Municipal Water Leader
  • District Profile,  Interview

    Sustainable Water Supply in a Changing Climate East Bay Municipal Utility District

    T he East Bay Municipal Utility District (East Bay MUD) has been providing drinking water to the people of California’s Bay Area for almost a century, amid rapid population growth and climatic change. Today, the threats posed by challenges such as intense storms, flooding, wildfires, and sea level rise are front and center. East Bay MUD is increasing its future resilience with a sustainability program aligned with six key goals in its strategic plan, which earned it the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies’ Sustainable Water Utility Management Award in 2018. In this interview, Doug Wallace, the manager of public affairs at East Bay MUD, speaks with Municipal Water Leader Managing Editor…

  • District Profile,  Interview

    Eastern Municipal Water District’s Inland Desalination

    Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) provides water, wastewater, and recycled water service to more than 825,000 people in Riverside County, California. For the past two decades, the district has supplemented its largely imported water supply by developing brackish water desalination plants. This year, the district will begin construction on a new desalination plant; when it comes online, EMWD aims to produce enough potable water through desalination to supply 30,000 households. In this interview, Joe Mouawad, EMWD’s assistant general manager of planning, engineering, and construction, speaks with Municipal Water Leader Managing Editor Joshua Dill about EMWD’s water supply and delivery challenges and why desalination is a cost-effective and beneficial solution.

  • Interview,  Manager Profile

    Continuing a Legacy in the Upper Colorado Region Upper Colorado Regional Director Brent Rhees

    The western United States has experienced drought for many years. In fact, 2018 has been one of the worst drought years on record. With population levels estimated to double and even triple by 2050 in some western states, water supply issues continue to be a major concern. Reclamation’s Upper Colorado Region has long dealt with drought, providing water through even the worst drought conditions, and it plans to do so for many years to come. Tyler Young, writer for Municipal Water Leader, spoke with Upper Colorado Regional Director Brent Rhees about the region’s water supply future, current challenges, and potential outcomes for western irrigators

  • Interview,  Manager Profile

    Maintaining the West’s Oldest Retail Water Provider Laura Briefer of Salt Lake City Public Utilities

    Many of our nation’s public utilities face the challenge of adaptability. Aging infrastructure, increases in storm intensity, and the need to ensure a ready workforce are hurdles utility managers have to overcome to provide reliable services. Salt Lake City, Utah, deals with each of these challenges as it provides water, wastewater, and storm water services to its booming population. Tyler Young, writer for Municipal Water Leader, had the opportunity to speak with Laura Briefer, director for Salt Lake City Public Utilities. Appointed by Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski in 2016, Ms. Briefer is the first woman to serve as director of the Department of Public Utilities in its 142-year…

  • Interview,  Manager Profile

    Mark Doneux of Capitol Region Watershed District

    In October 2017, the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) National MS4 Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards program recognized the Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD), located in St. Paul, Minnesota, as the overall best score winners of the Phase II division. With its commitment to creating collaborative partnerships throughout the community, drive to collect and reuse storm water from new sources, and devotion to using groundbreaking technology to enhance their system, it is easy to see how CRWD leads the pack in storm water management. Tyler Young, a writer for Municipal Water Leader, spoke with CRWD’s administrator, Mark Doneux, about the district’s efforts to collect and use storm water in innovative ways.…

  • Aerial photo of the James E. Quarles Water Treatment Plant
    Agency Profile

    Comprehensive Sustainability Infrastructure and Workforce Investment at Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority

    Established as Georgia’s first water authority by the state legislature in the mid-1900s, we at Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority (CCMWA) have positioned ourselves as the second-largest drinking water provider in Georgia. Although we do not provide residential service, we supply water to about 900,000 people through our 13 retail water customers. CCMWA’s two main sources of supply water are the Chattahoochee River and Allatoona Lake. We own and operate treatment plants for both sources: The James E. Quarles Water Treatment Plant can produce 86 million gallons of water a day from the Chattahoochee River, and the Hugh A. Wyckoff Water Treatment Plant processes 72 million gallons per day from Allatoona…