Category Archives: Education

Remember you can still use our discount code for the 2023 WWETT Show!

This year our members will receive a 25 percent discount off of the current pricing for a full education package or for the Expo only pass.  The Full Education + Blue Ribbon Lounge is NOT discounted. 

December 6 on.  Prices raise again to their highest amount on January 24.

And here are our education sessions on Monday February 20, 2023

The opening session will detail the stellar work done by Operators Without Borders and how you can help with either your professional experience or by donations.

Giving Tuesday

As I reflect back on 2022, I am very thankful for all the great conversations and positive interactions at the numerous conferences, workshops, phone calls, and Zoom meetings. The universal enthusiasm and recognition of OWB’s important work was rewarding to hear everywhere I went in my travels. Looking forward, OWB will continue to grow and build up our resources to meet our objectives and goals for the coming years. 

One such opportunity is fast approaching on November 29, 2022. Consistent with America’s Thanksgiving, GivingTuesday is a global day that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.  

I ask you to please consider OWB as your choice to celebrate GivingTuesday by either donating at this link and/or spreading the word about us to your family, friends, and colleagues. Sometimes a forwarded E-mail can truly be an opportunity knocks moment and open many important doors for OWB.

Thank you again and I wish you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons.

Sincerely – Valerie Jenkinson, Chair Operators Without Borders

WasteWater Education is proud and honored to support OWB

In 2022 OWB has been-

·         Actively coordinating and collaborating with European utilities (especially Chamber of Commerce Polish Waterworks, IGWP) and global organizations to support Ukraine’s water resources needs. For example, one of our star volunteers, Ian Mcilwham (Canada) recently delivered a report to the Ukraine Water Quality Committee.

·         Incident Command System Training in the Caribbean by another one of our star volunteers – Greg Solecki – who is one of Canada’s leading disaster experts. Overall, Greg has trained the ICS structure and implementation principles to nearly 300 Caribbean and 80 South American water professionals.

·         In partnership with Rotary International’s HANWASH programme in Haiti, the Commune of Pignon was able to implement a District Metered Area project after a workshop presented by Board Director Carl Yates (another OWB star). This initiative has already reduced Non-revenue water from 80-42%. A remarkable achievement.

·         Partnering with Water Professional International (WPI, Formerly ABC) and Global Wastewater International headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya to pilot test certification and training. We are starting in Kenya where Valerie is currently at along with Ian Mcilwham . The goal is to establish standards and reliable proficiency in operations.

Earth Month 2022

Are we drowning or parched?

It seems we have been talking about a ‘water crisis’ as long as most of us have been in the water business!? THIS is the year to address how decentralized options are the solution.

During Earth Month 2022, WasteWater Education 501(c)3 will be showcasing those solutions.

A review of pilot systems designed to integrate settling techniques, and horizontal subsurface flow in constructed wetlands for the treatment of wastewater.

Alexandros I. Stefanakis, M.Sc., Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Laboratory of Environmental Engineering & Management, School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete,

Join Via Zoom
Alexandros I. Stefanakis, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Time: Apr 11, 2022 11:00 AM PT, 2PM ET
Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

From novice to ninja! Beneficial aspects of iron salts and iron rich waterworks sludge.

“MulFe Concept – saga from novice to ninja”
If you missed this you can catch it on our YouTube Channel

 Dr. Sohan Shrestha

Mechanistic understanding of multiple beneficial aspects of iron-salts & iron-rich waterworks sludge uses in integrated urban wastewater system – Lessons learned from lab-scale, pilot, & field studies
Dr. Sohan Shrestha completed his PhD in 2020 from Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC), School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane, Australia. Currently, he works as researcher & water treatment operator for Arris Water Pty Ltd.

Hosted by Board Member Ben Kele

JOIN US via Zoom: 
Monday June 28th – 4-5.30PM PT
(7-8.30PM EST) 
9-10.30 AM TUESDAY June 29th. AEST

There is no fee to attend.
Register here!

There has been growing interest in integrated iron(Fe)-salts or waterworks Fe-rich sludge uses for system-wide operation, aiming to reduce the overall chemical footprint of urban water utilities.

The multiple beneficial uses of iron (either in the form of iron-salt or iron-rich sludge) in sewer system and downstream wastewater treatment plant in an integrated manner have found to achieve sulfide removal in sewers (decreasing sewer odour and corrosion), phosphorus (P) removal during wastewater treatment, hydrogen sulfide (H2S) removal during digester biogas generation, including improving the sludge settleability and dewaterability during wastewater treatment processes.

When adopting such integrated strategy of in-sewer iron-dosing, iron is reused four times during transit through the treatment chain of urban wastewater system thereby substantially reducing chemical usages. 

The project outcomes identified clear opportunities for water and wastewater utilities to collaborate, and share the benefits, providing water/wastewater services in a cost-effective manner albeit with improved environmental sustainability.

The current presentation will primarily shed light on the underlying mechanism behind some key beneficial aspects when implementing iron-dosing in integrated sewer-wastewater treatment plant.