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What steps is your facility taking to practice energy recovery?

10/29/14 webinar covered:

WERF’s ENER1C12 research on energy neutrality or “net zero” for water resource recovery facilities is aimed at characterizing the energy balances of common wastewater treatment configurations and evaluating the potential for employing best practices and innovative but demonstrated technologies to improve wastewater treatment energy balances. The research profiles success stories of energy neutral or near-neutral facilities and provides guidance to water resource recovery facilities on how they can follow the “roadmap” that will enable them to locate or benchmark themselves and chart their own path to net zero.

The Philadelphia Water Department will share its experiences and insights on striving for “net zero”.


  • Gustavo Queiroz, P.E., Black & Veatch
  • Ralph Eschborn, P.E., AECOM
  • Paul Kohl, P.E., Philadelphia Water Department
  • Lauren Fillmore, WERF (Moderator)

The handouts are available at: http://www.wef.org/WEFWERFWebcastEnergySolutions/

Also during the World Environmental health Day seminar series: Patrick Lucey talked about the Triple Bottom Line approach of Dockside Green in British Columbia.


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Sanitation: Past, Present and Future

wehdaysmFriday, September 26, 2014 is World Environmental Health Day.

During the day a 6 part seminar will take place via Google Hangouts On Air to look back at how we got to this point, what the options are for innovation going forward, and how to respond to the needs of communities in rural areas and developing countries.

These sessions are provided at no cost and will be streamed live to be recorded via YouTube.

Session 1. 10- 10.45 am ET  https://plus.google.com/events/c5a8pagbtudisb61rk20uf4523k

Dendra Best, Executive Director WasteWater Education 501(c)3 will present a brief history of sanitation in the US and how that has shaped the technology of infrastructure ever since.

Session 2. 11 – 11.45 am ET https://plus.google.com/events/c2j07kdvnstis05ijsmkidjhip0

Patrick Lucey – why traditional infrastructure is now unsustainable. His bio can be found at the aqua-tex.ca web site. See:  http://aqua-tex.ca/index.php?id=2&press=1&draw_column=1:1:2

Session 3. 11.50 am ET – 12.40 pm ET https://plus.google.com/events/cbp6bl8rf77e3kmgbufender4ak

Patrick Lucey – successful case studies of sustainable integrated water systems from Canada and the US.

Break for Lunch

Session 4. 1.30 – 2.30 pm ET https://plus.google.com/events/cpb2ea4j9o2cqn3500jirsqukso

The reality of Sierra Leone and Guinea – Derek Reinhard and the work of DeeperMissions.org

The theme for Environmental Health Day 2014 is inequality of access. Not only does DeeperMissions work in one of the poorest regions in west Africa, it now has to deal with the massive Ebola epidemic.

Session 5. 2.40pm ET – 3.20pm ET https://plus.google.com/events/c1s6h0ajh5obbe4kgsom5oq70i8

Patrick Lucey. A better future: how to export 21st. century knowledge not 19th century thinking.

If the problem is massive, is this the time to rethink how we provide basic sanitation and clean drinking water systems both here in the West and in developing countries? The environmental, weather and financial climate is a whole new ball game from when most of these technologies were the norm. What kind of legacy are we creating for our children or grandchildren if we keep on doing the same thing?

Session 6. 3.45pm ET – 4.30pm ET https://plus.google.com/events/c9al5e9p3j3n5mmabovd78diksg

CollaborativeWaterSolutions.com Team – relevance to both small rural communities in CA and the US as well as Haiti, Africa and S. America.

Culture, demographics, access to support structures and expertise – all play a vital role in ensuring whatever is proposed as the ‘ideal’ solution will actually be feasible AND workable in the long run. So often planning is something that is done TO a community not WITH it.

Collaborative Water Solutions was created to build on the stellar work done by Water Environment Research Foundation where a team developed the Small Community Decision Making Tool to help local leaders determine their own best options for wastewater service.

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Sustainable Fish Farming?

Is this sustainable practice? There are many cases of so called sustainable practices across the globe. But question here is how fit the fish raised in sewage for human consumption? Even if with full or partial treatment, there is a lot left in the wastewater to get accumulate in the fish due to their higher tolerance towards toxic substances. We can count many pollutants of interest e.g. detergents, PPPs, Trace Elements, Micro Pollutants, list could be exhausting. If fish for human consumption is raised in such waters, is there any study conducted to assess the edibility of the fish? Is there any database available which describes how much pollutants of concern are getting accumulated in fish and to what level they could affect human beings?


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Micro-breweries? Where does the waste go?

I remember being on a tour of Milwaukee’s Jones Island site and hearing about the issues surrounding the brewery industry waste but also the balancing act required when Red Star Yeast cut back production there.

As folks who deal with the ‘stuff’ left behind – I’d be interested to hear about how different micro-breweries handle their left overs?

Last year The Bridge, a MI online magazine printed this article.

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