Is There a Water Reuse Program in Your Future?

Water management is threatened increasingly by quality and quantity issues driven by changes in populations, needs, and need. This session will address a variety of issues associated with water use and reuse, including the rapidly evolving uses, standards, technologies, treatment, and management approaches. You will leave with the ability to describe and evaluate these issues and ready to develop a path to implementation for your operation or community.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Planning and Installing Sustainable Onsite Wastewater Systems

Covering technical principles and practical applications, this comprehensive resource explains how to design and construct sound and sustainable decentralized wastewater systems of varying sizes and in different geophysical conditions. This book covers state-of-the-art techniques, materials, and industry practices, and provides detailed explanations for why certain approaches result in more sustainable projects.

Hybrid Adsorption and Biological Treatment systems (HABiTs) for Onsite Wastewater Treatment

Although conventional septic systems effectively reduce organics and pathogens in wastewater, there is limited removal of nitrogen. Passive nitrogen treatment systems have been developed to combat this problem. This presentation will explain the operation, usefulness, and public health benefits of Hybrid Adsorption and Biological treatment systems (HABiTs), which acheive nitrogen effluent concentrations of less than 3 mg/L yet highlight the aspects that make onsite systems attractive to owners: simplicity, low maintenance, low energy and low cost.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Green Building with Onsite Wastewater Systems

Many governments and industries are taking action to reduce the environmental footprints associated with manufacturing, processing, and building. This presentation will focus on sustainable development and green building through a quantitative analysis of environmental footprints of both centralized and decentralized wastewater systems. Attendees will be able to explain the benefits and points of difference of each approach and apply the information to their onsite wastewater treatment system installations.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Field Trip: Florida Onsite Wastewater Association (FOWA) Training Center

This one-of-a-kind center promotes a hands-on approach to education and showcases both conventional systems and a variety of wastewater treatment alternatives. This session will allow you to rotate in small groups through a number of hands-on workstations featuring above ground low-pressure distribution, various tanks and their components, numerous ATUs, media filters, and performance based treatment systems.

Everyone Deserves a Decent Throne: EH Lessons from Sierra Leone

Many non-profits facilitate sanitation, water and energy projects in developing nations. They often implement innovative and cost-effective solutions to deal with the treatment of human waste and protection of drinking water sources, rather than the traditional widely used approach of water to treat waste. This presentation will share one organization’s lessons learned in West Africa during the Ebola outbreak and suggestions for a new approach to human waste treatment in the US.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Everyone Deserves a Decent Throne: EH Lessons from India

The sanitation situation in India is dreadful. Approximately 600 million people lack toilets. Defecating in the open is not only a health hazard but also leads to sexual assault. The government of India has set a goal to end open defecation by 2019, and knows it will require more than just building lavatories, but also changing habits. This talk will explore how approaches in India can inform the work of EH professionals in the US.


Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Everyone Deserves a Decent Throne: EH Lessons from Haiti

January 2010: a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti, destroying its capital of Port-au-Prince, killing over 200,000 people. The recovery is ongoing. Tent camps were dismantled as citizens went back to some kind of home. But nearly 150,000 people still live in the shanty structures erected post disaster. Basic sanitation is a daily struggle. This talk will address the tragic reintroduction of cholera, share the ad hoc approaches to sanitation in Haiti, and the role EH professionals MUST play in disaster situations.


Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC