workshop conducted by Aurora Water and the Aurora Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department. Designed to provide Aurora teachers with an in-depth education about water and water-related issues, the three-day workshop takes teachers from mountain watersheds to water treatment facilities, and not only explores Aurora’s water supply system and operations, but reaffirms the importance of water pollution prevention and watershed protection.
  • ALCOSAN’s GROW Program Creates Cleaner Waterways

    Apr 25, 2018
    The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) Board of Directors created the Green Revitalization of Our Waterways (GROW) program in a system-wide effort to reduce excess water from entering an already overloaded sewer collection system. The GROW program is now an essential part of ALCOSAN’s long-term green first plan to create cleaner waterways...
  • AlexRenew’s Water Discovery & Education Destination

    Mar 16, 2018
    AlexRenew, the water resource recovery facility for the City of Alexandria and parts of Fairfax County, Virginia, was largely invisible in the community until the last few years. Its citizen board-created “2040 vision” – with a focus on community engagement, as well as a rebranding – were catalysts to AlexRenew throwing off its cloak of invisibility and creating a comprehensive outreach program, including educational centers.
  • El Paso Water

    Jan 29, 2018
    In the Southwest, a perfect storm of rising temperatures, persistent drought, and growing populations has pushed water managers to consider new approaches to providing clean water for their customers. El Paso Water is at the forefront of this transition with their innovative slate of water reuse projects. In particular, the Advanced Water Purification initiative features a “pipe-to-pipe” system that is wholly unique to North America.
  • Avon Lake's Innovative Lateral Separation Program

    Nov 30, 2017
    Unlike many waterbodies in the United States, the Great Lakes pose unique opportunities and challenges. On one hand, its miles of coastline and open water provide a boon for economic activity and recreation. However, the challenges, such as addressing water quality concerns, are multi-faceted and require the coordination between numerous states, not to mention Canada.
  • Louisville MSD Expands Definition of Environmental Justice

    Nov 01, 2017
    In the wake of Flint and extreme stormwater events, environmental justice has become even more relevant in the clean water sector, and many NACWA members are promoting an expanded definition of environmental justice. The Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) is now working on several projects that not only reduce hazards from CSO’s and flooding, but also provide community benefits.
  • Camden County MUA Moves To Be Energy Independent by 2019

    Oct 03, 2017
    NACWA member agency, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA), is putting strong action into its bold goal to be energy independent by 2019.
  • ReWa Fulfills UOTF Concept with Tunnel Project, Med-Disposal Programs

    Aug 24, 2017
    Renewable Water Resources (ReWa) was recently honored as one of the 25 Utility of the Future of Today honorees, which recognizes forward-thinking, innovative utilities that are providing resilient and value-added service to communities.
  • Miami-Dade Raises Bar with Infrastructure Plan

    Jun 21, 2017
    Aging and inadequate water infrastructure is a persistent issue throughout the country, and Miami-Dade County, FL is no exception. Like many regions of the U.S., Miami-Dade’s water and wastewater systems are decades old and unable to support its current and future population.
  • OCSD Touts ‘Utility of the Future' Recognition

    May 23, 2017
    OCSD was recognized by the “Utility of the Future Today Program” (UOTF) in August 2016 for its progressive programs, initiatives, and business practices—an honor OCSD prominently reflected in its Annual Report...
  • NEW Water Overcomes Barriers, Gains Ratepayer Support, to Become a ‘Utility of the Future’

    Apr 19, 2017
    In 2008, the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District, now rebranded as “NEW Water,” was at a critical crossroads. Facing aging infrastructure, biosolid capacity limits and increasing regulations, the utility needed an innovative solution for these cross-cutting issues.
  • City of Santa Fe – Pioneering the Next Frontier of Stormwater Management

    Feb 22, 2017
    The City of Santa Fe won an EPA grant of $150,000 this year, to boost stormwater plans which are in line with “Utility of the Future (UOTF)” ideals, and propel the city onto the forefront of wet weather and Small Municipal Storm Water NPDES permit management.
  • Alexandria Renew Enterprises – Taking Community Engagement to the Next Level

    Jan 10, 2017
    A new multi-purpose athletic field is now open for public use in Alexandria, Virginia. Although it may not be obvious, this field is very unique – it is built on top of an 18 million gallon nutrient management facility.