There is a large demand for young professionals in the water sector, and The Effective Water Professional: Leadership, Communication, Management, Finance, and Governance provides readers with all of the materials they need to succeed using proven techniques written by sector leaders. This textbook covers leadership, communication, utility management, utility governance, and finance, as it relates to the water sector and includes class discussion points and numerous examples.

Value of Water Coalition Announces
Imagine A Day Without Water

From October 6-8, National Education Campaign Will Engage the Public and Stakeholders about How Water Infrastructure and Water Resources Are Essential, Invaluable, and Need Investment

The Value of Water Coalition announced the Imagine A Day Without Water campaign with the launch of its site, This national education campaign will raise awareness of and build public support for investment in water. Imagine A Day Without Water will take place from October 6-8, 2015 across the country with participation from partner organizations, water providers, local elected officials, and more.

Imagine A Day Without Water is an opportunity for every organization and individual that cares about water and the systems that bring it to and from homes and businesses to stand together for our most precious resource. Across the country, organizations are making plans to raise awareness and educate the public about the serious state of our aging water infrastructure systems and the tremendous benefits of investment,” said Radhika Fox, President of the U.S. Water Alliance and Director of the Value of Water Coalition. “There are countless ways for folks to get involved, so we hope everyone will use the resources on our website to find an idea that works for them.”

Partners who are interested in participating are encouraged to create their own event or content to spread the message about the importance of investing in water infrastructure. Examples of what organizations can do to participate include: invite local leaders and the press to tour a water treatment facility, work with the local mayor or city council on a proclamation or resolution, create a social media campaign, write an op-ed, and more. offers participating organizations a central location for accessing materials to assist in the planning and production of events. Site materials include:

  • 11 ideas for how to participate
  • Messaging Guide
  • Tips for planning a press event
  • Op-Ed Template
  • A toolkit for ads, with horizontal and vertical print ads, billboards and more.
  • Organizations interested in hosting an Imagine A Day Without Water event can sign up through and should contact Abigail Gardner at to coordinate event planning and strategy.

    Headquartered in Bakersfield, Rain for Rent is sending crews and pumping equipment into Colorado to help with the emergency response.

    Rain for Rent is actively responding to an emergency situation at the Animas and San Juan Rivers through its liquid handling solutions after a Colorado mine spill was set off by the EPA. We are helping to support to the states of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada through engineered solutions to help pump, store, filter, treat and transfer water.

    Follow-up with Ben Carver’s cover story in Treatment Plant Operator
    Tag along with award-winning operator/maintenance technician Ben Carver from the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District in California as he explains why he enjoys wastewater treatment. Take a tour of the activated sludge process at the plant and listen in as Carver describes how a solid team effort helped him win his operator award. Teaser: Also, take a quick look under the microscope as Carver shows off a waterbear. As Carver says, “There’s always something new to learn.”

    Learn more about the 20+ categories of awards CWEA offers. Each one has been designed to honor exceptional CWEA members and California wastewater professionals, facilities and agencies. CWEA Awards recognize outstanding achievements within the wastewater field, improve the professional status of all personnel working in the wastewater industry and related fields and stimulate public awareness of the importance of wastewater treatment to public health and the water environment.

    The City of Escondido and Anaergia have entered into a Power Purchase Agreement which will enable Escondido’s wastewater treatment plant to turn waste biogas into renewable energy.

    Each day, the City of Escondido’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) treats about fifteen million gallons of wastewater generated by both Escondido and Rancho Bernardo. In addition to producing high quality clean effluent, HARRF generates a potentially valuable byproduct in the form of energy-rich biogas, which is currently flared. On July 8, 2015, the City Council approved a 20-year agreement which will allow Escondido Bioenergy Facility, LLC (A subsidiary of Anaergia) to construct and operate a cogeneration facility that will treat HARRF’s biogas and use it to fuel internal combustion engines that will power generators for electricity production.

    Under the terms of the agreement the City has committed to purchase at least 8,146 MWh per year for $0.129 per kWh.  This amount represents approximately 75% of the plant’s current electricity use, and is projected to save the City about $10M over the life of the 20 year contract.  In addition, all heat from the energy plant will be provided to the treatment plant at no cost. The project will result in significant savings from not only the low and predictable electricity price it offers, but also since the treatment plant currently purchases natural gas from SDGE to heat the plant’s digesters which are maintained at a constant 98 degrees.