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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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Helping the future

This forum is designed to put people in touch with each other to discuss and solve current and future issues relating to water and wastewater.

Now imagine a future without half the students having graduated to fill our places when we retire …?


This message is a call to all professional and technical women in the Forum, or if you know or work with someone who fits the bill as a Wonderful Woman of Wastewater!

The drop out rate for girls who enter college in the STEM fields is staggering – many of them would have been future designers, biologists, engineers, operators – and we need to do something about that.

On September 23, 2014 – from 2-4 pm ET we will be hosting an open forum where the fabulous Wonder Women of Wastewater will be talking directly to girls about what motivated them to enter this field, what it took to get qualified and what obstacles they had to overcome.

Gathering around the virtual Adobe Connect water cooler will be professional and accomplished women – if you would like to register to join them in this recorded event go to


Yours might just be the voice to change a future. And you can also follow through Twitter at #WWofWW

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Are wastewater people the ‘Rodney Dangerfield’s of the environment movement?

What do water and wastewater professionals have to do to get some ‘respect’?

Recently San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (@SFWater ) hosted a #sewerchat Twitter Meet where the conversation quickly focused on how to connect with the general public and make them more aware and appreciative of what water and wastewater people actually do!

Many now participate in Twitter and the platform presents a unique opportunity and perspective of how to generate a little respect?

Participants included @NYCSanitation, @dcwater , @wallywaterdrop (Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District) , @PhillyH2O

Do Forum participants use Twitter and other Social Media platforms to send out alerts, ask questions, seek public input.

Be sure to Follow us on Twitter @WWHelpForum  and @ownwmi