Pushing The Industry Forward

Take advantage of opportunities to improve your operations and serve your customers better.

February has arrived and the 2015 Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport (WWETT) Show is just a few weeks away. We’re gearing up for the largest event we’ve ever staged.

You’ll find a preview of the annual Industry Appreciation Party in this issue of MSW. It’s one of the highlights of the WWETT Show and you should plan to attend if you make the trip to Indy. There will be live music from Cole Swindell and Blackjack Billy, 25-cent tap beer and we’re giving away a fully customized Chevy 4x4 pickup truck to celebrate our 35th anniversary.

This issue also features profiles on two utilities and one operator, all three of which reflect the spirit and mission of the WWETT Show in their own way.

The Madison (Wis.) Water Utility has found new ways to serve its mission. It was the first utility in the state to use CIPP to reline old water mains. A new automated metering system and online water tracking feature are designed to make citizens aware of their water usage and to help the community reach its ambitious water-use reduction targets. The utility has also established a robust public outreach program to educate customers about water use.

Coralville, Iowa, has also taken a progressive approach, testing and implementing a variety of green infrastructure features to manage stormwater problems. Green roofs, bioretention structures, permeable pavement and tree filter boxes are all playing a role in the city’s efforts to mitigate stormwater runoff. The city has also enacted stormwater runoff requirements for new construction and has bolstered its outreach efforts.

Out West, Mark James is an award-winning collections operator in Redmond, Ore. His innovative approach to system maintenance has improved many of the utility’s processes. In his time with the utility, it’s gone from subbing out smaller repairs to doing the work in-house. He’s taken lessons learned from other jobs, along with his growing list of certifications and accreditations, and pushed his utility forward.

Evolving, doing more and doing it better is a common thread between these three profiles and the WWETT Show. Like these utilities the show has evolved. What was once a small show for septic pumpers has grown to encompass so much more. It serves everyone in the water and wastewater industry, providing opportunities for your utility to grow, improve operations and expand into new services.

I’m looking forward to another trip to Indy and the opportunity to hear more of your stories. I enjoy talking to as many of you as possible, getting your feedback and gaining a better understanding of the issues you’re facing.

And the WWETT Show is also full of opportunities for your utility. From the moment you leave your hotel room to the very end of the night, in the elevator on the way down to the lobby, at breakfast, on the walk to the convention center and all throughout the day, you’ll have no problem striking up conversations with your peers. So take advantage. The insight you gain could make all the difference in your utility’s operations.

There are also plenty of education seminars to help you expand your knowledge base, meet continuing education requirements and improve your operations. And of course there are tools and trucks – lots of them. Take it all in and enjoy the show.

If you haven’t registered or begun planning your time in Indy, visit WWETT.com for all the information you’ll need. It’s a great way to help build your business and there’s plenty of fun to be had, too.

Enjoy this month’s issue. See you in Indy.


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