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November 2009, Vol. 46, No. 9

Top Story

WEF Releases New Manuals of Practice

MOP 8, Fifth Edition

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The globally renowned Water Environment Federation (WEF Alexandria, Va.) publication, the Manual of Practice, or MOP, is the principal reference for contemporary plant design practices of wastewater engineering professionals, augmented by performance information from operating facilities.   

This 3000-page manual incorporates the collective experience of more than 300 practicing professionals. The update of this 11-year-old publication, the Design of Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants, Manual of Practice No. 8, Fifth Edition, provides new information on membranes, energy conservation, enhanced nutrient-control systems, odor control, approaches to minimizing biosolids production, and more. Design examples are provided, in some instances, to show how current design guidelines and practices of municipal wastewater engineering professionals can be applied.The fifth edition of MOP 8 addresses the key technical advances in wastewater treatment that have occurred in the past 11 years, including

  • membrane bioreactors replacing conventional secondary treatment processes in a smaller footprint;
  • advancements within integrated fixed-film–activated sludge systems and moving-bed biological reactor systems;
  • disinfection alternatives to chlorine;
  • biotrickling filtration for odor control;
  • increased use of ballasted flocculation;
  • sidestream nutrient removal to reduce the loading on the main nutrient-removal process; and
  • use and application of modeling wastewater treatment processes for the basis of design and evaluations of alternatives.

Developed simultaneously with the new edition of MOP 8, a separate manual of practice has been published to address the use of computer models in the design of wastewater treatment processes. An Introduction to Process Modeling for Designers — MOP 31 provides a broad range of information to enable process engineers to understand general modeling concepts, terminology unique to computer modeling, and practical guidance and ideas on how to use process models for design of small, medium-size, and large wastewater treatment plants.

MOP 7, Sixth Edition
The Wastewater Collection Systems Management, Manual of Practice No. 7, Sixth Edition, provides up-to-date guidance on the oversight of wastewater collection systems, including gravity sewers, pumping stations, force mains, and other sewer-conveyance-related facilities.

Integrating asset-management principles to individual topics, this volume offers strategies for developing a comprehensive asset-management program that encompasses capacity, management, operations, and maintenance principles; as well as the business, engineering, human resource, and communications aspects of a wastewater collection systems project. Information management has been added to this edition to provide guidance on how managers can leverage digital tools to improve decision-making. A chapter on emergency preparedness and security has been added to address natural disasters, incidents caused by humans, and technological failures.

MOP 32
Energy Conservation in Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities, Manual of Practice No. 32 discusses principles and concepts of energy requirements, potential sources of inefficiency, and recommended energy conservation measures for specific equipment and processes in water and wastewater treatment.

The manual addresses utility billing procedures and incentives, as well as energy considerations for electric motors and transformers, pumps, variable controls, aeration systems, blowers, and solids processes. Because energy represents the largest or second-largest expense in a water or wastewater utility’s budget, alongside personnel costs, cost control through energy management should be a high priority for all managers.

WEF Needs Literature Review Authors

WERCoverThe Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) is soliciting authors to prepare a review of the literature for the following sections of the Water Environment Research Annual Literature Review:

  • Thermal Effects, and
  • Wastewater Collection Systems.

Authors will be asked to search for literature published in 2009 on the subjects listed above; review the abstracts, conclusions, etc., of the literature; and provide a synopsis of the literature by April 1, 2010. The typical term of service on the committee is 5 years. Those interested should indicate which section(s) they are interested in and send a brief resume by Dec. 1 to Anthony Krizel, managing editor, Water Environment Research, at akrizel@wef.org

Participate in WEFTEC 2010

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; 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 to 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 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
WEF Committees are invited to propose a session for the WEFTEC 2010 technical program. Proposals should include a session abstract, a 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, contact Susan Merther at smerther@wef.org or (703) 684-2417. 

The Future for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Discussed at WEFTEC.09

The past year has revealed a cascade of decaying water infrastructure across the United States. Americans have watched as cars are swept down rivers and entire communities are doused with water because of main breaks and overflows. Swallowed vehicles are becoming regular news as collapsing pipes create sinkholes. The gap in water infrastructure investment is becoming readily apparent. 

Utilities are approaching these challenges in different ways, such as implementing rate hikes, bond issues, and asset management programs. Many are seeking partnerships at the federal, state, and local levels.

At WEFTEC.09 in Orlando, Fla., water experts discussed such proposals as the Clean Water Trust Fund, a national water bank, and State Revolving Fund appropriations. They explored new approaches, including expanding the definition of water infrastructure to include “green” infrastructure and decentralized treatment options. One theme remained consistent: Public awareness and appreciation are essential to any sustainable future for water infrastructure.

A new report by the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF; Alexandria, Va.) confirms the need for public awareness of these issues. After interviewing elected and appointed officials individually and in focus groups, WERF concluded that public outreach is an essential complement to sustainable asset management. Education is needed to build public support for the decisions necessary for infrastructure sustainability.

WILLogoThe Water Is Life, and Infrastructure Makes It Happen™ education initiative was developed by the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) to meet this need. Eye-catching graphics and thought-compelling slogans, designed specifically for utilities without large public relations budgets, are free, downloadable, and customizable. They promote the correlation between water infrastructure and quality of life, making the connections with public health, the environment, and a strong economy. More than 150 utilities have put them to use so far. To learn more, see www.WaterIsLife.net. E-mail loken@wef.org to receive a free CD containing educational materials to use in your community. 

Recognizing Those Who Have Recruited New WEF Members

WEFMAThe Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Membership Committee recognizes the following WEF members who have helped further the Federation’s mission by recruiting new members between September 2008 and September 2009. 

Arkansas Water Environment Association
— Mack M. Vought

California Water Environment Association — Rajinder S. Gumber and Linda Losurdo

Central States Water Environment Association — Daniel L. Lynch, Keith F. Redmond, and Danette M. Stout

Chesapeake Water Environment Association — Barbara Hearne

Florida Water Environment Association — Jeffrey E. Potee and Leslie A. Turner

Hawaii Water Environment Association — Lance Manabe

Illinois Water Environment Association — Steve Graceffa and Thomas E. Kunetz

Indiana Water Environment Association — Craig A. Williams

Iowa Water Environment Association — Chris A. Pedersen and Dennis W. White

Kansas Water Environment Association — Sylvan Coles, Dennis L. Dunbar, Paul Hiebert, Don W. Kirkland, and Ron Thomann

New England Water Environment Association — Kartik Chandran, Richard D. Cuzner, George Harrington, Charles W. Tyler, Thomas A. Tyler, and Sharon Zelmanowitz

New Jersey Water Environment Association — Bruce H. Banker, Eva K. Bendlin, Francis J. Bonaccorso, Joseph Bonaccorso, Mario F. Bonaccorso, Mary E. Buzby, Greg Cardena, Bryan J. Christiansen, James DeBlock, Robert J. DeBlock, Stephen Dowhan, Richard D. Eustace, Robert C. Fischer, Darlene Galbraith, Thomas Grenci, Franklin S. Hartman, Jeffrey Heiner, Joseph Hochreiter, Christian T. Hoffman, Russell K. Johnson, John J. Lagrosa, Donna Lyons, Jeanne Maiellano, Rocco J. Maiellano, Blake G. Maloney, Terence McHugh, Christine M. Morton, William J. Muszynski, James J. Paluch, Henry Penley, Frank A. Pestana, Donna L. Peteja, Manuel Ponte, Michael A. Roy, Jeffrey A. Smit, Robert Sokolowski, Joseph J. Soporowski, David J. Tanzi, and Fred Weller

New York Water Environment Association — Francis A. Bridges, Lawrence Brincat, Robert Butterworth, Joseph L. Fiegl, Joseph Gibney, Stefan J. Grimberg, Gregory J. Levaseur, Joseph H. Marturano, A. Scott McFarland, Bruce G. Munn, Christopher D. Murphy, Peter J. Petriccione, Walter P. Saukin, William E. Schutt, and Constantine Yapijakis

Ohio Water Environment Association — Margie D. Anderson, Douglas P. Clark, William M. Crute, Greg Doubikin, Nicholas Elmasian, Michael A. Frommer, Amy J. Fuller, Robert J. Houser, Cheryl A. Shafer, Steven F. Shiets, and Terry Stockelman

Pacific Northwest Water Environment Association — Clayton L. Brown, John C. Lewis, and Thomas M. Penpraze

Pennsylvania Water Environment Association — Arthur Auchenbach III, Charles K. Brence, Patrick J. Cyr, Ed Ellinger, Ronald D. Kelly, Christopher Patackis, Lucinda J. Pype, and M. John Schon

Mexico Water Environment Association — Manuel Oses

Missouri Water Environment Association — Rebecca J. Coyle and Sotirios G. Grigoropoulos

Montana Water Environment Association — Dana L. Audet

Nebraska Water Environment Association — Joseph R. Dabbs and Sharon M. Miller

North Carolina Water Environment Association — Howard Dale Crisp

North Dakota Water Environment Association — Harvey Gullicks and Wei Lin

Oklahoma Water Environment Association — Thomas P. Krueger

Puerto Rico Water Environment Association — Justino R. Ferrer

Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association — Lew Meeks

South Carolina Water Environment Association — Rebecca West

South Dakota Water Environment Association — Delvin E. DeBoer and Chris Schmit

Texas Water Environment Association — Gary L. Burton, Dennis R. Laskowski, and Lynne H. Moss

Virginia Water Environment Association — Charles B. Bott, James C. Grandstaff, and Stephen T. Motley

Western Canada Water Environment Association — Nigel Slater and Lori L. Splett

West Virginia Water Environment Association — Alfred R. Roman and David C. Sago

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.

  •  Patrick Kwok, member since Jan. 1, 1974, California Water Environment Association.
 Photo courtesy of Patrick Kwok.
  • Robert F. Hoffman, member since Jan. 1, 1968, Central States Water Environment Association.
 Photo courtesy of Robert F. Hoffman.
  • John E. Fisher, member since Jan. 1, 1972, Indiana Water Environment Association.
  • Donald A. King, member since Jan. 1, 1966, Florida Water Environment Association.
  • T. Wallace, member since Jan. 1, 1973, Pacific Northwest Water Environment Association.
Submit an Abstract for WEF Specialty Conferences

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 is Nov. 12. Submit abstracts online here

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 Now for These Specialty Conferences

The Utility Management Conference™ 2010
: 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. 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. Because the Cities of the Future 2010 conference is collocated with the Urban River Restoration 2010 conference, one registration fee allows entry to sessions at both conferences. 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. Because the Urban River Restoration 2010 conference is collocated with the 2010 Cities of the Future conference, one registration fee allows entry to sessions at both conferences. 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

Register for Pretreatment Training

Registration is now open for pretreatment training courses providing 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.

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, click here, or contact Lara Hughes at (703) 684-2442 or lhughes@wef.org

More Upcoming Specialty Conferences

Residuals and Biosolids 2010  
When: 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 
When: June 6–9, 2010

Where: Hilton Anaheim (Calif.)

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

Collection Systems 2010 
When: 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 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 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.

The IFAT Munich 2008 show. Click for large image.
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 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.

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