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LIFT SEE IT Accepting Applications for Travel Scholarships in 2020

(Alexandria, VA) 10/17/2019 — Scholarships through the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) Scholarship Exchange Experience for Innovation & Technology (SEE IT) are available to allow utility personnel to visit other utilities with innovations of interest. The exchange, supported by The Water Research Foundation (WRF), Water Environment Federation (WEF), and National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), is an effective way for utilities to learn about, gain confidence in, and adopt new technologies and approaches more quickly.

As water utilities of all types are transforming themselves into utilities of the future and becoming drivers of resource recovery, economic growth, and improved environmental performance, the implementation of innovative technologies, processes, and approaches is essential. These scholarships enable utility personnel to visit innovations in action at peer facilities.

WRF, WEF, and NACWA will provide travel support for each scholarship recipient to visit a utility that is implementing the technology or innovation of interest. To date, SEE IT has provided funding for 77 staff members from 29 utilities to travel and see technologies in person. Candidates may visit peers using  innovations that include new technologies and processes, or novel approaches to service, operations, and finance. LIFT SEE IT is part of a broader water sector effort to provide the tools and resources necessary to help utilities become leaders in the world of wastewater, drinking water, stormwater, and water reuse.

Aisha Niang, Assistant Director for the City of Houston, a 2019 SEE IT recipient who visited Seattle Public Utilities, said “Although a decision was made to implement a tunneling project in the City of Houston prior to this trip, Seattle’s project approach, staffing, program organization and management, as well as their learning experiences, were paramount.” LIFT has identified 13 technology Focus Areas as priorities, although applicants are not necessarily limited to these topics. Scholarship recipients will be required to record and share their experiences with peer utilities and others. The LIFT SEE IT Applications are due December 13, 2019.

Veteran’s Day Salute

For this year’s November FWRJ issue, we would again like to pay tribute to veterans working within our three associations to coincide with Veterans Day (November 11). A very nice photo layout will be put together highlighting industry veterans. In order to accomplish this, we need your assistance identifying veterans within your organizations. We are interested in any and all veterans as a cross section of our membership. Please send us names and contact information of any veteran you would like to honor by September 3 in order to meet our deadline.

Thanks for your assistance!
Mike Delaney
352-241-6006
Mike@FWRJ.com