Articles by: WFM Staff

US Water Alliance names new CEO

US Water Alliance names new CEO

July 30, 2021 at 12:34 pm 0 comments

The US Water Alliance has named Seattle Public Utilities chief Mami Hara as the organization’s next CEO. Hara will fill the top position at the US Water Alliance after Radhika Fox departed the organization earlier this year to become assistant administrator of the U.S. EPA’s Office of Water. Hara currentlyRead More

House passes PFAS Action Act, but there’s one problem

House passes PFAS Action Act, but there’s one problem

July 26, 2021 at 10:10 am 0 comments

Last week, the House of Representatives approved legislation that would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish national drinking water standards for regulating harmful forever chemicals, known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), that are linked to kidney, liver and other health problems. By designating the chemical asRead More

Brown and Caldwell appoints new VP for Midwest

Brown and Caldwell appoints new VP for Midwest

July 26, 2021 at 9:17 am 0 comments

Environmental engineering and construction firm Brown and Caldwell recently announced Tracy Ekola has joined the company as vice president and senior director of client services for the Midwest region. The strategic hire highlights the firm’s continued expansion to better serve clients in the Midwest’s municipal and private water, wastewater, andRead More

Woolpert hires new water practice leader

Woolpert hires new water practice leader

July 26, 2021 at 8:56 am 0 comments

Woolpert has hired Rebecca Katzke, PE, PMP, CFM, ENV SP, as a senior associate and water practice leader. Katzke is a civil and environmental engineering expert who has close to 20 years of experience leading large-scale water infrastructure and resources projects in the U.S. and internationally. In her previous roles,Read More

Aquarius Spectrum to provide leak detection services in Singapore

Aquarius Spectrum to provide leak detection services in Singapore

July 15, 2021 at 9:56 am 0 comments

Aquarius Spectrum, a provider of water leak detection and pipe condition assessment solutions, will deploy its innovative acoustic monitoring system (AQS-SYS) on Singapore’s drinking water supply network. Aquarius Spectrum’s solution was part of a proposal submitted by its local partner, which was awarded the tender by PUB, Singapore’s National WaterRead More

Fitch Ratings: U.S. water utilities emerge largely ‘COVID-proof’

Fitch Ratings: U.S. water utilities emerge largely ‘COVID-proof’

July 6, 2021 at 9:50 am 0 comments

Despite increased delinquencies and some bad debts, U.S. water utilities have fared better than originally expected a year after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Fitch Ratings’ inaugural peer review of the sector. In fact, most water utilities saw improved revenue growth year-over-year despite the crippling effects ofRead More

County begins operations on first PFAS extraction plant

County begins operations on first PFAS extraction plant

July 6, 2021 at 9:43 am 0 comments

The Orange County Water District (OCWD; the District) and the City of Fullerton have begun operation of the Kimberly Well 1A PFAS Treatment Plant, Orange County’s first wellhead filtration treatment plant to remove perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) from local well water. PFOA and PFOS are manmade, heat-resistantRead More

Biden administration, Senators agree on bipartisan infrastructure framework

Biden administration, Senators agree on bipartisan infrastructure framework

June 28, 2021 at 10:11 am 0 comments

The Biden administration and a bipartisan group of senators last week reached agreement on a $1.2 trillion “Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework” that could set the stage for a massive new investment in the nation’s infrastructure, according to the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA). According to a summary released by the White House,Read More

Special Report: Driving Smarter Decisions with Your Water Data

Special Report: Driving Smarter Decisions with Your Water Data

June 24, 2021 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

The job of water utility profes­sionals is evolving. For operators and field crews, in addition to repairing broken water/sewer mains, pumps or reading meters, now part of the job involves monitoring digital systems and analyzing all the data that comes with it. This creates a new challenge for the sectorRead More

Senate confirms Fox to lead EPA’s Office of Water

Senate confirms Fox to lead EPA’s Office of Water

June 17, 2021 at 3:44 pm 0 comments

The Senate voted on Wednesday to confirm Radhika Fox as the new Assistant Administrator for Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Her nomination was confirmed by a vote of 55-43. Fox served as CEO of the nonprofit US Water Alliance since 2015 until she was nominated by PresidentRead More