Category Archives: Decentralized Systems

WWETT Sponsored two new webcasts in June 2020

Innovation in potable reuse in Sweden. REGISTER HERE
From 2014 to 2019 Peter Asteberg was the project manager for the planning, design and construction of three new drinking water plants on Öland, a Swedish island in the Baltic Sea with extensive water shortage. In 2016 he was assigned to manage the development of a combined desalination and water reuse plant in Mörbylånga on the southeast coast of Öland. The Mörbylånga Drinking Water Plant, which was partly commissioned in 2019, is the first full-scale facility ever in Sweden for direct potable reuse of water. Therefore, the plant has received both national and international attention.
Co-Presenter is Tommy Lindström, BSc Construction Engineering and Energy. As a former island energy strategist, he has collaborated with islands across Europe and have great knowledge and experience on the island perspective. After being the regional energy coordinator for the county administrative board he is now back in international projects as project manager for the regional energy agency for southeast of Sweden. Working with resilience, sustainable tourism, renewable energy, energy efficiency and smart transports. As a volunteer he supports the Swedish Eco-municipality Association with international collaboration with South America and is also the Energy and Waste management coordinator at Engineers without borders- Sweden.

Irrigation of Agricultural crops with Recycled Water: Regulations that Protect the Public Health – REGISTER HERE

Bahman Sheikh has over 30 years of domestic and international experience in research, planning, and design of water resources projects, specializing in water conservation, reclamation, reuse, and recycling. Dr. Sheikh’s career began as a university professor. His academic career was followed by consulting, technical investigations, master planning, and design of water resources facilities. Sheikh’s water recycling experience includes service in both the public and private sectors. For the City of Los Angeles, he developed long-term water reuse goals, planned water recycling projects to the year 2090, and advanced public outreach.

This webinar focuses on the experience gained in the field in California and other regions over the past several decades regarding use of recycled water for irrigation of agricultural crops. Regulations governing use of recycled water for agriculture will be discussed comparing their stringency and effectiveness with special emphasis on microbial risks. Chemical risks from use of recycled water for irrigation will also be discussed summarizing research findings of recent years, particularly with regard to constituents of emerging concerns, also called microconstituents.

The main conclusion of the webinar is that existing regulations are adequately protective of the health and safety of farm workers and consumers of agricultural crops grown with recycled water. The extremely low concentrations of microconstituents detected in recycled water are placed in perspective with calculated numbers of years of exposure necessary to accrue one safe daily dose of each of the constituents of concern.

The main audience for this presentation includes professional engineers, utility managers, farm managers, irrigation experts, and others interested in the safety of agricultural products grown with recycled water irrigation.

In time of need – WWETT steps up!

Stay strong. Stay safe. Be well.

WasteWater Education online events are underwritten by the WWETT Show – (Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport) as a public service and thank you to all the hard working professionals affected by the current Covid 19 emergency.

There is no fee to attend but all US based donations to https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1727628 will help us continue to provide this service.
For international supporters, please use this link 

Small on-site domestic wastewater treatment systems – an Australian perspective .

Monday, June 1, 2020 7:00:00 PM EDT – 8:30:00 PM EDT
(June 2: 8.30 AM Australia)

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While much of the developed world has high rates of population connectedness to centralised sewerage and wastewater treatment, the need to deliver effective on-site sanitation via small domestic wastewater treatment systems remains essential for public and environmental health protection. 

This webinar will begin with an introduction to decentralised wastewater treatment, followed by a survey of the landscape of standards/regulations governing on-site wastewater systems performance certification internationally, with a focus on the relevant Australian context. It will then provide an overview of an Australian on-site wastewater treatment systems performance accreditation testing facility currently operating in South Australia, including an account of the facility’s operation, a description of some of the treatment systems being tested and their performance, and will give some stories of problems encountered and lessons learnt along the way.

Dr Michael Short, University of South Australia, is an environmental scientist with research expertise in urban water systems (water quality, wastewater treatment and water recycling), environmental microbiology and microbial ecology, sustainability and life cycle assessment. He has a keen interest in how environmental science can be applied to inform the development of better environmental management policy.

Presented by Ben Kele, Arris Water, and WasteWater Education 501(c)3. 

See: https://www.arris.com.au/water/ This is the fourth in a series of events from Australia we are hosting in May.

To view recordings of the previous events click on the images below:

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Dr. Jake O’Brien
Professor Ted Gardner

Toward a Michigan Sanitary System Administrative Code

WasteWater Education was invited to speak to the Michigan Resource Stewards in Clare, MI on September 10, 2019.

Following the collapse of the 2018 attempt to force legislation, we have continued to build partnerships and work toward a better, more open and transparent consensus process.

Here is the presentation we provided both as a PDF and slide presentation.

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Greater Lakes: A Practical Guide to Implementing Integrated Water Resources Management & the Role of Green Infrastructure.

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Greater Lakes: Reconnecting the Great Lakes Water Cycle is pleased to release A Practical Guide to Implementing Integrated Water Resources Management & the Role of Green Infrastructure.

Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. developed this guide for our project. Its aim is to help municipalities that are considering implementing integrated water resources management to gain an understanding the value of and what is involved in creating an IWRM plan. The Guide provides a description of the planning steps to go through, a summary of the type of information that should be considered, and a series of questions that can guide a municipality to a logical position.  The guide puts a particular focus on the role of green infrastructure in IWM. The Guide can be found on the Greater Lakes project at http://glc.org/files/GreaterLakes-ECT-IWM-How-To-Guide-Final-20160510.pdf.

We’d appreciate feedback on any use that you make of this Guide.
Please share this Guide with others who you think may be interested and put a link to it on your website.
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We have just released a reporting entitled “Making Cents from Integrated Water Management: Financial Considerations for Municipalities Related to Water Conservation and Green Infrastructure” Thanks to all of you for the comments you made on the first draft. The report is available at http://glc.org/files/projects/greaterlakes/GreaterLakes-Financial-Implications-Summary-Report-20160513.pdf.
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Greater Lakes Green Infrastructure Optimization Tool
This on-line tool was developed for the Greater Lakes project by Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. to generate stormwater runoff volumes, identify the surface areas needed to manage those volumes and then compare the costs of various green management practices to manage the predicted volume. The estimates from the Greater Lakes Green Infrastructure Optimization Tool are for scoping and comparison purposes, and are intended to identify potential retention volumes. Once a management practice approach is selected, there are other tools/calculators that can provide more precision in the estimates prior to proceeding to final design. The results allow the user to make informed decisions, including cost comparisons with traditional detention basin systems when making stormwater management decisions. The on-line tool is available athttp://glc.org/projects/water-resources/greater-lakes/greater-lakes-green-infrastructure-optimization-tool/    

Please let us know if you have any questions on the tool and, above all, let us know how it works for you when you try it out. Please share this tool with your colleagues.
The detailed report on ecological impacts in the six communities we focused on and detail on green infrastructure methods and the projects we conducted in some of those municipalities: http://glc.org/files/GreaterLakes-ECT-Withdrawals-Dicharges-GI-6-Municipalities-Final-20160510.pdf
 
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Online demonstration of Community Septic System Owners Guide

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On March 2, 2016, ( 2-4pm ET; 1-3pm CT; 11am – 1pm PT)

Or again on March 31, 2016, ( 2-4pm ET; 1-3pm CT; 11am – 1pm PT)

Or again on April 13, 2016, ( 2-4pm ET; 1-3pm CT; 11am – 1pm PT we invite you to this free event to hear how the Community Septic System Owners Guide Tool was developed and see an interactive demonstration of the web interface.

Many onsite wastewater systems serve clusters of homes through a shared ‘community’ system which obviously requires additional management. Delivering proper system management is key to ensuring cost-effective and long-term wastewater treatment for both new development and existing communities.

The University of Minnesota’s Onsite Sewage Treatment Program and its national partners  (including WasteWater Education 501c3) received a NIFA grant to develop a customizable Community System Owner’s Guide (CSOG) which can be developed using a web browser. Any individual can produce an expert-driven and locally-customized manual (electronic or hard-copy) CSOG for any cluster septic system in America.  

WasteWater Education welcomes Craig H. Lindell as Guest Author

Craig Lindell is a highly respected engineer and innovative thinker who consistently addresses how we need to re-think how we address sanitation issues and development both here in the US and overseas.

21629efLindell is a founding principal and former CEO of Aquapoint Inc. Aquapoint is focused on the design, implementation and operating of advanced wastewater treatment, including nutrient removal and reuse, for residential commercial industrial and municipal clients. It has also been an industry leader in designing distributed approaches to infrastructure.

The distributed approach enables communities to design infrastructure to reduce water, energy and nutrient foot prints, align the supply of infrastructure with demand, generate capital and create jobs and often pay for itself.

“Black Tie Septic Selfie” for SepticSmart week!

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We constantly hear the negative stories about septic service providers but all professions have their bad apples? The vast majority of onsite service providers and decentralized industry people are decent hard working and take their environmental and public health ethic seriously. They are also small business owners who go out of their way to support their communities. I have yet to meet one who hasn’t at some time provided a repair or pump out from their own pocket because they know the property owner is going through tough times.
As it’s SepticSmart Week in September we thought this would be a great opportunity to not just educate the public, and their elected officials, about the profession and technologies, but also about the people who work in it and for it!

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As Eric Casey of NOWRA says: “I totally agree. People that work in this business are the backbone of what makes our country so strong. They’ve built businesses, care about what they do, contribute to the community and, if they are a service provider, rarely get to celebrate holidays because they are always out helping their neighbors who don’t seem to understand that their large family gathering is going to overtax their septic system.. I very much support what you are trying to do and will keep out an eye for what you develop.”

September 22-26, 2104 is EPA’s SepticSmart Week. Not only is this an opportunity to learn more about the role of onsite wastewater as a public and environmental health infrastructure service, but it’s also an opportunity to see how educated, community spirited and conscientious service providers are! This idea to combine charitable giving with good maintenance visits came from a Michigan hauler. We encourage you to ‘get your black tie on’ and dress up smart for SepticSmartWeek!

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Then email, Tweet, LinkedIn Post, Pinterest, Facebook your
‘Black Tie Septic Service Run Selfie’
to us and we will spread the word about your classy commitment to excellence! Plus we’ll post it here too as a slideshow!

Where Can I Get More Training? | Green Infrastructure | US EPA

Where Can I Get More Training? | Green Infrastructure | US EPA.

EPA is pleased to announce a brand-new webcast series on implementing green infrastructure. This page provides information on the 2014 webcast series, as well as links to archived webcasts and a summary of certification programs. To be added to a mailing list for additional training opportunities, please send an email to join-greenstream@lists.epa.gov.

First Webcast: January 7th, 2014
1:00pm – 2:30pm EST

Register!

O&M and Green:
Best Practices for Green Infrastructure Operations and Maintenance