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WEF’s Disinfection & Public Health Committee develops technical products and events to promote a general understanding of disinfection practices for water and wastewater. The scope of the committee ranges from disinfection technologies at large treatment works to methods for providing safe drinking water and sanitation in the developing world.

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Disinfection & Public Health Committee members serve as WEF’s technical resource for all topics related to disinfection including, but not limited to: 

  • New approaches to disinfection, optimization of proven methods, and the use of existing technologies for new applications;
  • Disinfection regulations, standards and permit compliance;
  • Disinfection byproducts and other challenges
  • The design, operation and maintenance of disinfection systems
  • Wet weather and reclaimed water disinfection;
  • Proper handling and environmental safety of disinfectants
  • Community sanitation and clean drinking water efforts  


Volunteers share their knowledge of these and other topics by: 

  • Developing workshops and moderating technical sessions each year at WEFTEC®;
  • Sponsoring a biannual disinfection specialty conference;
  • Authoring articles for WEF's technical journals;  


  • Participating in the development of educational materials such as books, webcasts, distance learning courses and more;
  • Providing comments to WEF Government Affairs on Federation Position Statements and U.S. government regulations and policies. 


The Disinfection & Public Health Committee meets each year at WEFTEC and at its biannual specialty conference. Most committee business, however, is conducted via teleconference or email.

Contact us 



Leonard Casson, 2010 - 2014
University of Pittsburgh
Tel:    412/624-9868
Fax:   412/624-0135


Naoko Munakata, 2010 - 2014
County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Tel:    562/908-4288 Ext. 2830
Fax:   562/908-4293

Staff Liaison

Rebecca Arvin
Tel:      703-684-2400 ext. 7017
Fax:     703-684-2492


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