2018 AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE18)

2018 AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE18)

June 11 - 14, 2018

Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV
United States

AWWA Conference: Innovating the Future of Water

We're excited to be presenting at the American Water Works Association annual conference, ACE18 in Las Vegas on June 11-14. We hope you will join us as we share research, case studies and insights on topics such as:

  • Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances driving water policy changes and reshaping utility business models
  • Overcoming obstacles to reuse treatment technology
  • Managing emerging contaminants that threaten public health
  • And much more

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HDR ACE18 Conference Sessions

Half-Day Workshop: Aging Infrastructure Management – Hydraulic Analysis of Criticality and Component Failures in Water Distribution Systems Workshop

  • Speakers: Eric Scherch and Sasa Tomic

This half-day workshop will present case studies and small group exercises to better understand aging infrastructure criticality evaluation methods.

Full-Day Workshop: Condition Assessment of Water Mains

  • Speaker: Dan Ellison

Through a full-day workshop, participants will engage in hands-on demonstrations, plenary discussions and case studies about water main condition assessment. Dan Ellison will introduce concepts outlined in AWWA Manual M77 and discuss key available technologies and application for asset management and condition assessment.

Is DPR the Answer?

  • Speaker: Steven Friedman

Learn about the reuse planning decisions of a California city. From landscape irrigation through direct potable reuse, this presentation explains the reasons for each evolutionary phase and how this case study is applicable to agencies beginning to implement their own reuse programs. 

Dueling Project Delivery Methods: Considerations in Decision Making

  • Speaker: Phillippe Daniel

This talk will summarize Santa Clara Valley Water District's deliberations in selecting the best project delivery method for a $1B potable reuse program. The process and factors considered should be useful for other agencies considering alternative project delivery methods.

Recent Developments Resulting from Studies on the TRWD/DWU IPL Large Diameter Pipe Project

  • Speakers: Jeffry Giddings, Graham Bell

Three-hour session devoted to design and installation knowledge gained from researching a 120-mile large diameter steel pipeline. HDR experts will discuss polyurethane coatings and cathodic protection.

Evaluating Biofiltration for Potable Reuse Applications

  • Speaker: Samantha Black
  • Co-Authors: Christina Alito, Peter D'Adamo, Chance Lauderdale

More communities are looking towards unconventional water supplies to augment their water supply portfolio. This presentation will provide an understanding of biofiltration in the context of potable reuse, including benefits and challenges of applying biofiltration. 

Water Research Foundation Project #4618: Status and Application of Cathodic Protection in the Water Utility Industry

  • Speaker: Graham Bell
  • Co-Author: Mersedeh Akhoondan

Discuss the preliminary findings from investigating cathodic protection technology in the water industry and its technical and economic considerations.

Nashville Metro Water's Disinfection Conversion Initiative

  • Speaker: Brent Tippey

Learn about the conversion from chlorine gas to on-site generation of sodium hypochlorite to building resiliency into WTP operations while also improving safety.

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances – Responding to Health Advisories

  • Speaker: Peter D'Adamo

Through a panel discussion, Pete D'Adamo and other experts will discuss ideas on how to confront a suite of complex regulatory challenges, particularly per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. 

Strategies for Addressing Emerging Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

  • Speaker: Peter D'Adamo
  • Co-Author: Samantha Black

This presentation will help inform utility managers and operators how to understand their vulnerabilities relative to PFAS and provide information related to tracing, tracking, containing and treating these compounds at the source and at their WTPs.

Tacoma Water Integrated Resource Plan and Model

  • Speaker: Steve Thurin

Gain information on the design and development of integrated water resource plans, water system yield tools, and Tacoma Water's proactive approach to supply planning. 

Pilot-Scale Demonstration of Combined Ion Exchange and Alternative Regeneration for Softening and Contaminant Removal

  • Speaker: Jerrine Foster

This talk focuses on innovative ion exchange in order to benefit small water systems by improving ion exchange technology through chemical conservation and waste brine reduction. 

Progress in the Development of a Fiber-Based Ion Exchange Material for the Treatment of Arsenic in Drinking Water

  • Speaker: Philip Brandhuber

The performance of a novel fiber-based ion exchange material for the treatment of arsenic in drinking water will be discussed. This technology has the potential to be deployed in traditional and innovative configurations.

Poster Session: Application of Indirect Condition Assessment Techniques for Electrically Discontinues Buried Water/Wastewater Pipeline: A Case Study

  • Speaker: Mersedeh Akhoondan
  • Co-Authors: Graham Bell, Brien Clark

This paper presents a case study where indirect assessment techniques were successfully applied on an electrically discontinuous sewer outfall.

Poster Session: The Proof is in the Pudding: Savings Confirmed in Initial Multibore Membrane Operating Data

  • Speaker: Karen Pappas

Presenting the first months of operating data from the recently commissioned LARGEST Multibore® ultrafiltration plant in the U.S. (and the FIRST of its kind in California) and compares the data against the performance differentiators that facilitated the original selection of the ultrafiltration membrane system three years before.

Poster Session: How to Squeeze More Capacity Out of an Existing Water Plant to Keep Up with Demands

  • Speaker: Richard Stratton

Attendees will learn how to cost effectively gain capacity from existing WTPs by improving hydraulics, conducting jar testing and optimization studies, adding treatment equipment to existing basins, and re-rating of existing processes. 

Poster Session: Not So High and Dry in So Cal

  • Speaker: Jennifer Duffy
  • Co-Author: Amy Omae

This presentation will illustrate the IRPDSM model approach and assessment of variables that others may consider implementing when evaluating the reliability of their water supplies and assessing the value of future water supply investments.

Poster Session: Testing the Waters – Lubbock’s Experience with Brackish Groundwater

  • Speaker: Paula Jo Lemonds

A test well in Lubbock County provided a valuable dataset on the potential of brackish groundwater as a drinking water source. This presentation will describe the methodology for a test drilling program and the data necessary to produce a dataset useful to water supply decision makers and water utility staff.

Sharing Aqua Ohio’s Most Valuable Lessons Learned While Implementing Our First Integrated Delivery Project

  • Speaker: Richard Atoulikian

This presentation will describe why Aqua Ohio selected this project for its first progressive design-build and conclude with lessons learned related to model selection and implementation.

Addressing Distribution System Water Quality Challenges Arising from Diversified Water Supplies

  • Speaker: Peter D'Adamo

This presentation will include strategies and tools utilities can use when blending waters to limit finished water quality concerns including corrosion, lead and copper release, nitrification, and DBP generation. 

How Clean is Clean? Managing Treatment Chemical Hexavalent Chromium Contamination at Denver Water’s Planned Northwater Plant

  • Speaker: Philip Brandhuber

Discuss the results of a bench level study and cost analysis related to the removal of trace levels of hexavalent chromium inadvertently added to treated water by treatment chemicals during the treatment process.

KY City of Firsts Finishes a First Class Water Plant

  • Speaker: Brent Tippey

Learn how to balance regulatory compliance with superior water quality while also hitting goals to re-design a historic WTP facility in the city's downtown and maintain operations through construction.

The Revolution of Subsurface Water Storage

  • Speaker: John Koreny

This session shares emerging knowledge to address key challenges of subsurface water storage through a moderated panel discussion and small round tables.

What’s Growing in My Biofilter? Practical Uses of Microbial Community Data for Evaluating Biofilter Performance

  • Speaker: Christina Alito
  • Co-Author: Chance Lauderdale

Microbial community analysis is a method that can provide details on the type of biological system present in a biofilter. This presentation will share how biofiltration optimization strategies could impact microbial communities and a share results from a case study.

Renovating the Great, Historic and Venerable 8th Avenue Reservoir

  • Speaker: Brent Tippey

This presentation will highlight improvements within an existing aging reservoir to both enhance water quality and provide an improved asset to meet the needs of the utility well into the future.