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Session 09B: Climate Science & Stormwater - Livestream
Tuesday, 14/Sept/2021:
10:30am - 12:00pm

Location: Room 430AB

East Building

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10:30am - 11:15am
ID: 116 / Session 09B: 1
Main Technical Program
Topics: Wastewater 101, Collection and Conveyance
Keywords: I&I, Monitoring, Smart, Sewer, Savings

Pinpointing and Prioritizing I&I Impact with Climate Change

Brogan Quist1, Mike Fritschi2

1SmartCover Systems, United States of America; 2South Suburban Sanitary District, OR; ,

The Klamath Falls South Suburban Sanitary District encompasses roughly 10 square miles and serves a population of approximately 25,000 people in Klamath Falls, Oregon. SSSD owns and maintains over 100 miles of sewer pipe and over 1000 manholes. Most of the sewer mains were installed in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

One of the key focus areas for SSSD is the management of Inflow and Infiltration (I&). Excessive I&I can overwhelm a collection system’s capacity creating overflows. Climate change indicates more severe weather in the future. These changing weather patterns and frequency of severe weather is more and more relevant to sewer operators. I&I increases wastewater treatment plant flows unnecessarily increasing treatment plant processing costs.

SSSD started monitoring in 2012 by installing four initial monitoring units for a cost of $50,000 but, when the need arose for expanding our efforts to more locations, they required a more flexible, easy-to-install and cost-effective solution.

To address I&I monitoring expansion plans, SSSD designed a smart sewer system with SmartCover technology.

By leveraging SmartCover patented design and deployment, SSSD has been able to both expand I&I monitoring and enhance the granularity and detail of information compiled. SmartCover flexibility has proven to improve existing I&I monitoring processes at a much lower cost than the alternatives. Deployment is turnkey because no confined entry is required, allowing a collection system to get up and running fast without a lot of wasted staff time or traffic management.

SmartCover customized the solution to aggregate flow information from multiple locations, thereby enabling more flexibility to analyze relationships between sites and to better understand the dynamics within sub-basins.


It is anticipated that ROI on the first round of SmartCover deployment will yield better information on I&I and provide a more refined capital improvement decision making process, while also controlling costs and enhancing usage of valuable staff and resources.

Brief Biography and/or Qualifications
Mike Fritschi: Mr. Fritschi has 20 years of experience in the management, operation, design, and inspection of wastewater systems. Mr. Fritschi is a licensed Civil Engineer and holds a Grade IV wastewater facility and collections system operations license. Mr. Fritschi received a B.S. degree in Environmental Resources Engineering from Humboldt State University.

Brogan Quist: Brogan has a Bachelors of Science Degree from Westmont College, located in Santa Barbara, CA. Brogan has over 10 years of experience in the wastewater and technology sector. Brogan first started in the industry by installing and maintaining monitoring devices in the field, beginning in 2008. He has completed over 500 site visits, troubleshooting, and installations. Currently, Brogan works with customers in the Western/Central region of the United states to help solve their challenges by providing remote monitoring systems. The Goal of SmartCover Systems is to assist wastewater utilities by helping them make informed decisions, based on data collected in the field.

11:15am - 12:00pm
ID: 302 / Session 09B: 2
Main Technical Program
Topics: Stormwater, Risk Assessments and Emergency Response, Resiliency, Planning, Climate Science
Keywords: resilience, flooding, climate, rainfall, risk

And the Rains Came: Characterizing Rainfall for Climate Impacts

Nathan Foged1, Sierra Gawlowski2

1Brown and Caldwell, United States of America; 2City of Shoreline, Washington, United States of America;

Virtual Speakers

Prolonged wet weather and extreme storms can overwhelm drainage systems, cause urban flooding, or potentially lead to uncontrolled discharges of contaminated waters. While we understand these as potential impacts, quantitative risk-based analyses can be challenging given the natural variability of rainfall and the uncertainty associated with changing climate conditions. As the City of Shoreline (Washington) plans for a resilient future, the Surface Water Utility has recently compiled and analyzed precipitation data to create a library of rainfall time series and design storm events for use in stormwater planning and design studies. These data include observed storm events, updated intensity-duration frequency curves, and synthetic design storms—based on both historical conditions and adjusted for future climate conditions. This presentation will not only describe the development of these data, but also discuss appropriate use, uncertainty ranges, and how results should be interpreted for stormwater management decisions.

Brief Biography and/or Qualifications
Nathan is the Innovation and Technology lead for Brown and Caldwell’s Water Resources practice. He is an engineering consultant with over 20 years of experience, specializing in hydrologic and hydraulic modeling of natural and urban systems. Nathan focuses on climate adaptation and resilience planning for the water sector, working with private and municipal clients to make decisions under uncertainty.