NASSCO Continues To Expand Programs, Membership

By Robert Carpenter, Editor | April 2012, Vol. 67 No. 4
Outgoing NASSCO President Kathy Romans addresses the membership.

It was another busy year of growth and accomplishment for NASSCO (National Association of Sewer Service Companies), as membership reached an all-time high of nearly 450, plus the more than 150 delegates at the annual convention also set a record.

The NASSCO convention was held in February at the lavish Caesar’s Palace complex in Las Vegas, NV. As usual, a very aggressive schedule of general membership meetings and committee break-out sessions combined with technical presentations highlighted the convention. However, there was still plenty of time for social and fun activities.

There were even more impressive numbers revealed at the convention as well. NASSCO’s renowned Pipeline Assessment & Certification Program (PACP) has now successfully trained about 12,500 people – and PACP is continuing to expand. Honored with an achievement award was the principal driver of the initial development and growth of the PACP program, Rod Thornhill, president of White Rock Consultants.

Rod Thornhill (center), receives a special award for his work in establishing NASSCO’s PACP program. Presenting the award are (left) is current NASSCO President John Nelson and (right) NASSCO Executive Director Ted DeBoda.

Also, the recently launched CIPP Inspector Training Program has already certified about 625 people and a new inspector training program for pipe bursting should be launched soon.

Outgoing NASSCO President Kathy Romans told the crowd that her term as president “has been the fastest year I can remember in a long, long time.

“I’m confident in the growth and direction of NASSCO. We all work hard in this industry and for this organization,” she added.

Video

Another highlight of the business sessions was a presentation and preview of the new NASSCO video “Introduction to Sewer Cleaning with Jetting Equipment.” It took a year to complete development, videotaping and editing of this ambitious project. The 55-minute video was developed to further NASSCO’s mission to set industry standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground pipelines. Designed to accompany NASSCO’s “Jetter Code of Practice”, the video is also extremely useful for viewing on its own.