WEF's membership newsletter covers current Federation activities, Member Association news, and items of concern to the water quality field. WEF Highlights is your source for the most up-to-the-minute WEF news and member information.

October 2009, Vol. 46, No. 8

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Return to the Tap

Public Programs Promote Tap Water

The popularity of bottled water has risen to lofty heights in the past decade. As the public becomes more aware of conserving resources and more price-conscious in a tight economy, municipalities and government agencies are looking into utilizing these trends to promote tap water consumption.


Rosie Boycott (left), chair of London Food, and Neil Barron (right), carafe design competition winner, enjoy tap water from the newly designed and distributed carafe at Zilli Fish restaurant in London. Photo courtesy of Thames Water (Reading, England). Click for larger image.

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New Mexico Treatment Plant Unearths Ancient Skeletons

Wastewater treatment officials in Aztec, N.M., had a spooky experience earlier this year when construction crews found human remains during construction at the Aztec Wastewater Treatment Plant.

According to Norman Nelson, archaeologist with the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division (Santa Fe), construction crews were nearing completion on a project at the plant when the remains were discovered after a front-loader removing dirt happened upon the burial site in February.

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WEFTEC.09 Goes Green

WEFecoSmallAs thousands of members arrive in Orlando, Fla., to attend WEFTEC.09 this month, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) is striving to make the event as “green” as possible. 

WEF has been working to reduce its impact on the environment through the WEFeco program, culminating with the launch of the Low Carb(on) Diet initiative in mid-2007. Notable accomplishments at headquarters include the installation of a green roof and terrace and reduction in electricity consumption by 50%. WEF’s green efforts extend to WEFTEC through the Federation’s choices in vendors and location. 

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Game Simulates Health of Chesapeake Bay Watershed Based on Players' Decisions

It may not have caused eager teenagers to line up outside local electronics stores, but the first run of the University of Virginia (UVA; Charlottesville) Bay Game was no small feat. Professors and students tested their UVA-made computer simulation of the Chesapeake Bay watershed in classes last April.


University of Virginia (Charlottsville) students test a game simulating the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey  Plank, University of Virginia. Click for larger image.















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Marquette Law School Launches Water Law Curriculum

MarquetteLogoSmallMarquette University Law School (Milwaukee) offers a new course in water law beginning this academic year for students interested in pursuing careers in the water quality field, according to a news release from the university.

Photo courtesy of Marquette University Law School (Milwaukee).




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