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    Collection Systems 2010

    June 13 – 16, 2010
    Phoenix Convention Center
    Phoenix, Arizona

    Technical Program

    CS2010 Onsite Program 

  • Opening General Session
    Monday, June 14 | 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

    The Opening General Session in Phoenix will focus upon the importance of water in the southwest. Mr. Benjamin Grumbles, Director of Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (AZDEQ) will be addressing the general session as the keynote speaker. Mr. Grumbles unique and diverse experience as a former assistant administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water and current AZDEQ Director offers attendees the opportunity to draw from his experiences in dealing with water issues relative to the Southwest Region, including water quality, water quantity, and the need for best management practices for water management. The necessity for reuse and reclamation will be highlighted in addition to the importance of water in the daily life cycle.

    The opening address will be followed by a roundtable discussion covering a wide array of water quality and quantity topics. Mr. Grumbles will be joined by Mike Gritzuk, Director, Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department and past WEF President Lynn Orphan, HDR, Inc. Issues may include: southwest watershed management; collection system O&M; stormwater impact; financing options; maintaining public confidence; and, establishing industry commitment to protect and manage our water resources.

    Conference Workshops
    This year in Phoenix, we are very pleased to be hosting one pre-conference workshop and two tours.

    Workshop: Managing Stormwater by Harvesting Rainwater
    Sunday, June 13, 2010 | 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

    Providing participants with the information they need to implement a rainwater harvesting program, this workshop will explain how rainwater harvesting can benefit stormwater management needs. Presented materials will supply a foundation as to why rainwater harvesting is gaining interest across the United States, with special interest in activities related to managing wet weather flows in collection systems, and TMDLs for regulatory compliance.  Additionally, climate change and the ability to address water supply issues will also be presented using research results prepared by the University of California, Santa Barbara. The session will conclude with a site visit to a nearby operating facility. The site visit will host a presentation and tour of the operating facilities.  

    Tour A: Water Recharge/Riparian Facilities Tour
    Tuesday, June 15, 2010 | 7:00 am – 11:00 am

    In order to sustain limited water resources, many Arizona communities are reclaiming 100% of their treated effluent for beneficial use. Surface recharge and irrigation reuse are two of the most popular reclamation methods. The Town of Gilbert and the City of Chandler, both located in the eastern Phoenix valley, have developed surface recharge sites as part of multiuse facilities. Gilbert's Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch is a 110-acre resource developed for groundwater recharge, outdoor recreation, and educational opportunities. Chandler's 113-acre Chandler Heights community facilities include the Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park and the Chandler Heights Water Recharge Project. Both facilities include walking trails, wetlands, and riparian habitats.

    Tour B: Vitrified Clay Pipe Manufacturing Plant Tour
    Tuesday, June 15, 2010 | 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

    Visit a vitrified clay pipe manufacturer at their Phoenix facility. The plant tour will include manufacturing of pipe and fittings, ASTM testing, and short course design classes with hands on demonstrations. Direct burial pipe and fittings plus micro-tunneling pipe will be discussed.

    WEF Wastewater Challenge for Students
    Sunday, June 13, 2010 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    WEF is sponsoring a new wastewater challenge for students, and this year it will be located onsite with the Collection Systems conference. The competition allows teams of students from all around the country to build wastewater treatment systems from an assortment of items found around a house to treat an emergency sewer system overflow. Come give support to our students as they present in competition ways to protect the town's drinking water supply from getting contaminated by this sanitary sewer overflow. The Challenge: A collection systems crew needs your help! There's been a sanitary sewer system overflow due to a massive amounts of rain. The treatment plant has reached capacity, and the collection system is surcharged, causing numerous manhole covers to pop. Wastewater is spilling into a neighborhood street, flooding the area and threatening the health of the community. The weather forecast is predicting heavy rain for several days.  The challenge is to contain the spill and provide an emergency treatment system to treat the SSO and surcharged flows on site immediately. Students are invited to compete in a new national hands-on competition that's both challenging and fun. For more information on this event or how to sign up a team for this challenge, please contact Megan Yoo at