WEF Collection Systems Committee
Member Association Exchange

December 2008

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

Kansas WEA – Collection System Committee

KWEA CSC had their first NASSCO Pipeline Assessment Certification Program (PACP) training held in the City of Olathe, Kansas,, training center November 18th and 19th.  It was a full class with a maximum of 25. A trainer from the Kansas City area administered the program. The KWEA-CSC wanted the training to be affordable for surrounding communities. They offered the class for $475 for PACP and Manhole Assessment Certification Program (MACP) training which included beverages with snacks in the morning and afternoon, a box lunch each day, and the NASSCO manual which normally costs $300.  KWEA-CSC plans to put together another PACP training class in February 2009 in Topeka, Kansas.  See for more information and future registration information.

Missouri WEA – Collection System Committee

MWEA CSC held a voluntary collection system certification exam in Independence, Missouri, on November 18th.  The MWEA-CSC has an Outreach program that is entering its 5th year to help operators become certified.  They provide 6 hours of training credits each year in January in a different quadrant of the state.  This is done at a very low cost to the participants.  The next Outreach session will be held January 22, 2009, in Osage Beach, Missouri, for a cost of $30 which includes beverages and snacks in the morning and afternoon and a box lunch.  Every quadrant in the state of Missouri was covered, and the program continuing in 2009. Typically 45-50 people register for this event. Visit us at and select the Outreach link for agenda and registration data.

The Chesapeake WEA (CWEA) – Collection System Committee

CWEA CSC hosted a full-day seminar on FOG on November 14, 2008, in Linthicum, Maryland.  They had 130 people participate, including 14 vendor tables.  This full-day seminar, entitled F.O.G. Continued, featured many of the leading experts who cut through the problems that plague collection systems.  Fats, oils, and greases are leading causes of sanitary system overflows, and rob systems of needed capacity.

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

The Pennsylvania WEA (PWEA) – Collection System Committee

PWEA CSC has formed Eastern and Western subcommittees to help members get more involved.  Meeting locations have been problematic for the statewide PWEA-CSC because almost any spot in the middle of the state is 3-4 hours away from the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas.  The geographically convenient subcommittees will be able to focus on local issues without spending the day getting to and from the meetings.  The Eastern subcommittee will hold its first meeting on Monday, December 8th at the Lancaster Area Sewer Authority.

North Carolina WEA (NCWEA) – Collection System Committee

NCWEA conducted Interactive Technical Forums on Tuesday, November 18, 2008.  Among others, Forum #3 on Private Property Issues: Implementing Policies & Legalities was interesting to NCWEA-CSC members.  The forum addressed the legalities of dealing with private property sewers and laterals.  Representatives from several North Carolina municipalities shared how they address private property issues within their specific agencies. The Water Environment Federation (WEF) Collection System Committee (CSC) has compiled an online library of private property programs, the Private Property Virtual Library (PPVL) (, that many cities have developed to address private lateral issues that include how they are handling financing of the repairs and legal and liability issues of a public program that involves work on private property. The WEF CSC Private Property Virtual Library provides a useful resource for utilities in developing their own programs. A representative from the WEF CSC presented the PPVL to the forum attendees and demonstrated its usefulness. The forum closed with a panel discussion with all the presenters as they addressed questions from the attendees and explored the varied directions a Private Property Program can take.

WEF News

WEF Mid-Year Meeting

The next WEF CSC meeting will be held on Thursday, January 29th, 2009, from 10-5pm (new members 10-10:30am).  Please be sure to register for the meeting to ensure that you are signed up for lunch.  New members or those wishing to learn more about the WEF CSC are welcome to join us, go to to register.
Also note there is a great networking reception following our meeting at 6 PM, refreshments provided.  Please make sure you sign up for that as well so WEF has an accurate headcount.

You are advised to make hotel arrangements by January 5th (The Rosen Plaza, 800 627 8285, $185.00 WEF rate).  Contact the hotel directly (please note that there are two Rosen properties on International Drive).

Other CSC Activities for WEFTEC09

Get ready for WEFTEC 2009!  The deadline for abstract submittal is
December 3, 2008 at 12:00 am US Eastern Time Zone (05:00 GMT).

Technical News

Upcoming Webcasts

Save time and money on travel by attending these highly focused events from your own office!  One low registration fee makes a WEF webcast available to you or a group from your office.

Listen to audio over your phone and view presentations on the web.  Participants are encouraged to submit live questions via email during the webcast.  Most webcasts are one and a half hours long and include detailed information from case studies.  Don’t miss the upcoming Collections Systems Webcasts offered through WEF:

March 18, 2009 - Large & Small Diameter Pipe Cleaning Methods
June 17, 2009 - Inspection & Assessment of Gravity and Pressure Pipelines
September 16, 2009 - Construction / Rehab Inspection of Manholes & Pipelines

Did You Know?

The WEF CSC MA Outreach group tracks Chairs and Co-Chairs from forty-nine (49) Member Associations with Collection System Committees.  Wow, that’s lots of Chairs and Co-Chairs rolling off year after year.  If your committee is about to change chairs, send us a quick note with new information.

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