NASSCO Has Active 2011

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | January 2012, Vol. 67 No. 1

NASSCO (National Association of Sewer Service Companies) closed out a busy and eventful 2011 with several significant accomplishments and continuation of a formal strategic planning process that will guide the association in the coming years.

It also was a year of continued growth in membership, said Kathy Romans, who closes out her year as president in February 2012 at NASSCO’s annual meeting in Las Vegas.

“We are proud our membership increased more than 10 percent during the past year,” said Romans.

Significant accomplishments during the year cited by Romans include:

• Establishment of a Pipeline Assessment Certification Program (PACP) recertification process;
• Executing a contract between NASSCO and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) to add the Manhole Assessment and Certification Program (MACP)and Lateral Assessment Certification Program (LACP) to CSA’s training program;
• Inclusion of PACP in the Water Environment Federation’s “Operations Challenge”; and
• Production of the NASSCO Jetter Training video.

Romans said the association began 2011 at UCT (Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exposition) in Houston last January where it always has an active presence on the educational program, other activities and with the RehabZone.

“In 2011,” said Romans, “we increased the number of live demonstrations at the RehabZone and a host of members have been involved in planning the 2012 event to include hands-on Skill Challenge events and other additions to make this unique, no-selling ‘Zone’ an even more effective educational experience.”

In February, NASSCO participated in the Pumper & Cleaner Environmental Expo and then held the association’s annual conference in Puerto Rico with three days of education, training and networking. The semi-annual membership meeting was held in October in conjunction with WEFTEC.

“Throughout the year,” Romans continued, “we completed many successful Inspector Training Certification Program (ITCP) classes for cured-in-place pipe, and this year we worked hard with the membership on two new ITCP classes -- Manhole Rehabilitation and Pipe Bursting -- that will be available in late spring of 2012. Considerable time and energies have also been spent on software certification requirements and initiatives to ensure that PACP data is accurate.”