The pathway to a sustainable water future is beginning to take shape, as members of the water community contribute unique insights and recommendations through the Water 2050 initiative.
An internally-developed tool to simplify the maintenance and repair of fire hydrants is helping WSSC Water improve safety and efficiency while reducing costs. Recently, the Universal Fire Hydrant Tool received a patent from the U.S. Patent Office.
Holly Gohlke of Gaylord, Mich., is the school and child care drinking water specialist with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE). Michigan appropriated $4.5 million in 2016 to its Department of Education to reimburse schools for testing their water for lead, replacing fixtures, and purchasing filters. Gohlke helped administer the program through 2017 and EGLE has continued the School Drinking Water Program through federal grants and other funding. More information about communicating about testing for lead in schools, including an overview of AWWA’s new Lead Communications Guide and Toolkit, will be presented at the Dec. 2 webinar, Let’s Talk Lead: New LCRR Communications Tools to Strengthen Public Trust.
The North American water sector is experiencing increases in compensation across all sizes of utilities, according to a 2022 survey conducted by the American Water Works Association (AWWA).