WEF Collection Systems Committee
Member Association Exchange

October 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.

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Member Association News

North Carolina AWWA - WEF hosted a one-day Flow Monitoring 101 Workshop.  The first “Flow Monitoring Only” workshop was held in Concord, North Carolina last month.  The focus of the workshop was basic information for operators, flow monitoring field crews and consulting engineers.  The workshop had technical presentations along with “Hands-on” flow monitoring installations from flow service providers.  The response was overwhelming with a full house of 60 attendees.  Check out their website at: 

New Jersey Water Environment Association (NJWEA), founded in 1915, claims to be the oldest organization of its kind in the United States.  NJWEA enjoys the largest membership of any Member Association in the nation boasting over 3,000 members.  One would expect it to be so huge considering the state’s relatively large population where a diversity of wetlands, lakes, estuaries, bays and beaches define New Jersey’s geography.  New Jersey's water bodies also define much of the state’s livelihood, whether it be related to drinking water sources, or commerce, or recreation.  Inherently, the high demands for the use of New Jersey’s water require a commensurate high level of stewardship of these water resources and their watersheds in order to ensure water quality. 

It is refreshing to know that the many members of NJWEA are actively involved in the achievement of New Jersey’s water quality goals.  In this regulatory-intensive state, NJWEA focuses on partnering with the environmental regulators.  The NJWEA, through its Education Advisory Committee, is represented on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Advisory Committee on Water and Wastewater Operator Training.  This unique partnership involves NJWEA taking an active role in education, going beyond the traditional realm of wastewater collection issues.  NJWEA’s diverse education programs includes UST (underground storage tank) certification training. 

Training is delivered at the Annual Conference in Atlantic City with over 2300 attendees and 200 exhibitors as well as at semi-annual Technology Transfer seminars (Spring and Fall) with over 1200 attendees.  Mini seminars travel around the state to provide training in venues more convenient to smaller treatment plant operators.  NJWEA also offers 20 scholarships at college, graduate and post graduate levels valued over $40,000 annually in support of students becoming engineers, environmental scientists, administrators and science teachers.

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WEF News

WEFTEC 2008 is just around the corner!  Join us!

Collection Systems Committee (CSC) Meeting Information in Chicago at WEFTEC 2008 on Saturday, October 18, 2008

  • McCormack Place, Chicago Il - McCormick Place, Room S105a, South Building, Level 1
  • New Member Orientation 9:30am to 10:00am
  • CSC Meeting 10:30 to 5pm
  • All are welcome to attend 

Other CSC Activities at WEFTEC 

Workshop - Sunday October 19, 2008 - W209 8:30am to 4:30  - Sustainable Infrastructures:  Designing for Collection Systems O&M Chaired by Tina Wolff, Vice Chair Dave Hofer

Tour - Monday October 20, 2008 (SOLD OUT) - Chicago's Deep Tunnel

6th Annual Luncheon - Tuesday October 21, 2009 Noon to 1:30pm, Key Speaker Kevin Shafer Executive Director Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District: A Climate Change for Wastewater Utilities and Collection Systems

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

U.S. EPA just released its full decision on "reregistration" of metam sodium. As expected, all the press--and most of the paperwork—is about the use of metam and other chemicals to fumigate fields. Buried within the decision, however, are some courteous responses to Tri-TAC (a California-based organization comprised of members from public agencies and other professionals responsible for wastewater treatment) and the following summary of EPA's decision about sewer root control:

"The Agency has identified slight exceedance of the cancer level of concern to applicators associated with the registered sewer root control use of metam-sodium. The Agency also has identified concerns due to potentially harmful downstream effects of metam-sodium on denitrifying bacteria and the associated disruption to downstream sewage treatment facilities. To reduce applicator exposures, the Agency is requiring additional PPE, including double layer clothing and a 90% protection factor respirator approved for MITC. To reduce the potentially harmful effects of metam-sodium on denitrifying bacteria at downstream sewage treatment facilities, the Agency will be requiring additional label language requiring notification of downstream wastewater facilities before a metam application takes place."

EPA noted in its responses to public comments that it considered the risks to persons in buildings along lines receiving treatment but decided that the risks did not warrant a requirement for notification of building occupants.

U.S. EPA has also classified metam as a "Restricted Use Pesticide" which means that it may only be applied by certified applicators (or staff under their direct supervision) and that a permit from the County Agricultural commissioner must be obtained prior to applications. Although metam previously had this classification for agricultural uses, the classification has been extended to cover sewer applications.

Tri-TAC's comments clearly had an influence on EPA's decision, based on the detailed information found in the docket. Documents in the EPA docket indicate that EPA does not anticipate that the new label language reflecting EPA's many risk management actions for metam will be fully in place until 2010. This means that wastewater agencies can anticipate some transition time to implement the new procedures, coordinate with their county agricultural commissioners, and/or modify contracts to meet the new requirements.

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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