WWEMA has been invited by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to participate in an invitation-only meeting of experts on September 13, 2018 to discuss a new rulemaking to look at issues associated with managing peak flows during wet weather events at Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs) with separate sanitary sewer systems. Before proposing any changes to its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulations, EPA is undertaking an extensive stakeholder engagement effort. Three main topics will be discussed during the day-long facilitated discussion including operational changes during peak flows, protecting public health during peak flow events, and emerging tech-nologies and operational practices for managing peak flows. WWEMA will be represented on the roundtable by John Dyson, WWEMA Chairman-Elect, and Product Channel Manager – AquaPrime, Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc. WWEMA’s Executive Director, Vanessa Leiby, has been invited to observe and listen to the experts along with Casey Whittier of Evoqua Water Technologies LLC and Temple Ballard of SUEZ.

WWEMA has provided extensive background information to WWEMA members on this topic – also referred to as “EPA’s Blending Policy” and has hosted an informal call with key EPA staff and an internal call with the broader WWEMA membership. Members with a specific interest in the topic should contact John Dyson at jdyson@aqua-aerobic.com or (815) 639-4506. Members interested in receiving the background information should contact Vanessa Leiby at (703) 444-1777 or vanessa@wwema.org.