Association News and Calendar of Events

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Distribution Systems Symposium

The American Water Works Association Distribution Systems Symposium and Exposition is Sept. 21-24 in Austin, Texas. Technical and exhibit hall sessions will count toward continuing education units. Workshops will offer interactive training on pumps and the fundamentals of pump station design, modeling and case histories of pipeline corrosion. Attendees will find the latest in distribution system, engineering and plant operations products and services in the exposition hall. Call Tricia Loughead at 800/926-7337 or visit

Water Network Taps Retiree Knowledge

Recently retired and part-time water professionals no longer interested in full-time employment have formed the Water Advice Network (WaterAN) to ensure the continued availability of their experience and knowledge. Advisors include Jim Manwaring, retired executive director of AwwaRF; Steve Hubbs, retired vice president of Louisville Water; Richard Moser, retired vice president of American Water; and Joe Cotruvo, retired director of criteria and standards for the EPA. The network offers advice on an hourly basis, mentoring by phone, document review and peer review. Those interested in joining should visit The_Water_Advice_Network.html.

Tools for Effective Utility Management Practices

Six associations representing the U.S. water and wastewater sector and the U.S. EPA have developed tools that help utilities assess their operations and adopt best management strategies. The Effective Utility Management Primer for Water and Wastewater Utilities helps managers make practical, systematic changes to achieve excellence in utility performance. The Utility Performance Measures helps managers establish a performance baseline and begin to measure their progress. An online resource toolbox links to key resources and tools. The primer is free at More information about the Effective Utility Management Initiative is at,,,,, and

Guideline Standard for North America

The National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Center for Expertise and Research on Infrastructures in Urban Areas, making its Pipeline Assessment and Certification Program the new industry standard in Québec province. Call Andrea Carter at 410/486-3500 or visit

Trenchless Road Show

On Sept. 17-18, the Trenchless Road Show stops at the Hilton Concord Hotel in Sacramento, Calif. Educational sessions will cover rehabilitation methods, new installation methods, planning and managing, manhole rehabilitation, inspection data, laterals and pressure pipe. Outdoor demonstrations will feature manhole rehabilitation, pipe relining and bursting, grouting, lateral rehabilitation, and CCTV pipe inspection. Call Michelle Magyar at 330/467-7588 or visit

Opflow Added to Water Library

The American Water Works Association added all articles published in its monthly magazine, Opflow, to its online Water Library. Besides the magazine’s information, members can access more than 10,000 searchable references, including almost 40 years of Journal AWWA articles and the complete collection of current and historical AWWA standards. Visit

Survey Participants Sought

The National Rural Water Association is conducting an online survey to establish what attendees want to learn at the 2009 H2O-XPO educational sessions on Oct. 6-8 in Louisville, Ky. The product and equipment show has 30 acres of equipment, 1,000 exhibits and 80 educational sessions. Those who help craft the educational sessions will receive a free H2O-XPO T-shirt. Visit

New York Honors Biochemist

Biochemist Theodore Peters Jr. of Cooperstown, N.Y., was honored for outstanding achievement by the New York Rural Water Association. Peters, 86, protected the village’s reservoir, Otsego Lake, and serves as consultant to the Cooperstown water and sewer boards. The association recognized Peters for his dedication to the environment and the reservoir.

WEF Leads Forum

The U.S. EPA awarded a cooperative agreement to the Water Environment Federation (WEF) to conduct the Water Quality Standards (WQS) Forum. The forum’s aim is to provide information sharing and technical solution transfer between the states and EPA on water quality standard issues. WEF is compiling a list of possible forum members and will issue a request for a professional facilitator to handle calls and schedule meetings. For more information, contact Janita Aguirre at 202/566-1149.

EPA Approves Minnesota Standards Changes

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) announced that the U.S. EPA approved proposed changes to the state’s water quality standards. The biggest changes include adding nutrient standards for lakes, and standards for the herbicides metolachlor and acetochlor. The standard for acetochlor is the nation’s first. Visit

Learning Opportunities

Protoc­ols for Wet Weather Studies

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) funded a report on “Protocols for Studying Wet Weather Impacts and Urbanization Patterns.” The protocols, designed for urban stormwater management agencies, could prevent the severe ecological deterioration that threatens urban streams. The eight-step process integrates data collection and analysis with mathematical modeling of runoff from existing and planned urban development. Visit and specify project number 03WSM3.

Leadership Experience

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers scheduled its simulation-based course, “Improving Business Outcomes Through Systematic Management and Leadership,” for Nov. 10-13 at Indianapolis, Ind. Using real-time facilitation and practical application, technical specialists will learn how to lead groups and project teams, and work with others over whom they have no direct authority. Call 269/429-0300 or visit

UW-Madison Engineering Course

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Engineering Professional Development is offering the following CEU, LU, PDH classes. They are at the Madison campus unless indicated otherwise:

• Sept. 15-16 – Stormwater Detention Basin Design (J891)

• Sept. 17-18 – Storm Sewer System Design (J892)

• Sept. 22-24 – Designing and Constructing Sanitary Sewer Systems (K064)

• Oct. 6-7 – Designing Bio/Infiltration Best Management Practices for Storm Water Quality Improvement (K214)

• Oct. 14-15 – Storm Sewer System Design (J977), Las Vegas, Nev.

• Oct. 16-17 – Stormwater Detention Basin Design (J976) Las Vegas, Nev.

• Nov. 5-6 – Preparing an Effective Municipal Capital Improvements Plan (J974), Las Vegas, Nev.

• Nov. 17-18 – Pumping Equipment and Systems: Selecting, Operating, Maintaining and Troubleshooting (K272), Las Vegas, Nev.

• Nov. 17-18 – Storm Sewer System Design (J892)

• Nov. 19-20 – Stormwater Detention Basin Design (J891)

Call 608/262-2061 or visit

American Water Works Association

The organization is offering the following CEU/PDH seminars or Web casts:

• Sept. 3 – Simultaneous Compliance, Web

• Sept. 17 – PVC Pipe in the Field, Web

• Sept. 18-19 – Business Continuity Planning for Water & Wastewater Utilities: How to Keep Your Utility in Business, Long Beach, Calif.

• Sept. 27 – PVC Pipe in the Field, Web

• Nov. 5 – Environmental Values in the Water Industry, Web

Call 800/926-7337 or visit


The Maine WasteWater Control Association and York County Community College in Wells have developed a Certificate of Business Management for Wastewater program. Sessions are Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon at the college.

• Sept. 4-Oct. 23 – Project Management

• Oct. 30-Dec. 18 – Problem Solving

Call Joan Kiszely at 800/452-8786 or visit


Sept. 7-10

WateReuse Symposium, Hilton Anatole, Dallas, Texas. Call 703/548-0880 or visit

Sept. 17-18

Trenchless Road Show, Hilton Concord Hotel, Sacramento, Calif. Call Michelle Magyar at 330/467-7588 or visit

Sept. 21-24

Distribution Systems Symposium and Exposition for Distribution, Engineering and Plant Operations Professionals, Austin, Texas. Call Tricia Loughead at 800/926-7337 or visit

Sept. 30-Oct. 3

Wisconsin Wastewater Operator’s Association Conference, Holiday Inn, Stevens Point. Call Richard McKee at 608/795-0024 or visit

Oct. 1-2

3 Rivers Wet Weather Sewer Conference, Four Points by Sheraton, Pittsburgh, Pa. Call 412/578-8375 or visit

Oct. 5-8

National Rural Water Association Convention, Reno, Nev. Call 580/252-0629 or visit

Oct. 18-22

WEFTEC 08, McCormick Place, Chicago, Ill. Call 800/666-0206 or visit

Nov. 11-12

Trenchless Road Show, Baltimore, Md. Call Michelle Magyar at 330/467-7588 or visit

Nov. 16-20

American Water Works Association Water Quality Technology Conference and Exposition, Cincinnati Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. Call 800/926-7337 or visit

Jan. 25-27

American Water Works Association Water Resources Symposium: “Managing in Times of Change and Uncertainty,” Portland, Ore. Call 800/926-7337 or visit

Feb. 25-28

Pumper & Cleaner Environmental Expo International, Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville. Education Day Feb. 25; exhibits open Feb. 26-28. Call 800/257-7222 or visit

March 4-6

Utility Construction Heavy Equipment Expo, Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Ariz. Call 703/358-9300 or visit


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