usaidisnew1USAIDIS (AIDIS-USA) is one of 24 chapters that represent AIDIS-Interamericana in 32 countries. AIDIS-Interamericana's objective is the development and enhancement of Sanitary Engineering and Environmental Science activities for the improvement of the environment, public health and the quality of life of the inhabitants of the Americas.


Mission Statement

The mission of USAIDIS is to further the goals of AIDIS Interamericana through programs and services that promote sound environmental practices, policies, management, and education to improve the quality of life throughout the Americas. In carrying out this mission, USAIDIS will:

  1. facilitate communication and establish links among organizations and individuals
  2. promote the technical and professional development of AIDIS members
  3. support the reciprocal exchange of appropriate technology, education, and practices, and
  4. uphold the highest standards of professionalism

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Past Events

Look for updates coming soon! 10/09/2017


June 26, 2012 – Washington, DC

Our guest speaker was Henry Salas, co-author of Marine Wastewater Outfalls and Treatment Systems published by the IWA in 2010.  Mr. Salas, now a private consultant following a 25-year distinguished career with PAHO, spoke on the marine outfall as a viable wastewater treatment and disposal alternative for Latin America.  He stressed that designs needed to be based on water quality requirements not treatment standards and that in most cases, primary treatment is sufficient.


November 8, 2011 – Washington, DC

Guest speaker Dr Carl Barton, long time USAIDIS member and internationally recognized expert in wastewater reclamation and reuse spoke of his first hand experience with the development of the Santiago Metropolitan Region (SMR) wastewater system in Chile from 1991 to the present. The driving force behind the development was a high incidence of typhoid fever, and later the fear of cholera linked to indirect wastewater irrigation of vegetable crops consumed raw.


December 1, 2010 – Washington DC

Guest speaker Horst Otterstetter, until retirement, was Director of Health and now Guest Professor at the School of Public Health, University of Sao Paulo.  Mr Otterstetter spoke on the impacts of pharmaceuticals and other contaminants on the water environment.


May 13, 2010 - Washington DC

Guest speaker Peter Silva, who heads the Office of Water of the USEPA, spoke about Cross-Border

Environmental Issues in the US-Mexico Border Region.

September 29, 2009 - Washington DC

Guest speaker Carlos Rosito, President of AIDIS-Interamericana, spoke about Brazil: Private Sector Participation in Providing Water Supply and Sanitary Sewerage.

May 14, 2009 - New York City

Climate Change: What Actions Are The Federal, State and Local Governments Taking?

June 7, 2007 - New York City

Mr. Scott J. Schwarz made a presentation on Dealing With Vapor Intrusion Modeling In The Courtroom Dealing With Vapor Intrusion Modeling In The Courtroom

January 5, 2007 - Washington DC

Luncheon - Awards for service to USAIDIS

November 15, 2006 - Washington DC

Guest speaker Sofialeticia Morales, of PAHO, discussed Millennium Development Goals in The Western Hemisphere

September 27, 2006 - Washington DC

Guest speaker Kenneth R. Wright discussed his research about Water Engineering Masterpieces of The Inca Empire

September 13, 2006 - Washington DC

The topic of this luncheon meeting was Building International Alliances for Sustainable Infrastructure Our guest speaker will be Michael Sanio, ASCE Director, International Alliances.

June 6, 2006 - Washington DC

The topic of this luncheon meeting was The Water for The Poor Act. Our guest speaker was Mr. Judah Ariel, who is a foreign policy aid to the US Congress. (More info is available in our August 2006 newsletter).

March 16, 2006 - New York City

Dr. Stephen Bates made a presentation about Indoor Air Quality and Mold Problems (click here for more info).

February 8, 2006 - Washington DC

The topic of this luncheon meeting was Sanitation and Hygiene Lending by the World Bank. Our guest speaker was Mr. Eduardo A. Perez. (more info is available in our August 2006 newsletter).

September 29, 2005 - Washington DC

The topic at this luncheon meeting was ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS' ECUADOR WATER PROJECT. Our guest speakers were Mr. David Hill, of Black & Veatch, and Mr. Javier Ordonez Arizaga, of the Univ. of Maryland at College Park.

May 17, 2005 - Washington DC

Guest speaker Lee Roberts discussed AWWA's International Outreach. The speaker was the International Council Chair for the AWWA, as well as the Technology Committee Chair for Water for People, and President and CEO of the Roberts Filter Group.

May 11, 2005 - New York City

Guest speaker Carl-Axel Soderberg presented an Environmental Profile of the Caribbean. The speaker is past President of AIDIS-Interamericana, and Chief of the USEPA Caribbean Division, based in Puerto Rico.

March 2, 2005 - Washington DC

Guest speaker Marcos Helano Fernandes Montenegro provided an overview of water sector themes and programs of the Brazilian Ministry of Cities. The speaker is the Director of the Department of Development and Technical Cooperation; in the National Secretariat for Environmental Sanitation, of the Brazilian Ministry of Cities.

February 15, 2005 - New York City

New York State's Brownfield Law was discussed at this meeting. Click here for more info.

February 9, 2005 - near Washington DC

Dawn Kristof, President of the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Assoc., spoke about "Selling U.S. Equipment and Expertise to Latin America - A Trade Issue"

December 1, 2004 - near Washington DC

The immediate past President of WEF, Lawrence Jaworski, spoke about Water Quality Enhancement in Latin America - the role of WEF and AIDIS


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