WEF Collection Systems Committee
Member Association Exchange

June 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.

To contact the WEF CSC Membership Chair, e-mail

Member Association News

Water Environment Association of South Carolina (WEASC) – Collection System Committee

The WEASC Wastewater Collection School is alive and kicking! From its beginnings in 1962 as the “meter school”, to sanctioning by the MA as four-hour collection course in 1987, to the present 3-1/2 day course, the school is a staple for collections training and preparation for certification in the state. 

Collection committee members form the core of the experienced instruction team and offer instruction in approximately 24 categories of collection operations and maintenance in preparation for the voluntary certification exam offered at the course’s conclusion.

For more information on WEASC’s successful training program, please contact Toby Humphries, WEASC CSC Chair,

Kansas Water Environment Association (KWEA) – Collection System Committee

The KWEA Collection System Committee has completed planning for our first Collection System Pre-Conference Workshop to be held August 31, 2009 in conjunction with our first joint conference with KS AWWA. The format will be a roundtable discussions hosted by experienced operations personnel. The program is aimed specifically at municipal collection operators and will cover several topics such as overflows/backups, financing/budget, new technology/techniques and utility conflict management. 

For more information or to register for KWEA’s workshop, please visit the MA’s web site:

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

Collection Systems 2009 in Louisville went very well. Attendance was what WEF hoped to have and everyone felt really good about reaching that goal! The exhibit floor was also similar in size to past years and there was very good feedback from the exhibitors also. One of the main highlights was the excellent opening session which included the head of Louisville MSD, the Mayor and some history of the city. Another standout event was the social evening, hosted by the KYTN member association.

Collection Specialty Conference Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts is now open for the 2010 Collection Systems Specialty Conference.  Next year’s conference will be held in Phoenix, Arizona from Sunday, June 13 through Wednesday, June 16. The period for submitting abstracts on papers related to collection systems topics will be open until August 11, 2009.

WEF is excited to announce that the list of abstract categories for the 2010 Collections System Specialty Conference has been expanded. A special invitation for papers on storm water topics will soon be distributed to the WEF membership. This is a topic that has reached a critical level of interest recently and which we hope to devote a prominent part in the conference. 

WEFTEC 2009 Private Sewer System Workshop

Utilities across the nation are facing a new and growing problem – aging and failing private sewer systems.  Customers served by these systems are facing increasing O&M costs and potentially disappearing developer owners and operators. Utilities who are taking over these systems are addressing complicated legal issues and expensive system problems. As we move toward more aggressive separate sanitary sewer system regulation, private sewer systems will become viewed as a type of satellite system, with unique set of challenges. 

WEFTEC 09 includes Workshop 209: “Private Sewer Systems, Who builds them, owns them and maintains them?”  This workshop presents information and case studies on ways utilities can design, operate and maintain, and regulate private sewer systems for the long term, best interest of the utility.

For more information, go to:

WEF Committees on

Check out the list of WEF committees, chair and vice chair contact information, committee reports and updates, online committee application, and leadership tips and tools at: Your MA committee leaders can easily connect to WEF committee leaders to learn and share information.

Another New Resource Available to MAs!! 

Sometimes, the number of presentation slots at a local conference may exceed the number of good and focused abstracts submitted. The WEF Collection Systems Committee maintains a list of abstracts submitted for WEFTEC and the Collection Systems Specialty Conference along with the contact information. The abstracts database offers local MA committees another source of good quality abstracts. Authors are not required to participate, but MAs are free to contact the authors. The database is updated every six months and currently lists over 350 abstracts, of which only about one-third have already been presented at the national conferences.  If you are interested in reviewing abstracts for your geographical area contact: Stu Bowns at either 859-512-7878 or

Technical News

Something Technical – Ingenta Database

WEF conference proceedings are available through the IngentaConnect website. Search through past papers published in the proceedings of WEF and specialty conferences since 2000. Papers are free to WEF members.

Did You Know?

WEF provides a ready source of data on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed into law on February 17.  PL 111-5 allocates over $7 billion for drinking water and wastewater projects.  The state revolving fund (SRF) programs will receive $6 billion, including $4 billion for the clean water SRF and $2 billion for the drinking water SRF, and the USDA Rural Water and Waste Disposal program will receive $1.38 billion for loans and grants.

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