WE&T Magazine

WET_cover1_Feb15 90Water Environment & Technology (WE&T) is the premier magazine for the water quality field. WE&T provides information on what professionals demand: cutting-edge technologies, innovative solutions, operations and maintenance, regulatory and legislative impacts, and professional development.

 


February 2016, Vol. 28, No.2

Featured Articles

Strategies for a successful performance contract

Feature 1 art Performance contracting can help utilities cost-effectively enhance efficiency, but it’s not as easy as some may think 

 

No more backups

Feature 2 art Reducing SSOs with headworks improvements in Baltimore 

 

News

If you can’t stand the heat …

Researchers experiment with algae that can treat wastewater in hot, arid region Read more

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Getting ahead of the curve

Communicating the intricacies of water topics can be difficult. The good news is that the ‘yuck factor’ seems to be fading away to some degree. The hard part, however, remains: converting the technical information that underpins engineering, financial, and public health decisions into public-facing messages that stick with consumers. The March issue of WE&T looks at a few of these efforts.

Perhaps one of the most daunting of these tasks is sharing the advantages of beneficial reuse of biosolids. However, a group of experts have compiled a series of recommendations and tactics for translating sound science into effective communications. Interacting regularly, understanding the audience, and making sure the “good news” doesn’t get lost in the data are a few of the topics covered this in-depth look.

Another example tells the story of how a city found a strong partner in a local environmental organization to educate and inform its constituents to vote to form a stormwater utility and to accept its associated fees. The organization created a rich and multilayered approach through many types of media to share its messages and get out the vote on the day of the referendum. In addition to the steps taken to make the successful vote happen, the authors also share what they learned after the fact that could benefit others.

And, sometimes, communicating within our own walls can be the toughest. Continual training and skills development are essential within utilities, but finding how to do it can be daunting. To help with this, the Bureau of Sewerage of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in Japan opened its Wastewater Technology Training Center in September 2013. This practical training facility provides simulated exercises and hands-on practices in various arenas. It promotes effective and efficient early-stage acquisition of knowledge and skills for operators as well as successful inheritance of technology and operational know-how. 

Also in this issue

  • Operator essentials. What every operator needs to know about collection system odor and corrosion control.
  • Viewpoint. The need to match licensing regulation of operators to evolving job requirements.  

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