Newsletter from may 2019


Michael Thane
Director of the Utilities and Environmental Services
City of Round Rock
Steve Coonan
Central Texas Area Leader – Alan Plummer Associates


Tuesday – May 14 at 6 pm

Clay Pit Restaurant


Downtown Austin, 1601 Guadalupe Street


05/14/19 6:00pm



Williamson County is one of the fastest growing counties in the country. The population of Williamson County was approximately 37,000 in 1970. Today, the county is estimated to be home to over half a million people. Municipalities must aggressively expand their utility capacities to provide service to the rapidly expanding urban area.

In the 1980s, the Cities of Round Rock, Cedar Park, and Austin enterred into an agreement with the Lower Colorado River Authority and the Brazos River Authority to develop a regional system. The original plant was built in 1987. The plant was expanded in 1995 and again in 2005. In 2009, the Cities jointly purchased the plant from the LCRA. The City of Round Rock currently operates the plant for the partners under a TPDES permit that authorizes the discharge of 21.5 MGD into Brushy Creek.

Continued growth in the area will require the expansion of the plant again. During this expansion, the City of Leander will become a partner in the plant. The plant will be expanded to 30 MGD. Michael Thane and Steve Coonan will share an update concerning the planning and design of this $90-$100 million construction project.

Michael Thane is the Director of the Utilities and Environmental Services Department for the City of Round Rock. He joined the City in 2001 as an Engineer in the Engineering and Development Services Department. He then proceeded as the Engineering Manager until 2006, when he began serving as the Director of Utilities.

Prior to joining the City, Michael had 10 years of diverse experience working in the engineering and environmental consulting industry. He began serving as a Regional Director for the Texas Municipal Utilities Association (TMUA) in 2010 and in 2017 served as President of the TMUA.

Michael manages a department consisting of 138 employees with an operating budget of over $50 million dollars. Round Rock’s utility service area provides water for approximately 160,000 citizens. In 1991, Michael earned his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.

Steve Coonan is the Central Texas Area Lead for Alan Plummer Associates, Inc., (APAI) as well as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Steve joined APAI in 1992. He has over 35 years of engineering experience. Steve and APAI specialize in water resource planning and design projects, including wastewater treatment plant improvements.

Steve has been active in the Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT). He served on the Central Texas WEAT Board for 8 years, culminating in his election as President in 2005. He has also served on the WEAT State Board for many years, including being President in 2015. Steve currently serves as the Senior Delegate from Texas to the Water Environment Federation (WEF).

Meeting Location, Cost, and Parking

Cost for Member and Guests

$20 / Students $5 – includes dinner and a beverage – Click here to Prepay via PayPal orcredit card

Free parking is available across the street from the restaurant in the Attorney General
Parking garage, after 6 pm.

YP Update

The YPs did it again – We won the most spirited award in the kayak Town Lake Clean Up event

Upcoming Events :

May 8 – Safety & Security Webinar
May 15 – Collection Systems Webinar
May 23 – 8th Annual Water Reuse in Texas Conference
Jun 14 – 2019 Summer Seminar
Jun 19 – Catalyst 2019
Jun 26 – E&I Technical Seminar:Regulatory
Aug 22 – 2019 AWWA / WEAT CTS Summer Social


It’s that time again to nominate officers for leadership in CTS WEAT! If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved on the Board or committee, please send your nominations to Jason Bybel, , by Friday, May 10, 2019 for the following positions:

  • President-Elect
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • YP Committee Chair
  • Scholarship Committee Chair
  • Special Events Committee Chair
  • Website Committee Chair
Nominations will be taken to the nominating committee and elections will take place at the upcoming May 14th meeting. Currently the Board has the following members:
  • Current President Jason Bybel will assume Past-President position
  • Current President-Elect Melissa Woo will not assume President position because Melissa will move out of the area
  • Current Vice-President Greg Kirton will move up to President because of Melissa’s move
  • Current Treasurer Will Chandler is in 1st year of 2 year term
  • Current Secretary Chris Pasch is finishing 2nd of 2 year term
  • Current Section Rep, John Marler is in 2nd of


WEAT CTS is pleased to offer a 2019 Scholarship for WEAT CTS members and/or their children and spouses. The scholarship assistance program will provide awards for students who attend either a 4 year college or university with accredited degree programs (preferred) or a junior college. Preference will be given to students who are interested in pursuing a career related to water quality, who have outstanding academic records, and who are actively involved in extracurricular activities.

Applications can be downloaded or requested via email from Behnoush Yeganeh, The scholarship application must be completed and returned to by Friday, July 26, 2019.

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 Melissa Woo 512-652-5389,

Special Thanks to the Central Texas Section

Platinum Sponsors

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.

Municipal Valve & Equipment Company provides Utilities and their Consultants flow control solutions including drainage backflow prevention, pump/flow control and critical energy dissipation. Our service team will repair your actuators and control valves onsite. Request a quote to remove and replace antiquated valves and actuators with our industry leading products turnkey!

At Alan Plummer Associates, Inc., we truly believe that Water is Precious…
As a result, our practice has been focused on the protection and development of water resources for our clients and their customers for 40 years. We are a firm of over 120 engineering and scientific professionals dedicated to planning and design of water infrastructure. Dedicated to water resources and environmental engineering, our firm balances sound engineering principles with innovative technology tailored to our clients’ needs. From initial project kick-off, through stringent QC review, to a completed project, our focus stays on developing cost-effective
solutions for our clients. We are involved from project inception to implementation and every step in between. It is what we do every day, as opposed to what we do when we have that type of project. We are proud to be one of the top engineering firms in Texas and Louisiana (ENR TX&LA 2018). Because of our focus on water-related matters, our engineers and scientists have become recognized experts in their fields at the local, state, and national level. Our motto is “quality deliverables on schedule…without exception.”

When you work with Stantec, you work with an award-winning team of more than 22,000 specialists working in over 400 locations, with over 150 staff in Austin. We collaborate across disciplines and industries to bring infrastructure projects to life. Our work—engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics, from initial project concept and planning through design, construction, and commissioning—begins at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Our local strength, knowledge, and relationships, coupled with our worldclass expertise, have allowed us to go anywhere to meet our clients’ needs in more creative and personalized ways. With a
long-term commitment to the people and places we serve, Stantec has the unique ability to connect to projects on a personal level and advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

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.

DCS Engineering, LLC is a full-service locally owned engineering firm with company headquarters located in Austin. DCS provides civil engineering consultingservices on small and large infrastructure projects, specifically municipal water, wastewater, and transportation planning, permitting, design, construction administration, and operational trouble shooting.

DCS’s list of services includes managing and providing master planning; modeling; water supply; CIP list development; design of elevated storage tanks, pumping stations, ground storage tanks, waterlines, reclaimed water systems, water treatment plants, wastewater treatment plants; process design; plant process analysis/trouble shooting; lift stations; sanitary sewers, sewer rehabilitation; odor and noise control; biosolids treatment; assimilative modeling; TPDES permitting; mechanical, structural, roadway design, and drainage. Simple solutions to complex problems, integrity, and open communication with Owners and Operators are the foundations upon which the firm has been built.

Special Thanks to the Central Texas Section

May Meeting Sponsor

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.

Special Thanks to the Central Texas Section

Corporate Sponsors

WEAT CTS Officers


Jason Bybel 512-852-3021


Melissa Woo 512-652-5389


Greg Kirton 512-972-2053


Will Chandler 512-338-4212


Chris Pasch 512-687-2162

Section Rep

John Marler 512-912-5188


Rebecca Musk 512-617-3133

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