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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued new, more rigorous drinking water health advisories for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Two of these levels are drastically more stringent than previous levels and likely mean hundreds, if not thousands, of drinking water systems nationwide will be affected. The agency also announced up to $5 billion in grant funding to help communities prepare and deal with these contaminants. Here is what water sector utilities need to know.

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While some of the details and full descriptions are still being worked out, you can get a first look at what's in store for WEFTEC 2022 in New Orleans.

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Vincent Caillaud, Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Water Technologies, and Mike Gutshall, General Manager of Veolia Water Technologies Municipal and Light Industry Business, discussed their use of the term “ecological transformation” as well as water reuse and resilience.

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Each year WEFTEC attracts the leading experts from throughout the water sector on every topic imaginable. And that includes you. Others want to hear your insights and understand things from your perspective.

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Since 2012, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Virginia) has partnered with BlueTech Research (Cork, Ireland) and Imagine H2O (San Francisco) to spotlight some of the water sector’s most promising innovators. Through this partnership, WEFTEC has become the epicenter of a unique platform for entrepreneurs, investors, customers, and regulators to highlight and access the newest technologies driving the water sector forward.

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WEFTEC 2021 will host the ninth annual Operator Ingenuity Contest awards ceremony on Wednesday, October 20. The previous 8 years of this competition have led to 47 award-winning ideas. In 2021, five more entries will be added to the ranks of those who found simple, applicable solutions to make their job easier and safer.

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We are excited to announce that WEFTEC will be held in person this October 16 to 20 in Chicago.

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In recent years, PFAS has become a topic of public concern, particularly when found in water supplies. We...

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You cast hundreds of votes over two rounds to choose 374 Water (Durham, North Carolina) as the WEFTEC Connect Innovation Showcase company and technology to receive a complimentary kiosk at the WEFTEC 2021 Innovation Pavilion.

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In this episode of the Words on Water podcast, Onder Caliskaner explains the process and purpose of carbon re-direction at water resource recovery facilities and the current trends in the sector. He also talks about the practice and benefits of cellulose recovery from wastewater.

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With more than 500 presentations on WEFTEC Connect, BlueTech Research does the hard work for you! Review their deep analysis of the abstracts submitted for 2020 and learn about some of the trends over the past 5 years.

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In this Words on Water podcast, listen to Chris Wilson, Chief of Process Engineering and Research at Hampton Roads Sanitation District, share how his utility is addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). He also will moderate a WEFTEC Connect session discussing these issues.

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The Ask the Experts Session, “Planning Approaches to Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure for Small Communities — One Chance for Success!” will provide a forum to explore the topics and challenges related to small communities. To dig a little deeper into these issues and set the stage for this session, Dr. A. R. (Bob) Rubin joined WEFTEC Now to provide some background on this topic.

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A panel of wastewater and public health experts has determined that occupational risk of COVID-19 infection for wastewater workers is low. The panel also found that standard wastewater treatment processes inactivate the virus and additional research should be conducted to further increase understanding of hazards and protections for personnel.

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New details are emerging about the 2020 WEF Student Design Competition (SDC), which will be the first virtual design competition in the event’s 18-year history.

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