Water leaders from WEF and AWWA gathered in Arlington, Virginia, on March 7 at the AWWA/WEF Water Matters! Fly In event to show their support for draft legislation that would create a federal Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Authority (WIFIA). Following a morning briefing on WIFIA and the comments from Rep. Gibbs (see above story), utility representatives visited Capitol Hill for more than 400 meetings with their national legislators and staff. The draft legislation would lower the cost of large water projects for consumers at a time when infrastructure is aging and in need of replacement. “The time for new thinking is now,” said AWWA President Jerry Stevens, who is also general manager for West Des Moines (Iowa) Water Works. “The WIFIA proposal strikes just the right balance between federal assistance and local responsibility.” “If we are going to continue to provide essential services and make progress in water quality, we need to re-imagine the way we provide local water services,” said WEF Executive Director Jeff Eger. “We need to encourage innovation—innovative technologies, innovative management approaches, and innovative financing.”
Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) speaking before more than 160 water utility leaders from the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and WEF on March 7, urged water utility leaders to ask their Congressional representatives to co-sponsor draft legislation that would create a federal Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Authority (WIFIA). Rep. Gibbs said WIFIA would do more to address water infrastructure needs at a lower cost to utilities and the consumers they serve. Gibbs, who chairs the House Subcommittee for Water Resources and Environment which is reviewing the draft WIFIA legislation, stated that passage of the legislation would help Americans meet our enormous water infrastructure challenge without adding to the long-term federal deficit. Gibbs stated that WIFIA will help America address more water infrastructure needs at a lower cost to water consumers. He also stressed that the bill would complement and supplement existing water infrastructure funding mechanisms such as State Revolving Funds (SRFs).
From Paula Zeller and Sidney Innerebner
WEF has decided to do a trial run of lower prices for operators for two weeks in April this year. Here’s the scoop:
• Manuals of Practice, some special publications, and training materials will be HALF PRICE for two weeks in April.
• To be eligible for the discounts, the operator must be a member of WEF.
WEF is going to track purchasing habits to see if more operators (not utilities) start buying manuals. If they do, then WEF will look at permanently lowering their prices for operators.
So – buy as much as you can and then get reimbursed through your utility.
If you or others you work with are studying for certification exams, the gold standard for study materials is Manual of Practice (MOP) 8 – Operation of Wastewater Treatment Facilities.
Let’s show WEF that operators want and need good, cost-effective manuals and books.
Pass the word!
Photos by Kent McKintosh, LACSD
2012 P3S Award Winner
(photos by Joe Petchuck, City of Santa Monica)
The following awards were given out:
Facility of the Year Award Winners
Northern California Winner – 2011
Valley Chrome Plating, Inc.
Southern California Winner – 2011
Small Facility Category – Photo Fabricators, Inc.
Large Facility Category – ALCOA Fastening Systems
Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Achievement
Northern California – 2011
Dairy Farmers of America and Anheuser-Busch Fairfield
Southern California – 2011
AmeriPride Uniform Services and Republic Master Chefs Textile Rental Services