Written by: Shannon Pepper, Program Coordinator, Southwest Environmental Finance Center



Autosampler vials. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

Automatic samplers (autosamplers) can be an excellent way to screen and monitor for wastewater-based diseases. Autosamplers also help identify organic, solid, and nutrient levels in wastewater treatment facilities. Participation in wastewater monitoring, however, has historically skewed toward larger utilities with more access to resources. To help combat this access imbalance, The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is inviting small utilities to apply for a free autosampler. Successful applicants will also receive free training and troubleshooting with their autosampler supplies. For this opportunity, WEF defines “small utilities” as those serving communities of 10,000 or fewer people. This also includes utilities operating a water reclamation facility with an average daily wastewater flow of fewer than 1 million gallons per day.

WEF welcomes small utilities to apply online by Monday, January 31, 2022 at 5 PM EST.

  • If you think your system could use a free autosampler, follow this link for the full description from WEF
  • To submit an application, follow this link: https://wef.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/157/home
  • If you have questions about the requirements or application process, WEF is hosting a Zoom webinar on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 11:30am Eastern Time to answer questions directly from interested utilities. Follow this link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/214883792207