May 17, 2023
In Beckley, WV, creek banks are becoming places for watershed education. Thanks to a collaborative effort among three watershed partners, students and other community members are now involved in year-round hands-on learning on Beckley’s urban streams. The thriving partnership among NACWA Member Beckley Sanitary Board, Piney Creek Watershed Association and West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) has sustained an ongoing effort to collect and analyze water samples from 22 sites across a 20 square mile area, once a month for more than three years
April 12, 2023
The Prince William County Service Authority is Virginia’s largest combined drinking water and wastewater service provider, serving approximately 380,000 people. The Service Authority’s Community Outreach Department delivers engaging programs and presentations for adults and children across the county to raise awareness about water resources and treatment, reaching about 10,000 students per year with lesson plans that align with Virginia’s Standards of Learning.
March 15, 2023
The conventional activated sludge process has been around for over 110 years and is a versatile and adaptable technology. The art of improving activated sludge technology to meet more stringent effluent limits is a concept of ‘DO more, IN less, WITH less’. To accomplish this, the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) and DC Water joined forces to develop the partial denitrification-anammox technologies, known as DETOUR.
March 1, 2023
Metro Water Recovery in Denver, Colorado believes there is no such thing as “waste” water. As a headwaters state, every drop of water in the river basins is precious and impacts public health, recreation, aquatic life, agriculture, and drinking water. While Metro Water Recovery’s commitment to stewardship has had a positive impact on the region’s environment for decades, it has not achieved this goal alone.
January 25, 2023
The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) adopted a first-of-its kind regional Wastewater Master Plan (WWMP) to proactively and adaptively manage the wastewater system that serves 2.8 million people and spans 15,000 miles of pipes across 79 communities in southeast Michigan.
December 1, 2022
The LOTT Clean Water Alliance (LOTT) treats wastewater from homes and businesses in Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater, in Thurston County, Washington, serving more than 119,000 people. Since 2010, LOTT’s education and outreach efforts have been delivered primarily through its award-winning WET Science Center, with interactive exhibits and educational programming focused on the importance of wastewater treatment, the highly sophisticated processes involved, and the exceptional staff who keep things running.
October 26, 2022
Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew), the regional public wastewater treatment provider in Alexandria, Virginia, recently began construction on its RiverRenew Tunnel Project, a state-mandated project to reduce combined sewer overflows in Alexandria. Since the start of the Project’s planning, AlexRenew has conducted significant community outreach to engage and educate Alexandria’s residents about the importance of the RiverRenew Tunnel Project.
September 28, 2022
On November 12, 2020, the City of Richmond’s floodwall was partially closed to protect low-lying areas within city limits from high waters flowing downstream in the James River, which cuts through downtown Richmond, Virginia. The City’s Collection Systems & Regulatory Affairs Division created an engaging and informative social media campaign spanning Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to educate Richmond residents about the floodwall’s closure and provide an in-depth background on its history and purpose.
August 16, 2022
The Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (BJWSA) in South Carolina devised a creative solution to address the ongoing employment challenges it encounters in two entry-level departments, as well as encourage more community interest in clean water careers. BJWSA’s customer service and field operations departments often provide a steppingstone to internal promotions. While providing a pipeline of employees for other parts of the utility, these departments were left in a constant state of hiring new staff.
July 20, 2022
Across the nation, communities and public entities are struggling to address PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, in the environment, and the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District is no exception.