Newsletter for January 2022


 Andreana Salas, ENV SP

COVID-19 Monitoring in Wastewater

 Tuesday, January 18 at 12:00 pm



Meeting Information:

Austin-Travis County is currently in Stage 5 of COVID-19 risk-based guidelines. To protect our members and community, this month’s CTS WEAT meeting will be an online zoom meeting over lunch.

Meeting Link:

Meeting ID: 496 705 7445

Passcode: 382804

Summary of Presentation

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the world in 2020. Wastewater treatment facilities were one of the few essential workplaces that carried on. At the San Marcos WWTP, the Jacobs O&M team, in collaboration with Biobot Analytics and the City of San Marcos, monitored the presence of COVID-19 in wastewater. This is accomplished by isolating the unique genetic signature of SARS-CoV-2 and analyzing the amount of the virus present. This presentation will focus on the results and importance of the COVID-19 monitoring study as spikes in virus concentration preempt case testing data by 3-7 days, allowing the local government to take action, if necessary.

Speakers Bio

Andreana Salas is an Assistant Project Manager for Jacobs at the San Marcos Wastewater Treatment Plant in San Marcos, TX. She is an Envision Sustainability Professional through the Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin. Andreana holds a TCEQ Class B Wastewater Treatment Operator License.



After more than a year of virtual meetings, COVID cases in Austin area dropped temporarily in November, allowing WEAT CTS to hold its November meeting in-person. Thanks to our presenters, Jeff Farnsworth, PE of Kimley-Horn and Gail Hamrick-Pigg, PE of SAWS, and everyone who attended the meeting. The meeting also provided an opportunity to recognize and thank our Section’s past-president, Chris Pasch, for his time and contribution to the local chapter of WEAT.


January 7 WEAT/WEF Awards Nomination Due

January 11 YP Webinar: Let’s Get Licensed! P.E. and Operator License 101

January 12 Pints for People 2022

January 26 WEAT EIC Webinar: NFPA 70E Changes and Standard Development

January 31 Final Day to Take Advantage of $50 WEAT-only Membership Dues

January 31 Watermark Nominations Due

February 4 2022 WEAT Collection Systems Specialty Conference: Call for Abstracts

February 14 WEAT & AWWA Southeast Texas Sections: Half-Day Seminar

February 18 Leadership Summit

February 22 WEAT NTS February Seminar: Today’s Strides Achieves Tomorrow’s Success

February 28 Imagine A Day Without Water 2022 Calendar SALE!

March 1 2022 Operations Challenge Sponsorship

April 4-7 Texas Water 2022

April 23 10th Annual Water for People Charity Volleyball Tournament

June 1-2 Save the Date: Collection Systems and Odor and Corrosion Control Conference

August 9-10 Save the Date: CMOM



Recently Completed Event:

This year’s Member Appreciation Social, held December 9 at The Brewtorium, brought members of the Capital Area Chapter of TAWWA and the Central Texas Section of WEAT together.


The event raised over $1,800 for Water For People and student scholarships. Special thanks to our event sponsors and raffle prize donations: AECOM, Cobb Fendley, Environmental Improvements, Inc., Garver, Hanson, Hartwell Environmental Corporation, K Friese + Associates, SKE Construction, FREI Co., Water For People, and various local Austin businesses. Click here for a word from Water For People.


Upcoming Event:

WEAT CTS and AWWA CAC is tentatively planning on a YP happy hour on Thursday, January 20th at 6-8 pm, at Central Machine works, pending COVID conditions by that time. Stay tuned for updates in future communications.



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Sponsorship alternatives have been developed in a way of keeping meeting cost low for all attendees. Sponsorship options include Classic (meeting), Gold, Platinum, and more! For more details, please contact Jessica Vassar 512-617-3167, 


Special Thanks to the Central Texas Section

Platinum Sponsors


Freese and Nichols, Inc. (FNI) is a client-focused, regionally based firm with national expertise. From 17 offices across Texas, Georgia, North Carolina and Oklahoma, we work seamlessly together across all disciplines, giving our clients the benefit of multi-service integration with an approach that is as innovative as it is practical. Together, more than 500 professionals deliver top-tier professional services that reflect the FNI vision – to be the firm of choice for clients and employees. In the last 10 years, FNI has performed more than 350 treatment projects and designed more than 730 miles of pipeline and pump stations that provide more than 3.9 billion gallons per day to municipal and industrial clients.


Hartwell Environmental Corporation represents leading manufacturers of water and wastewater treatment equipment used in municipal and industrial treatment facilities. Hartwell Environmental Corporation was founded in 1997. We have expanded from our headquarters in Houston to three branch offices in Austin and Arlington, TX and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Our expansion has allowed us to better serve the municipal and industrial facilities in the states of Texas and Oklahoma.
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Environmental Improvements, Inc., established in 1966 is a Manufacturer’s Representative firm specializing in water and wastewater treatment. We represent a complete line of manufacturers capable of treating all variations of municipal water and wastewater applications. Coupled with our product service we have been providing treatment equipment and solutions in Texas for over forty-five years.
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HDR provides tailored, strategic wastewater solutions that are innovative, cost-effective and sustainable.

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Our advanced treatment professionals tackle the most complex projects with innovative yet practical applications of technology to collect, treat and renew water to meet the demands of today and tomorrow. We will partner with you to develop customized infrastructure management plans and assist in optimization to help you better manage assets, extend useful life and lower operating costs.



Special Thanks to the Central Texas Section

Meeting Sponsor


At Jacobs, we make the world smarter, more connected and more sustainable. Together, we’re pushing the limits of what’s possible. We stay ahead to create the new standards our future needs.


Challenging today is our response to the increasing complexity our world is experiencing. It calls on us to join forces, putting our knowledge and imagination together to reinvent the way we solve problems and shape the next generation of innovative solutions.

Reinventing tomorrow is our promise and an invitation to raise the bar in everything we do. From the brilliant solutions we create with our clients, to the open and inclusive culture we create for our people. From the positive difference we make in our communities, to the added value we deliver to our shareholders.


WEAT CTS Officers


Jessica Vassar 512-617-3167


John Marler 512-912-5188


Sean Mason 512-646-2238


Michael Sherer  512-539-1969


Behnoush Yeganeh 512-479-1630

Section Rep

Jason Bybel 512-338-1704


Chris Pasch 512-452-5905


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