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October 2010, Vol. 47, No. 8

Top Story

Core Attributes of Effectively Managed Collection Systems Document Released

Core Attributes Document
The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) worked with the American Public Works Association (Kansas City, Mo.), the American Society of Civil Engineers (Reston, Va.), and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (Washington, D.C.) to produce the Core Attributes of Effectively Managed Collection Systems document. This document promotes good engineering practices essential to managing and operating separate sanitary collection systems.

WEF and the other agencies engaged a broad group of industry stakeholders to identify these attributes, which also are included by reference in WEF’s recently issued position statement Management of Wet Weather Flows by Municipal Utilities.

Register Now For Nutrient Recovery and Management Conference

Nutrient Recovery and Management

Jan. 9–12, 2011, Hilton Miami Downtown

The conference will discuss recent developments in nutrient management practices in industrial and municipal wastewater treatment systems and solutions, from conventional biological nutrient removal treatment to enhanced nutrient reduction.


Participate in WEFTEC 2011

WEFTEC 2011 LogoDon’t miss your chance to participate in WEFTEC® 2011, to be held Oct. 15–19 in Los Angeles. Submit your abstract, session proposal, and workshop proposal today.

Call for Abstracts
Be a part of the technical program at WEFTEC by submitting an abstract for consideration to present in Los Angeles at WEFTEC 2011. Abstract proposals are accepted online here and are due by Dec. 2. Authors of accepted papers will be notified in April 2011. For more information, see the detailed list of topics.

Session Proposals
Propose a whole or half session for the WEFTEC 2011 technical program. Submit session proposals on the Session Proposal Form to Susan Merther at smerther@wef.org by Dec. 2.

Workshop Proposals
Propose a workshop on in-depth subjects using different teaching methods than podium or poster presentations. The Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) seeks hands-on, interactive, and in-depth workshops. Submit proposals to workshops@wef.org  by midnight Nov. 1. For more information, see the WEFTEC Workshop Guidance Document.  

Participate in WEF’s Upcoming Webcasts

Be sure to participate in the following upcoming Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) webcasts:

  • Aeration 101 — The Fundamentals, Oct. 27;
  • Perspectives on Pipeline Replacement , Nov. 10; and
  • Gaining Regulatory Acceptance for Green Infrastructure in Wet Weather Programs, Dec. 1.  
Receive a Discount To Attend the American Water Summit 2010

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) collaborated with Global Water Intelligence for their water and investment conference, American Water Summit 2010, scheduled for Nov. 3–4 in Washington, D.C. Featured speakers will include WEF President-Elect Jeanette Brown, members of WEF’s Global Water Strategies Council, and WEF Executive Director Bill Bertera. WEF members receive a $100 discount on registration; just use “WEF” as the discount code. 

Attend the Impaired Waters Symposium 2011

Impaired Waters Symposium 2011: Spanning the Water Quality Continuum — From Standards to TMDLs

Jan. 12–13, Hilton Miami Downtown

The symposium will bring together water practitioners to exchange information on the challenges and opportunities from new and more-stringent numeric water quality standards for parameters, as well as the increased precision and scale of pollutant and source detection.


Meet WEF's Newest Life Members


  • Carl V. Huber, member since Jan. 1. 1967, Mississippi Water Environment Association (Senatobia) and Georgia Association of Water Professionals (Marietta).  
Life Member - Carl Huber 
Photo courtesy of Carl V. Huber.
  • Dennis M. Kamber, member since Jan. 1, 1970, Virginia Water Environment Association (Winchester) and Chesapeake Water Environment Association (Sparks, Md.).
Life Member - Dennis M. Kamber
Photo courtesy of Dennis M. Kamber.
  • John H. Rayner, member since Jan. 1, 1969, California Water Environment Association (Oakland).
 Life Member - John H. Rayner
Photo courtesy of John. H. Rayner.
  • Terry A. McCarl, member since Jan. 1, 1971, Nebraska Water Environment Association (Omaha).
  • Robert L. Moss, member since Jan. 1, 1974, Georgia Association of Water Professionals (Marietta).


WEF Announces Water-Sector Interdependencies Training

Safe drinking water and wastewater treatment and service are essential to the public health and economic vitality of any society. Preparing to promote drinking water and wastewater services during and following an incident will reduce hardships.

Water Sector Interdependencies 1
To help utilities prepare, the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, will hold a series of general awareness trainings on water-sector interdependencies:


NBP Web Site and Newsletter Get a Makeover

NBP LogoThe National Biosolids Partnership (NBP; Alexandria, Va.) program Web site, www.biosolids.org, now features a new, fresh look and additional features. Housed within the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria) home site, www.wef.org, the redesigned site serves as an information clearinghouse on effective biosolids practices.

Designed to meet the needs of all visitors, the site features a clearer navigation scheme, local and national biosolids contacts, and a more robust search engine with advanced search function. In addition to the resources within the NBP site, visitors will also have easy access to WEF’s online library of biosolids resources, Access Water Knowledge: Biosolids

The redesigned site is part of a larger program update that includes new services to better meet the needs of biosolids management organizations and the communities that they serve; this update is accompanied by the redesigned NBP electronic newsletter that features a look consistent with the new NBP Web site and will be released on a biweekly basis.  

Download a Free Coloring Book in English or Spanish


The Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) now offers a free, downloadable coloring book for grades 1 to 3. The fun and educational coloring book, Catch a Ride on the Water Cycle, is now available in Spanish.  

WEF Submits Comments on U.S. EPA Rules

On July 28, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to EPA’s June 1 Federal Register notice regarding National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements as they apply to municipal sanitary sewer collection systems and sanitary sewer overflows and peak flows. WEF’s Government Affairs Committee, coordinating with other WEF committees, submitted comments consistent with WEF’s April 30 Management of Wet Weather Flows by Municipal Utilities position statement.

On Aug. 2, WEF submitted comments in response to EPA’s June 24 proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register on “Identification of Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials That Are Solid Wastes.” A work group of volunteers from WEF’s Residuals and Biosolids Committee and leadership of the Air Quality and Odor Control Committee and Government Affair Committee participated in the review.  

Reviewers Needed for Basic Laboratory Procedures Special Publication

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) is updating its Manual of Practice Basic Laboratory Procedures for Wastewater Process Control and Permit Reporting so it includes current method references, up-to-date preservation methods, information on representative sampling and completing the Discharge Monitoring Report, and process control information to answer the questions of how and why to run a particular test. To ensure high-quality data, each method in the book will include appropriate quality assurance and quality control information.

The publication, designed to be used in the field by wastewater treatment plant operators, will focus on applicability to wastewater operations and include practice and study questions for operator training. Operators will learn to interpret the test results to better troubleshoot process control problems. The book will include photocopy-ready procedures and bench sheets.

Publication of the manual is set for January 2012. The project, being led by Sidney Innerebner, has officially launched, and the first draft will be ready for review in December. If you are interested in participating as a reviewer, would be able to work closely with WEF staff, and can dedicate the expertise and time to ensuring the development of a high-quality manual according to the publication schedule, contact Britt Sheinbaum at bsheinbaum@wef.org.  

WEF Announces the International Pavilion Program for 2010–2011

WEF Pavilion — Convención de ANEAS 2010
Mexico’s National Infrastructure Program includes increasing wastewater treatment to 60% of water collected. This will come at an estimated cost of more than $14 billion and massive overhauls of current infrastructure. The convention will be held Nov. 9–13, and the exposition will be held Nov. 10–13 in Mexico City. Exhibit materials are now available.

2011 WEF International Pavilion Shows

EverythingAboutWater Expo 2011
Jan. 6–8, Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, India

WETEX 2011
March 8–10, Dubai Convention and Exhibition Centre, United Arab Emirates

IFAT China + China Water Show 2011
May (dates to be determined), Shanghai New International Expo Centre, China

Aquatech Amsterdam 2011
Nov. 1–4, Amsterdam RAI

WATEC Israel 2011
Nov. 15–17, Tel Aviv Exhibition Centre, Israel

For more information, click here, or contact Laila Sukkariyyah at lsukkariyyah@wef.org

Prepare For These 2011 Conferences

The Utility Management Conference

Feb. 8–11, 2011, Denver

Water and wastewater managers and professionals will gather to hear the latest approaches, practices, processes, techniques, case studies, and research in all aspects of utility management.

Disinfection 2011

April 10–13, 2011, Cincinnati

Attend a forum for professionals concerned with disinfection needs and technologies, with a focus on the disinfection and treatment of water and wastewater in small communities and households. The conference will present information on various applications and the status and future directions of disinfection with respect to water, wastewater, and biosolids worldwide.

Residuals and Biosolids 2011 — Adapting Residuals Management to a Changing Climate

May 22–25, 2011, Sacramento, Calif.

Collection Systems 2011 — Rehab or Roulette: Is Our Environment at Risk?

June 12–15, 2011, Raleigh, N.C. 

Plan on Attending Industrial Wastewater Seminar 2011

Industrial Wastewater Seminar 2011

May 9–10, 2011, Atlantic City, N.J.

This workshop examines water and wastewater management approaches being applied to improve overall environmental performance and challenging issues, and to address difficult-to-treat constituents.