NASSCO Continues Growth, Establishing Cooperative Relationships

NASSCO Annual Convention, Feb. 12-15, Marriott Gaslight District, San Diego.
By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | February 2014, Vol. 69 No. 2

For NASSCO (the National Association of Sewer Service Companies), 2013 was a year of continuing accomplishments in its 35-year mission to establish industry standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of the sewer pipelines and promote continued acceptance and growth of trenchless technologies in the sewer industry.

NASSCO’s busy year began in January with sponsorship of the RehabZone at the 2013 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT), said Association President Joan Stone. The next month, record attendance was posted at NASSCO’s 2013 annual meeting.

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Joan Stone, 2013 NASSCO President

One highlight of the year was the signing of three international agreements for the use of NASSCO’s PACP (Pipeline Assessment and Certification Program) as the association continues to build cooperation with like-minded organizations.

There was a new agreement with the Colombian Institute for Subterranean Technologies and Techniques which is helping to facilitate ongoing PACP training in Colombia, Stone said. PACP classes and manuals now are available in Spanish, and several classes were held in Columbia and Puerto Rico during the year.

Existing agreements with CERIU (Centre for the Expertise and Research on Infrastructure in Urban Areas) in Quebec and CSA (Canadian Standards Association) were updated to enhance coordination with NASSCO for administering PACP.

Cooperative relationships

Another significant relationship was formalized by a memorandum of agreement between the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and NASSCO.

“I have been involved with WEF at both the local and national levels throughout my career and NASSCO’s formal relationship with WEF – particularly the Collections System Committee – is a natural progression,” said Ted DeBoda, NASSCO executive director. DeBoda currently is a WEF delegate and has served as president and chairman of the Chesapeake Water Environment Association (CWEA).

“Through WEF,” he added, “NASSCO produced two highly-attended webinars; Construction Inspection for Trenchless Technologies and Controlling Infiltration through Chemical Grouting.”

Several ongoing projects progressed through the year.

“A primary task during 2013 has been updating PACP Version 6 to Version 7,” said Stone. “We had a plethora of conference/WebEx calls to review the entire manual. Once that is complete, we will develop updated training materials.