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2011 Collection System Workshop Presentations


December 1, 2011

AM Session 1 – EPA SSO Update

AM Session 2 – Honolulu Flow Monitoring Program

AM Session 3 – Wastewater Flow Measurement

AM Session 4 – Honolulu Sewer Maintenance Program

AM Session 5 – SSO Reduction Sewer Cleaning Program

AM Session 6 – Inspection & Hydraulic Assessment – Force Main

PM Session 1 – NASSCO PACP

PM Session 2 – Design Build Sliplining

PM Session 3 – Honolulu Collection System Activities

PM Session 4 – Managing H2S

PM Session 5 – Maui Collection System

2011 HWEA Conference Presentations

February 15-16, 2011

Program Agenda

Session 2 – Hank Jones_Manholes and Structures

Session 3 – Robert Havrin_Centrifuge Thickening Activated Sludge

Session 4 – Kevin Crane_Operating Membranes in Solids Handling

Session 5 – Robert Woolridge_ThermAer

Session 7 – Todd Grafenauer_Swagelining

Session 8 – Bob Dabkowski_Automatic Sludge Age Control

Session 9 – Carol Zuerndorfer_Wastewater Sampling at Sand Island

Session 11 – Craig Johnson_Aeration Air and Digestion Gas Metering

Session 12 – Ed Tschupp_Public-Private Partnerships at Lihue WWTP

Session 13 – Joel Sheinfeld_Save at the Pump with Air Valves

Session 14 – George Smith_Captivator Process for Secondary Tretament

Session 15 – Garrett Leong_Kailua WWTP Odor Control

Session 17 – Richard Hopkins_Polymer Blending and Activation

Session 21 – John Harrison_Mainland Site Visits

Session 22 – Kelvin Hurdle_Harmonic Mitigation for VFD

Session 23 – Justin Hobbs_Using Remote Monitoring to Optimize Operations

Session 26 – Rick Dey_Communications Master Plan for Field Samplers and Flowmeters

Session 28 – Thomas Vandenburg_Groundwater Protection What Works

Session 29 – James Impero_Membrane Protection

Session 30 – David Nagamine_Future of Honolulus Sewer Charges

Session 31 – Rich Varalla_Flange Bolting Seminar

Session 32 – Brandy Nussbaum_Clarification Options Following MBBR Treatment

Session 33 – Jason Nikaido_Advantages of Hydraulic Modeling

Session 34 – Kimberly Mathis_Flat Plate MBR-Pukalani

Session 35 – Paul Ropic_Sensor-Based Control

Session 36 – Paul Mitchell_Self-Cleansing Tractive Force

Session 37 – Kimberly Mathis_Efficiently Managing Peak Flows MBR-Stormblox

Session 41 – Cody Charnas_Innovative Approach Design & Construction of UV Disinfection

Session 44 – Steve Stanish_Flexibility of Severn Trent DeepBed Filter

Session 47 – Ian Borrell_Benefits of Biogas Conditioning

Session 49 – Stephen Blanton_Stormwater Master Planning-Hydromodification

Session 50 – Nathan Antonneau_Integrated Activated Sludge and Biosolids Treatment

Session 51 – Peter Melnyk_Honouliuli WWTP-Anaerobic Digesters

Session 52 – Joy Gannon_Tools and Resources for Small Systems

Session 54 – Chandler Johnson_Grand Hyatt Kauai WWTP

Session 55 – Jim Farmerie_Dissolved Air Flotation for Lagoon

Session 56 – Greg Chung_Energy and GHG Master Planning

2011 Conference FI

2011 HWEA Conference [Photo Gallery]

The 2011 Hawaii Water Environment Association Conference Photographs

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2011 YP FI

2011 Young Professional Events

HWEA/AWWA Young Professionals (YP) Sand Island Beach Clean Up

By Kawika Kaulukukui

On Saturday, March 12, 2011, the AWWA/HWEA Young Professionals Committee (YP) held a beach clean up at the Sand Island Beach Park. The Sand Island Beach Park is part of the Sand Island State Recreation Area and features picnic and camping grounds, a beach, and surfing spot.

YP members armed with gloves and trash bags picked up trash along the beach and park grounds. The goal of the beach clean up was to assist in the preservation of a local beach and provide YP members an opportunity to network and meet new people.

Overall, the beach clean up was a success. The beach clean up provided a great opportunity to give back to the community. Many bags were filled with trash and attendees were rewarded with a bento lunch. Members enjoyed the lunches and the fellowship.

Thank you to Troy Ching, Tammy Akiyama, Jason Soriano, Terry Chan, Sean Ogata, Megan Inouye, Kelu Zhang, Kawika Kaulukukui, and Staci Kunitake for all of their hard work in helping to preserve one of Oahu’s beaches.

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Attendees pick up trash along the beach and park grounds Megan Inouye, Sean Ogata, and Terry Chan


2nd Row (Left to Right): Kelu Zhang, Sean Ogata, Staci Kunitake,
Kawika Kaulukukui, Jason Soriano.
1st Row (Left to Right): Terry Chan, Megan Inouye, Troy Ching.

HWEA/AWWA Young Professionals (YP) Synagro and Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour

By Kawika Kaulukukui

The AWWA/HWEA Young Professionals (YP) hosted a tour of the Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant on Friday, April 1, 2011. Both YP and members of AWWA and HWEA attended. The tour included the biosolids facilities operated by Synagro. The biosolids processing includes anaerobic digestion, heat drying, and pelletization technologies. Following the Synagro tour, Athan Adachi, City and County of Honolulu Chief of the Division of Wastewater Treatment and Disposal, led a tour of the remaining treatment processes at the plant. The Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant is a chemically-enhanced primary treatment facility. Attendees toured the headworks facility, primary clarifiers, sludge pumping facilities, UV disinfection, and effluent pumping facilities. A tour of the control center for various treatment plants and pump stations was also provided. The event had a great turnout with 16 attendees.
Special thanks to Kenny Huy of Synagro and Athan Adachi of the City and County of Honolulu for sharing their time and providing the attendees with a tour of the Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant facilities.

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AWWA|HWEA Young Professionals (YP) Tsunami’s Pau Hana

May 26, 2011
By Lance Takehara, YP Secretary

On Thursday, May 26, 2011, the AWWA|HWEA Young Professionals Committee (YP) hosted a “pau hana” social event at Tsunami’s Bar and Grill. Lots of good food, drinks, and of course, good company made for a fun-filled evening for the YPs to kick back, network, and learn about YP. The event was officially listed to conclude at 6:30 pm, but many hung around to mingle late into the night.

With over 30 attendees from various private consulting firms and public entities, it was a great opportunity to network and make new friends in the industry. We appreciate all of the members who brought colleagues from their respective companies and encouraged participation in AWWA|HWEA. Those interested in becoming more involved should contact co-chairs Staci Kunitake and Kawika Kaulukukui.

Raise a glass to a successful event and we look forward to seeing you all at our next function!

AWWA|HWEA Young Professionals (YP) World Ocean’s Day Service Project

June 11, 2011
Mokauea Island, Oahu
By Alyssa “Sunshine” Smith, YP Community Service Chair

The AWWA|HWEA Young Professionals Committee (YPs) joined 300 other volunteers to participate in the 2011 World Ocean’s Day service project at Mokauea Island on Saturday, June 11. Mokauea Island is located a half-mile off Sand Island and is the last Hawaiian fishing village on Oahu. This project was coordinated by Kai Makana and the Mokauea Fisherman’s Association (MFA) in hopes to restore the island in both environmental and cultural aspects by clearing invasive species, planting native species, removing trash, and rebuilding the fishpond.

The YPs were given an outrigger paddling lesson, hopped in a canoe, and paddled their way over to the 10-acre island. Once they reached the shoreline, they were given the task of unloading a barge full of trash that had accumulated on the island over the past few months. Once the barge was cleared, they assisted one of the residents in cleaning up the area around the newly constructed compost toilet facility. The composting toilet facility was built specifically for future volunteers and visitors with the hope that they will have the opportunity to learn about the environment and Hawaiian culture during their stay.

Another resident, Joni Bagood, and the MFA historian, Kehau Souza, gave the YPs a history lesson about the island and its importance to Hawaii’s culture. They were then given a tour of the fishpond by Daniel Amato, a UH graduate student who has been removing invasive algae for the past 5 years.

This event allowed for everyone to learn about the environment and Hawaiian culture while making a positive difference for present and future generations.
A special thanks to Carrie Esaki, Dayna Fujimoto, Kawika Kaulukukui, Staci Kunitake, Tim Lum Yee, Jason Nakata, Wai Ng, Travis Nishino, Neil Nugent, Lauren Seu, Alyssa “Sunshine” Smith, and Winston Taniguchi for their support in helping revive Mokauea Island
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Cleaning up trash on Mokauea Island & helping to unload the barge of trash from Mokauea Island
YPs after completing the cleanup at Mokauea Island

AWWA|HWEA Young Professionals (YP) General Meeting

August 8, 2011
Kanpai Bar & Grill
By Lance Takehara, YP Secretary

The AWWA|HWEA Young Professionals Committee (YPs) held a general meeting on August 8, 2011 at Kanpai Bar and Grill. With over 18 people in attendance, there were many new faces that came to listen and learn what YP is about and how they could get involved. With upcoming social, community service, and educational events in the pipeline, there was a lot to be excited about. Many of the new members contributed ideas and helped to select upcoming community service events.

Current HWEA President, Kyle Yukumoto, was also in attendance to give a brief synopsis of HWEA and to commend the YPs on actively promoting both organizations and helping to make a difference. Once through the organized agenda, most of the YPs hung around to enjoy the awesome pupus, kick back, and socialize with other YPs.

2010 HWEA Conference Presentations

March 16-17, 2010

Session 1 – Waste To Energy – West Sound Utility District

Session 2 – POC Updates

Session 4 – Kaanapali and Hyatt WWPSs and FM Project – Unique Application

Session 7 – Focus on Asset Reliability – Cincinnati MSD’s O&M Optimization Journey

Session 9 – Tapping Into Water and Wastewater Financing for Capital Improvements

Session 11 – City of San Diego’s Recycled Water Study

Session 12 – Advanced Biological Odor Control for Municipal WWTP

Session 13 – Closed Vessel UV for Reuse Applications in Hawaii

Session 16 – Planning for Conversion from CEPT to Secondary Treatment on a Space Constrained Site

Session 17 – Compact WWTP

Session 19 – ThermAer: A New Day for ATAD Thermal Process Systems

Session 20 – California’s Green Chemistry Initiative: A New Paradigm for Eliminating Hazardous Waste

Session 21 – Lessons Learned – Planning, Design and Construction of Honolulu’s Sewer Rehab Projects

Session 22 – Wetland Technologies for Wastewater Treatment and Water Management 

Session 24 – What’s In That Tube 2 

Session 27 – State of Hawaii DOE Large-Capacity Cesspool Conversion/Closure Project

Session 28 – Municipal Water Disinfection Using Calcium Hypochlorite

Session 29 – Mokapu CIPP Case Study & Innovations in Trenchless Technologies

Session 30 – Design for Graywater Reuse: The New DOH Guidelines

Session 32 – Severe Wastewater Testing Program for Rapid Evaluation of Manhole Linings

Session 33 – Ponds Provide Sustainable Treatment for Honoka’a

Session 34 – BAF Technology: Complete Treatment in a Small Footprint

Session 35 – Lining the Slippery Slopes of Wilhemina Rise

Session 36 – Advances in Collections System Monitoring

Session 37 – Practical Considerations of Applying UV Technology for Reuse Water Disinfection

Session 38 – Corrosion Problems? Try HDPE

Session 39 – BNR to R1:  Will it Fit and Can I Afford It

Session 40 – The First Closed Vessel UV Installation for Reuse in California

Session 42 – Let There Be Light!  Introduction to USEPA’s UV Design Guidance Manual

Session 43 – Operations Challenge WEFTEC Orlando 2009

Session 45 – Design & Operation of Open Channel UV Disinfection Systems

Precon 2 – Septage, Scum Acceptance and Grease Handling at a POTW

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Precon 2 – FS Rake Arm Close Up.wmv

Precon 2 – FS Screw Clse Up.wmv

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Precon 2 – RDS-Wheaton, IL.wmv

Precon 3 – Is it Time to Modernize of Shut Down?

Precon 4 – Implementation of High Efficiency Trickling Bio Scrubbers to Meet Regulatory Requirements and Treat Odors at Sand Island WWTP

Precon 5 – Enhanced Bisolids Production at Honolulu Hawaii Sand Island Facility

Precon 9 –  TriPac – Nuts and Bolts

2010 Conference FI

2010 HWEA Conference [Photo Gallery]

The 2010 Hawaii Water Environment Association Conference Photographs

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2010 YP FI

2010 Young Professionals Events

HWEA/AWWA Young Professionals (YP) Film Event

By Dayna Fujimoto

The HWEA/AWWA Young Professionals (YP) hosted a film event on Friday, August 13, 2010 at the HDR/HPE conference room in downtown Honolulu.  Both YP and non-YP members of HWEA and AWWA attended the event to watch the 90 minute documentary called “FLOW – For the Love of Water”.  While enjoying pizza and chips, viewers learned about critical water issues and the growing privatization of water around the world.

The evening concluded with a surprise commentary from special guests, Elson Gushiken and Eldon Franklin.  YPs learned of the wealth of Elson’s and Eldon’s knowledge and experience as they shared with us some of the history of water in Hawaii and inspired us to become more involved in the engineering community.  We thank them for joining us and for their inspiring words of wisdom.

Special thanks to HDR for letting us use their conference room, laptop, and projector.  Thank you to ASCE YMF for sponsoring the cost of parking and to Troy Ching for reserving the conference room for us.

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AWWA|HWEA Young Professionals
General Meeting
Monday, August 30, 2010
Hukilau, 5:30pm

The AWWA|HWEA Young Professionals (YP) held a general meeting on August 30, 2010 at Hukilau Café in downtown Honolulu.  The main purpose of the meeting was the gather feedback from other members regarding what activities they would like to participate in and how YP could be improved.  There was a strong interest in tours relating to water and wastewater facilities.  Other interesting ideas for activities included ghost tours, hikes, and joint activities with ASCE Younger Member Forum (YMF).  Upcoming potential events including the YMF Make-a-Difference Day and the University of Hawaii, College of Engineering Career Fair were announced.

Overall, the meeting was a success.  YP members enjoyed some pupus while discussing new ideas for future YP activities.  The meeting was a great networking tool to meet new people and catch up with old classmates.

The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for the end of this year.  All YP members are encouraged to participate.  An announcement will be sent out in the next few months.

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2009 Collection System Workshop Presentations

November 13, 2009

Session 1 – Hawaii Pacific University Halekou Lift Station and Force Main Project: A Project Case Study Involving HDD and Fusible PVC

Session 2 – Ala Moana Shopping Center Project: Case Study Involving Micro-tunneling Using Vitrified Clay Jacking Pipe

Session 3 – Use of Rib Loc on the Wilhelmina Rise Project

Session 4 – Get Your Pump Station on SCADA Within 21 Days or Less!

Session 5 – Waipio Wastewater Pump Station Case Study

Session 6 – Engineering Decisions That Cause Operational Challenges to Collections System Maintenance

Session 7 – Recent Changes To CSM’s Most Powerful Tool

Session 8 – City and County of Honolulu Large Diameter Pipe Condition Assessment

Session 9 – Going SOLO and Other Non-Traditional Inspection Methods

Session 10 – City and County of Honolulu Infiltration/Inflow (I/I) Program Update

Session 11 – Private Property Virtual Library: Sharing Information Across Our Borders

Session 12A – Kaua’i County’s Wastewater Collection Systems

Session 12B – An Overview of Wastewater Collectoin Systems in Maui County

Session 12C – Big Island’s Wastewater Collection System

Session 12D – Aqua Engineers Collection Systems Statewide

2009 Conference FI

2009 HWEA Conference [Photo Gallery]


The 2009 Hawaii Water Environment Association Conference

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