Six Pre-Conference Workshops for In-Depth Learning

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Date and Location

Tuesday, March 31
10:00am to 5:00pm

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa Meeting Rooms
Reno, NV

Right after the workshops have some fun, relax and network at the fun CWEA-NWEA Ice Breaker 

1) Build Your Own Asset Management Program!

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Participate on a task force to improve efficiency and restore credibility to a fictitious agency plagued with regulatory requirements, miscommunication, staff turnover, and tight budgets. Your mission will be to develop a programmatic solution to address the recent Consent Decree that requires the implementation of an asset management program.

Lunch to be served in Grand 1, Atlantis Conference & Event Center (2nd floor of Atlantis Hotel).

Learning Objectives:

  • Have a greater understanding of asset management in the water industry.
  • Provide more informed participation in the development of their own asset management program.
  • Maximize the use of their asset management program.

Workshop Primary Facilitator

Michael Zacharia, Principal Engineer, West Yost Associates


2) Introduction to Advanced Water Treatment – 3 day Workshop

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This three-day workshop will provide utility operators with information to operate and monitor advanced water treatment technologies. During this session, these technologies will be presented and discussed along with interactive activities associated with the technologies. The workshop will provide operators with a working knowledge of advanced water treatment technologies.

Effective questioning, hands-on activities and team projects will be used to apply new knowledge and to demonstrate the capability to understand advanced water treatment systems.

Workshop Schedule 

Tuesday, March 31: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Wednesday, April 1: 8:50 AM – 4:00 PM

Thursday, April 2: 8:50 AM – 4:00 PM

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe an overview of the treatment processes that are associated with advanced water treatment.
  • Outline the skills & knowledge that operators of advanced water treatment systems need.
  • Describe reasons for implementing advanced water treatment systems.

Primary Speaker(s)

John Rowe, Process Engineer, Office of Water Programs at Sacramento State

Additional Info

Learn more about Advanced Water Treatment Operator certification at AWTOperator.org >


3) Instrumentation and Electrical Drawings 101

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Have you ever wondered how a pump station works or had to troubleshoot a problem but didn’t know where to start? Understanding where to find details about the electrical and controls work for a pump station can really boost your confidence when you’re asked to fix a problem.

Lunch to be served in Grand 1, Atlantis Conference & Event Center (2nd floor of Atlantis Hotel).

Learning Objectives:

  • Navigate a simple pump station drawing set.
  • After participating in this session, participants will be able to identify the main source of power for major pump station equipment.
  • Distinguish flow, pressure, and temperature instruments, control functions, and alarms. We will also discuss how setpoints are used.

Primary Speaker

Linda Leong, Engineer, CWEA SF Bay Section, Professional Development Committee


4) Ops: Nutrient Removal Process Troubleshooting from Start-Up through Asset Life

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As facilities transition from secondary treatment to nutrient removal, the operational strategy and philosophy changes. Adopting process controls that incorporate SRT control, sidestream management, and other controls are critical for reliable treatment. Attendees will gain insight into modern process controls, as well as guidelines for optimizing various operational parameters.

Lunch to be served in Grand 1, Atlantis Conference & Event Center (2nd floor of Atlantis Hotel).

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the fundamentals of nutrient removal.
  • List potential issues that might arise during the transition from secondary treatment to nutrient removal.
  • Describe the most vital parameters to monitor as a means to diagnose the biological process.

Primary Speaker:

Scott Joslyn, Operations Specialist, Grave V, HDR


5) Process Control Analyzers: Journey-Level Training on Process Control Analyzers used in the Water and Wastewater industries

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The vendor-neutral training for those who need to understand the principles of operation of modern process analyzers in order to competently specify the most appropriate technology and installation constraints. Emphasis on the “Total Cost of Ownership” for each of the presented analyzer technologies, since use of these online analyzers is becoming necessary with permits requiring reduced nutrient discharges limits.

Lunch to be served in Grand 1, Atlantis Conference & Event Center (2nd floor of Atlantis Hotel).

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the fundamental measurement principles utilized for ammonia, phosphate, nitrate, chlorine, dissolved oxygen, pH, ORP, turbidity, and solids analyzers.
  • Identify potential errors and interferences for the various measurement technologies, and how they influence measurements.
  • Understand the technology limitations for each measurement principle, and then determine the utility of each measurement, whether it would be most effectively used for process monitoring or control.

Workshop facilitator:

Charles Aycock, Principal, Municipal Automation Services


Partner Event – supported by CWEA, NWEA, CASA and ReNUWIt

6) Partnering for Impact: 2020 Water Forum

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Featuring Nevada and California water leaders.

NWII and its founders will host the Partnering for Impact 2020 Water Forum on March 31, 2020 at the Atlantis Hotel and Casino Resort in Reno, Nevada in conjunction with the Nevada and California Water Environment Association Annual Conference. The event will feature over 100 leaders from water sector and will address how partnering can help challenges of innovation, collaboration, and workforce development in the water sector. This event will sell out quickly. Registration is handled by our sister association Nevada Water Environment Association.

2020 Themes

• Visionary Leadership to Accelerate Results
• Driving Innovation with Advances in Research and Technology
• Achieving Goals through Innovative Partnerships