Responsibility will be to ensure that the water and sanitation activities are implemented with a focus on WatSan in health care settings, and also on water quality monitoring with the WASH cluster. (Posted 28th Jan 2010)

WHO Contact persons:

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On WEF’s Water Blog Tyler Richards, chair of the Stormwater Committee, notes the Association is seeing more demand for guidance on stormwater treatment issues. The EPA is expected to revise standards soon and WEF wants members to have a voice in those changes.

I’m enthusiastic about our challenge to look at stormwater from all aspects and come up with a comprehensive plan for stormwater programming at WEF. Numerous related efforts like technical sessions, papers, workshops, and the Federation’s upcoming comments to EPA continue to attract interest and support here at WEF. We are reviewing and prioritizing all of them with an eye toward increased effectiveness while solidifying and expanding the stormwater knowledge base for water quality professionals

Tyler’s stormwater post is here. He is a Deputy Director of Water Operations for Gwinnett County.

From Press Release:

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the National Onsite Wastewater  Recycling Association (NOWRA) — a not-for-profit organization that educates and  represents the decentralized systems and onsite wastewater treatment profession  — are pleased to announce a significant new partnership that will take effect on  February 1, 2010. Passed this month by the organizations’ boards of trustees,  the resolution formalizes a three-year agreement to closely collaborate and  promote a shared vision of an integrated and holistic approach to water,  stormwater, and wastewater management.

Currently, one-quarter of the U.S. population and  one-third of all new residential and commercial development use decentralized  systems for wastewater treatment. Although the water and wastewater sector is  heavily segmented, there is a growing consensus within the sector that water and  wastewater management strategies must be integrated and various approaches  considered in order to meet the evolving needs of the public and address  emerging environmental challenges. To that end, leaders from both WEF and NOWRA  have agreed that a strategic partnership can leverage their respective resources  and capabilities to advance their mutual goals and  interests.
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The public perception towards water recycling is getting a bit more positive – this time the architecture blog mammoth hails water reuse as the future.

The blog names the innovative Groundwater Replenishment System in Fountain Valley as one of the top architecture projects of the decade. The plant is jointly owned by the Orange County Water District and Orange County Sanitation District.

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CWEA Member Joseph Boyle, PE joins Psomas as Principal

CWEA Member Joseph Boyle, PE joins Psomas as Principal

Joseph Boyle, a Vice President and team leader for Water/Wastewater Infrastructure in Southern California, has over 25 years of experience in the planning and design of water transmission, distribution and storage facilities. Boyle received his Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.  He lives in Laguna Niguel and is based in Psomas’ Orange County office.