LABS, SARBS and others are organizing several talks by best-selling author Charles Fishman. His new book The Big Thirst is a deep dive into the wonderful world of water and filled with amazing stories about the people and projects providing clean, safe water in America and around the world.

The book asks blunt questions about America’s relationship with water and how we care for it. In a country with an abundance of clean water, available 24/7 and for less than a penny a gallon, are we missing a bigger picture? What happens when the water runs out.

If you can, join Charles at one of these events as he takes us on a journey to cities who went to the abyss of massive water issues only to pull themselves back with smart, innovative and economical water management solutions. Read the book and join us for a lively discussion about water and the people who clean it, deliver it, and then take it away in Southern California and around the world.

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Phosphorus Removal: Tips for Operators, Trainers, and Design Engineers
Monday, June 20 | 1:00–3:00pm Eastern Time
This webcast is offered at no charge.
The last day to register for this webcast is June 17.

Stringent requirements for phosphorus effluent limits are quickly increasing across the country. Though phosphorus removal techniques are similar for all sized wastewater treatment facilities, this webcast focuses on small wastewater treatment facilities (less than 5 MGD). Basic information and tips for operators, design engineers, and on-site assistance trainers will be presented for biological, chemical, and biological/chemical methods to achieve low effluent phosphorus.


Two-Part Webcast Series: Asset Management
Part 1: Incorporating Leading Asset Management Practices into your Utility’s Culture
Wednesday, June 22 | 1:00–2:30pm Eastern Time
The last day to register for this webcast is June 20.

Part 2: Implementing Key Asset Management Concepts of Level of Service, Risk Management and Asset Management Plans
Wednesday, August 31 | 1:00–2:30pm Eastern Time
The last day to register for the webcast is August 29.

Package Deal (Both Webcasts):
Members: $278 (You Save $32); Nonmembers: $349 (You Save $41)
Individual Webcast:
Members: $155; Nonmembers: $195

Asset management has been a hot topic for the past ten years in North America and has been the subject of numerous papers and workshops at many conferences, in particular WEFTEC. Utilities are facing tremendous challenges today in the areas of deteriorating infrastructure, revenue and funding issues, stricter regulations, increasing customer demands and even climate change. Asset management is a proven concept that can help utilities minimize the overall cost of asset ownership, while meeting customer levels of service at an acceptable level of risk.


Economic, Social, Technical and Policy Overview of Green Infrastructure From the Regulatory, Academic and Consulting Viewpoint
Wednesday, June 29 | 1:00–2:30pm Eastern Time
WEF Member: $155; Nonmember: $195

This webcast will cover regulatory, technical and research-based topics related to green infrastructure. EPA will provide an overview of the newly-released Green Infrastructure Strategy and discuss specific components related to this effort. Results of study related to cost savings associated with the employment of low impact development stormwater measures at a variety of sites will be presented by the University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center. The economic, social and environmental benefits in the Philadelphia area related to green infrastructure through a triple bottom line analysis will be presented.


Desalination: A Sustainable and Reliable Water Source for the 21st Century

Trends and Case Studies in the US and Worldwide
Wednesday, June 29 | 1:30–3:00pm Eastern Time

WateReuse Association, AWWA, and WEF Members: $99
WateReuse Foundation Subscribers: $149
Non-Members/Non-Subscribers: $199

More than 75% of the US population lives along the coast. Currently, many of our coastal communities are supplied by inland fresh water resources or low-salinity coastal aquifers. Because of the limited availability of these fresh water resources and their intensive use over the years, traditional sources of water supply are nearing depletion in many parts of the country, and reliance solely on such resources is no longer sustainable. Along with enhanced water reuse and aggressive conservation, seawater and brackish desalination provides a viable alternative to conventional sources and inter-basin transfers for securing reliable and drought-proof water supplies for coastal communities.


Use of Advanced Oxidation Processes for Resource Recovery
Wednesday, July 13 | 1:00–3:00pm Eastern Time
WEF Member: $155; Nonmember: $195
The last day to register for this webcast is July 11.

Water reuse across multiple economic sectors is one of the solutions to the future sustainability of water as a resource. This requires exceptional quality effluent treatment and innovative technologies in order to achieve this goal. The performance of these technologies which include advanced oxidation processes (AOP) will be critical to enhance public perception of the value of water. In addition, the AOP Webcast will help to strengthen the need for us to act now before this invaluable resource is exhausted.


Green Roof

From Sewer Leaks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a new strategy to promote the use of green infrastructure by cities and towns to reduce stormwater runoff that pollutes the nation’s streams, creeks, rivers, lakes and coastal waters. Green infrastructure decreases pollution to local waterways by treating rain where it falls and keeping polluted stormwater from entering sewer systems. In addition to protecting Americans’ health by decreasing water pollution, green infrastructure provides many community benefits including increased economic activity, neighborhood revitalization, job creation, energy savings and increased recreational and green space. [Read more]

By Nicole You, LABS SYP from June Sewer Leaks

The Terminal Island service area covers 20 square miles and serves the Los Angeles Harbor populations in Wilmington, San Pedro and a portion of Harbor City. Terminal Island Treatment Plant (TIWRP) – operated by Bureau of Sanitation, City of Los Angeles – has a treatment capacity of 30 MGD, provides full primary, secondary and tertiary treatments to approximately 17.5 MGD of wastewater within the heavily industrialized Los Angeles harbor area. It has the ability to deliver up to 5 MGD for beneficial use and currently delivers water to the Dominguez
Gap seawater barrier system. Other tertiary treated water generated in the plant is recycled onsite and discharged into the Los Angeles Harbor. [Read more]

On May 22, twelve teams from across North America participated in the 2011 WEF Wastewater Challenge held at the WEF Residuals and Biosolids Conference in Sacramento, CA. Teams designed a treatment system for a proposed water leak from a failed levee system.  The scenario was for water to flow through a composting facility and discharge into a wetland.  Teams were to intercept the flow and treat the water using common household items before discharging it to the wetland.  The water consists of low levels of dissolved oxygen and high levels of nitrate, ortho-phosphorus, and turbidity. Teams must treat the wastewater and pass enough of the wastewater through the treatment system in the allotted time, while reducing nutrients, keeping a neutral pH, and raising DO levels.

Teams submitted design notebooks and were scored on design simplicity and sustainability, efficiency and structural/operational durability, creative use of engineering principles, and overall safety.  Through sponsorship, the first and second place teams received award money and a team plaque.  Congratulations to the First Place winner Cal State University, Fullerton and team members Nikolas Vokhshoori and Michael Dummer who received $1,500 and Second Place went to University of California, Irvine and team members Robert Davis, Garrett Kehoe, Daryl Santos, and Wayne Wu who received $1,000. Special thanks went out to the following judges: WEF President Jeanette Brown, Paul Causey, Bruce Corwin, Vince DeLange, David Jenkins, Todd Jordan, Ken Kerri, Dick Kuchenrither, Lorrie Loder, Michael Moore, and Chris Wilson and to Megan Yoo from HDR  and Diane Crilley who helped coordinate the event.

The specialty conference attracted more than 850 attendees. The program included 18 Technical Sessions on topics that addressed building public support and addressing political and media issues, future opportunities and emerging technologies, marketing of biosolids and residuals products, environmental management systems, thickening and dewatering, odor and pathogen control, and much more. The conference also included  four Innovative Pre-Conference Workshops on the following topics::