The Underground History of Sewers

Event Date: 
Friday, December 18, 2020
Event Type: 
Non-NEHA Event


Eligible for NEHA CEUs!

Have you ever wondered what happens after you flush the toilet? Once you pull that lever, anything inside your porcelain bowl goes on a wild ride through miles upon miles of pipes and tunnels until it reaches its final destination — one which isn't where you think.

Join New York Adventure Club for a deep dive into the intricate systems of pipes and water tunnels that create our sewer systems, which us humans so often clog up in our daily lives.

Led by water and sanitation expert Kimberly Worsham, our virtual experience into the complex sanitation system underneath our feet will include:

A brief history and journey through our sewer and drainage systems
Spotlights on NYC’s sanitation systems that keep our city going & flowing
Not-so-unusual sewage problems that can impact our environment
A knee-deep dive into fatbergs, from what they are and how they're created
Best practices to keep our sewer systems cleaner and better flowing
Afterward, we'll have a Q&A with Kim — any and all questions about sewers are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

*Immediately upon registering, you will receive a separate, automated email containing the link to join this webinar

**For the best possible viewing experience, please ensure you're using the latest version of your internet browser — Google Chrome is the most compatible. Exact technical requirements and a webinar user guide will be shared in the automated confirmation email upon registration.

***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Kim

Kimberly Worsham, MPA, MIWM is a water and sanitation specialist with over a decade of experience. She discovered a passion for toilets early as a child, where her curiosity led her to inspect the facilities of every restaurant she entered. Years later, she was reminded of that love while consulting in India and continued to follow her passion by working in Australia, Kenya, Ghana, and Cambodia. Has also worked for international NGOs focused on providing safe drinking water. She was also a founding board member of a local water organization, NYC H2O.

In different lives, she has worked in local government, corporate marketing, and even taught math in Rwanda. She received her MPA and BSc in business at NYU, and a Masters in Integrated Water Management from the University of Queensland as an International WaterCentre Scholar.

Kim maintains a strong professional network across sectors and geographies, including a pool of qualified consultants for FLUSH projects.


"She is an amazing speaker. Organized and knowledgeable. Really interesting topic and thoroughly discussed." -Janet

"Kimberly had a clear, easy communication style. Her educator experience showed. She made a nerdy, gross thing fascinating and very educational." -Jessica

"Kimberly Worsham is a treasure! I learned so much and it was a lot of fun." -Carol

"Kim is incredibly informative and this webinar is a great follow-up to the one she did on the history of toilets. If she does additional webinars, I’ll be sure to tune in." -Amy

"She made what could be uninteresting topic interesting!" -Melissa

"I thought that I had become a good steward of the earth but the program taught me new ways to to be even more conscientious." -Sheila

"The speaker was excellent and there was so much stuff that I never heard of before. It was so interesting." -Gwen

"The presenter was great - brought humor to a gross subject!" -Emily

"Great presenter - her enthusiasm for the topic made it worthwhile." -Krista

"Kim was fantastic! Wealth of knowledge and updated us on the best procedures at home for our sewers." -Linda


Contact Name: 
Kimberly Worsham
(917) 935-0749