WEF Collection Systems Committee
Member Association Exchange

August 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

Arkansas Water Environment Association (AWEA)

Normally we don’t merely refer our e-blast readers to a Member Association’s web site, but the web site of the Arkansas Water Environment Association (AWEA) is so informative that you have to see it for yourself.  It’s obvious that AWEA emphasizes Education and Outreach, and they communicate their emphasis on this very impressive program to AWEA members via their web site. 

After recently hosting WEF’s webinar “Sustainable Utility Management”, AWEA is currently promoting the International Water Association’s “Young Water Professionals International Conference”.  They are also promoting WEFTEC’08 and the 15th Annual AWEA Specialty Conference on September 25 and 26 at Heber Springs. 

AWEA wants folks to see their web site so much that they offer prizes for visitors.  Check out and learn how to win a 2GB iPod nano MP3 Player.

WEF News

Abstract Database Now Available

The WEF CSC MA Outreach Sub-Committee maintains a database of Authors and Titles of Collections Systems Abstracts submitted to WEFTEC and the Collections Systems Specialty Conference.  The database is current through 2008 and is available upon request by MA Chairs and Co-Chairs for use in soliciting papers for MA conferences.  If you are looking for high quality presentations for your MA, contact Stu Bowns at

Collections Systems at WEFTEC.08
McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois
Conference: October 18 - 22, 2008
Exhibition: October 19 – 22, 2008

Collections Systems Committee Meeting (all are welcome, even non-members of the WEF CSC):  Saturday, Oct 18th from 10am-5pm.  New Member Orientation starts at 9:30.

Technical Sessions        Monday, October 20 through Wednesday, October 22
Topics include: Collection Systems 101, Odor and Corrosion, Private Property Issues, CMOM, Construction and Rehabilitation, Tunnels and CSO/SSO Controls, Pump Stations

Workshop                      Sunday, October 19, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
W209 - Sustainable Infrastructures: Designing for Collection Systems O&M

Facility Tour                   Monday, October 20, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
T1 – Collection Systems Tour: Chicago’s Deep Tunnel – SOLD OUT!

Luncheon                        Tuesday, October 21, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
An excellent opportunity to hear from one of your peers and network with other wastewater collection systems professionals

Register at

WEFTEC.08 has just launched a brand new Online Schedule Planner.  WEFTEC attendees can search for technical sessions, workshops, and facility tours to assemble their own personalized schedule.

Technical News

HR 2452 -- The Sewage Overflow Community Right-to-Know Act

HR 2452, the Sewage Overflow Community Right-to-Know Act, passed the House on June 23rd and the proposed legislation is in the Senate for its consideration. 

The core elements of the final legislation that passed the House require utilities to:

·          institute and utilize a “feasible methodology, technology, or management program” for monitoring sewer overflows
·          notify the public within 24 hours of an overflow that has the “potential to affect human health”
·          immediately notify public health entities and other affected entities in the event of an overflow that may “imminently and substantially endanger” public health
·          report to EPA and the State each sewer overflow monthly and annually. 

It was amended to include a provision that would allow a State which already has a public notification program in place to petition the EPA to allow it to continue applying its notification requirements as long as those requirements are “substantially equivalent” to those contained in the bill.  It was also amended to explicitly state that State Revolving Funds would be available for costs associated with monitoring upgrades.

On-going technical issues to be worked out include the following:

·          While the House legislation itself does not specifically state that satellite collection systems are exempt, the Senate Committee report does.
·          If the “unfunded mandate” threshold is triggered, additional funding provisions may be required over and above what the State Revolving Fund offers for funding capital costs associated with monitoring upgrades.
·          The legislation defines a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) as an overflow that reaches the waters of the U.S., and also an overflow that does not.  It is the same definition that EPA proposed in the draft SSO Rule.  This has raised the concern of a handful of utilities that the legislation would codify a definition of a SSO to include discharges the do not reach the waters of the U.S. and therefore expose them to liability beyond the current scope of the Clean Water Act. 

See for more details.

Did You Know?

The Water Environment Federation is proud to be a strong supporter of Water For People to help achieve its international mission of providing safe water, sanitation, and hygiene education to impoverished communities.  Around the world, 1.1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water and 2.6 billion are without adequate sanitation facilities. Every day, nearly 6,000 people who share our planet die from water-related illnesses, and the vast majority are children.

WEF encourages its Member Associations to support Water For People, and is thankful to the MA’s that raise many thousands of dollars every year.  In 2007 the top fundraisers were:

Arizona Water and Pollution Control Association (AWPCA)          $50,221
New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA)                     $  8,737
Missouri Water Environment Association (MWEA)                         $  7,650   

Congratulations to AWPCA for its ambitious fundraising efforts and for setting the standard for all the Member Associations.

Collection Systems.  We Deliver.