Join us for a Day Without Water

Posted on: September 4th, 2018 by eric
Dear AEA Executive Directors:
 
We talk so much about infrastructure, but rarely do we talk about the real consequence of being without it. And that consequence is — No Water! It is that simple. Here’s the way the Imagine a Day without Water campaign puts it: “No water to drink, or even to make coffee with. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry. Hospitals would close without water. Firefighters couldn’t put out fires and farmers couldn’t water their crops.”
 
This year AEA is urging members to help drive this message in New Jersey. We are asking you to participate in the Oct. 10 “Imagine a Day without Water” campaign. There are so many ways you can do this! You can post a notice to your website. You can tweet or do other social media content around the topic, “Imagine a Day without Water.” You can participate by offering tours to the public or passing a board of commissioners resolution. (This latter may be a great option for collection systems!) Whatever you can do to bring attention to how important the service we provide is to EVERY aspect of our customers’ lives will matter.
 
We have posted customizable materials you can use for your own efforts. These include templates for a board resolution, two press releases, and an invitation letter to the community. Insert your own logo and identifying information and or develop entirely new materials as you see fit. Those materials include:
 
One additional request: Whether you do tours as a matter of normal activity, or special ones for the Oct. 10 observance, send photos and videos to us or let us know they are posted. We want to help build awareness by boosting these images.

Western Monmouth UA, Evesham MUA designated a Water Resources Utilities of the Future

Posted on: August 14th, 2018 by eric

The Western Monmouth Utilities Authority and Evesham Municipal Utilities Authority have joined Atlantic County Utilities Authority, Camden County MUA, and Hanover Sewerage Authority, as 5 of just 32 authorities to be designated a Water Resources Utility of the Future Today.

WMUA and Evesham are being honored this year, while ACUA, Camden County MUA, and Hanover SA are past recipients.

We are honored to say that all five of these esteemed organizations are also members of the Association of Environmental Authorities (AEA).

This recognition was decided by peer-utility general managers/executives comprising a Joint Selection Committee representing members from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Research Foundation (WRF), Water Environment Federation (WEF), and the WateReuse Association.

Both Evesham MUA and WMUA will be formally recognized at the Utility of the Future Today Recognition Ceremony as part of the “Utility Leaders Morning” at the 91stAnnual Water Environment Federation Technical (WEFTEC) Exhibition & Conference in New Orleans on October 2, 2018.

Evesham Municipal Utilities Authority is being recognized for the strides it has made in being part of those authorities facing “challenges such as aging infrastructure, water pollution, workforce shortages, and impacts of climate change, including drought, floods, storms, and sea level rise.”

According to a press release, Evesham’s recognition “celebrates the achievements of water utilities that transform from the traditional wastewater treatment system to a resource recovery center and leader in the overall sustainability and resilience of the communities they serve.”

Western Monmouth Utilities Authority is being recognized for its leadership in the emerging field of Utility Partnership & Engagement. 

Included in the initiatives cited in WMUA’s designation:

  • Their reinvigorated Intergovernmental & Customer Relations initiatives involving the Townships of Marlboro & Manalapan (including Marlboro & Manalapan Day) and their expansion of the use of emerging technologies and social media
  • Their Partnership with the Association of Environmental Authorities in the development and execution of the Environmental Professional Development Academy.
  • Their Partnership with the Monmouth Council, Boy Scouts of America in the development and success of Environmental Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Explorer Post 1972, as well as their Public-Private Partnership with the MCBSA providing mutually beneficial programs involving WMUA and MCBSA resources and properties
  • Their enthusiastic expansion and embrace of their core functions of Public Environmental Education
  • Their continued innovations in Environmental Custodianship and Conservation, including programs of beneficial reuse, renewable energies, energy conservation and efficiency and the development of Best Practices.

The AEA is proud of the continued achievements of its member organizations. Recognition like this one help solidify our commitment to provide information, education and advocacy that help member organizations provide professional, efficient and cost-effective service to their ratepayers and to help the public understand and appreciate the work of its members.

Partnership at Two Rivers Helps Educate the Next Generation of Wastewater Specialists

Posted on: April 30th, 2018 by eric

Taken from the Spring 2018 edition of our Authority View newsletter

MONMOUTH BEACH – When Sharon Ham and the staff at the Two Rivers Water Reclamation Authority launched a pilot program in 2016 to work with students from local schools, the initial plan was simply to offer tours – but before long, the program turned into a productive partnership.

“We’ve done a few projects, but it really went into full force in 2017,” said Ham, Lab Manager at the Authority. “Normally in the lab they come in for tours. In 2017, Dr. Josephine Blaha (a science teacher at Holmdel High School) approached me and asked if the students could come into the laboratory after hours and talk to me about their projects so I could guide them in specific areas.”

Students often have ideas for projects and research, but may not know how to apply their ideas. Or sometimes it’s just a matter of having access to the resources needed to see a project through. That’s where Ham and her staff come in. Such was the case with Holmdel High student Erica Wu, who made headlines recently for her project “Sewer Electricity: A Microbial Fuel Cell Powered by Sludge,” which generated voltage from wastewater sludge. That sludge was provided by the Two Rivers Water Reclamation Authority.

“Erica was able to generate sustained voltage from, let’s say, ‘sewage,’ to use a kind word,” Dr. Blaha told the Holmdel Patch. “Most impressive was that this project was done completely in-house, and independently, with no outside help, except for the sludge provided by the Two Rivers Water Reclamation Authority.”

Wu’s work earned her an invitation to present her project at the New Jersey Academy of Sciences symposium at Kean University. She ended up winning first place in the Environmental Science division, and also got an invitation to present at the American Junior Academy of Science Conference (AJAS) in Austin, TX, among other accolades.

And Wu’s project is just one of several that have resulted from this partnership. Ham said the students have an eye on the future and share similar goals as those working at the Authority.

“Part of what these students want to know about is sustainability in wastewater treatment. The same thing for drinking water. This really is the future in the industry,” she said.

The students come to the facility with a strong understanding of science – Ham has praise for the school systems the Authority works with – but not necessarily an understanding of everything that goes into wastewater management. In fact, she said, most people are surprised when they learn just how involved the process is from the moment they flush to the moment that water is released back out into the world. Permitting, compliance with local, state, and federal law, quality control and quality assurance. It’s a lot to take in.

“Educating the public is extremely important, especially with some of the new laws being passed,” Ham said. “I’m a big believer in that. When the teachers or professors come in, even the adults don’t know themselves what the full process is.”

Educating the public can be an essential part of a good future for the industry, often in some surprising ways. For Ham and the staff at the Two Rivers Water Reclamation Authority, working with the students has become a two-way learning endeavor. The experts help the students develop into the next generation of water and wastewater professionals, while the students help veterans of the industry see their jobs in a new light.

“I think we both learned from the project. I’ve been in the field for 22 years and I learned a lot from the students when they came in,” Ham said.

With sustainability a mutual goal for both professionals and future professionals alike, the learning experience becomes about more than just teaching students about how wastewater management works. It also becomes a path to a better future for all.

Presentations from the 2018 Spring Conference now available

Posted on: April 9th, 2018 by eric

Our 2018 Spring Conference featured a number of speakers who offered presentations on a wide variety of topics important to those in the water / wastewater industry. With their permission, we are happy to share their PowerPoint presentations here, in both PDF and PowerPoint format. While this is just one part of the insightful presentations these valued guests provided, we hope you’ll find them useful.

CYBER SECURITY FOR WATER AND WASTEWATER UTILITIES

Presented by DAVID A. CHANDA, PE, of Suburban Consulting Engineers, Inc. at the 2018 Spring Conference.

Download: PDF / PowerPoint

Cyclical Status and Fundamental Structural Disruptions

A presentation by James W. Hughes, Ph.D. University Professor And Dean Emeritus at Rutgers, given at the 2018 Spring Conference of the Association of Environmental Authorities (AEA NJ).

Download: PDF / PowerPoint

PERACETIC ACID DISINFECTION

Presented by Chris Jepson of Van Cleef Engineering Assoc. and Tom McAndrew, Superintendent, WPCP, at the 2018 Spring Conference of the Association of Environmental Authorities.

Download: PDF / PowerPoint

Resiliency for Today’s Cyber-Ecosystems

Presented by Chris Mangano to the 2018 Spring Conference of the Association of Environmental Authorities (AEA NJ)

DownloadPDF / PowerPoint

Retaining Top Talent

Presentation by BRIAN J. VALENTINO, MPA, CEAS, ICMA-CM, Executive Director of the Western Monmouth Utilities Authority and Director of the Environmental Professional Development Academy.

Download: PDF / PowerPoint

Rethink Backup

Presentation made by Michael DePalma at the 2018 Spring Conference of the Association of Environmental Authorities (AEA NJ)

Download: PDF / PowerPoint

Water Utility Data Management Systems

Presented by Sami F. Sarrouh, P.E., Steven Callahan, and Samer Sarrouh at the 2018 Spring Conference of the Association of Environmental Authorities (AEA NJ)

DownloadPDF / PowerPoint

AEA Connects with Ridgewood Water

Posted on: March 27th, 2018 by eric

Taken from the Spring 2018 edition of our Authority View newsletter

In January, AEA met with Ridgewood Water and discussed many areas of shared interest. Pictured here are (from l) Christine Ballard, AEA board member; Jill Fasano, RW Senior Engineer; Dave Harpell, AEA president; Daniel Timmeny, RW business manager; Richard Calbi, Director of RW; and Michael Drulis of Morford Drulis Associates.

In January, a contingent from AEA met with Richard Calbi, Director of Operations for Ridgewood Water, and his staff. From AEA were Executive Committee members Dave Harpell (president) and Justin Flancebaum (vice president), Board Member Christine Ballard, Executive Director Peggy Gallos, and Dan Kelly of Kelly Engineering.

Calbi introduced AEA to the Ridgewood Water system and its history, and AEA provided an overview of its activities on behalf of public clean water and solid waste agencies.

Ridgewood Water gave an overview of the innovative monitoring system they recently installed. The PRS Monitoring Station is an essential tool for drinking water systems to aid in tracking, controlling, and improving the water quality received by customers through the distribution system. Ridgewood Water is utilizing the PRS Monitoring Station to study the potential impact of a consecutive system’s change in corrosion control treatment on water purchased by Ridgewood Water.

Establishing ties to municipal utilities – non-authorities that do water or wastewater – is one of Harpell’s top priorities as president.  AEA believes that broader cooperation between our association and municipal water/wastewater agencies can be beneficial to both.

Two years ago, Harpell, James Schilling and Richard Brand toured the Roosevelt water and sewer system and met with its staff and town leaders. The three executive directors helped Roosevelt prioritize a long list of repairs and upgrades needed and pointed out ways the town could affect repairs that would save it money. This visit was done as a service to the town.

If you know a small public system that does not belong to AEA but that might be interested in this type of consultation, please contact Peggy at (609) 584-1877.

Early Bird Registration & Preliminary Agenda for March Conference Now Available

Posted on: January 26th, 2018 by eric

“Beyond Operations” is the theme of this year’s AEA spring conference to be held Tuesday and Wednesday, March 13-14 at Caesar’s in Atlantic City.

Presentations will largely focus on vitally important matters to help decision-makers and their staff members navigate a constantly changing world. Dave McGimpsey, creator of The Water Values podcast, will offer thoughts on leadership culled from conversations with dozens of water/wastewater professionals.

Another distinguished speaker (whose identity we will share soon!) will discuss economic and demographic trends in New Jersey. Brian Valentino, director of the AEA Environmental Professional Development Academy, will discuss techniques for holding onto good employees. Several speakers will discuss Information Technology topics, and two will discuss drinking water topics.

There will also be networking and great exhibitors AND the annual Recognition Luncheon, featuring Wave and EPDA ceremonies.

 
NEW! We are offering early bird registration rates: Organizations that pay their dues by Feb. 15 qualify to register up to three people at a discounted rate. (Please note, this applies only to full-conference registration.)

 

Here are some key documents you’ll need: