Collection systems are the pipelines, conduits, pumping stations, force mains, and other facilities used to collect wastewater and convey it to treatment facilities.

Municipal sanitary sewer collection systems are an extensive, valuable, and complex part of the nation’s infrastructure.

Unfortunately, the current performance of many collection systems is poor, and many systems have received minimal maintenance for many years.

Wastewater collection systems also suffer from a history of inadequate investment in repair due in large part to the “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” nature of these systems.

The poor performance of many sanitary sewer systems pose potential health and environmental risks. Communities need to optimize operation and maintenance of these systems.

With that need in mind, NEIWPCC has undertaken a variety of efforts to address the improvement of collection system operation and maintenance.

Collection System Training

The NEIWPCC Environmental Training Center provides programs for utilities, industries, communities, and government agencies on all aspects of water and wastewater.  Courses are routinely held that focus on collection system management, operation, and maintenance.  Popular collection system courses include the following:

  • Operation and Maintenance of Wastewater Collection Systems
  • Operation and Maintenance of Wastewater Pump Stations
  • Geographic Information Systems for Wastewater Collection Systems

These courses are held at various locations throughout New England and New York State.

Voluntary Certification

The New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) and the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) offer a voluntary wastewater collection system operator certification.

Certification helps to assure that facilities and equipment are operated and maintained by qualified operators who posses a certain level of competence.

Learn more about the NEWEA collection system certification.

Learn more about the NYWEA collection system certification.