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    Volume 8 Issue 4 April 2021 A Tribute to Dave Luker

    Few people have generated more stories or created lasting memories like Mr. Dave Luker. He was simply a bigger-than-life guy who always did his best and expected others to do the same. He touched many lives in very positive ways. He is missed by all who knew him. Below is the column I wrote when he was on the cover of the January 2016 issue of Municipal Water Leader. The Highest of Standards  By Kris Polly This issue of Municipal Water Leader features Desert Water Agency (DWA) General Manager Dave Luker of Palm Springs, California, on the cover and as our primary interview. I have known Dave for several years…

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    Volume 8 Issue 3 March 2021

    The history of American water resources is marked by the construction of monumental structures like Hoover Dam, Grand Coulee Dam, the Colorado River Aqueduct, and the Central Arizona Project. But such construction is not limited to the past. Around the country today, large-scale reservoir and pipeline projects as well as important municipal projects continue to be planned and executed.  Perhaps one of the most impressive projects now being planned is the proposed 1.5-million-acre-foot Sites Reservoir, which will capture storm water flows from the Sacramento River for storage and release in dry years for environmental, residential, and agricultural uses. We interview Jerry Brown, the executive director of the Sites Project Authority,…

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    Volume 8 Issue 2 February 2021

    With growing cities, ever-tightening regulations, and constantly advancing treatment technology, wastewater planning is a process that never ends. In this month’s Municipal Water Leader, we bring you several stories of major wastewater planning processes that are in motion around the nation.  In our cover story, Ron Hargrove of Charlotte Water tells us about a major, ongoing rehabilitation project that the agency is carrying out on its 64‑million-gallon-a-day McAlpine Creek Wastewater Facility. The project involves the rehabilitation or replacement of aeration systems, blowers, and clarifiers as well as targeted recoatings.  Meanwhile, in California’s Riverside County, east of Los Angeles, the Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is planning to ensure that its…

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    Volume 8 Issue 1 January 2021

    The cover interview in this month’s issue of Municipal Water Leader features a truly inspiring water professional: Pat Mulroy, the former general manager of the Las Vegas Valley Water District and of the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA). Ms. Mulroy played a key role in the formation of the SNWA and in major negotiations between the Colorado basin states and between the United States and Mexico. I know you will find our wide-ranging interview as interesting as I did.  Also in this issue, Kathy Bielert, the technical sales manager for small-hydro-unit manufacturer NuSTREEM, tells Municipal Water Leader about the company’s low-head NuTURBINE, which can be inserted into existing municipal water…

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    Volume 7 Issue 10 October 2020 A Vision for 2020

    In our cover story, Dave Roberts, the associate general manager and chief water resources executive of Arizona’s Salt River Project (SRP), talks about the agency’s contributions to the Colorado River basin's Drought Contingency Plan and its work to increase its resilience to drought conditions both on the Colorado and on the Salt River.  Next, two articles by SRP staff further update us on water management in Arizona’s Valley of the Sun. In one, SRP’s principal for water system projects, Ron Klawitter, describes how SRP is keeping its reservoirs and other major infrastructure in top condition to serve future generations of Arizonans. In the other, SRP’s director of water strategy, Christa…

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    Volume 7 Issue 9 October 2020 A Vision for 2020

    While the popular image of Kansas is that it is perfectly flat and mainly rural, the state is home to a number of vibrant cities and its climate and water resources vary significantly by region. In our cover story this month, we speak with Toby Dougherty, the city manager of Hays, Kansas. Hays is located in an arid zone of central Kansas that lacks significant surface water, precipitation, or groundwater. In response to this situation, the city has put significant effort into water conservation and reuse and is constructing a 70‑mile pipeline to bring it new water. We also feature two other Kansas municipal utilities. James Epp and Steve Green…

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    Volume 7 Issue 8 September 2020 A Vision for 2020

    The ubiquity of pharmaceuticals poses the danger that, whether through improper disposal or through human waste, they will make their way into wastewater and then into the environment or recycled water supplies. Luckily, our scientists and water suppliers are well aware of this potential problem and are monitoring, testing, and treating their water supplies to eliminate pharmaceutical contamination.  In our cover story, Dr. Chance Lauderdale tells us about HDR’s research and work into water purity issues. Dr. David Rexing gives us a glimpse into Southern Nevada Water Authority’s robust compliance and research laboratories. Jason Dadakis of California’s Orange County Water District tells us about how his district ensures that its…

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    Volume 7 Issue 7 July/August 2020 A Vision for 2020

    They say everything is bigger in Texas—and water delivery infrastructure is no exception. This month, Municipal Water Leader features a number of large regional water providers in the Lone Star State. Our cover story features David Montagne of the Sabine River Authority, which delivers raw water to municipal and industrial customers across millions of acres, from Dallas down to the Gulf of Mexico.  We also hear from Rodney Rhoades, the interim executive director and general manager of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), about the exciting progress that is being made on Bois D’Arc Lake, the first major reservoir to be constructed in Texas in 30 years. We also…

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    The Municipal Water Industry Faces Up to COVID-19 A Vision for 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic that hit the United States in mid-March has disrupted countless aspects of daily life. Across the nation, many of us have been working from home; some people have lost their jobs or been furloughed; and all of us are wondering if and when things will go back to normal.  Water, of course, is essential for life; and water treatment and delivery is an absolutely essential service. Municipal water and wastewater service providers do not have the luxury of temporarily closing up shop. Their work must continue.  How exactly are they pushing forward with their operations amid the turbulence caused by the pandemic? That is what this special…

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    Volume 7 Issue 6 June 2020 A Vision for 2020

    Safety and preparation are two sides of the same coin. A water agency always needs to be thinking about the future in order to prevent possible mishaps and to promote strong and sustainable growth. This issue focuses on proactive plans to build infrastructure, seek grants, and pursue strategic mergers, and on safety and training measures that aim to ensure that this development occurs in the most secure way possible.  In our cover interview, we speak with General Manager Andy Fecko of California’s Placer County Water Agency about the infrastructure and relicensing tasks the agency is tackling at the moment and why infrastructure work promises to be an important part of…