WEF Collection Systems Committee
Member Association Exchange

February 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

WEA of Ontario (WEAO) – Collection Systems Committee

The WEAO CSC will be conducting its spring technical seminar on February 26, 2009.  The topic of the seminar will be “How to Build and Maintain Sustainable Collection Systems by Involving Operators”.  Key themes to be addressed include: development of operator friendly designs, information management specifically related to Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) applications, and challenges faced by small and large municipalities related to workforce planning. 

The seminar format will also emphasize the inclusion of the operations and maintenance perspectives and technology transfer.  A ‘whitepaper’ will be developed in breakout sessions as a meaningful deliverable for distribution and use by the WEAO membership.

See for more information and registration information.

The Chesapeake WEA (CWEA) – Collection System Committee

CWEA CSC is planning to hold a luncheon workshop in Baltimore, MD, on April 17, 2009, entitled “It Takes 2”. The workshop will feature a panel of area municipalities and engineering firms discussing the implementation and administration of communication and cooperation between Operations and Engineering. The panel presentation will be designed to stimulate a lively discussion with all attendees.

The CWEA CSC currently has 70 members active in promoting education and outreach. If you are interested in joining us, please contact the CSC Chair Laurie Perkins at 410-242-3838 or

WEF News

WEF Hosts Webcast on Stimulus Funding for Wastewater Infrastructure

On February 2, 2009, WEF hosted a webcast highlighting the pending stimulus package information and funding expected to be made available to projects across the country. A copy of the presentation is available on Recording of the webcast will be available soon.

Other WEF CSC Activities

Check out our newsletter!  The WEF Collection System Committee publishes an electronic newsletter each month that includes information on all the projects and initiatives of the CSC.   News on updates to Manuals of Practice, upcoming webcasts, our virtual library for private property (collection) programs around the country and much more! 

Registration for Collection Systems Specialty Conference Now Open!

In association with the Kentucky/Tennessee WEA, the WEF CSC is pleased to announce the 2009 Collection Systems Specialty Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, from April 19-22, 2009. For more information on the technical program and how to register, please visit

Technical News

Upcoming WEF Webcast

On March 19, 2009, 1 pm – 3pm EST, the Collection System O&M – Back to Basics (and Beyond) series will continue with WEF- hosted webcast entitled, “Sewer Cleaning and Managing Grease Blockages”.  Speakers are Stephen Tilson, Tilson and Associates; Christopher Toth, City of San Diego and John Shaffer, Environmental Engineering & Contracting (EEC).  Topics to include improving grease reduction/control, cleaning tool selection and improving cleaning performance and management.  Registration open soon – watch for the postcards!

Did You Know?

Five years after a technical publication is published, it is reviewed by the Technical Practice Committee at either the Federation's annual conference (WEFTEC) or the Midyear Winter Meeting to evaluate whether the publication still represents current technical practice or should be updated.  A task force, authors, and reviewers have been appointed for publishing the 3rd Edition of Prevention and Control of Sewer System Overflows Manual of Practice (MOP FD-17).  The rewrite and review processes are rigorous and typically take two years to complete.  Subsequently, the 3rd Edition is scheduled for publication July 2010.  To find out more about WEF’s process for publishing technical publications, contact a WEF representative and ask about acquiring Technical Practice Committee Procedures Manual 2008 to 2009.

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