WWETT Show Seminars Cover Technology, Safety, Management And Much More

The education offerings at the 2015 WWETT show provide vital information on technology, safety, management and more for water and wastewater professionals.
WWETT Show Seminars Cover Technology, Safety, Management And Much More
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The Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport (WWETT) Show in Indianapolis includes an extensive education program in addition to networking and displays of the newest equipment in the industry.

The 2015 show, Feb. 23-26, includes seminars and workshops to help water and wastewater treatment professionals enhance their knowledge and improve their facilities’ performance.

The show kicks off on Monday, Feb. 23, with Education Day, offering tracks of seminars sponsored by organizations including the National Association of Wastewater Technicians (NAWT), the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), the Southern Section Collection Systems Committee (SSCSC) and the National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO).

The remaining show days include workshops and roundtable discussions on topics from corrosion control to wastewater microbiology to facility security. All workshops will be held at the Indiana Convention Center in meeting rooms near the exhibit hall. For more information on seminar times, locations and speakers, visit wwett.com. Seminars of interest to water and wastewater treatment professionals include:

Education Day, Monday, Feb. 23:

A Study of Microbiological Induced Corrosion, by Claude Goguen, director of sustainability and technical education with the National Precast Concrete Association. Attendees will examine a two-year study on the process of microbiologically induced corrosion in concrete and discuss how the bacteria form and evolve in specific environmental conditions.

Effective Website Design and Engaging Customers in the Digital Age, by Suzan Chin, founder of Creative Raven. Review elements to consider and implement when designing and building an effective website to meet the needs of today’s demanding online audience, such as developing a budget, a plan of action, strategy, timelines and content development. Chin also presents Tapping into the Power of Social Media and Content Marketing, reviewing the pros and cons of the various facets of social media.

New Technologies for Non-Potable Water Use, by Dr. Albert Robert Rubin, emeritus professor in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at North Carolina State University. The first of two seminars explores standards and requirements for residential and commercial water reuse treatment systems, water-quality requirements for non-potable use, competency of personnel managing reuse systems and using evidence-based information to communicate with the public. The second looks at the challenges of water reuse and technologies for dealing with difficult situations and retrofitting existing systems.

Employee Retention and Recruitment, by Beverly Lewis, a 15-year veteran of the sanitation industry. Attendees will discuss why the wastewater industry is a great place to work and how to create a strategy for recruiting and retaining staff.

Specifying Pumps: Why Do Pumps Fail?, by Jeff Hawks, president of Champion Pump Company. Hawks will review the various types of construction and design used by pump manufacturers, such as motors, bearings, impellers, seals and cord entrances. He will also touch on the types of switches used in pumping applications.

Women in Wastewater Roundtable Discussion, featuring Lara Mottolo, Therese E. Wheaton, Shanna Sands and Joyce Gresh. This panel of professionals from different facets of the industry will address product and service questions, the future of the industry, and general managerial and career-building advice for those starting out in the environmental services.

Lobbying, by Eric Casey, executive director of the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association. Participants will learn why it’s important to be politically active and some of the ways to become involved.

Tuesday, Feb. 24:

Introduction to Odor Control, by Tom Ferrero, who has owned and operated several septage treatment facilities since 1984. Ferrero will outline the basics of controlling odors, including common methods for specific situations and their pros and cons.

Mapping Solutions for Repair and Maintenance of Water Distribution Systems, by Lynn Hurley, CEO of Hurco Technologies. This presentation will demonstrate the power of integrating GIS maps with equipment for testing, maintenance and data collection for water distribution systems.

The Shift from Reactive to Proactive Wastewater Management Best Practices, by Ed Richards, president and CEO of t4 Spatial. Stringent compliance mandates and tight budgets call for a proactive approach to understand failures and identify potential failures. Owners must implement best practices through people, processes, standards and technology in order to proactively manage and maintain wastewater systems.

An Emerging Technology for Lagoon-Based Nutrient Removal, by Tim Canter of Environmental Dynamics International. Attendees will learn how to improve low-temperature nitrification with the Intermittent Discharge Extended Aeration Lagoon (IDEAL), which combines extended aeration with a decanting reactor to remove ammonia and a significant portion of nitrate/nitrite in an earthen basin.

The New Wastewater: Collection System Challenges Caused by Today’s Modern Trash, by Robert Domkowski, engineering consultant and training manager for Xylem. This session discusses solutions to problems caused by nonwoven “flushable” items in collection systems.

Wastewater Microbiology, by Ryan Hennessy, a Grade 4 wastewater operator and technical wastewater service provider. This session will cover microscopic evaluation for process control and troubleshooting. Topics include floc formation, judging floc structure, ranking filamentous bacteria abundance, judging polysaccharide (slime) content of samples, and determining the concentration of particular organisms at which problems begin to develop. He will also offer identification methods for filamentous bacteria and troubleshooting tips for operators.

Dewatering Options for Roll-Off Containers, by Andy McKinlay, director of market development for North America at Premier Tech Aqua. This program will explain how the popularity of organic filtering media exerted pressure on the manufacturing capacity and supply of these materials. Supported by data and third-party testing protocols, McKinlay will trace the development of sustainable and natural filtering media.

Wednesday, Feb. 25:

Grease Collection and Treatment: Raising the Bar Via Resource Recovery, by Ed Weinberg, president of ESSRE Consulting. This session tells how grease collection and treatment approaches can provide increased revenue, cleaner water and air, and lower carbon footprints at grease handling and digester facilities.

Collection System Rehabilitation – Alternative Technology, by Jill Davis, superintendent of water and wastewater for the Athens (Tenn.) Utilities Board. Low-pressure force main and grinder pump systems have long been used for new construction in difficult terrain, but complete removal of inflow and infiltration, less intrusive construction and often less expense make these systems good options for rehabilitation. A five-year case study demonstrates the value of this rehabilitation tool.

Utility Regulation Basics for Grease Haulers, by Wayne Ludwig, unit coordinator for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Program. This session will discuss typical wastewater utility FOG programs in relation to the grease hauling and disposal industry, the food service industry and wastewater utility officials, and the challenges they all face.

The Waste in Our Wastewater, by Denver Stutler, CEO of Polston Applied Technologies. Attendees will learn how debris enters wastewater systems due to aging infrastructure and weather, affecting treatment plant efficiency and capacity. He will describe how plant managers currently deal with the debris and the choices they face.

Security Issues and Best Practices for Water/Wastewater Facilities, by Jeff Hayes, a product manager for Beijer Electronics. This session will explore best security practices and look at security policies, vulnerabilities and risk management. It will explore the relationship between physical security and information security and propose ideas for developing prudent security policies and the technologies to support them.

Extending Life Expectancies with Corrosion-Resistant Coatings and Linings, by Kevin Morris of the Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings Division. This presentation will discuss the primary corrosion mechanisms in sewer systems and wastewater treatment plants and how corrosion-resistant coatings and linings can extend the life of new structures or rehabilitate existing structures.

For more information on the WWETT Show, visit wwett.com or call 866/933-2653.   


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