Wastewater & Onsite Systems | Wastewater Treatment
Since 1972, more than $50 billion in federal funds plus nearly $200 billion in matching state and local funds have been devoted to improving the level of municipal wastewater treatment. The results of this investment are seen in water bodies across the country. Lakes and rivers that once seemed polluted beyond hope have come back to life, and are once again supporting activities such as swimming and fishing.
The modern wastewater treatment plant is in fact a complex technological marvel. Operators rely on sophisticated computerized systems such as SCADA to optimize the plant's performance. Facilities invest heavily in the latest methods of aeration, disinfection, and odor control. What were once places the public tried hard to avoid are now popular destinations for school field trips.
The progress is impressive, but many challenges remain. Sophisticated wastewater treatment plants require highly trained operators who must periodically undergo additional training to stay on top of new technology and processes. For more than 30 years, NEIWPCC has worked closely with state agencies and EPA to provide training programs on all aspects of wastewater pollution control, management, and operations. Please visit the Training section of this site for more information.
NEIWPCC has also confronted the challenge of increasing the level of security at treatment plants. The events of September 11, 2001, made clear that no place is immune to the threat of terrorism, and NEIWPCC has coordinated and conducted efforts to make wastewater facilities throughout New England and New York State less vulnerable to the threat posed by terrorists and other security risks, such as computer hackers.
We also produce software such as Clarifier, which provides a variety of tools to assist wastewater operators, as well as technical research and reports, such as TR-16: Guides for the Design of Wastewater Treatment Works. Initially produced in 1967 and revised in 1980 and 1998, TR-16 remains one of NEIWPCC's most requested publications.
NEIWPCC is also actively involved in bringing new talent into the wastewater field, whether it's by producing an attractive new poster/brochure or through our longstanding participation in EPA's Youth and the Environment program.
For more information on all of NEIWPCC's efforts related to wastewater treatment, please click on the categories in the menu to the right.