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October 2009, Vol. 46, No. 8

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Attend WEFTEC.09


Join thousands of water and wastewater professionals Oct. 10 to 14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., for the 82nd annual technical exhibition and conference, WEFTEC.09, sponsored by the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.). As the largest annual water and wastewater exhibition in the world, the event will feature more than 900 exhibiting companies showcasing the latest developments in water quality. Learn about the latest in water quality technologies, services, and research from the conference’s 123 technical sessions, 31 workshops, and nine facility tours. Get all the information you need about the conference here or at www.weftec.org.

WEFTEC Helps You Meet Economic Challenges

WEFTEC.09 will address the current economic environment and provide you with the latest information and insights needed to survive and succeed. Examples of some of this programming include:

  • Workshop 210, “The New Deal: Capital Project Financing Under Constrained Credit Conditions,” and
  • Workshop 106, “Energy Conservation at Wastewater Facilities.”

WEFTEC09ColorLogoDetailed information on technical sessions pertaining to this topic can be found in the online planner at http://weftec2009.expoplanner.com.

WEFTEC has a discount program specifically designed to ensure that utilities wishing to participate in the conference still can, despite the strain of the current economic crisis. There is still time to take advantage of the discounts. Please email utilitypartnership@wef.org for more information.

Participate in WEFTEC 2010

The Water Environment Federation’s (WEF’s; Alexandria, Va.) Program Committee has announced that the WEFTEC 2010 call for abstracts, request for sessions, and solicitation for workshops are now available online. Next year’s conference will be held Oct. 2–6 in New Orleans.

Call for Abstracts
Be a part of the technical program at WEFTEC by submitting an abstract for consideration to present in New Orleans at WEFTEC 2010. WEF is soliciting abstracts on cutting-edge water quality topics of interest to all environmental stakeholders. Abstract proposals are accepted online here and are due by 12:00 a.m. EST on Dec. 2. Authors of accepted papers will be notified in April 2010. For more information, see the general abstract review criteria and guidelines, and the research abstract review criteria and guidelines.

Session Proposals
Committees are invited propose a session for the WEFTEC 2010 technical program. Proposals should include a session abstract, list of presentations and speakers (with professional affiliations), and a completed WEF-provided form as a cover sheet. Session proposals are due to Susan Merther, director of Technical Programs at smerther@wef.org by Dec. 10 with “WEFTEC.10 Session Proposal” in the subject line. For more information, see the session proposal information and form

Workshop Proposals
WEF also is accepting proposals for workshops that provide concentrated education for career-enhancing benefits. If a WEF committee has endorsed the proposal, the proposal should include documentation of this endorsement. Proposals should be submitted to workshops@wef.org in Microsoft Word format by Nov. 30.  For more information view the guidance and proposal form.

For more information see www.weftec.org/Education/CallforAbstracts or contact Susan Merther at smerther@wef.org or (703) 684-2417.

Registration Opens for These Specialty Conferences

Register this month for the following 2010 specialty conferences.

The Utility Management Conference™ 2010

When: Feb. 21–24, 2010

Where: InterContinental San Francisco Hotel

What: 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), WEF, 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. Read more information.

Registration: Now open. Sign up for the conference by Jan. 20, 2010, and save with the super saver rate. See online registration.

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: Opens mid-October. Sign up for the conference by Feb. 3, 2010, and save with the super saver rate. See online registration.

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: Opens mid-October. Sign up for the conference by Feb. 3, 2010, and save with the super saver rate. See online registration

Take a Sneak Peak at WEF’s 2010 Specialty Conferences

Next year, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) will host the following conferences for water and wastewater professionals to learn about the latest approaches, practices, processes, techniques, case studies, and research on various industry topics. 

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: Sign up for the conference by Feb. 17, 2010, and save with the super saver rate. See registration information.

Residuals and Biosolids 2010

When: May 23–26, 2010

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

What: The theme of this 24th annual conference is “Leveraging Biosolids in the Energy-Climate Era.” It will offer in-depth learning opportunities on residuals and biosolids management including sessions, an exhibition, workshops, and tours.

Registration: See registration information.

Membrane Applications 2010

When: June 6–9, 2010

Where: Hilton Anaheim (Calif.)

What: The conference features research and experience in the design and operation of membrane treatment systems for municipal and industrial treatment plants with a focus on tertiary membrane filtration, membrane bioreactors, and nanofiltration/reverse osmosis applications. Environmental professionals will discuss current and emerging technologies and applications including large-scale examples, decentralized treatment, sewer mining facilities, and water reuse.

Registration: See registration information.

Submit an Abstract for a WEF Specialty Conference

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) encourages those in the water quality industry to share their expertise with fellow professionals by submitting an abstract for a specialty conference, which helps presenters gain recognition by peers and employers. Abstracts are being accepted for the following conference:  

Biofilm Reactor Technology Conference 2010 

When: Aug. 15–18, 2010

Where: Portland, Ore.

What: Learn about biofilm reactor technologies and other engineered systems influenced by biofilms. The conference links practical application with basic sciences, enhancing communication between practitioners and researchers, and fostering the development of young water professionals.

Abstract Deadline: Nov. 12

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.

Register for Pretreatment Training

Registration is now open for pretreatment training courses that provide a basic regulatory and technical framework supporting the development and implementation of pretreatment programs.

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have offered these training courses since 1997. WEF and EPA will offer the following courses in November:

  • Introduction and Intermediate Topics, Nov. 3 to 5;
  • Intermediate and Advanced Topics, Nov. 4 to 6; and
  • Introduction, Intermediate, and Advanced Topics, Nov. 3 to 6.

Introduction Section
The introduction section of the training course provides a basic regulatory and technical framework which supports the development and implementation of pretreatment programs under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and the Clean Water Act. The course is recommended for environmental professionals responsible for developing and implementing the pretreatment program at the local level, industrial dischargers, consultants, and individuals with less than 2 years in a pretreatment program.

Intermediate Section
The intermediate section of the training course provides the framework for collecting, managing, and applying the information necessary to develop and issue individual control mechanisms (permits) to industrial dischargers. The course includes extensive discussion of the process for reviewing industrial information to determine appropriate categorization of the industry and subsequent effluent limit derivation.

Advanced Section
The advanced section is designed and recommended for environmental professionals responsible for developing and implementing the pretreatment program at the local level, industrial dischargers, and consultants.

The courses will be held at the Doubletree Hotel Crystal City in Arlington, Va. Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance from WEF, and continuing education credits are available. The deadline to preregister is Oct. 23, and onsite registration will be available. For more information, visit the Pretreatment Training seminar webpage or contact Lara Hughes at (703) 684-2442 or lhughes@wef.org.

Nominate a Water Hero

Water Heroes are professionals dedicated to protecting public health and the environment by cleaning the world’s water every day. The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) regularly features Water Heroes on its homepage to acknowledge and thank those working to improve water quality.

WEF is looking for more nominations. To get recognition for your friends and colleagues, nominate someone to be featured as a Water Hero by e-mailing the nominee’s name and e-mail address to waterheroes@wef.org. WEF staff will take over from there. See previous Water Heroes.

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.

Ronald J. Bergland, member since Jan. 1, 1973, California Water Environment Association.


Photo courtesy of Ronald J. Bergland.

Anthony P. Izzo, member since Jan. 1, 1973, Virginia Water Environment Association and North Carolina Water Environment Association.


Photo courtesy of Anthony P. Izzo.

Carl M. Koch, member since Jan. 1, 1971, Chesapeake Water Environment Association.


Photo courtesy of Carl M. Koch. 

Joe Stowe Jr., member since Jan. 1, 1973, North Carolina Water Environment Association, South Carolina Water Environment Association, Georgia Association of Water Professionals, and Florida Water Environment Association.


Photo courtesy of Oscar Einzig Photography.


  • Robert Baker, member since Jan. 1, 1967, Ontario Water Environment Association.
  • Ronald J. Bergland, member since Jan. 1, 1973, California Water Environment Association.
  • Anthony N. Borowiec, member since Jan. 1, 1971, New York Water Environment Association.
  • John W. Ringelestein, member since Jan. 1, 1970, Iowa Water Environment Association.
  • Harold L. Welborn Jr., member since Jan. 1, 1969, California Water Environment Association.
  • 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 China Water Show; IFAT — International Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Refuse and Recycling; and a show in Latin America with details to be determined. These opportunities offer 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.

    WEF Pavilion at the IFAT China and China Water Show 2010
    The International Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Refuse, Recycling, and Natural Energy Sources (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 IFAT
    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.

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

    WEF International Pavilion benefits include the following:

    • 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 more information, please contact Laila Sukkariyyah at lsukkariyyah@wef.org, (703) 684-2458, or (703) 650-8516 (mobile). During WEFTEC.09 in Orlando: WEFTEC Onsite Sales Office, Orange County Convention Center, Hall C – behind registration.

    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.

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