Giving Tuesday

As I reflect back on 2022, I am very thankful for all the great conversations and positive interactions at the numerous conferences, workshops, phone calls, and Zoom meetings. The universal enthusiasm and recognition of OWB’s important work was rewarding to hear everywhere I went in my travels. Looking forward, OWB will continue to grow and build up our resources to meet our objectives and goals for the coming years. 

One such opportunity is fast approaching on November 29, 2022. Consistent with America’s Thanksgiving, GivingTuesday is a global day that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.  

I ask you to please consider OWB as your choice to celebrate GivingTuesday by either donating at this link and/or spreading the word about us to your family, friends, and colleagues. Sometimes a forwarded E-mail can truly be an opportunity knocks moment and open many important doors for OWB.

Thank you again and I wish you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons.

Sincerely – Valerie Jenkinson, Chair Operators Without Borders

WasteWater Education is proud and honored to support OWB

In 2022 OWB has been-

·         Actively coordinating and collaborating with European utilities (especially Chamber of Commerce Polish Waterworks, IGWP) and global organizations to support Ukraine’s water resources needs. For example, one of our star volunteers, Ian Mcilwham (Canada) recently delivered a report to the Ukraine Water Quality Committee.

·         Incident Command System Training in the Caribbean by another one of our star volunteers – Greg Solecki – who is one of Canada’s leading disaster experts. Overall, Greg has trained the ICS structure and implementation principles to nearly 300 Caribbean and 80 South American water professionals.

·         In partnership with Rotary International’s HANWASH programme in Haiti, the Commune of Pignon was able to implement a District Metered Area project after a workshop presented by Board Director Carl Yates (another OWB star). This initiative has already reduced Non-revenue water from 80-42%. A remarkable achievement.

·         Partnering with Water Professional International (WPI, Formerly ABC) and Global Wastewater International headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya to pilot test certification and training. We are starting in Kenya where Valerie is currently at along with Ian Mcilwham . The goal is to establish standards and reliable proficiency in operations.

Resilient Wastewater Solutions: Building for the Future

Join Via Zoom Kayla Hanson P.E.
Time: April 26, 2022 11:00 AM PT, 2PM ET
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Our nation’s aging infrastructure is a common theme in the news. We hear about deteriorating roads, high-risk dams, and old and undersized treatment plants. Wastewater infrastructure is critical to society’s daily functions, health, and safety, yet it is one of the lowest-rated aspects of our country’s framework. Improving wastewater infrastructure involves billions of dollars of repair, rehabilitation, and new construction work. A key to long-term success is to select quality and resilient construction solutions.

During this session we will investigate resilient concrete wastewater solutions. We will discuss what resilience is and why resilient construction has become a focal point in both centralized and decentralized wastewater projects across the country.

We will discuss what factors contribute to resilience and how resilient solutions can improve safety, reduce construction time, reduce costs,
and extend service life. Finally, we will investigate options for bolstering concrete’s durability while also reducing concrete’s carbon footprint.

Kayla Hanson
linkedin.com/in/kayla-hanson-p-e-2694a491
Kayla graduated from Purdue University in 2013 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an emphasis in structures. Kayla is a
licensed Professional Engineer in Indiana, who joined Concrete Sealants in March 2022 as a Technical Resource Engineer.

Kayla provides technical consultation and product implementation
assistance to customers, engineers, and end-users of all ConSeal
products; she works closely with state DOTs and municipalities;
and she serves as a liaison to the specifying community.
Prior to joining Concrete Sealants, Kayla worked for the National
Precast Concrete Association for over eight years where she most
recently served as the Director of Technical Services. During her
time with NPCA, Kayla worked with various product-specific
committees, conducted Plant Evaluations at precast concrete
manufacturing plants, developed industry technical publications, and presented educational sessions at conferences and universities across the country.
Kayla’s primary areas of interest include durability and watertightness of precast concrete structures; water and wastewater storage, treatment, and conveyance infrastructure; transportation infrastructure; and
resilience.
Kayla is also involved in industry codes and standards groups including ACI and ASTM, and has served in various roles including the Secretary and Vice Chairman of ASTM Committee C27 on Precast Concrete Products, as well as the Subcommittee Chairman of ASTM C27.30 on Water and Wastewater Containers.

Join Via Zoom Kayla Hanson P.E.
Time: April 26, 2022 11:00 AM PT, 2PM ET
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Earth Month 2022

Are we drowning or parched?

It seems we have been talking about a ‘water crisis’ as long as most of us have been in the water business!? THIS is the year to address how decentralized options are the solution.

During Earth Month 2022, WasteWater Education 501(c)3 will be showcasing those solutions.

A review of pilot systems designed to integrate settling techniques, and horizontal subsurface flow in constructed wetlands for the treatment of wastewater.

Alexandros I. Stefanakis, M.Sc., Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Laboratory of Environmental Engineering & Management, School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete,

Join Via Zoom
Alexandros I. Stefanakis, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Time: Apr 11, 2022 11:00 AM PT, 2PM ET
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To ‘perc’ or not to ‘perc’? That IS the question.

Register here.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Oct 6, 2021 9:00 AM PT

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OSHA/CDC New Rules and COVID 19

Safe And Sound 2021

https://www.osha.gov/safeandsoundweek Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America’s workers safe.

In 2021, for the duration of this week, WasteWater Education 501(c)3 made our online/on demand CEU series free for general viewing with our thanks to Travis Vance and Patrick W. Dennison of Fisher Phillips LLP.

As a public service we are leaving the core presentation as open source/open access. If you would like to take this and other classes in this series for CEU or PDH Credit – please see our web site at https://wastewatereducation.org/onlineclasses.html WasteWater Education does not collect, track or share personal information for publicly available events.

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