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Ray Weeden, a Westerly Security Officer in 1987, displays his certificate of completion of Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation classes. If ever there was a story of someone working their way to the top, it’s Ray. Ray Weeden is nearing retirement as Director of Operation & Maintenance in February after...

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Cleveland has amazing water resources. And while they are so visible that they are easily taken for granted, there are also unseen resources that help make sure our lakes, rivers, and water quality are protected. This moving #MyWaterLegacy video from the Water Environment Federation was shown at WEFTEC—a huge...

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Kate in her role as a maintenance worker. Within nine years, Kate Rybarczyk’s work ethic took her from Custodian to Plant Maintenance Manager. “As a mechanic I strengthened my problem-solving skills,” shared Kate from the Westerly Wastewater Treatment Plant. “When something wasn’t working, we’d troubleshoot to determine how we...

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Front: Christen Wood, Doug Dietzel, Dan Valek.Back: Karl Ellis, Jimmy Spencer, John Corn. New Orleans, here we come. In June, the District’s Operations Challenge team competed at the Ohio Water Environment Association (OWEA) competition in Aurora, Ohio, and their top finish guaranteed them a spot at national competition in...

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Among the many exhibits, tours, and presentations slated for our September 19 Open House, a special conversation about Military Employment will be featured twice throughout the day to highlight career opportunities for veterans. “Veterans bring a really unique skill set and an extraordinary commitment to serving the community,” said...

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A former lab analyst and now Wastewater Plant Operator, Christen Wood’s career path has led her from veterinary medicine to sewage treatment. We asked her about opportunities in Wastewater Operations. How did you get into wastewater? I sort of fell into it! The local paper ran a column on...

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One of the advantages to working at the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is the opportunity to advance one’s career. The District offers two training programs for careers in Maintenance and Wastewater Plant Operation—through which District employees develop their proficiencies and reach their disciplines. Maintenance Training has four different...

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  Efficiency doesn’t always make headlines. Today, a national summit in Washington, D.C. is trying to change that by bringing attention to the water infrastructure our entire country relies on and yet so often overlooks. The goal is to raise awareness of the jobs and economic impact of America’s...

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