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Archaeology of Portus: Exploring the Lost Harbour of Ancient Rome

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Think Roman!  For concrete that is!

Starting June 15, a free online course by the University of Southampton and FutureLearn will explore the magnificent harbor construction skills of Roman engineering by looking at Portus. Portus, and the earlier Caesarea, are a testament to the endurance of marine hardening concrete.

Why is this of interest to wastewater people? Because of the ingredients in Roman concrete and the possibility of being both environmentally sustainable and remediating coal ash piles.

EPA WaterSense H2Otel Challenge

The Romans were masters of ‘watersense’!  The movement of water from A to B was engineered to perfection – and here we are, in the 21st. Century, building on the shoulders of giants.

As we all gear up for Summer, at last!, for many of us that means enjoying a vacation and letting someone else clean the bathroom and do the laundry. And for the hospitality industry this is the time to be looking at ways to cut costs for power and water consumption – enter the EPAWaterSense H2Otel Challenge!

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Romans and bathing – the concept of water and recreation!  It’s a given, if you think about Roman history, the image that might come to mind is of their splendid baths.

Is access to clean, safe water a fundamental human right here in the US? Or is the concept of environmental justice just an illusion for far too many?

Today sees the public release of EPA’s EJSCREEN, a powerful environmental justice screening and mapping tool that uses high resolution maps combined with demographic and environmental data to identify places with potentially higher environmental burdens and vulnerable populations. EJSCREEN’s simple to understand color-coded maps, bar charts, and reports enable users to better understand areas in need of increased environmental protection, health care access, housing, infrastructure improvement, community revitalization, and climate resilience. You can access the tool by visiting https://www2.epa.gov/ejscreen

You can also watch a webinar with an overview and demonstration of the tool on EPA’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_3LcYpALAQ.

NEHA AEC 2015

Rome wasn’t built in a day! Neither was the good health and water infrastructure we have grown accustomed to here in the US. And for that we should thank the largely unsung heroes of our local and state public health departments.

We are proud to be members of NEHA, National Environmental Health Association and to be presenting 4 sessions at the July 13-15 AEC. 

Every day brings new challenges, the reemergence of old enemies and the increased awareness of new. To quote a CDC official, “there’s always a new bug on the horizon”.

WasteWater Education has a saying, we aren’t in the wastewater business, we’re in the safe drinking water business – the two go hand in hand, just like the public and environmental health departments all across the USA.

If you can’t attend this year’s AEC in Orlando, you can follow along via the web, Facebook or Twitter – NEHA, your connection to good health.

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Best treatment tech. for removing MEK from industrial laundry wastewater?

Can anyone help with this question from one of our (WasteWater Education 501c3) Board Members?

What tech. has been effectively used to remove MEK from wastewater generated by laundering industrial/shop/printer textiles. Final target loadings would be below .5 mg/l at the final point of discharge. Thank you for any helpful discussion/links to relevant information.


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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 …?

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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

https://wateriswater.adobeconnect.com/e9e7kh6izcn/event/event_info.html

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


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Advanced Wastewater Microbiology Filamentous Bacteria Identification – Online class

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Advanced Wastewater Microbiology Filamentous Bacteria Identification – Online class

Date: August 21st, 2014 – 11am – 1.30 pm (PT),  1 – 3.30 pm (CT) 2- 4.30 pm ET

Ryan Hennessy picturePresenter: CV Ryan Hennessy

Technical Service Specialist for Microbial Discovery Group located in Franklin, WI. Involved in wastewater microscopic analysis, ATP analysis, bio screening, and other laboratory analysis in addition to training, research, and presentations for clients and wastewater associations within the US and internationally.

Fee: $35 – payment can be made using any major credit card via PayPal
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fbTopic: applying microscopic findings for process control and troubleshooting.

Target audience: more experienced operators, superintendents, regulatory agencies, engineering/chemical companies

This event will utilize the Adobe Connect platform
PLEASE TEST YOUR CONNECTION: (Chrome and Firefox are the preferred web browsers to use. We have noted issues using Safari.)

Conduct a test to ensure your computer is set up with the appropriate tools to participate in an Adobe Connect Meeting. To do this, click on the Test Meeting Connection URL located here:

http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

All WasteWater Education  Adobe events use VOIP for audio unless prior arrangements have been made for a telephone bridge.

This class has been approved for CEU Credit by the State of Wisconsin.


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June 22, 1969: Cuyahoga River Catches Fire

This Day in Water History

1101 Cuyahoga R Fire 1952June 22, 1969:  The June 22, 1969 fire on the Cuyahoga is the “seminal” event in the history of water pollution control in America, helping to spur the growth of the environmental movement and the passage of national environmental legislation. “Never before had an image so thoroughly driven home the deteriorating plight of our nation’s waterways,” one environmental group explained on the fire’s thirtieth anniversary. “The burning river mobilized the nation and became a rallying point for passage of the Clean Water Act.”17 Despite its national importance as a symbol of environmental decline, the 1969 fire on the Cuyahoga was a relatively minor story in Cleveland at the time.18 For northeast Ohio, and indeed for many industrialized areas, burning rivers were nothing new, and the 1969 fire was less severe than prior Cuyahoga conflagrations. It was a little fire on a long-polluted river already embarked on the road to…

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June 16, 1858: Death of John Snow

This Day in Water History

John_SnowJune 16, 1858: Death of John Snow. Dr. John Snow (March 15, 1813–June 16, 1858) is famous for the Broad Street Pump episode but he accomplished so much more than that. He was first and foremost a physician who trained in England in the early part of the 19th century. He made significant contributions to the development of anesthesia and he is considered by many to be the Father of Modern Epidemiology.

The story of Dr. John Snow and how he discovered the cause of a cholera epidemic in the Golden Square neighborhood of London in 1854 has reached almost mythical proportions in public health literature.  Three excellent books describe Snow’s life and the details of the Broad Street Pump incident. (Hempel 2007; Johnson 2006; Vinten-Johansen et al. 2003)

Snow was born on March 15, 1813 in the City of York.  He served his medical-apothecary apprenticeship in Newcastle-on-Tyne with later…

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