WEF’s Disinfection & Public Health Committee shall develop, coordinate and conduct programs of general and technical information relating to the advancement of disinfection practices for water, wastewater, and residuals to protect public health.

The goals of the Committee are to grow and assist the Federation, both domestic and international, in the educational aspects of these disinfection and public health issues.

Disinfection & Public Health Committee members serve as WEF’s technical resource for all topics related to disinfection including, but not limited to:

  • New approaches to disinfection, optimization of proven methods, and the use of existing technologies for new applications;
  • Disinfection regulations, standards and permit compliance;
  • Disinfection byproducts and other challenges
  • The design, operation and maintenance of disinfection systems
  • Wet weather and reclaimed water disinfection;
  • Proper handling and environmental safety of disinfectants
  • Community sanitation and clean drinking water efforts

Volunteers share their knowledge of these and other topics by:

  • Developing workshops and moderating technical sessions each year at WEFTEC®;
  • Sponsoring a biannual disinfection specialty conference;
  • Authoring articles for WEF's technical journals;
  • Participating in the development of educational materials such as books, webcasts, distance learning courses and more;
  • Providing comments to WEF Government Affairs on Federation Position Statements and U.S. government regulations and policies.


The Disinfection & Public Health Committee meets at committee-associated conferences and each year at WEFTEC. Most committee business, however, is conducted via teleconference or email.

Committee Membership Application



Jay Swift, 2017 - 2019
Tel: 425/481-9188 
Email: jswift@g-o.com


Scott Schaefer, 2017 - 2019
Tel: 763-463-5036
Email: scott.schaefer@ae2s.com

Kari Brisolara, 2017- 2019
Tel:    504/568-5725
Email:  kbriso@lsuhsc.edu


Staff Liaison

Beth Conway
Tel: 703-684-2400 ext. 5265
Email: Econway@wef.org

Disinfection is practiced using many different means to improve water quality for subsequent downstream use.  Unless contamination of receiving water is prevented by adequate disinfection of wastewater effluent, waterborne diseases may be spread.

Disinfection Subcommittees

Conferences and Events
Andy Salveson - Chair

Bertrand Dussert - Co-chair

Jenny Reina - Chair

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WaSH)
Christine Yi - Chair