WEF’s Disinfection & Public Health Committee shall develop, coordinate and conduct programs of general and technical information relating to the advancement of disinfection practices for water, wastewater, and residuals to protect public health.

The goals of the Committee are to grow and assist the Federation, both domestic and international, in the educational aspects of these disinfection and public health issues.

Disinfection & Public Health Committee members serve as WEF’s technical resource for all topics related to disinfection including, but not limited to:

  • New approaches to disinfection, optimization of proven methods, and the use of existing technologies for new applications;
  • Disinfection regulations, standards and permit compliance;
  • Disinfection byproducts and other challenges
  • The design, operation and maintenance of disinfection systems
  • Wet weather and reclaimed water disinfection;
  • Proper handling and environmental safety of disinfectants
  • Community sanitation and clean drinking water efforts

Products
Volunteers share their knowledge of these and other topics by:

  • Developing workshops and moderating technical sessions each year at WEFTEC®;
  • Sponsoring a biannual disinfection specialty conference;
  • Authoring articles for WEF's technical journals;
  • Participating in the development of educational materials such as books, webcasts, distance learning courses and more;
  • Providing comments to WEF Government Affairs on Federation Position Statements and U.S. government regulations and policies.

Meetings

The Disinfection & Public Health Committee meets at committee-associated conferences and each year at WEFTEC. Most committee business, however, is conducted via teleconference or email.

Committee Membership Application

WEFCOM

Chair

Scott Schaefer, 2019 - 2021
Tel: 763-463-5036
Email: [email protected]

Vice-Chairs

Kari Brisolara, 2019- 2021
Tel:    504-568-5725
Email:  [email protected]

Brian Hilts, 2019 - 2021
Tel:  518-782-4500
Email:  [email protected] 

Staff Manager

Beth Conway
Tel: 703-684-2400 ext. 5265
Email: [email protected]

2018 Disinfection Survey Results

The 2018 WEF Disinfection Survey Results report presents current practices and historical trends. 158 WRRFs participated in the survey.  The related report, Current and Historical Wastewater Disinfection Practices: A WEF Survey (Goldman-Torres, et al.) was presented at WEFTEC 2019.   (Use your computer mouse to hover over elements in the report for additional information).

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Disinfection Subcommittees

Conferences and Events
Stan Shmia - Chair
[email protected] 

Michael Watts - Co-chair
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Jenny Reina - Co-chair
[email protected]

Communications
Brian Hilts - Chair
[email protected]

Philip Block - Co-chair
[email protected]

Bob English - Co-chair
[email protected]

Membership
Stan Shmia - Chair
[email protected] 

Maria Claudia Reed - Co-chair
[email protected]

Todd Archer - Co-chair
[email protected]

Microconstituents
Jenny Reina - Chair
[email protected]

Gary Hunter - Co-chair
[email protected]

Pathogen Standards
Raul Gonzalez - Chair
[email protected]

Akin Babatola
[email protected]

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WaSH)
Christine Yi - Chair
[email protected]

Keerthi Palanisamy - Co-chair
[email protected]

Maria Claudia Reed - Co-chair
m[email protected]

Waterborne Infectious Disease Outbreak Control (WIDOC)
Rasha Maal-Bared - Chair
[email protected]

Webcasts
Josh Goldman-Torres - Chair
[email protected]

Rasha Maal-Bared
[email protected]

Workshops
Leonard Casson - Chair
[email protected]

Ajit Ghorpade - Co-chair
[email protected]

Keerthi Palanisamy - Co-chair
[email protected]

Steering
DPHC Leadership

Nominations
DPHC Leadership