KWEA Resource Recovery Committee

Objectives and Goals

Wastewater utilities are starting to embrace the idea of resource recovery because it makes economic and environmental sense and has been implemented in a variety of ways for decades in many industries. By looking at what different utilities are already doing on a daily basis in Kansas, within the United States, and around the world, it is the goal of this committee to leverage and share that knowledge and new technologies to members of the Association. The committee’s objectives are to provide leadership and information to the Association’s membership regarding resource recovery topics and issues. The committee shall strive to inform plant operators, as well as management, on the following topics:

  • Educate members on current and emerging resource recovery and reuse technologies, innovations, trends, and success stories. These areas may cover such technologies as the following:
    • Biosolids/residuals beneficial reuse.
    • Biogas use for CHP/Co-generation/CNG/RNG.
    • Water reuse and reclamation.
    • Nutrients recovery.
    • Sustainability/resiliency practices.
    • Energy use management.
  • Track and share information on regional and federal regulations.
  • Identify and conduct technical training opportunities.
  • Develop/implement activities that promote resource recovery awareness to professionals within the water environment, regulatory, governmental, and local community areas.
  • Facilitate standards for the design, construction, operation and maintenance, and management of reuse and resource recovery facilities.

Activities and Duties

The Resource Recovery Committee shall conduct, but not be limited to the following activities:

  • Meet at least four (4) times per year.
  • Prepare technical sessions for annual and specialty conferences, workshops, and seminars.
  • Obtain and share information gathered from WEF and national resources.
  • Inform the Association membership on resource recovery topics through the Splashings newsletter and via the KWEA website.
  • Honor and recognize municipalities and industries for implementing resource recovery activities, programs, and systems.
  • Complete quarterly reports and submit them to the board liaison by the end of each quarter.
  • Complete and submit an annual report to the Vice President on the committee's activities at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting. The Vice President will compile the committee annual reports, distribute them to the Board, and turn them over to the new Vice President for use in assessing changes for the next program year.