NACWA, WEF, WERF Announce Recipients of Singapore International Water Week Scholarship

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Winners will participate in next month’s Singapore International Water Week.

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), and the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) have announced recipients of their new Singapore International Water Week Scholarship (SIWWS), which will fund participation in the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) that is scheduled for June 1-5, 2014.

Eight recipients will join a delegation of U.S. utility leaders hosted by the Singapore Public Utility Board and the three scholarship sponsors to attend the event. The scholarship recipients include:

  • Jay Bernas, Chief of Planning and Analysis, Hampton Roads Sanitation District, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Rajendra Bhattarai, Division Manager, Austin Water Utility Environmental and Regulatory Services, Austin, Texas
  • Tom Broderick, Deputy General Manager Operations, Loudon Water, Ashburn, Virginia
  • Sandra Kilroy, Assistant Director, King County Wastewater Treatment Division, Seattle, Washington
  • Jim McQuarrie, Division Head of Operations, Metro Wastewater Reclamation District, Denver, Denver, Colorado
  • Logan Olds, General Manager, Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority, Hesperia, California
  • Lou Storino, Principal Civil Engineer, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • Diane Taniguchi-Dennis, Deputy General Manager, Clean Water Services, Hillsboro, Oregon

“WEF, NACWA, and WERF share a commitment to helping water facilities become water resource recovery facilities that contribute to economic growth and protect public health and the environment,” said WEF Executive Director Dr. Eileen O’Neill. “This scholarship will help provide important perspectives and also contacts with other global water utility leaders with similar goals.”

SIWW is a global platform for water professionals to share innovative solutions for integration of sustainable water management strategies with urban planning processes. Scholarship recipients will receive funds for travel, lodging, and registration, and will write papers or make presentations in the U.S. to share what they have learned.

“Global innovation is essential to becoming the utility of the future,” added NACWA Executive Director Ken Kirk. “By promoting international exchange at SIWW, we hope to accelerate technology transfer and create an understanding of innovative policy options.”

“Exposure to leading-edge technologies, best practices, and methodologies to address water issues is invaluable when thinking about a sustainable water environment,” said WERF Interim Executive Director Dan Woltering. “Scholarship recipients will also have the opportunity to share U.S. experiences and expertise with other global water leaders.”

For more on the Singapore International Water Week, visit

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) is the leading advocate for responsible national policies that advance clean water. NACWA represents the collective interests of America's clean water utilities – dedicated public servants and true environmental champions. For over 40 years, NACWA has been the clean water community’s voice in Congress, at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and with other federal agencies, in the media, and in the courts. To learn more, visit

About WEF
Founded in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF members, Member Associations and staff proudly work to achieve our mission to provide bold leadership, champion innovation, connect water professionals, and leverage knowledge to support clean and safe water worldwide. To learn more, visit

About WERF
The Water Environment Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed in 1989, is America's leading independent scientific research organization dedicated to wastewater and stormwater issues. To learn more, visit

Media Contacts:

NACWA: Paula Dannenfeldt, (202) 833-4654, pdannenfeldt(at)nacwa(dot)org
WEF: Lori Harrison, (703) 684-2480, lharrison(at)wef(dot)org
WERF: Carrie W.Capuco, (571) 384-2097, ccapuco(at)werf(dot)org


The Water Environment Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed in 1989, is America's leading independent scientific research organization dedicated to wastewater and stormwater issues.

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