Municipal Water Leader
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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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    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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    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…

  • Interview

    Terry Bower: The Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Water Studies Certification Program

    In 2018, the Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) developed an online Water Studies certificate program for water professionals and those interested in learning more about water. The program comprises three courses, each in a convenient self-paced online format: Water Law, U.S. Water Concerns, and Colorado Water and the American West. Participants can take all three courses and earn a certificate or take just one or two courses if they prefer. In this interview, Terry Bower, MSU Denver’s associate vice president of innovative and lifelong learning, tells us about the certificate program’s genesis.   

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    Northwest Pipe’s Perfect Pipe System: A Low-Maintenance Solution for Storm Water and Wastewater Conveyance

    Perfect Pipe and the Perfect Lined Manhole are two new lined-concrete products manufactured by Northwest Pipe Company. Easy to install and maintain and with a long lifespan, these products promise long-term savings, and their corrosion resistance makes them ideal for conveying storm water or wastewater. In this interview, Heather Christensen, the technical marketing manager of Geneva Pipe and Precast, a Northwest Pipe Company; Scott Montross, the president and CEO of Northwest Pipe; and Mike Wray, the vice president and general manager of Geneva Pipe and Precast, tell Municipal Water Leader about the virtues of the Perfect line of products.   

  • Interview

    How Enviropod’s LittaTrap Removes Pollutants From Storm Water at the Source

    Simplicity, effectiveness, and versatility are often the hallmarks of innovative technologies and people. Greg Yeoman, Mike Hannah, and their Enviropod company embody those traits. Starting out with the goal of reducing plastic contamination in waterways, they discovered that they could bring their innovative filter technology directly to plastic manufacturers to stop contamination before it began. Since its founding in 1996, Enviropod has become a global force in the effort to clean up beaches, plastic manufacturing sites, and storm water systems. In this interview, Mr. Yeoman tells Municipal Water Leader how the company came to be, the advantage of its products for combating plastic contamination, and how it has expanded from…