Emerging Technologies Committee

The Emerging Technologies Committee facilitates the knowledge and advancement of emerging and advanced technologies used in wastewater, combined sewer overflow (CSO) and stormwater treatment.

We sponsored the Emerging Technologies 2015 webinar series based on a Side Stream Treatment workshop completed during the 2013 Annual Conference. We also regularly contribute articles to the PNCWA Newsletter, and support technical operations and maintenance tracks for the Annual Conference including providing session moderators.

News & Highlights

"Greenhouse Gas Emission Monitoring and Control: Policy, Practitioner, and Research Perspectives" Preconference Workshop

Don't miss this workshop, which focuses on greenhouse gas (GHG) emission and reduction at wastewater treatment plants, prior to the 2017 PNCWA Conference. We'll cover regulation environment, researches, practices and technologies for GHG emission control, both nationwide and within the Pacific Northwest region. Read more. 

Workshops and Webinars on Side Stream Treatment

We sponsored the Side Stream Treatment for Nutrient Removal and Recovery Workshop during the 2013 PNCWA Annual Conference, and hosted a follow-up webinar series in 2015.  An additional webinar is planned for 2016 to complete the series by providing updates on the operations of different struvite harvest systems in the region.

The recycle flow, which is termed side stream, originating from dewatering of anaerobically digested solids in a wastewater treatment plant represents significant nitrogen and phosphorus contributions to the plant loads. Separate treatment of the side stream can be part of a solution that allows the plant to meet stringent nutrient limitations more efficiently and sustainably while encouraging nutrient recovery. Some innovative but proven side stream treatment technologies have gained recent interest and seen rapid developments. Installations of side stream treatment technologies in the Northwest region include struvite harvest systems in facilities in the City of Boise, Idaho; operated by Clean Water Services in Oregon; and the de-ammonification process at Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in Pierce County, Washington.


The LIFT Scholarship Exchange Experience for Innovation & Technology Program (SEE IT) is an initiative spearheaded by WE&RF, WEF, and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies to provide scholarships for utility personnel to visit other utilities with innovations of interest and to share experiences with their peers. LIFT SEE IT provides hands-on interaction with innovative technologies and approaches with representatives that are implementing them to provide program participants with the needed perspective and information to accelerate adoption at their own facilities. Utility representatives interested in investigating a new technology or learning about an innovative approach at another facility are encouraged to submit an application. Applications are due December 12, 2016. Apply here.

Contact Info


Li Lei, Chair