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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.
Explore a fantastic lineup of speakers, events, and networking sessions throughout the Innovation Pavilion and the SDG Theater within the Drinking Water Pavilion at WEFTEC 2022.
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.
This Viewpoint column from WEF's Patrick Dube describes how changing a community's habits relies on reaching a receptive audience through trusted sources with clear and actionable information.
In a neighborhood of Freetown, Sierra Leone, a project is underway to increase its water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) practices by creating a program to encourage handwashing.
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.
WEF is concerned about PFAS in communities. Protecting public health and the environment is the daily mission of water professionals. Utilities are not generators or users of PFAS so they should not be penalized by legislation or regulation.
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%].