What’s in the water? What to do about it?

Symposium in Sacramento focuses on inorganic contaminants found in drinking water

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Water treatment is getting more complicated – utilities today must deal with contaminants hardly thought of or nonexistent years ago. One of the best ways to improve the collective safety of our nation’s water systems is to share information and best practices.

To that end, the California-Nevada Section of the AWWA will hold an Inorganic Contaminants Symposium at the Sacramento (Calif.) Convention Center, Feb. 5-6.

U.S. and international drinking water experts will convene there to give presentations and lead seminars on topics that include new techniques for drinking water analysis and treatment, risk assessment, and new challenges facing the drinking water community. 

“Some of the best research on water-quality issues is happening here in California and we’re thrilled to host this international exchange of knowledge and information,” said Dr. Timothy Worley, executive director of the CA-NV AWWA.  “Water quality, research, and treatment professionals are encouraged to attend and will find the diverse subject matter timely and relevant to their everyday positions.” 

John Consolvo of the Philadelphia Water Department, symposium chairman, notes that while the local section will manage all event logistics, presenters will come from the U.S., Canada, Russia and the Netherlands. “The international scope of this conference remains unchanged, and the broad coverage of inorganic substances affecting different parts of the continent will continue to be a significant part of the program,” Consolvo says.

The Water Research Foundation is coordinating with the CA-NV AWWA to plan a technical workshop the day before the symposium to make public the results of several studies on hexavalent chromium, a widely occurring substance that will be regulated by the California Department of Public Health later in 2013. Worley praised the foundation for funding extensive research that will help state and federal water-quality regulators ensure the safety of drinking water. 

Dr. Roy Wolfe, WRF president observes, “It was a natural and obvious choice to coordinate our workshop with the symposium, since chromium is one of the top issues of concern and a major research focus of the water community.” 

Symposium registration discounts are available for regulators, professors and students. Water professionals are eligible to earn contact hours for participation. For more information, visit www.ca-nv-awwa.org or call 909/291-2119.


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