CWEA Finance Manager Brian Murrary was recently celebrated by the SARBS. He was given an award for his outstanding service, hard work, and dedication over the years. The award was given during the Southern Regional Committee meeting at the CWEA Annual Conference.

Berlinda McCadney, City of Riverside and SARBS President awards a SARBIE to Brian Murray, CWEA Finance Manager

Berlinda McCadney, City of Riverside and SARBS President awards a SARBIE to Brian Murray, CWEA Finance Manager

Some quotes to think about:

In management,  2 percent of the problem is making a decision; 98 percent is persuading others to accept the decision. -Elliot Richardson (US Attorney General, US Secretary of Defense)

Managers and leaders who fail generally do so not because of things they don’t know, but because of things they know perfectly well that they just aren’t doing. -Gary Orren (Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University)

If you are a good leader, when your work is done, your aim fulfilled, your people will say, ‘we did this ourselves.’ – Abraham Lincoln (US President)

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WEF, CWEA and IWF are pleased to announce the 2nd Membrane Applications Specialty Conference covering the latest research and experience in the design and operation of membrane treatment systems for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants. The conference will focus on membrane system design and operation, energy management, and modeling including membrane bioreacters (MBRs), tertiary filtration and nanofiltration/reverse osmosis applications.

The conference will be held June 6-9 at the Hilton in Anaheim. Attendees may earn .75 CEUs, 12 PDHs and 4 contact hours.

Register by May 5 for Super Saver discounted rate of $145 for WEF Member or $165 for nonmembers.

As part of EPA’s Sustainable Infrastructure Initiative, the Office of Water collaborates with partner organizations, hosts and co-sponsors to provide training sessions on best practices in Advanced Asset Management. Upcoming workshop sessions will take place in Los Angeles, CA on April 21 - 22, 2010; Virginia Beach, VA on April 28 - 30, 2010; and Oakland, CA on June 30 - July 1, 2010.  The Training workshops are primarily designed to meet the Advanced Asset Management training needs of water and wastewater utility CEOs and senior level personnel.

According to a report – Infrastructure 2010: An Investment Imperative – released on April 13 by the Urban Land Institute, more and more urban areas throughout the U.S.in both dry and rainy locales, are facing growing pressures on their water infrastructure systems, necessitating both greater investments for overhaul and a change in development patterns that are more conducive to conservation.

Citing “water profligacy as an American way of life,” the report cautions that most water districts do not charge ratepayers the full cost for constructing and maintaining systems. As a result, businesses and households tend to use water inefficiently and don’t conserve, even though per-capita water demand could outstrip future availability in some parts of the country. The report shows that the U.S. has the highest “water footprint” in the world, using nearly 656,000 gallons per capita annually, greatly outstripping far more populous China, which uses less than 186,000 gallons per capita annually.

The report points out that according to the World Bank, 80 countries have water shortages that threaten health and economies, and 40% of the world has no access to clean water or sanitation.  Water supply cannot keep pace with demand as populations increase – creating an acute problem in America and worldwide. Infrastructure 2010 is the fourth of an annual overview series that analyzes the infrastructure needs and compares the infrastructure policies of the United States with other countries.