The King County Wastewater Treatment Division in Seattle has seen a huge influx in personal protective equipment and non-flushable wipes in its wastewater system due to the pandemic. State legislation requiring non-flushable wipes to carry a "Do Not Flush" label takes effect July 1, 2022.
Billions of gallons of untreated and minimally treated wastewater overflowed into the Pearl River from the West Bank Interceptor and Savanna Wastewater Treatment Plant in Jackson, Miss., during the first quarter of the year, according to city reports. The city has yet to issue a public health advisory, said Abby Braman of Pearl Riverkeeper.
Aspen, Colo., is pursuing an alternative transfer method program in which irrigators can voluntarily share their water with the city in return for payment. The project is expected to increase the city's access to water and boost river flows.
The Camden County Municipal Utility Authority in New Jersey has worked hard to maintain operations and continue improvement projects during the coronavirus pandemic. "One thing I've been proud of during this outbreak across the county, and some may laugh, but it's been that people are still taking flushing the toilet as an automatic," said Scott Schreiber, the authority's executive director.
Businesses have a responsibility to speak out against racial injustice while also creating an atmosphere at work where employees of color feel psychologically and physically safe and valued, write professors Laura Morgan Roberts and Ella Washington. They outline steps for meaningful action, including giving employees a space to voice concerns.
While registration for in-person WEFTEC continues, WEF is delaying the opening of registration for our virtual experience, WEFTEC Connect, until later this summer. We want to make sure that we deliver a high-quality experience and that WEFTEC Connect is as responsive to your needs and opinions as possible. To ensure we hit the mark, we're asking for your input on programming, pricing, and how you want to participate. Take the survey.
WEF is proud to support BlueTech Forum: Connect. Scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Pacific time tomorrow, the 120-minute program will bring together large water corporations, small water techs, utilities, industrial end-users, investors, research institutes and government institutions in a new digital format to learn, connect and collaborate together. This year's event also will feature an interactive keynote from New York Times best-selling author Seth Siegel. To learn more and register, visit the BlueTech Forum website.