NASSCO Celebrates Successful Year

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | January 2013, Vol. 68, No. 1

NASSCO (National Association of Sewer Service Companies) closed out an eventful and successful 2012 marked by continued growth in membership and impressive advances in the organization’s educational programs.

“It (2012) was a very successful year on many fronts,” said NASSCO President John Nelson, whose term will end in February at the 2013 annual meeting.

“We have an outstanding staff and solid core of volunteer members who accept suggestions from the membership and then develop and implement effective educational programs which are available to members and industry professionals,” said Nelson. “We are implementing the association’s strategic plan developed in 2011 which identifies priorities for establishing standards for assessing and rehabilitating the nation’s utility infrastructure.”

Nelson said 2012 was an exceptional year for training with nearly 4,000 industry members completing NASSCO courses.

The fastest growing segment of association membership, he continued, is in representatives of municipalities. This is a result, he believes, of the increasing acceptance of NASSCO’s Pipeline Assessment Certification Program (PACP) and Inspector Training Certification Program (ITCP) classes for cured-in-place pipe.

Summarizing 2012 major events, Nelson said the year began with NASSCO’S participation in January at the annual UCT (Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition) and sponsorship of the RehabZone, the “no-selling” show within a show that has become an integral part of UCT.

Next was the 2012 annual meeting in February, and Nelson praised Ted DeBoda, NASSCO executive vice president, Heather Myers, operations manager, Gerry Muenchmeyer, technical director, and the entire staff for planning and executing another outstanding event.

Later in the year, NASSCO participated in the Pumper & Cleaner Environmental Expo International and NASTT’s No-Dig show. Technical papers were presented at WEFTEC, the Water Environment Federation’s annual technical conference and exhibition; California Water Environment Association (CWEA) Tri-Con; and the Instituto Colombiano de Tecnologias de Infraestrutura Subterranea (Latin America).

NASSCO continued to support investments in water infrastructure throughout the year.