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In 1987, WEF’s Task Force on Wastewater Biology met to discuss how to roll out a new manual, titled Wastewater Biology: The Microlife, at the 1988 WEF conference. Chairman Michael H. Gerardi requested volunteers to develop a preconference workshop on wastewater treatment microbiology. Thirty-five years later multiple sessions of this workshop still sell out every year at WEFTEC.

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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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Dr. Edwin Oh is an Associate Professor in the UNLV School of Medicine and the Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine. This presentation from WEFTEC 2021 explores how the decline in diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2 is expected to delay the tracking of COVID-19 variants of concern and interest in the U.S. and how wastewater surveillance programs can provide an effective alternative.

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At WEFTEC 2021, WEF Chief Medical Officer Dr. Andrew Sanderson visited the WEFTEC Live studio to talk about his role as CMO for WEF.

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A study published by the Lancet reported that as of Jan. 2, 2020 the most common symptoms at onset of illness were fever [98%], cough [76%], and myalgia, or fatigue [44%]. Less common symptoms were sputum production [28%], headache [8%], haemoptysis (coughing up blood) [5%], and diarrhea [3%].

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