NASSCO Continues With Diverse Program Development

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | January 2010 Vol. 65 No. 1

The past year has been another busy one for NASSCO – the National Association of Sewer Service Companies – as the association continues to make significant contributions to the storm and sanitary sewer rehabilitation industries.

NASSCO is a national organization composed of several hundred members representing rehabilitation industry manufacturers and suppliers, municipalities and utility districts, engineers and contracting firms.

Members will gather at Don Shula’s Hotel & Golf Club in Miami Lakes, FL, on Feb. 10 - 13 for the annual NASSCO Convention.

NASSCO was very active in its continuing efforts to advance trenchless technologies through 2009, said Ed Kampbell, who is nearing the end of his one year term as president.

"It has been a particularly good year for the industry and NASSCO," Kampbell continued. "Our membership continues to grow, member retention is still exceptional and the association's financial strength has never been better."

Accomplishments
Major accomplishments in 2009 include:

  • Completion and introduction of the Inspector Training and Certification Program for CIPP (ITCP CIPP);
  • Completion and introduction of the Lateral Assessment and Certification Program (LACP);
  • Updated the Specification Guidelines for various rehabilitation products and processes and made them available free on the NASSCO web site;
  • Placed on the web site a guideline for Pipeline Assessment and Certification Program (PACP) software users; and
  • Exhibited at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Conference and WEFTEC, UCT and No Dig, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Conference, hosted an education day at the 2009 Pumper & Cleaner Environmental Expo, and expanded participation at Water Environment Association chapter meetings.

Early in the year, NASSCO hosted an ITCP CIPP webinar which still can be accessed on the association web site.

"In addition," said Kampbell, "a draft of a Spanish language Jetter Manual was completed, PACP standards for software was updated to version 4.4, a contract executed for updating the PACP manual and tutorial, consultations were initiated with a company specializing in human resources to formalize NASSCO's employee policy, and a staff engineer, Diego Calderon, was hired to assist our technical director, Gerry Muenchmeyer."