Knowledge management consists of multiple subcommittees the MRRDC identifies as “Work Groups. These Work Groups convert research and/or “knowledge practice gaps” into a peer-reviewed deliverables useful for practitioners. They are intended to have a “life span” that reflects the relevance to industry practices. They may be “sunsetted” when deliverables are completed and/or if it is determined that the primary drivers for the Work Group’s topics are deemed no longer of high priority in the advancement of the industry. Current MRRDC Work Groups include:
Mission: To inform and provide deliverables to practitioners within the MRRDC Subcommittee and WEF members at large on different design or implementation strategies for water reuse from the perspective of the municipal sector.
Activities: Fact sheets, Review group for water reuse related materials
Modeling Expert Group of the Americas (MEGA):
Mission: The primary goal of the work group is two-fold 1) expand the use of models for municipal and industrial process design and operation; and, 2) education and training. The scope of MEGA’s activities places it in a unique position. MEGA transcends the typical work group definition because modeling is now so prevalent in so many MRRDC activities.
Activities: WEF webcasts; OWWLs; biannual newsletters created in close coordination with MEGA YPs; workshops at WEFTEC and other conferences; coordination with many MRRDC work groups; mentoring MEGA YPs
Mission: To develop, recommend, support, and conduct programs of general and technical information relating to the advancement of municipal wastewater treatment modeling. The MEGA YP subcommittee was established in January 2016.
Activities: Networking and outreach; mentoring opportunities with experienced professionals, biannual newsletters; annual WEF webcast; planning and organizing WEFTEC technical sessions and workshops; and writing white papers, fact sheets and OWWLs
Biofilms Interest Group:
Mission: The biofilm interest group is a working group within the MRRDC for members interested in biofilm reactor technologies. Its areas of focus include research, design, modeling, simulation, and cost estimation. Our goals are to disseminate fundamental knowledge and recent innovations concerning biofilm reactors to the WEF community.
Activities: Annual WEFTEC meetings including presentations on specific biofilm topics; WEF webcasts; workshops and sessions at WEFTEC and WRRmod
Models for Operations:
Mission: To reduce obstacles hindering model application at wastewater utilities
(1) Define metrics of successful implementation of models for operations
(2) Identify model applications where the greatest return in investment and greatest benefit is to be had
(3) Identify software development needs
(4) Address training needs
Activities: Conferences submittals, such as for WEFTEC and WRRmod; WE&T articles and Operator Essential Columns; OWWLs related to modeling fundamentals
Relationship and Role of Deammonification
Instrumentation and Control
Energy & Carbon Recovery
Wet Weather Treatment