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July 19, 2018, E-Newsletter




Spotlight: Clarke Prize Laureate Harry F. Ridgway, Ph.D.


To continue our celebration of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Clarke Prize Award, NWRI is pleased to showcase Laureate Harry F. Ridgway, Ph.D., who won the award in 2002 for his significant studies on membrane technology, particularly the discovery of the crucial role that microorganisms play in influencing the structure, function, and effectiveness of membrane materials used in purifying water and wastewater (the process is known as biofouling). Dr. Ridgway is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Institute for Sustainable Industries and Livable Cities at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia.

“Receiving the Clarke Prize was a great honor for me, as well as my research team and colleagues at Orange County Water District (OCWD), several of whom still work there and are carrying on world-class research,” Ridgway said., “I was extremely honored and humbled to win the Clarke Prize.”


Since winning the award, Ridgway has worked with academic and research groups around the world to assist in the area of in-silico membrane design and molecular fouling (adsorption) interactions. He launched his own consultancy, AquaMem,  in 2002, to focus primarily “on the practical usage of modern molecular simulation tools, algorithms and methods for designing and testing advanced functional materials for membrane separations, in-silico design of anti-biofilm drugs, and modeling organic transformation reactions by non-equilibrium molecular dynamics (using QM/MM approaches),” according to Ridgway.


To read Ridgway’s 2002 Clarke Prize Lecture, titled “Membrane Research: The Quest for Pure Water in a New Millennium,” visit http://www.nwri-usa.org/pdfs/2002%20CP%20Lecture%20by%20Ridgway.pdf


NWRI Job Opportunity: Technical Editor

Are you interested in joining a fast-paced team working on critical public health and water supply issues?  NWRI is seeking a Technical Editor to work closely with multidisciplinary project teams to produce cogent technical reports, develop and implement compelling communications strategies, and maintain positive brand awareness across our diverse stakeholder community. Our work products influence public policy, help protect public health and the environment, and support appropriate investment in water infrastructure.  Among the requirements, candidates must have excellent writing, editing, research, analytical, and interpersonal communication skills, as well as proven research capabilities and attention to detail.  For more information about this job opportunity, please visit our website at www.nwri-usa.org or click here for a direct link to the job description.  


Save the Date: NWRI’s 25th Annual Clarke Prize Award Ceremony (Oct. 26)


The NWRI Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for Excellence in Water Research is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year on October 26, 2018, in Costa Mesa, California.  The 2018 Clarke Prize recipient is Dr. Janet G. Hering, the Director of the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), who was selected for her research into the chemistry of drinking water treatment and her scientific and policy-based advocacy of access to safe drinking water in the United States and abroad.  Dr. Hering’s lecture will focus on the substantial public investments in water research that can deliver tangible benefits for society and the environment only if research results are taken up into policy and practice.


An annual event, the Clarke Prize honors an outstanding individual who is significantly contributing toward any of the following areas: the discovery, development, improvement, or understanding of the issues associated with water quality, quantity, technology, or public policy. The Clarke Prize is one of only a dozen water prizes awarded worldwide, and it has been distinguished by the International Congress of Distinguished Awards as one of the most prestigious awards in the world. To learn more, Visit http://www.nwri-usa.org/ClarkePrize.htm


Member Agency News

IRWD Customers Enjoy Free Recycled Water for Plants

Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) customers can drive up and fill their own containers with recycled water for free at the Residential Recycled Water Filling Station. Open daily, except on holidays and when it’s raining, the station operates out of the San Canyon Avenue facility. Recycled water is municipal wastewater that has been treated to state-defined standards in compliance with Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations.  The recycled water produced at IRWD’s treatment plants is regularly tested in compliance with the requirements established by the Regional Water Quality Control Board.  IRWD produces disinfected tertiary recycled water which is used at sites throughout the service area including parks, school yards, golf courses and other approved uses.  

To participate, first-time visitors must provide a California Driver's License, IRWD Water Bill, and Completed Application Form (found here.)

Water Industry News


American Water Summit 2018: Crafting America’s Water Future (Oct. 24-26)


The 2018 American Water Summit will take place on October 24-26 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Summit brings together corporate executives from across the industry to talk frankly about money, water, innovation, and leadership to create strategy. It is a compelling discussion for all of the industry’s key participants: utilities leaders, engineers, technology suppliers, service providers, and investors. For bookings and more information, please visit http://www.americanwatersummit.com/?dm_i=36G3%2CQNI5%2C5D39DR%2C2Q1RJ%2C1