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March 2011, Vol. 48, No. 2

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Attend WEF, AWWA Government Affairs ‘Fly-In’ in April

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA; Denver) will host the first “Water Matters Fly-In” April 4–5, in Washington, D.C. The event will provide an opportunity to educate newly elected leaders on water issues with delegations from each state.

Free to WEF and AWWA members, the event provides an opportunity for WEF members and Member Associations (MAs) to be involved directly in educational outreach to congressional representatives from their states. The fly-in includes briefings and discussions of current clean water and drinking water issues, scheduled visits with congressmen on Capitol Hill, a reception for participants and invited congressional guests, and a concluding luncheon to share information and lessons learned. See the agenda for details.  

For more information, contact Nick Bardis at nbardis@wef.org or (703) 684-2400, ext. 7731, or Kelsey Brown at kbrown@wef.org or (703) 684-2477. To register, contact Tommy Holmes at tholmes@awwa.org.

Exhibitors Talk About Why WEFTEC Is Number One


The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) has released a video of what exhibitors think of WEFTEC. Taken from interviews on the show floor at WEFTEC 2010 New Orleans, the video shows exhibitors discussing what makes the annual technical conference and exhibition a successful show for them.
WEFTEC Exhibitors Video
“This is where we want to be,” said Alec Mackie of JWC Environmental (Costa Mesa, Calif.). “This is where the customers really come to see the machines up close.” Find out what the exhibitors had to say in the video.

More than 26,000 m2 (280,000 ft2) of space has already been booked by more than 750 exhibiting companies for WEFTEC 2011. Booth space is still available. Don’t miss your chance to exhibit at WEFTEC 2011 and reach thousands of water quality experts from around the world; click here to book a booth today. 
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New Login Required for WEF Web Site, Online Shopping

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) has launched a new customer database and online shopping experience. WEF members and customers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and U.S. Territories now need to log in to the Web site using e-mail addresses instead of member numbers. Click here for more information, or contact WEF Customer Service at csc@wef.org or (800) 666-0206 for assistance. 

Register for WEFTEC 2011 This Month
WEFTEC® 2011 registration officially opens, March 31. The 84th annual Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) Technical Exhibition and Conference will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center Oct. 15–19.  WEFTEC 2011 logo

Sign up to receive an e-mail reminder when WEFTEC registration opens and you will be entered for a chance to win one of three $50 Visa gift cards. You must sign up by March 20 to be entered in the drawing. Visit http://www.weftec.org/savethedate today. Winners will be notified by March 31. 
WEF ‘2010 Year in Review’ Available Now
2010 Year in Review

Find information about Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) events, activities, and accomplishments for the past year in the 2010 Year in Review available both as an interactive document and a printable PDF


Reviewers Needed for WEF Publications

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) seeks reviewers for two publications:

  • An update to Manual of Practice (MOP) 1 to be titled Safety, Health, and Security in Wastewater Systems, will have updated material and current regulations for readers. Publication of the manual is set for August 2012. The project, being led by Tim Page–Bottorff, has officially launched, and the first draft will be ready for review in April.
  • Standard Sustainability Reporting Statements for Wastewater Systems is a special publication that will propose a set of standard environmental performance report formats for use by the wastewater utility industry to facilitate uniform reporting in a manner similar to that currently used for financial reporting. The publication would outline the environmental reporting equivalent of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for environmental performance reporting by wastewater systems, providing general guidance on how information should be compiled and offering standard reporting templates. Publication is anticipated in September 2012. The project, which is being led by Eric Rothstein and Andy Shaw, officially launches this month. The first draft will be ready for review in August 2011.

If you are interested in participating as a reviewer and are able to work closely with WEF staff and to 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.

Review USGS Science Strategy Document

Review the U.S. Geological survey (USGS) draft of the USGS Global Change Science Strategy: A Framework for Understanding and Responding to Climate and Land-Use.

In 2007, the USGS developed a Science Strategy outlining six overarching strategic science directions to focus on during the next 10 years. One of these directions is the Climate and Land Use Change mission area.

The document available for review describes the USGS 10-year science strategy in this mission area, a part of an overall effort to create strategies for all of the new mission areas. The strategy will be used in setting priorities and implementing planning for future USGS climate and land-use change programs and activities.

Provide comments and feedback, which will be taken into consideration when preparing the final documents, by clicking on “Global Change” under Currently Open for Comment at http://www.usgs.gov/start_with_science/. The draft will be available to review through April 8. 

Register Now for These Conferences and Events

Don’t miss the opportunity to take part in the following educational opportunities by registering today:

  • Disinfection 2011 will cover information on various applications and the status and future directions of disinfection with respect to water, wastewater, and biosolids worldwide. With an emphasis on the disinfection and treatment of water and wastewater in small communities and households, the conference will be held April 10–13 in Cincinnati. Register by March 9 to take advantage of the super-saver registration rate. Register online.
  • Industrial Wastewater Seminar 2011 examines water and wastewater management approaches being applied to improve overall environmental performance, surmount challenging issues, and address difficult-to-treat constituents. The seminar will be held May 9–10 in Atlantic City, N.J. Registration instructions appear in the New Jersey Water Environment Association Conference Flyer.
  • Residuals and Biosolids 2011 — Adapting Residuals Management to a Changing Climate will focus on local and national perspectives on sustainable biosolids management technologies and programs. The conference will be held May 22–25 in Sacramento, Calif. Register by April 20 to take advantage of the super-saver registration rate. Register online.
Sneak Peak at Upcoming Conferences and Events

Collection Systems 2011 — Rehab or Roulette: Is Our Environment at Risk?
June 12–15, Raleigh, N.C.

European Water Association/WEF/Japan Sewage Works Association Specialty Conference on Cutting-Edge Technologies and Best Practices on Sewerage

July 28–29, Tokyo

Energy and Water 2011 — Efficiency, Generation, Management, and Climate Impacts

July 31–Aug. 3, Chicago  

Global Opportunities for New Markets and Sales

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) International Pavilions provide companies with a cost-effective, direct-marketing opportunity to introduce and distribute products and services into the global market. WEF International Pavilions give businesses with development plans in the Middle East, China, Singapore, and Europe an opportunity to exhibit under the WEF banner in a prime location and reach out to thousands of new potential customers. Reserve your space at a WEF International Pavilion Show today. 

IFAT China + China Water Show 2011
With the Chinese government allocating $454 billion for environmental protection through 2015, the show is set to be a leading platform for the environmental industry in China.

May 5–7, Shanghai New International Expo Centre, China

Singapore International Water Week Water Expo 2011
(recently added)
This event is a key international trade show expected to bring close to $2.3 billion in projects and investments into Singapore. Held in conjunction with the World Cities Summit, the 2010 Water Expo saw record growth to more than 14,000 attendees from 112 countries and regions.

July 4–8 (convention) and July 5–7 (exposition); Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Suntec City

Aquatech Amsterdam 2011
Nov. 1–4, Amsterdam RAI (Rijwiel en Automobiel Industrie) 

WEF Pavilion - IFAT China 2010 Small

IFAT China + China Water Show 2010. Click for larger image.

WATEC Israel 2011
Nov. 15–17, Tel Aviv (Israel) Exhibition Center

For more information, click here, or contact Laila Sukkariyyah at (703) 684-2458, (703) 650-8516, or lsukkariyyah@wef.org.


WEF’s Upcoming Webcasts

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the continuing series of Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) webcasts, Perspectives on Collection Systems Rehabilitation and Replacement, which provide viewpoints from engineers, consultants, manufacturers, contractors, owners, and operators; case studies and lessons learned; and effective quality assurance and control through four webcasts.

  • Perspectives on Service Lateral Rehabilitation, scheduled for June 1
  • Perspectives on Pump/Lift Station Rehabilitation, scheduled for Nov. 16
  • Perspectives on Pipeline Replacement, held Nov. 10, 2010 — recording available
  • Perspectives on Manhole Rehabilitation held Feb. 9 — recording available

Buy three of the webcasts and receive the fourth free. Those who purchase the series will receive access to recordings of past webcasts in the series.

Upcoming WEFMAX Meetings

Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) House of Delegate members and Member Association (MA) leaders are invited to attend the following WEFMAX meetings for the opportunity to discuss challenges, share successes, and become acquainted with WEF staff and MA leaders. 

Please note each MA is asked to share information on its programs and services and encouraged to develop a one-page, two-sided “Fast Facts” sheet with historical statistics and current information. See the sample Fast Facts sheet as a guide and plan to bring 55 copies to share with WEFMAX attendees.

Young Professionals Summit

Young professional (YP) members of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and American Water Works Association (Denver), as well as nonmembers, are invited to attend the 2011 YP Summit.

The event will be held April 14 in Louisville, Ky., in conjunction with the Kentucky WEFMAX meeting; YP Summit attendees are invited and encouraged to attend WEFMAX. The summit offers professional development sessions on career enhancement topics, such as leadership skills and job advancement. It also offers an opportunity to learn more about WEF and network with WEF leaders. Register online. For more information, contact Dianne Crilley at dcrilley@wef.org or (703) 684-2445.

New Cities Added to Popular Security Training Series

Ensuring safe drinking water and effective wastewater treatment services are essential to the public health and economic vitality of any society. Being prepared to promote drinking water and wastewater services during and after an incident will reduce hardships. 

Water Sector Interdependencies

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, has held a series of general awareness trainings on water-sector interdependencies. Upcoming training opportunities include the following.