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December 2009, Vol. 46, No. 10

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2009 Paul L. Busch Award Winner Uses Sun To Improve Water Treatment

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF; Alexandria, Va.) Endowment for Innovation in Applied Water Quality Research presented its Paul L. Busch Award to Jaehong Kim during WEFTEC®.09 in Orlando, Fla. The $100,000 award supports Kim’s efforts to develop a new technology that harnesses the power of the sun to improve onsite water and wastewater treatment systems, according to a WERF news release.

Kim, an associate professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech; Atlanta), works with his research team to adapt materials originally developed for laser optics, called “upconversion phosphors,” to create a cost-effective coating that converts sunlight into germicidal ultraviolet radiation.

This technology could both benefit existing onsite water and wastewater treatment processes and improve the process of solar disinfection for drinking water. To improve the efficiency of the process and reduce the long exposure times needed, Kim coats the surface of solar disinfection containers with the upconversion material, the news release says. He also wants to use these materials to develop antibacterial surfaces to prevent microbial growth in the presence of white light, the news release says.

Kim joined Georgia Tech in 2002 has received various awards for his research, including the Excellence in Research Award from Georgia Tech’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Excellence in Review Award from Environmental Science & Technology, the Editor’s Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (Reston, Va.) Journal of Environmental Engineering, and the CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award from Georgia Tech.

The annual Paul L. Busch Award, now in its ninth year, supports researchers who are working to solve water quality issues with solutions that bring new benefits to the water quality community and the water-using public. Past awards are supporting research on the removal of endocrine-disrupting compounds in wastestreams, the creation of self-sustaining wastewater treatment facilities by using microbial fuel cells, and the fate of nanomaterials in wastewater treatment systems, the news release says. See www.werf.org/PaulBusch for more information.

WEF Needs Volunteers and Sponsors for Boy Scouts Jamboree

For the fourth time, the Public Communication and Outreach Committee of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) is sponsoring an exhibit as part of the Conservation Trail at the 2010 Boy Scouts of America (Irving, Texas) Jamboree.

Boyscouts - pipes smallWEF’s 2005 exhibit helped educate the more than 15,000 scouts on the importance of water quality, including watershed, wastewater infrastructure needs, prevention of sewer overflows from oil and grease clogs, and biosolids. WEF’s “Nature’s Way” exhibit, which will consist of five interactive stations, requires approximately 20 volunteers each day to staff.

The 2010 Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree will be held July 26 to Aug. 4 at Fort A.P. Hill in Bowling Green, Va.

WEF volunteers pose on pipes that were a part of an educational exhibit at the 2001 Boy Scout Jamboree. Click for larger image.
WEF is accepting sponsorship contributions to fund WEF’s commemorative hatpin, T-shirts, and other give-aways. In addition, WEF is seeking volunteers who would be interested in participating onsite to help educate and talk to the troops about the importance of water quality. Interested sponsors or volunteers should contact Stevi Hunt–Cottrell at shunt-cottrell@wef.org or (803) 684-2454. For more information, see the 2010 Boy Scouts of America Jamboree site.


Authors and Reviewers Needed for Collection Systems Publication

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE; Reston, Va.) Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering and the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) will be developing the publication Seismic Performance and Design of Wastewater Collection Systems. The document will address the vulnerabilities of sewers subjected to earthquakes, risk assessment methodologies of existing sewer systems, damage mitigation approaches for existing sewers, and the design of new sewers to resist earthquakes. ASCE is soliciting authors who have direct experience preparing for or responding to earthquakes (with participation from individuals in Japan especially welcome) and reviewers for the publication.

The document, to be developed for use by system owners, operators, emergency response personnel, and engineers, will focus on wastewater collections systems with a quick overview addressing pump stations. Treatment plants will not be addressed. Don Ballantyne will be the chair of this ASCE-led effort.

The outline for this proposed publication is as follows:

  • Introduction,
  • Earthquake Hazards,
  • Performance in Past Events,
  • Performance Objectives,
  • Earthquake Damage,
  • Consequences of System Failure,
  • Vulnerability Assessments,
  • Seismic Design of New Sewers,
  • Mitigation of Existing Sewers,
  • Evaluation and Repair of Damaged Sewers, and
  • Economics.

Interested author candidates should respond by Dec. 10 to Technical Publication Manager Lorna Ernst, at lernst@wef.org with the chapter(s) in which he or she is interested and a one-page description of relevant experience. Authors will be selected in December and January, and content will be finalized by fall 2011. Those interested in reviewing the publication should send a one-page description of relevant experience to Ernst at lernst@wef.org by Dec. 10.

Authors Needed for Biosolids Land-Appliers Certification Study Guide

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), in cooperation with the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC; Ames, Iowa), is developing a certification study guide focused on biosolids land-appliers. Volunteers are needed to develop questions for the study guide. Questions will be based on ABC’s Need-to-Know Criteria for Biosolids Land Appliers. Section topics include

  • communications and outreach,
  • new site evaluation,
  • nutrient management systems,
  • site operation and management,
  • monitoring and recordkeeping,
  • equipment operation, and
  • safety.

Publication of the study guide is anticipated during 2010. Anyone interested in being a volunteer should contact WEF Project Manager Christine Radke at cradke@wef.org or (703) 684-2400, ext. 7013, by Dec. 21. All reviewers and authors will be acknowledged in the completed study guide.

Participate in a WEF Online Survey

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) asks members, particularly those front-line wastewater treatment personnel, to participate in this online survey. WEF will use the survey to better identify member needs in training and other offerings. The survey will remain open through Dec. 31.

WEF Offers New Member Benefit

Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) members will receive a 10% discount on an individual subscription to Access Engineering, provided through the WEF and McGraw–Hill Cos. Inc. (New York) partnership. 

Access Engineering, from McGraw–Hill, is an online engineering resource with industry-leading engineering titles delivered to your desktop. Subscribers have access to 14 major focus areas of engineering, from environmental to mechanical topics and more than 250 McGraw–Hill titles, including WEF Press and environmental engineering texts.

All three volumes of Design of Municipal Wastewater Treatment PlantsMOP 8, Fifth Edition, and Operation of Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants — MOP 11, Sixth Edition, can be searched, highlighted, annotated, and e-mailed through Access Engineering’s personalization tools. Subscribers receive access to new titles as they are added throughout the year.

Register Now for These Specialty Conferences

The Utility Management Conference™ 2010
When: Feb. 21–24, 2010

: InterContinental San Francisco Hotel

: Water and wastewater utilities across the country are facing many common management challenges. In 2007, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, American Water Works Association (Denver), Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.), and other national water and wastewater associations agreed to jointly promote effective utility management based on the Five Keys to Management Success and the Ten Attributes of Effectively Managed Water Sector Utilities. The event will illustrate how the keys to management success can be used to achieve these 10 attributes. Click here for more information.

Registration: Registration is open now. Sign up for the conference by Jan. 20, 2010, and save with the super saver rate. Click here to register.

Cities of the Future 2010
When: March 7–10, 2010

Where: Boston Marriott Cambridge

What: An interdisciplinary approach will be required to create a sustainable urban infrastructure that will meet the challenges of the 21st century. Interdependent engineered and natural systems and technological advances will be required for the paradigm shift to tomorrow’s eco-cities. The Cities of the Future conference will bring together a diverse group of practitioners who share a vision of an improved urban landscape for future generations and are working to make Cities of the Future a reality. 

Registration: Registration is open now. Sign up for the conference by Feb. 3, 2010, and save with the super saver rate. As an added bonus, one registration fee gives attendees access to technical sessions at this and the Urban River Restoration 2010 conference, enabling attendees to customize their learning agendas. Click here to register.

Urban River Restoration 2010
When: March 7–10, 2010

Where: Boston Marriott Cambridge

What: With an increased focus on sustainable practices and a population shift back to cities, as well as an emphasis on a livable urban environment, urban river restoration is under way in many cities, and practitioners are faced with challenges. The conference will initiate a dialogue among the engineering, scientific, regulatory, and stakeholder communities to address these challenges.

Registration: Registration is open now. Sign up for the conference by Feb. 3, 2010, and save with the super saver rate. As an added bonus, one registration fee gives attendees access to technical sessions at this and the 2010 Cities of the Future conference, enabling attendees to customize their learning agendas. Click here to register.

Odors and Air Pollutants 2010
When: March 21–24, 2010

Where: Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center

What: Every 2 years, this conference brings together environmental professionals from around the world for a showcase on odors and air pollution management. With technical sessions and workshops, this event educates attendees about current issues, regulatory requirements, and methods for analyzing problems and finding solutions.

Registration: Registration is open now. Sign up for the conference by Feb. 17, 2010, and save with the super saver rate. Click here to register.

Exhibit at a WEF Specialty Conference

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) specialty conferences provide an excellent opportunity to connect with water and wastewater audiences. If you are interested in exhibiting at a conference, contact Sarah Evans at sevans@wef.org or (703) 684-2400, ext. 7739.

MOP 8 is Best Seller at WEFTEC.09

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The new edition of Design of Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants — MOP 8 was on the shelf for WEFTEC®.09 in Orlando, Fla. Attendees bought this 3000-page manual of practice, putting it into the No. 1 best-seller spot at WEFTEC. This publication incorporates the collective experience of more than 300 practicing professionals, providing new information on membranes, energy conservation, enhanced nutrient-control systems, odor control, approaches to minimizing biosolids production, and more. See www.wef.org/mop8 to learn more about the updates and additions to the fifth edition.

Other best sellers at WEFTEC.09 include Energy Conservation in Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities — MOP 32; Wastewater Collection Systems Management — MOP 7, Sixth Edition; and the Nalco Water Handbook, new from McGraw–Hill (New York).

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WEF Educational Campaign Provides Free Communication Tools

During the past year, collapsing water infrastructure across the United States has captured the public’s attention. Americans have watched as cars are swept down rivers or swallowed by sinkholes from collapsing pipes and flood waters contaminate public buildings. That’s the bad news. The good news is that these dramatic scenes can be turned into excellent teaching moments about the importance of water infrastructure investment.

Just as the Cuyahoga River going up in flames 40 years ago spurred public reaction and drove the passing of the Clean Water Act, the visible ailments in water infrastructure provide the opportunity to build support for funding in sustainable water infrastructure. Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Member Associations and utilities can contribute to this communications momentum by leveraging Water Is Life and Infrastructure Makes It Happen™.

WIL-LogoWEF designed the Water Is Life education initiative to serve the public. Materials are free, downloadable, and customizable. Advertisements, bill stuffers, door hangers, public service announcements, and public presentations use eye-catching graphics and thought-provoking slogans to engage ratepayers and decision-makers. Messages associate quality of life with infrastructure by making the connections to public health, environmental protection, and a strong economy, all the while emphasizing the professionalism of the water sector.

Materials are now available on a CD. All you have to do is download them, insert your contact information, and plan your own communications campaign. For more information, visit www.WaterIsLife.net. Contact Lorraine Loken at loken@wef.org to receive a copy of the disk.

City of Santa Rosa Utilities Department Receives NBP EMS certification

NBP SealThe City of Santa Rosa (Calif.) Utilities Department became the 25th wastewater agency in the United States to be certified and admitted to the National Biosolids Partnership (NBP; Alexandria, Va.) environmental management system (EMS) for biosolids program. The department’s biosolids EMS program was independently verified on July 29 under the Strategic Registrations program of audit firm NSF–International (Ann Arbor, Mich.). The achievement recognizes that the city has an effective biosolids environmental management system. It is one of 100 organizations currently participating in the NBP EMS program.

Department of Defense Requests Environmental Project Proposals

The U.S. Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program requests proposals for environmental research and development projects for fiscal year 2011. Projects will go through a competitive process to be awarded funding. Pre-proposals from the non-federal sector are due Jan. 7, and proposals from the federal sector are due March 11. Proposals responding to the following statements of need are requested:

  • Environmental Restoration — innovative technologies for the detection, characterization, containment, and remediation of contaminants in soil, sediments, and water.
  • Munitions Management — advanced geophysical sensor and signal processing technologies for the detection, classification, and remediation of unexploded ordnance (UXO) and technologies for range clearance and reduced generation of UXO.
  • Sustainable Infrastructure — research to advance the Department of Defense’s environmental management of its natural resources and to understand the impacts of climate change.
  • Weapons Systems and Platforms — advanced alternative environmentally benign technologies and materials that reduce, control, or eliminate the waste and emissions associated with the manufacturing, maintenance, and use of the Department of Defense’s weapons systems and platforms.

For more information see www.serdp.org/funding.

More Upcoming Specialty Conferences

Residuals and Biosolids 2010
: May 23–26, 2010

Where: Savannah (Ga.) International Trade and Convention Center

Registration: Call (703) 684-2441, or send e-mail to registration@wef.org.

Membrane Applications 2010
: June 6–9, 2010

Where: Hilton Anaheim (Calif.)

Registration: Call (703) 684-2441, or send e-mail to registration@wef.org.

Collection Systems 2010
: June 13–16, 2010

Where: Phoenix Convention Center

Registration: Call (703) 684-2441, or send e-mail to registration@wef.org.

WEF Offers International Exhibiting Opportunities

For those with business development plans that include the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) offers the opportunity to exhibit with WEF International Pavilions at the Water, Energy Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX); the International Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Refuse, Recycling, and Natural Energy Sources (IFAT) China and China Water Show 2010; IFAT — International Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Refuse and Recycling; and a show in Latin America with details to be determined. These opportunities offer cost-effective direct marketing opportunities for equipment manufacturers and service providers at major water and wastewater shows around the world.

WEF Pavilion at WETEX
The Water, Energy Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) will take place March 9 to 11, 2010, at the Dubai (United Arab Emirates) International Convention and Exhibition Centre. This annual event will provide access to Emirati and other growing Arab Gulf and Middle Eastern markets.  

 IFAT WEF Int Opps SmallWEF Pavilion at the IFAT China and China Water Show 2010
The IFAT China and China Water Show 2010 are now co-located. The show will take place May 5 to 7, 2010, at the Shanghai New International Expo Center in Shanghai, China. This annual event is set to be the leading platform for the environmental industry in China and Asia.

WEF Pavilion at IFATMunich — Space Selling Quickly
IFAT will take place Sept. 13 to 17, 2010, at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre in Munich, Germany. This show is now hosted every 2 years and is a must-attend event for access to European markets.

The IFAT Munich 2008 show. Click for large image.



WEF Pavilion at show in Latin America
Fall 2010 location to be determined.

WEF International Pavilion benefits include the following:

Fall 2010 location to be determined.:
  • Prominent WEF Pavilion location in exhibit hall.
  • WEF Pavilion included on the VIP tours.
  • Booth sizes from 9 m² (smaller than most show minimums).
  • Shell scheme build-out.
  • Furnishings (to include entry desk, table and chairs, wastebasket, literature stand, lighting).
  • Carpeting.
  • Cleaning services.
  • Translation services (as required).
  • WEF-sponsored lounge and meeting area with complimentary beverages.
  • WEF-sponsored onsite reception.
  • Assistance with connecting to the local U.S. Department of Commerce representative.
  • Preshow and post-show promotion in WEF publications, including World Water and WE&T.
  • Pavilion staffed by WEF employees.
  • Aid in obtaining official invitation letters for visas (as needed).
  • Assistance with hotel arrangements near the exhibit hall.

For pavilion brochure, benefits, show reports, exhibitor lists, show hours, floor plans, or more information, see www.wef.org/internationalpavilion or contact Laila Sukkariyyah at lsukkariyyah@wef.org, (703) 684-2458, or (703) 650-8516 (mobile).

WEF would like to thank the following exhibiting companies for their support of the 2008 and 2009 WEF International Pavilion Program–CWS in Shanghai, China; IFAT in Munich, Germany; and WETEX in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: ADS LLC, Aqua-Aerobics Systems Inc., Aries Industries/Vac-Con, ASA Analytics, Bio-Microbics Inc., Dwyer Instruments, Groth Corp., Hayward Flow Control Systems, Hydro Instruments, Kemira Chemicals (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., Liquid Waste Technology LLC, LobeStar Pump, Mody Pumps Inc., NEFCO Inc., Neuros Co. Ltd., Penn Valley Pump Co. Inc., Pulsafeeder Inc., Red Valve Co., Robbins and Myers Fluid Management Group, Ross Valve Manufacturing Co. Inc., Selwood Pumps, Thern Inc., and World Water Works Inc.

Meet WEF’s Newest Life Members

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) is pleased to announce its newest Life Members. Life Membership is bestowed upon members who have been active for at least 35 years and have reached age 65.

  • Alan R. Clark, member since Jan. 1, 1975, North Dakota Water Environment Association.
  • Ronald R. Pierce, member since Jan. 1, 1970, Arkansas Water Environment Association.
  • David Mann, member since Jan. 1, 1970, Pacific Northwest Water Environment Association.
In Memoriam: Vernon Lucy, President, Infilco Degremont Inc.

Vernon D. Lucy, president of Infilco Degremont Inc. (Richmond, Va.) and long-time member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), died Nov. 19 at the age of 67.

Lucy, WEF member since 1978 and past chair of the Water Environment Research Foundation (Alexandria, Va.), graduated in engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He served in the U.S. Army before joining the industrial field sales division of the Westinghouse Company in 1967.

When Infilco Degremont purchased Westinghouse Co. in 1974, Lucy became senior application engineer. During his years at the company, he rose through the positions of manager of Application Engineering, manager of Marketing Operations, and senior vice president of Sales and Marketing, becoming president in 1998.

Lucy was an active member of the Virginia Water Environment Association, and served on the American Water Works Association (AWWA; Denver) Board of Directors and chaired the AWWA Manufacturers and Associates Council. He also was an active member of Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (Washington, D.C.), WateRuse Association (Alexandria, Va.), and the Clean Water America Alliance (Washington, D.C.). He volunteered his time and support for Water For People (Denver). Donations in Lucy’s name can be made to Water for People at www.waterforpeople.org.   

Reviewers Needed for New Manual of Practice

The Water Environment Federation’s (WEF’s; Alexandria, Va.) Technical Practice Committee is looking for individuals willing to serve as reviewers in the development of a new Manual of Practice on Membrane Bioreactors. This effort is being led by WEF member’s Glen Daigger and Adrienne Menniti, both from CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.).

Reviewers will be responsible for providing written comments at the outline and/or draft stages and will be able to work closely with other WEF volunteers, the Task Force Chair, and WEF staff. To dedicate your expertise and time to ensure that a quality manual is developed, please send a completed version of the committee application form and brief resume to WEF Project Manager Britt Sheinbaum at bsheinbaum@wef.org by Jan. 11.