There are countless opportunities to work in water. From high school graduates to PhD's, there are countless individuals who are dedicated to public and environmental health.

Renovations, repairs, and replacement of water and wastewater utility infrastructure can be very expensive. Many small towns and communities face with the challenges of deciding whether or not they can afford investments in their water utility. The WSU Environmental Finance Center recognizes this and developed the Community Sustainability Tool to help with these decisions. The Tool is free and easy to use. The Tool is currently available for communities in the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. It is also being developed for communities in Oklahoma and Louisiana.

When it comes to stormwater planning, communities often struggle with the gray vs. green infrastructure question. Aligning level of service and sustainability goals with current funding, and then balancing the short and long-term impacts can be a difficult puzzle. The CLASIC online stormwater planning tool was developed to help communities determine the extent and type of green, gray or gray-green hybrid stormwater control measures that are right for the development or redevelopment project area.

In order to work toward a future where we all have access to the resources we need to maintain a high quality of life, we need to be able to respect each other and our environment, take responsibility for our actions, and value relationships between each other and the systems that support us. This definition can be applied to a closely related topic that is appearing more frequently in national conversations: environmental justice.

Most of the time water and sewer professionals focus on the day-to-day tasks of operating a utility. But how involved should utilities be in advancing the growth of their community? How does community development fit within the utility’s role to provide critical environmental and public health services?

Elected officials or board members may be members of a city council or county commission, or serve on the Rural Water District board. With a long list of to-dos and policy concerns, how are board members supposed to stay up-to-date and knowledgeable on all that goes into the proper management of a water utility?

For more than 40 years the American Water Works Association and its members have used Drinking Water Week as a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives. T his year's recognition will be May 2-8, 2021.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but, did you know a picture could save you 1,000 hours, or even $1,000? Knowing what your critical assets are, and where they are located, can save you time and money when responding to problems.

Audit. This term scares many. IRS. Fraud. Prison. When it comes to water, however, there is no cause for alarm. In almost every circumstance, the water audit process is relatively pain-free and provides numerous benefits to your water system.

As part of its efforts to redeploy already developed, but no longer utilized, land, Region 7 of the United States Environmental Protection Agency worked with the Wichita State University Environmental Finance Center and the environmental nonprofit Delta Institute to develop a reuse plan for several acres of leftover concrete slabs and associated concrete foundations at an old factory site in Nebraska.