WEFTEC 2010 opened today with a local musical welcome the attendees and exhibitors. The general opening session began with President Paul Freedman giving a recap of key projects including Stockholm Junior Water Prize, World Water Monitoring Day and key awards. Steve Solomon, economics journalist and author of “Water: Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization,” spoke to the capacity crowd about the key water issues that will face all countries.

Steve Solomon

Steve Solomon

Reminder: Submit your registration forms before October 11, 2010 for the DAMS Collections Workshop, or a $5.00 late fee will be assessed.

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On September 29, 2010 the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) Los Angeles Basin Section (LABS) held a Process and Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID) training seminar at the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts in Whittier. LABS Director Basil Hewitt initiated the proceedings by introducing an eminent water quality professional in attendance, Tim Haug. Dr. Haug retired Deputy City Engineer and Wastewater Program Manager for the City of Los Angeles, currently holds the office of Trustee-At-Large for the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE).  Dr. Haug has both an M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford and a B.S. from LMU, where he maintains a position as Professor Emeritus. Tim Haug introduced the distinguished course instructor, Bill Hartnett. Bill is a Principal Engineer with Montgomery Watson Harza, and acting Chief Process Engineer for City of Los Angeles.  Bill started the seminar with a bang.  He stated that the “P” stands for “piping” rather than “process”.  Tim immediately interrupted with a contrary position, and as it turns out both experts are correct, the wastewater industry tends to prefer “process” whereas the petrochemical industry uses the term “piping”.  Regardless of the name used, the profession universally agrees that these diagrams are essential to effective practice. [Read more]

EPA announced in the September 23 Federal Register a proposed rule that would expand the list of approved methods for testing required by NPDES permits. The rule includes new methods based upon new technologies, as well as new versions of previously EPA-accepted methods.  In addition to proposing approval of a number of new and revised test methods it has developed, EPA also is proposing to approve methods developed by voluntary standards organizations such as ASTM International and the Standards Methods Committee, a joint initiative of the American Public Health Association, American Water Works Association, and WEF.

Pollutants associated with the new methods affected by this ruling include: oil and grease, ammonia, inorganic ions, arsenic and selenium, aluminum and beryllium, chemical oxygen demand, phosphorus, potassium, and volatile residue. Pollutants associated with new methods developed by ASTM International for pollutants already on EPA’s lists of approved test methods, such as cyanide, dissolved oxygen in water, and carbon; and proposed ASTM methods for new pollutants, such as nonylphenols, a category that is being added to the list of approved test procedures for non-pesticide organic compounds.  Among the proposed changes are two updated EPA methods for the pathogen cryptosporidium and the parasite giardia using filtration. The proposed rule also outlines minimum quality requirements to improve consistency across different versions of a test method, corrections to previously approved methods, and changes to requirements for collecting and preserving samples, EPA is accepting comments on the proposed rule until November 22, 2010.

Submitted by Wendy Wert, LABS Section

On September 23, 2010 the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) hosted their annual West Coast Event titled Excellence in Environmental Engineering (E3) at the Metropolitan Water District’s (MWD) headquarters in Los Angeles. The 2010 AAEE West Coast Event began with al fresco networking in the patio area.  Guests then proceeded to the MWD boardroom for the technical portion of the program. [Read more]