From the Editor

  1. Furloughed U.S. EPA Employees Fear Municipal, Environmental Water Pollution During Shutdown
    1/15/2019

    Entering its fourth week and now the longest in the country’s history, the partial government shutdown is affecting a wide range of federal employees and agencies. Naturally, water and wastewater treatment operations are no exception.

  2. Arizona’s Drought Contingency Plan May Be Its Best Hope, But Will It Pass?
    1/11/2019

    Few regions around the country have as much at stake during prolonged droughts than Arizona. After months of negotiating, the state now has an approved framework for a drought contingency plan (DCP), though it faces some obstacles.

  3. Changing Thoughts On Climate
    1/10/2019

    I have a confession to make. Although I’m an empathetic person in general, I have found it hard to worry very much about the state of the world once I’m no longer part of it.

  4. For Second Time In Three Years, A Baltimore Wastewater Worker Is Killed In A Trench
    1/10/2019

    In a tragedy that highlights the inherent danger faced by wastewater treatment professionals on a regular basis, a worker employed by Baltimore’s Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant recently suffered a fatal accident while in a construction trench.

  5. Michigan Governor's First Directive Dedicated To Preventing Water Crises
    1/9/2019

    In a sign of just how significant water quality concerns are in Michigan, the state’s governor elect signed an executive directive related to the issue as her first such move in office.

  6. Arizona Adds Treatment Plants, Carbon Filtering To Fight PFCs
    1/7/2019

    As the prominence of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) in drinking water has risen, a range of treatment solutions have been employed around the country. In Arizona recently, this has meant the addition of carbon filtering and a multi-million dollar investment in new facilities to combat perfluoroalkyl sulfonate (PFAS).

  7. The Final Straw Against Water Pollution
    11/8/2018

    If I were asked to describe the makeup of the Water Online and Water Innovations audience, I could say it’s a mix of engineers and operators focusing on clean and/or wastewater processes within municipal or industrial settings. But that wouldn’t tell the whole story, because you are much more than that — you are caretakers of our planet’s most valuable resource.

  8. The True Meaning Of 'Value Of Water' Awareness
    9/4/2018

    Observations from a conversation with Water Environment Federation (WEF) President Jenny Hartfelder

  9. Is Stormwater The Industry’s Red-Headed Stepchild?
    8/14/2018

    The National Municipal Stormwater Alliance recently released the 2018 State of Stormwater Report on municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permits under the NPDES permitting program — the first-ever in a series that will publish annually. The Alliance also explained the somewhat distressing reason why the report is necessary: Stormwater is being largely ignored.

  10. Pride And Prejudice: A Philadelphia (Water Department) Story
    7/12/2018

    Recently, I had the opportunity to tour a unique and innovative facility, the Bureau of Lab Services (BLS), the “water quality heartbeat of the Philadelphia Water Department” (PWD), as described by BLS director Gary Burlingame.