Data Quality and Validation Webcast Series

01/09/2013 - 1:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern


The archived recording of this webcast is available to WEF members only via WEFCOM by clicking here for Part I and Part 2 

Nonmembers can purchase Part I via our Knowledge Center 

Interested in becoming an all-access WEF Member? Learn More Here    

 Explore more archived webcasts and other online products that are available for sale to non-members at the Knowledge Center      


The goal of this webcast series is to emphasize the importance of sound data for planning purposes at wastewater treatment plants, particularly those that are faced with upcoming effluent nutrient regulations, or stricter regulations. An interactive workbook has been prepared for members in question-and-answer format to allow plants to define how much sampling is enough. This tool helps to define how many days of sampling are sufficient, where samples should be taken, and what parameters should be analyzed. The results of the workbook often are additional to prescribed permit requirements, although some samples and parameters would correspond with mandatory permit requirements. A number of case studies will be discussed to exemplify sound sampling practices. The potential for on-line instrumentation and impacts on laboratory practices will also be discussed.


  • The importance of sound data for planning purposes.
  • An interactive workbook has been developed to define required sampling regimes. The webcast will demonstrate how to use the workbook.
  • Case studies of sampling issues and their resolutions.
  • How can on-line instrumentation assist the sampling regime?


Part 1

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 1:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern  


  • John Bratby, Brown and Caldwell
  • Stephanie Fevig, Brown and Caldwell
  • Derya Dursun, Brown and Caldwell
  • Leiv Rieger, inCTRL Solutions Inc.
  • Kam Law, AECOM (Moderator)


Part 2

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 1:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern  


  • John Bratby, Brown and Caldwell
  • Cole Sigmon, City of Boulder, CO
  • Kevin Stively, Brown and Caldwell
  • Stephanie Fevig, Brown and Caldwell
  • Kam Law, AECOM (Moderator)

Registration Information:
There will be 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) offered for each webcast in this series. Please check with your state accreditation agency to determine if you qualify.

Cooperating Organizations:

WEF's Municipal Wastewater Treatment Design Committee - Plant Data Collection and Validation Task Group  


Questions about this webcast series should be sent to webcasts@wef.org.


Past Webcasts:
Analysis and Call to Action Against Congressional Policy Rider to Restrict Bypassing and CSO Discharges
BIOSOLIDS: Biosolids 101: Fundamentals of Practice (10-31-2012)
BIOSOLIDS: Co-Digestion of Organic Waste Products with Wastewater Solids (3-19-2014)
BIOSOLIDS: Enabling the Future: Advancing Resource Recovery from Biosolids (7-24-2013)
BIOSOLIDS: How We “See” Pathogens: Using Better Indicators to Detect Pathogen Presence (11-12-2014)
BIOSOLIDS: Promoting Your Product: Marketing Tips and Techniques to Stimulate Biosolids Sales and Distribution (5-6-2015)
BIOSOLIDS: Wasted Food to Energy: How Five Water Resource Recovery Facilities are Boosting Biogas Production and the Bottom Line (4-15-2015)
Closing the Gap: EPA Region 3 Public-Private Partnership Program
COLLECTION SYSTEMS: Asset Management: Translating Your Data to Information (11-14-2012)
COLLECTION SYSTEMS: Business Case for Action (2-20-2013)
COLLECTION SYSTEMS: Condition Assessment: Building Out Your CMMS (6-20-2012)
COLLECTION SYSTEMS: Lift Station Condition Assessment, Repair & Rehab - the Full Monty (8-19-2015)
COLLECTION SYSTEMS: Optimizing System Operations (11-6-2013)
COLLECTION SYSTEMS: Pipe Bursting: A Mature and Diverse Trenchless Technology (12-10-2014)
COLLECTION SYSTEMS: Pipeline Assessment and Certification Program (3-11-2015)
COLLECTION SYSTEMS: Specification Standard Guidelines for CIPP, Manholes, and More (6-17-2015)
DISINFECTION: Case Histories on the Use of Peracetic Acid (2-12-2014)
DISINFECTION: Disinfection and Public Health Strategies in Developing Countries (11-19-2014)
DISINFECTION: Fundamentals of Disinfection (2-6-2013)
DISINFECTION: The Role of Ozone in High Level Disinfection and Other Applications (7-15-2015)
ENERGY: Net-Zero Energy Solutions for Water Resource Recovery Facilities (10-29-2014)
ENERGY: Soluciones para Balances de Energía Eficientes en Sistemas de Tratamiento de Aguas Residuales (4-8-2015)
ENERGY: The Water-Energy Nexus at DOE: Challenges and Opportunities for Collaboration (8-20-2014)
ENERGY: WEF's Roadmap to Energy Sustainability (9-19-2012)
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS: Clean Water Act Integrated Planning Framework: Next Steps (6-14-2012) - Webcast Recording
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS: EPA Webcast: The Proposed NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule (9-4-2013)
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS: Infrastructure Finance: Is Help on the Way? An Overview of the New WIFIA Loan and SRF Program Changes (6-25-2014)
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS: Integrated Planning: Understanding How to Approach “Affordability” and Available Resources (12-4-2013)
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS: Introduction to the Water Advocates Program (1-14-2014)
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS: What Does the Proposed ‘Waters of the US’ Rule Mean For Water Utilities? (6-26-2014)
INFRASTRUCTURE: LIFT Presents: Fostering Innovation Through Collaboration – Partnering on New Technology Development and Demonstration (4-29-2015)
INNOVATION: Water Innovation Showcase Partners Series (2-19-2014 - 9-3-2014)
Interactive Knowledge Exchange (IKE) 10-28-2015
LABORATORY PRACTICES: Can You Trust Your TSS to Improve Process Control? (7-16-2014)
LABORATORY PRACTICES: Laboratory Tools for Continuous Improvement (3-25-2015)
LABORATORY PRACTICES: Method Update Rule: What's new and why? (8-23-2012)
LABORATORY PRACTICES: Using TOC to Replace BOD Requirements (8-7-2013)
MEMBRANES WEBCAST SERIES: Fundamentals of Membrane Bioreactors (3-7-2012 - 7-11-2012)
NUTRIENTS: Algae Bioreactors as a Cost-Effective Approach for Enhanced Nutrient Removal – Approaching it from All Sides (4-29-2014)
NUTRIENTS: Evolving Perspective of Nutrients – Pollutant to Resource (11-5-2015)
NUTRIENTS: Process Control for Biological Nutrient Removal (5-29-2013)
NUTRIENTS: Wastewater as a Resource: Focus on Nutrient Recovery (5-2-2012)
PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS: Technical Update: Energy, Stormwater, Operators and Innovation (4-18-2012)
PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS: The Best of WEFTEC: Communicating with Public Officials (8-28-2012)
PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS: Websites: The Face of Your Organization (1-18-2012)
SAFETY: Wastewater Worker Safety – Addressing Concerns on Ebola in Wastewater (11-4-2014)
Sponsor eShowcase: New Directions for Clean Water: Intelligent Infrastructure (7-22-2015)
Sponsor eShowcase: Peristaltic or Diaphragm Metering Pump – How to Choose? (8-27-15)
Sponsor eShowcase: Peristaltic Pumps – Tubing Selection (5-14-2015)
Sponsor eShowcase: What Role Does New Technology Play in Resolving the NonDispersibles Issue? (6-11-2015)
STORMWATER & WET WEATHER: Advances in Water Quality Trading as a Flexible Compliance Tool (7-8-2015)
STORMWATER & WET WEATHER: Faster, Cheaper, Greener Webcast Series 11-18-2015
STORMWATER & WET WEATHER: Green Infrastructure Implementation (2-11-2015)
STORMWATER & WET WEATHER: Innovative Approaches to Financing and Funding Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Investments (8-27-2014)
STORMWATER & WET WEATHER: Linking Stormwater BMP Performance to Receiving Water Protection: Improving Selection and Design (8-6-2014)
STORMWATER & WET WEATHER: User-Fee Funded Stormwater Utilities: Update to the 1994 WEF Manual (9-11-2013)
STORMWATER & WET WEATHER: Viewpoints: Potential Impacts of Waters of the U.S. Rulemaking on Stormwater Infrastructure (11-6-2014)
SUSTAINABILITY: Envision™ A Sustainable Water Sector (7-9-2014)
UTILITY MANAGEMENT: A Great Utility Operation Isn't a MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (1-15-2014)
UTILITY MANAGEMENT: Advancing Asset Management in Your Utility: Performance, Sustainability, and Resiliency Management (9-2-2015)
UTILITY MANAGEMENT: Asset Management State of the Practice: A Focus on Strengths (4-23-2014)
UTILITY MANAGEMENT: Effective Utility Management: Feedback Webinars 10-15-2015
UTILITY MANAGEMENT: Incorporating Benchmarking and Performance Measurement into Your Utility’s Culture and Lessons Learned from Leading Experts (1-14-2015)
UTILITY MANAGEMENT: Sensors and Monitors Used by the Global Water Industry (9-4-2014)
WASTEWATER TREATMENT WEBCAST SERIES: Data Quality and Validation (12-5-2012 - 1-9-2013)
WASTEWATER TREATMENT WEBCAST SERIES: Optimizing Clarifier Design and Performance (4-10-2013 - 6-5-2013)
WASTEWATER TREATMENT: A Framework to Evaluate Risk to Aquatic Life from Trace Organics in Wastewater (6-24-2015)
WASTEWATER TREATMENT: Applied Math for Operators (1-16-2013)
WASTEWATER TREATMENT: Fundamentals and Emerging Advancements in Biofilm Reactor Technologies (3-18-2015)
WASTEWATER TREATMENT: Getting Off on the Right Foot: Optimizing Preliminary Treatment (3-4-2015)
WASTEWATER TREATMENT: Hydraulics for Operators (3-27-2013)
WASTEWATER TREATMENT: Modeling 101 (5-14-2014)
WASTEWATER TREATMENT: Modeling 201 (2-25-2015)
WASTEWATER TREATMENT: Odor Control 101: Successful Strategies, Innovations, and Technologies (5-7-2014)
WASTEWATER TREATMENT: Principles of Secondary Sedimentation (12-3-2014)
WASTEWATER TREATMENT: Process Control for Activated Sludge (6-27-2013)
WATER REUSE: The Paul L. Busch Award: Recognizing Significant Advances in Water Quality Research (5-13-2015)