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  • Blockchain and the Water Industry – a Primer

    By now everyone has heard of the crypto-currency Bitcoin. Crypto-currency made famous the underlying technology that makes Bitcoin possible. That technology is blockchain, and it is a fundamental technology disrupter that impacts how utilities will soon conduct business. As a result, Utility Managers will need to understand what blockchain is, the types of blockchains in […]

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  • Are you planning for the changing water workforce?

    North American water and wastewater utilities are in the middle of a major workforce transition. Retirements anticipated since the mid 2000s are happening. The US is close to full employment and competition is fierce for dedicated employees with strong technical and customer service skills. New technologies are changing how water utility work is being done […]

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  • WWAC2018 attendees impressed by DC Water’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant.

    EMA sponsored a tour of DC Water’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant during last week’s Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium in Bethesda, Maryland. 55 symposium attendees piled on a big tour bus for a scenic drive through portions of Bethesda and the District of Columbia en route to Blue Plains. Once we reached the […]

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  • Let’s Start a Conversation about Cybersecurity

    My article for the EMA Communicator entitled “The Five Deadly Sins of SCADA/PCS Cybersecurity” was written from the perspective of Utility managers who are rightfully concerned about the security of their production control systems. There are news stories that come out almost on a weekly basis of companies and even large corporations that are hacked […]

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  • Visit the Largest Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant in the World!

    Attendees of the August 7 to 9 2018 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium in Bethesda, Maryland will have the opportunity to attend an EMA-sponsored tour of DC Water’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant. DC Water’s Blue Plains facility is the largest plant of its kind in the world, treating close to 300 million […]

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  • Hampton Roads Sanitation District Wins US Water Alliance US Water Prize 2018

    Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) is the Public Sector winner of the US Water Prize 2018, the US Water Alliance announced last week on July 12. HRSD won the prize for its Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow, or SWIFT. SWIFT is HRSD’s program to clean wastewater and use it to recharge groundwater aquifers and prevent […]

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  • Metropolitan Council Hosts One Water Summit 2018

    This week, from July 10 – 12, the Metropolitan Council hosted the US Water Alliance One Water Summit 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The US Water Alliance is a non-profit organization whose membership includes utilities, community leaders, policy organizations, and researchers. The Alliance promotes “One Water,” a growing worldwide movement to collaborate across diverse interests to […]

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