Newsletter from september 2019


Brent Bassett
Supervising Engineer with Austin Water – City of Austin
Jason Anderson
Project Manager with Carollo Engineers

Efficiency, Reliability, and a Whole Lot More: Combining Aeration Systems for Big Savings at the South Austin Regional WWTP

Tuesday – September 17 at 6 pm

Clay Pit Restaurant


Downtown Austin, 1601 Guadalupe Street


09/17/19 6:00pm

Efficiency, Reliability, and a Whole Lot More: Combining Aeration Systems for Big Savings at the South Austin Regional WWTP

In 2013, the City of Austin initiated design for the Train A and B Blower Replacement Project to replace the Train A/B blower system damaged during operation. The engineering team analyzed the existing aeration demands and system configuration, identifying an operational deadband that lead to blower surge.

The team developed an approach that would interconnect the blowers for the three trains, thereby creating a single process air system for the facility, and eliminating the deadband. The Blower Replacement Project resulted in a life extension for the SAR facility in the system that is the heart (or perhaps more appropriately, the lungs) of an activated sludge process. The result is significant energy savings, and improved operation. Early procurement of the blowers shortened the construction schedule.

Jason Anderson, a Project Manager with Carollo Engineers, joined in 1996 after completing an MS degree at the University of California, Davis. His career with Carollo has involved planning and design of both water and wastewater facilities, with particular attention to aeration system design, and odor control on the wastewater side, and chemical feed systems and filter design on the water side. He works in Carollo’s Austin office, living in Leander with his wife Beth, son Eli, and daughter Ana.

Brent Bassett, a Supervising Engineer with Austin Water (City of Austin). After working as a consultant for 7 years he joined Austin Water as the South Austin Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Facility Engineer. As the Facility engineer Brent oversaw over 50 million dollars of construction spending while also managing major design work.  Brent currently works in the Collection System Engineering Division where he is responsible for scoping Water and Wastewater CIP projects.

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

Upcoming Events :

  • Kayak Cleanup on 10/19 at Live Love Paddle from 9-11am.

Upcoming Events :

Sept 5 – Effective Utility Management Workshop

Sept 12 – WEAT Leadership Summit

Sept 18-20 – One Water Summit

Sept 21 – WEFTEC 2019

Oct 16 – Pints for People


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

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 Plummer, 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.

Gold Sponsors

Working with local governments and municipalities for more than 50 years, Hanson understands the challenges and the diverse demands placed on your organization and staff. Our experienced team offers a range of planning, engineering and management services, from bridge work, facility design and transportation planning to water system design, utility coordination and environmental studies. We also are available to assist you with public-involvement initiatives and communicating the challenges and potential solutions with members of your community. While we are consistently recognized for dependable, quality work, it is our hands-on approach that sets us apart — an approach based on quality consulting; honest answers; and practical, cost- effective solutions.

Special Thanks to the Central Texas Section

September Meeting Sponsor

Carollo Engineers, Inc.

Carollo is the largest engineering firm in the United States dedicated solely to water-related engineering — it’s all we do. Carollo’s engineering team includes more than 1,100 employees in 45 offices throughout the United States. During our 86 years of business, water and wastewater facility designs have been an integral part of Carollo’s experience. We consistently demonstrate sound, proven engineering principals and dedicate ourselves to the advancement of water technology and engineering excellence.

Special Thanks to the Central Texas Section

Corporate Sponsors

WEAT CTS Officers


Greg Kirton 512-972-2053


Chris Pasch 512-687-2162


Jessica Vassar 512-617-3100


Will Chandler 512-338-4212


Sean Mason 512-646-2238

Section Rep

John Marler 512-912-5188


Jason Bybel 512-338-1704

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