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Water System Operator aims to bring stories that help you and your plant perform better. Now we do more of the same on the WSO website. There you’ll find stories that appear only online — and that are current, because they’re not subject to the lead times involved in the print magazine. Here are a few online exclusives recommended by the WSO editorial team:

Team dedication earns Michigan water supervisor public utility award

Bari Wrubel, supervisor of the water and wastewater treatment plants in Marysville, Mich., was named Public Utility Management Professional of the Year by the Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA). Wrubel also chairs the Huron-to-Erie Drinking Water Monitoring System for plants drawing water from the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair, Detroit River and Lake Erie. 

EPA awards $560 million in funding to storm-damaged wastewater and drinking water facilities

The U.S. EPA will provide grants of $340 million to the state of New York and $229 million to the state of New Jersey to improve water and wastewater treatment plants harmed by Hurricane Sandy. The money will help communities recover from the Oct. 29 storm, which left some treatment facilities too damaged to function. The states can use the funds to reduce flood risks and harden facilities against future storms.  

Drought defeated

You’d think the Harlingen (Texas) WaterWorks System (HWWS) would be sweating bullets over the severe drought the city of 80,000 has suffered through for more than two years. It’s not, thanks to good planning and no-nonsense water management. “Management has done an excellent job in planning and has secured more than enough water rights to meet our needs,” says David Sanchez, water services director.

New York City recognized with water utility employee safety award by AWWA

New York City received the 2013 Wendell R. LaDue Utility Safety Award from the AWWA. The city Department of Environmental Protection has driven down recordable injuries by 38 percent since 2010. “This award recognizes our successful training and education programs, robust inspections and audits of work sites, and performance and accountability measures that are helping drive down injuries,” says Carter Strickland, DEP commissioner.

WaterRF report provides tools to help water utilities measure and manage energy consumption

To help water utilities reduce energy consumption and improve sustainability, the Water Research Foundation has published Toolbox for Water Utility Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emission Management. The project examines methods utilities use to evaluate their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and describes how these tools can be used to support management decisions. “It was critical to assess the applicability of existing tools and develop an energy and GHG toolbox that the water industry can utilize effectively on a global scale,” says Robert Renner, executive director.


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