WEF Collection Systems Committee
Member Association Exchange

August 2009

Contact Information

If you would like to communicate with your fellow Member Associations, to ask for advice or share knowledge, just reply to this e-mail and your question/comment will reach all Member Association Collections Systems Chairs and Co-Chairs across North America. Let's work together.

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Member Association News

Iowa Water and Pollution Control Association (IWPCA) - Collection System Committee

IWPCA developed and conducted a one-day training program in mid-June this year to provide hands-on-field training for the state's collection system operators. The 10-hour program was conducted adjacent to and inconjunction with the MA's annual conference in Clinton, Iowa. There were 21 collection system operators in attendance. There were four main topics: Nozzle Technologies, Jet Equipment Operation, Camera Technologies, and Confined Space Entry. A one-hour panel discussion was held in the classroom for each topic followed by an hour and a half of field contact and demonstrations. Due to the success of this first IWPCA-CSC program offering, subsequent programs in conjuction with the annual conference are being planned. A 30-year field operations veteran commented, "This is the first time that I have been able to see the actual spray pattern of the nozzle and how it works in the sewer to clean the line." He intends to send all operators under his supervision to the program next year. For more information on this successful training program, please contact Mark McGuire, IWPCA CSC Chair (

Alabama Water Environment Association (AWEA) – Collection System Committee

AWEA's CSC recently met to advance two new initiatives in consideration of service to smaller utilities in the state: 1) A general "outreach" that includes contacting and recruiting nominations for the MA's Golden Manhole Award and contact with operators and managers to find ways that AWEA may serve their needs; and 2) Development of a "collection system repository" to make available tools for the management and operations of sanitary sewer collection sytems. Both initiatives will benefit from the development of a website currently under way to make available useful links and member contact, standard operating procedures, flow calculation tools, sample contracts, training presentations, etc. The MA's goal is to hae the site up and running in time for "roll-out" and demonstration at the AWEA annual conference in April 2010. For more information, please contact Tony Sneed, P.E., AWEA SCS Chair ( or visit AWEA's website (

Pennsylvania Water Environment Assocation (PWEA) - Collection System Committee

PWEA's CSC Eastern Subcommittee is presenting a luncheon titled "Collection System Funding" on September 25, 2009, in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. This workshop includes interactive sessions to guide attendees in the identification of collection system needs and the skills to effectively present those needs to board members, designers, and ratepayers. Attendees will earn 2.0 Wastewater Contact Hours. Registration deadline is Septemeber 16, 2009. For more information, please contact Jeff Cantwell, PWEA CSC Co-Chair (610-918-3857 or, or click here for the flyer.

Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA) - Collection System Committee

MWEA's CSC is hosting its annual conference on Thursday, October 1st at the Eagle Eye Banquet Facility in East Lansing, Michigan.  The theme of this year’s conference is “What Do Your Pipes Look Like?”  The all day program will feature presentations on Collection Systems inspection techniques, an overview of the NASSCO PACP Assessment, CMOM and new inspection and rehabilitation technologies.  The seminar will feature a special guest speaker, Rod Thornhill, President of White Rock Consultants and former Officer and Past President of NASSCO.

For more information on the seminar and for online registration, please visit the MWEA website at or call the MWEA office at (517) 641-7377.

If there is anything that makes your MA unique, we’d like to know about it. Let us highlight the neat things your MA is doing in the realm of collection systems. Share any successes, milestones, initiatives, innovations, fun ideas, etc. with the WEF collection systems community by e-mailing a short summary to Kevin Waldron at

WEF News

Upcoming WEF Webcast

On September 16, 2009, the Collection System O&M - Back to Basics (and Beyond) webcast series will continue with a new webcast titled Pipeline Sustainability through Certified Inspection. The webcast will explore the true costs and benefits of pipeline inspection programs through a technical presentation of tools and processes for effective inspection and rehabilitation and case studies for "lessons learned" in application. Registration deadline is September 9, 2009.

Speakers include:
- Gerhard P. Muenchmeyer, P.E., NASSCO, Inc.
- John F. Jurgens, Seattle Public Utilities (WA)
- Michael D. Smith, P.E., Municipality of Bethel Park  (PA)
- James J. Paluch, Joint Meeting of Essex and Union Counties (NJ)

WEF CSC Sponsored Events at WEFTEC.09

Saturday, October 10th, 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM
WEF Collection Systems Committee Meeting

Sunday, October 11th, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Workshop 209: Private Sewer Systems: Who Owns Them? Who Builds Them? Who Maintains Them?
Monday, October 12th, 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Tour 1: Collection Systems and Water Reuse Tour: Wastewater Not Wasted

Tuesday, October 13th, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Collection Systems Luncheon: Keynote Speaker - Tom Walker, Director of Engineering for the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority

Monday-Wednesday, all day
Collection System Technical Sessions

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WEF and NACWA Preparing Document on Core Attributes to Effectively Manage Wastewater Collection Systems

WEF and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) have been working together to develop a Core Attributes document on Effectively Managed Wastewater Collection Systems. The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for the development of a collection systems management program or comparative evaluation of existing programs to standard industry practices. A draft of the document was completed earlier this summer and is currently being reviewed by U.S. EPA and the American Public Works Association (APWA). The document is scheduled to be finalized this fall in time for WEFTEC.09 in Orlando, Florida.

Did You Know?

Senate Committee Approves Sewage Overflow Community Right-to-Know Act

On June 18, 2009, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee authorized the Sewage Overflow Community Right-to-Know Act (S. 937). This bill is designed to provide more effective monitoring of sewage overflows and public advisories for the associated threat of contamination. According to the bill's sponsor, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), EPA data shows 1.8 million to 2.5 million people each year get sick from water contaminated by sewage overflows. EPW Chairwoman, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), also cites EPA data reporting there are 23,000 to 75,000 sanitary sewer overflows each year. The bill's scope is specific to overflows from separate sanitary sewer systems and currently excludes overflows from municipal combined sewer systems.

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