Municipal Water Leader
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    Volume 8 Issue 9 October 2021

    By Kris Polly  Our cover interview this month is with Jenna Covington, the new executive director and general manager of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), which provides water, wastewater, and solid waste disposal services to 1.8 million people in a rapidly growing area of Texas north of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. Ms. Covington tells us about NTMWD’s current initiatives, including progress on the first new major reservoir in Texas in 30 years, Bois d’Arc Lake.  Sue Mosburg is the executive director of the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association, one of the organization’s 43 constituent sections. She tells us about how the section works to solve…

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    Healing Waters International: Addressing the Water Crisis Around the World

    Access to clean, affordable water is a vital precondition for public health and a thriving economy, and its absence is a serious challenge for many communities and countries around the world. Healing Waters International is one of the many organizations taking on the challenge of bringing affordable, sustainable potable water infrastructure to underdeveloped communities across the globe. In this interview, Healing Waters CEO Rob Anthony and Director of Field Operations and Lead Engineer Walter Nonemaker tell Municipal Water Leader about how they are carrying out the organization’s mission.   

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    Jonathan Grant: Striking a Better Balance for Wastewater at SENTRY

    Having accurate and consistent data is vital for overcoming the challenges faced by wastewater treatment plants, but most monitoring techniques are either vulnerable to fouling or slow. SENTRY’s new bioelectrode sensor avoids both problems. The product improves the monitoring of microbial balance, toxic shock events, and other factors that impede effective wastewater management. In this interview, Jonathan Grant, SENTRY’s chief commercial officer, tells Municipal Water Leader how the product was developed, the benefits it provides customers, and the effect the technology is having on wastewater management around the world.   

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    James Dunning: Synergizing Innovation in the Water Sector at Syrinix

    Bringing innovation to mature water infrastructure systems can be a significant challenge. New regulatory, environmental, and market factors all constrain the ability of water users to institute better and more effective management strategies. Syrinix is a company working to help them by providing products and technologies that can simultaneously address many different water management issues, including leak detection and pressure monitoring. In this interview, Syrinix’s chief executive, James Dunning, tells Municipal Water Leader about the company’s history and how its new products are addressing present and future water challenges.   

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    Jenna Covington: Future Planning at the North Texas Municipal Water District

    The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) provides water, wastewater, and solid waste disposal services to 1.8 million people in a rapidly growing area of Texas north of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. To serve this population through the year 2040, NTMWD is building the first new major reservoir in Texas in 30 years, Bois d’Arc Lake. Jenna Covington has recently risen to head the NTMWD as its new executive director and general manager. In this interview, she tells us about progress on Bois d’Arc Lake, NTMWD’s plans to secure water supplies through 2080, and the district’s experience of the February 2021 Winter Storm Uri.   

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    LEAN MANUFACTURING & SAFETY COORDINATOR

    Location: St. George, UT Deadline: Open until filled Salary: TBD based on qualifications RESPONSIBILITIES: Lead Safety Program to ensure employee safety and compliance with OSHA standards. Conduct weekly safety meetings with the team. Inspect the facility and property on a regular basis to identify safety, health, and environmental risks and ensure those items are mitigated in an appropriate time basis. Provide environmental, health, and safety training for new hires as part of the new hire orientation process. Provide direction with the production team if any unsafe acts or conditions are observed. Train and mentor department subject matter experts in the application of safety and the continuous improvement system. Optimize manufacturing…

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    Dr. Matt Makley: Teaching the History of Western Water to Inform Future Problem Solvers

    For many people, the history of water in the West centers on early-20th-century events like the construction of Hoover Dam and the California water wars. In fact, that history goes back to the times when Native Americans were the only residents of what is now the western United States. The full scope of that history, in all its social, political, and legal detail, is at the heart of the courses Professor Matt Makley teaches at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. In this conversation, Dr. Makley tells Municipal Water Leader about this fascinating history and its continuing importance.   

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    Dr. Elizabeth McVicker on Her Water Law Course

    Dr. Elizabeth McVicker’s Water Law course is one of the three that make up the Water Studies certificate program at the Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver). It takes a broad view of hydrology, history, and legal doctrine and gives students a fundamental understanding of water law in the West, including the prior appropriation principle. In this interview, Dr. McVicker tells us about her background and how she came to teach this class.   

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    Volume 8 Issue 8 September 2021

    By Kris Polly  In the water industry, everything is connected. Ecosystems, hydrology, human activity and history, and legal arrangements all interact to create the distinctive set of water supplies, rights, and usage patterns of each place. With that in mind, constant knowledge-building is a must for water professionals. This month, we bring you the story of one educational effort that seeks to meet that need.  The Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) has put together a three-course, online-only Water Studies certificate program, intended primarily for working professionals and other nontraditional students. With courses titled Water Law, Colorado Water and the American West, and U.S. Water Concerns, the program provides…

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    Volume 8 Issue 7 July/August 2021

    By Kris Polly  The February 2021 winter storm affected huge portions of the United States, but none more seriously than Texas. The famously hot, arid state was plunged into freezing, even subzero, temperatures, and suffered major power outages. Municipal water providers across the state had to keep up their indispensable services amid freezes, blackouts, and unprecedented levels of demand from consumers worried about running out of water.  In our cover story, we hear about how Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD), the water wholesaler for the Fort Worth region, had to navigate major power outages and freezes. TRWD Director of Operations Darrell Beason and Water Resource Engineering Director Rachel Ickert tell…