2017 NAWT Waste Treatment Symposium Set for Next Week

The event will help you decide whether to start treating waste on site

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There’s still time to register for the 2017 National Association of Wastewater Technicians (NAWT) Waste Treatment Symposium, slated for Aug. 23 and 24 in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

Rooms are available until Friday, Aug. 18 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Monroeville under the NAWT room block, using the code “NWW.” Walk-ins are welcome at the symposium as well.

This event aims to give you all you need to know about the decision-making process for taking charge of treating your own wastes, according to Tom Ferrero, conference co-chair. “If someone is spending a substantial amount of money to dispose of those wastes they put into their trucks — either in disposal fees or travel to and from the disposal sites — they should consider treating their own wastes,” he says.

According to Ferrero, those spending $300,000 to $400,000 per year in disposal costs are typically candidates for making in-house disposal arrangements. “If individuals are already treating their own wastes, they may want to come and see new technologies and learn new practices that may improve what they are already doing,” he says. “Sometimes we find the two days of networking with other like-minded individuals is the most valuable part of the symposium.”

Highlighted at this year’s event will be case histories of companies that have been through the same decision-making process. Industry leaders will give presentations, and vendors will share the pros and cons of various equipment. There will also be time for networking with other attendees.

Two field trips are slated: one to McCutcheon Enterprises Inc. in Apollo and one to Kiski Valley Water Pollution Control Authority in Leechburg. Septage grease trap and industrial wastes are processed at McCutcheon Enterprises Inc., and water is discharged to the Kiski Valley facility.

The McCutcheon Enterprises Inc. facility has many different treatment processes under one roof. “So while this is one facility, it will really be like visiting three or four different facilities,” Ferrero says. “It is impressive, and the tour should get some creative juices flowing in the attendees.”

Several technologies for screening and dewatering will be demonstrated using real septage. “Some of these technologies have never been displayed in such a public venue as the NAWT Waste Treatment Symposium,” Ferrero says. “The second field trip is to the local wastewater treatment facility that accepts the water discharged from the McCutcheon facility. It is important to know how what we discharge can affect the receiving wastewater treatment facility.”

For more information, visit www.nawt.org.


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