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  1. Water research agencies produce new study for 'One Water' management

    DENVER, CO, Aug. 18, 2015 -- Today, the Water Research Foundation (WRF) , a sponsor of research supporting the water community, announced the completion of a study -- conducted with Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) and Water Research Australia (WRA) -- that's focused on helping utilities successfully transition into an integrated water, or ' One Water ,' management approach. Water utilities are working in increasingly diverse landscapes that present a multitude of unique institutional and societal barriers to adopting an integrated water management approach. While effective once firmly in place, transitioning to a One Water approach has historically presented challenges to urban water planners and policymakers alike. The research in "Institutional Issues for One Water Management (Project #4487)" supports that a One Water approach can be effectively employed to address a multitude of confounding factors and align them through workable institutional arrangements and management. The project uses a collection of case studies to identify the transitional challenges others have faced and how to navigate through those challenges to best support actionable next steps. "The water landscape we live and work in today is quite different than 50 years ago," said Rob Renner, WRF executive director. "Our goal in partnering with WERF and [WRA] on this project was to provide practical examples of how agencies and communities can, and have, worked through barriers to practice a more integrated and sustainable approach to water resource management. The shift in the water community demands greater understanding and support for this type of transition, and our agencies are aligned in delivering on that need for our community members." The project resulted in a final report, a guidebook to help utilities apply research findings and best practices, and a collection of three in-depth case studies and 25 snapshot case studies. The report and guidebook: Document challenges encountered by local governments, water utilities, urban planners, and regulators in transitioning to a One Water, integrated water management approach Provide a framework for decision makers, practitioners and planners to identify potential enabling actions for overcoming these challenges Include recommendations that water associations can take in order to create a conducive environment to encourage and provide a smoother transition to a One Water approach The case studies provide practical examples of how agencies and communities worked through institutional barriers so they could practice a more integrated and sustainable approach to water resource management. Likewise, they looked at initiatives and interactions between different levels of government, private entities, NGOs, and citizens across a range of institutional barriers. All materials are available on the WRF website ( here ). In addition to tactical efficiency, the case studies indicate that strong leadership and vision from senior level personnel, as well as collective transparency around processes and information sharing are key to driving an integrated water management approach. Interlinked cross-industry initiatives were also suggested that could be taken by the urban planning and water service sectors to further transition to a One Water paradigm. See also: " WERF research project explores institutional issues based on 'One Water' management " " Summit to showcase 'One Water' strategies to drive water sustainability " About the Water Research Foundation The Water Research Foundation is an internationally recognized leader in sponsoring research that supports the water community in holistically and cooperatively managing water from all sources to meet social, environmental, and economic needs. WRF’s research provides reliable and relevant solutions to the most critical challenges facing the water community today and into the future. Founded in 1966, WRF is a 501(c)(3) non‐profit organization that has sponsored nearly 1,500 research projects valued at $500 million, and serves more than 1,000 subscribing organizations. For more information, visit www.WaterRF.org . ###

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    Tue, 18 Aug 2015

  2. WERF seeking proposals to explore urban planning best practices

    The Water Environment Research Foundation is seeking proposals to bring together urban planning and water sector professionals to document best practices and explore how planning for the full spectrum of water services can be integrated with the urban development process.

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    Mon, 17 Aug 2015

  3. Peru: Capturing 'Oceans in the Sky'

    Receiving less than 1cm of rain a year and with water resources under threat, Peru's capital city Lima has had to get creative at high altitudes where municipal water departments cannot build reservoirs.

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    Fri, 7 Aug 2015

  4. How to Control Denitrification Using Online Nitrate Sensors

    Nutrient removal from wastewater is an increasingly common requirement for water resource recovery facilities (WRRF) and nitrogen and phosphorus are the nutrients being targeted.  Utilities are being encouraged to remove as much nitrogen as possible to comply with mass loading limits or even to ...

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    Mon, 27 Jul 2015

  1. CA American Water Ventura County customers reach 27-percent water conservation

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    Tue, 14 Jul 2015

  2. USACE signs partnership agreement with MS city mayors for water-related projects

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Vicksburg District of Mississippi recently announced that it has entered into a Partnership Project Agreement with mayors of several communities throughout the state.

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    Mon, 6 Jul 2015

  3. WEF announces establishment of new Stormwater Institute

    The Water Environment Federation has announced the establishment of the WEF Stormwater Institute, a new venture to address the growing issue of stormwater and urban runoff.

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    Fri, 26 Jun 2015

  4. Shredding Waste into Profits: Grinders Help Waste-to-Energy Facilities Stay Productive

    Many facilities that process difficult liquid/solid combinations now rely upon dual-shafted grinders on the inlet side of pumps to ensure continuous flow and prevent blockages. These powerful shredders apply several tons of cutting force at peak loads, breaking down tough solids or rags and turning ...

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    Thu, 18 Jun 2015

  5. Reclamation releases river basin study examining water needs in Western U.S.

    The Bureau of Reclamation has announced the latest in a series of river basin studies that examine the growing imbalance between available supply, increasing needs and projected demand due to climate change in the western United States.

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    Mon, 15 Jun 2015

  6. WERF to start new studies addressing Ebola, antibiotic resistance challenges

    In light of concerns about Ebola risks to water resource recovery facility operators and workers, the Water Environment Research Foundation has announced that it will begin new studies addressing Ebola and antibiotic resistance challenges.

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    Wed, 3 Jun 2015

  7. Reclamation to invest $50M for water savings in West; WaterReuse applauds efforts

    As part of the Obama Administration's effort to bring relief to western communities impacted by drought, the Bureau of Reclamation will invest nearly $50 million to support 64 projects that involve improving water efficiency and conservation in California and 11 other western states.

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    Thu, 21 May 2015

  8. WERF to launch new groundbreaking studies to advance energy research

    The Water Environment Research Foundation has announced that it is launching three new studies that seek to advance energy research.

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    Tue, 19 May 2015

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