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Tentative Schedule

VRWA 32nd Annual Conference

April 20-22, 2020


Agenda is tentative. Times and topics are subject to change.

SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2020
5:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting

MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2020
7:30 am – 8:00 am Registration – Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Protecting Employees from Internal and External Threats:  Strategies for 
                                                Keeping the Workplace Safe (6 CPE's) – VRSA
12 noon – 1:00 pm Lunch on your own
11:00 am – 6:00 pm Exhibitor Set Up Time 
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Registration Opens
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Exhibitors Sneak Preview with light refreshments 

TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2020
7:00 am Staff to Set Up Class Rooms/Prepare/ Registration
7:30 am – 8:30 am Registration/Exhibit Hall Opens with Breakfast

8:30 am – 9:30 am Concurrent Training Classes (4)


Class Codes: Water – W, Wastewater – WW, Source Water – SW, Safety – S, Management – M

1) Water Leak – Practice & Pitfalls (W)
York Grow (Duncan-Parnell) 
Non-revenue water loss is an important topic as the value of water increases and our responsibility to conserve water becomes more important. The average age of a water system and the typical material of new installations bring a series of challenges to detecting where water is leaking. There are various technologies available to assist with detecting water leaks. This session will provide a review of some of those technologies but more importantly the cautions and pitfalls to ensure that time in the field are productive.

2) Developing a Rehab Plan via GIS and CCTV Data Integration (WW)
David Reaves, PE. LS (Prism Contractors & Engineers ) 
This session will discuss the use of GIS in organizing and implementing a rehab plan for large projects that includes a variety of work types from trenchless to replacement. It will show hot to effectively integrate CCTV data to include PDF reports and inspection videos into one seamless location.

3) Modeling for Success – Taking Lagoon Process Design to the Next Level  (WW)
Tom Birkeland (Lemna Environmental Technologies)
This presentation will discuss how to utilize process modeling to optimize lagoon based treatment systems in order to be more stringent BOD, TSS, and ammonia limits.


4) Utility Benchmarking – Richmond Study (M)
Aziz Ahmed, PE, ENV-SP (Draper Aden Associates)
A Richmond benchmarking project will be used to show examples of the following - the idea of benchmarking, scope and process; how to compare performance with other utilities; gap analysis; and how to develop programs/projects to eliminate or minimize gap.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:00 am – 12 noon
Opening Session / Annual Business Meeting – Washington Lecture Hall
VRWA Annual Business Meeting
This is the meeting of the VRWA Delegates to discuss the business of the Association and to elect directors for those seats that have expired.

12 Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch in the Exhibit Hall 

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Concurrent Training Classes (4)

1) AMI Implementation: Field Data Focus (W)
Lauren Brown and Andy Honeycutt (MeterSYS)
This will be an overview of challenges that accompany most AMI implementations. Also strategies for issue identification, avoidance and resolution will be discussed.

2) Protecting Against I & I (WW)
Bob Loughney (Aqueous Sales Inc.)
In this session, solutions for maintaining a watertight seal with a manhole adjusting ring will be discussed, which can help you achieve 100 year life expectancy of manholes in your system. Reducing I&I in manholes could result in significant cost savings while meeting EPA I&I requirements. This will give ideas how to avoid rapid deterioration of manhole grade rings.

3) Ceramic Membranes, The Fiber-Free UP Offering a 20 Year Life (W/WW)
Thomas Stanton (Water Membranes Systems, LLC)

The presentation discusses Ceramic Membranes for use in treatment fields.  It will discuss how these membranes are made, what they are made of and how they are assembled in order that they can be used in the various water and wastewater treatment applications.  Various projects will also be presented with a discussion of application and cost.

4) A Practical Foundation for Asset Management (WW / Asset Mgmt)
Vernon Madrid (Madrid’s Maintenance Management Solutions) and Nathan Carroll (Bedford Regional Water Authority)
In this session, various topics will be discussed in respect to asset management. Such topics will be the culture shift required for asset management; software selection – core requirements; the firm foundation for pyramid optimization; properly capturing maintenance work and costs; and getting on top of your PM work and heading towards optimization.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Break in the Exhibit Hall 

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Concurrent Training Classes (4)

1) Chemical Metering Pumps (W)
Joseph Shpats (Procom)
At the end of the session, you will be able to rebuild a pump with a maintenance kit, understand how metering pumps works, and how 4 – zoma operates.

2) Water & Wastewater Plant Instrumentation (W / WW)
Timothy Johnson (Delta Systems Environmental)
Participants will learn the reasons flow needs to be monitored at WWTP and Water plants. The presenter will discuss the instrumentation and procedures used to measure flow. Both open channel and full pipe flow applications will be addressed.

3) Knock, Knock…VOSH is Here! (S)
Eddie Shelton and Vinny Gallo (Virginia Risk Sharing Association)
This presentation is designed to inform key personnel their rights, responsibilities, and options when they are inspected by VOSH. It will also cover common issues that are addressed by VOSH during inspections. Both presenters have been VOSH inspectors. Questions are welcome.

4) Water Resiliency in Puerto Rico  (W)
Christopher Fewster, PE (Blue Ridge Engineering & Construction Services) and David Inman, PE (Water Mission)
Puerto Rico suffered a catastrophic disaster when hurricane Maria made landfall in September 2017 disrupting public utilities for months on end with the island still recovering today.  This presentation will cover the impacts of the storm on the public water systems and how project stakeholders responded to the emergency and how they are developing a more resilient water system in the event of another disaster.  

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Break in the Exhibit Hall 

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Concurrent Training Classes (4)

1) Piping Valve Material Thru the Years  (W)
Dave Burns (Core and Main – Roanoke)
This presentation will cover our aging infrastructure in regards to types of pipes and valves.  An overview of the design of those pipes and the challenges we all face in maintaining our distribution systems.  

2) Rethinking Collection and Treatment Scheme – A Feasibility Study for King George County VA (WW / M)
Aziz Ahmed, PE, ENV, SP (Draper Aden Associates)
A brief description of King George’s treatment system will be given. Then there will be a modeling evaluation of the system and various alternatives. Recommendations will be given and cost evaluated.

3) Safely Addressing Utility Cross Bores in Sewers (WW / M / S)
Al Clary (Infrastructure Solutions Group Inc)
This Presentation will exhibit the dangers associated with gas and utility cross bores through sewer lines. Several methods for locating these cross bores and the safest way to excavate around them for exposure and repair will the discussed. Cross bores are big contributors to storm water infiltration. Cleaning methods to reduce danger will also be discussed.

4) Building Water Resilience in Your Community (ALL)
Karen Edwards-Lindsey (USEPA - Office of Water/Water Security Division)
During this session, USEPA will discuss the American Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA), which requires community water systems serving populations of 3,000+ to assess risks and develop resilience plans. Participants will learn about the tools and resources available to assist in assessment and planning. A demonstration using Community-Based Water Resiliency (CBWR) will also be given.

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Water Taste Contest – Vendor Night in the Exhibit Hall – light refreshments –                                                       50/50 Drawing plus a prize drawing


8:00 pm – 10:30 pm It’s Back! Casino Night! Come join in the fun with “Southern Corrosion                                                                    Casino” brought to us by Astro Entertainment with Kyle Edgell & Creative                                                              Associates - light refreshments will be served



WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2020
7:00 am Staff to Set Up Class Rooms/Prepare Registration
7:30 am – 8:30 am Registration/Exhibit Hall Opens with Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:30 am Concurrent Training Sessions (4)

1) Fast-Tracked Chemical System Upgrade to Meet Critical Regulatory Compliance (W)
Brett Heim, PE (Dewberry) and Brendon Payne, PE (Gloucester County Public Utilities)
This presentation will give an overview of the history and process Gloucester County Publics Utilities experienced when dealing with high levels of TTHMs in the water. Participants will see how concerns were addressed with a fast-tracked project.

2) Wastewater Cleaning: Nozzles (WW)
John Goughenour (ENZ USA Inc), Mark Tredway and Kenny Hollins (Atlantic Machinery)
This training class will cover “Efficient Sewer Cleaning”. This cleaning includes issues with soft blockages, hard blockages, sewer back-ups, removal of roots, removal of grease and mineral deposits for sanitary collection and storm water.

3) Water Meter Accuracy  (W)
Dave Miller (Core and Main – Roanoke)
We will discuss meter accuracy and how this affects the utility.  In addition, we will discuss strategies for the utility to be proactive with their meter system accuracy.

4) Transform Your Utility into the Digital World (ALL)
Michael Brindle and Scottie Short (Lee County Public Service Authority)
In this session we will cover the essential elements of a successful asset management program and the simple steps that are necessary to implement such a program.  ThiIt’s time to transform your utility into the digital world to become more efficient, save money and make the overall management of your utility safer and easier. Convert to digital work orders to save time and paper. Introduce tablets and smartphones into the field to make communication between departments more seamless while making sure everyone is “on the same page”. Place your billing software in the cloud for security, constant backups and easier management, including the ability to work in the software from anywhere. Use texts alerts, social media to connect directly to customers. Peer into this world to see how it can help your utility.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Break In the Exhibit Hall 

10:00 am – 11:00 am Concurrent Training Sessions (4)

1) Everything You “Need to Know” for Water Plant Operators and Recent Regulatory Actions (W)
Anthony Baciqalupo (CHA Consulting, Inc.)
Assist waterworks operators in creating a plan for a resilient and prepared utility in compliance with the recent American Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA), EPA’s PFAs Action Plan, Clean Water Act – Waters of the US (WOTUS) definition for construction projects, as well as rules currently under revision including the proposed Lead and Copper Rule Long Term Revisions.

2) Nitrification Techniques & Wastewater (WW)
Daniel Ferrell, PE and Stephanie Doblosky, PE (The Thrasher Group)
According to the American Water Works Association (AWWA), nearly 85% of all wastewater in the US is treated with lagoons. Rural communities represent the majority of these. Proper nitrification for these lagoons during cold weather can be a challenge, and one that is being regulated by stricter ammonia effluent limitations. Rural communities need low cost options to reduce ammonia quickly. Results of studies for one client will be presented. Comparisons with decommissioning the laggon and building and new wastewater treatment plant will be given.

3) Simple and Realistic Steps to Proactively Manage Your Infrastructure  (W / WW / M)
Tony Shriner (iamGIS)
In this session participants will discuss the importance of creating a sustainable system (water or wastewater).  We will also layout simple steps to go from being reactive to things that needs fixed/addressed in your system to becoming proactive in the management of all your infrastructure above and below ground.


4) The Guaranteed Water and Environmental Program (ALL)
Janice Stroud-Bickes (USDA Rural Development)
The USDA Rural Development guaranteed program is a program that can finance water, wastewater and storm water systems for communities under 50,000 in population. This is a streamline process since it is the Lender’s loan and Rural Development provides the 90% guarantee.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Exhibit Hall Finale – Vendor Sponsored Drawing

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Concurrent Training Sessions (4)

1) What are your Service Tubing Options in 2020 (W)
Dale Gentry (Rehau Municipex) and Bob Stockmaster (RFS)
This presentation will step the audience through current options of service tubing products available today.

2) Wastewater Treatment Plant Closures: Flow Diversions Using Multiple Construction Delivery Methods to Facilitate WWTP Closures (WW)
Ryan Delo, PE, ENV SP (RF&K LLP)
The topics will focus on contracting delivery methods for projects required to close up to three wastewater treatment plants and divert flows to other facilities. Closure of the facilities was determined to be a cost effective alternative to costly upgrades. The projects include the design and construction of pipeline and pump station projects to convey flows to other treatment plants. The projects will be constructed under multiple construction delivery methods including Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build and Construction Manager at Risk.

3) Retrofitting Green Sand Filters In-House (W / WW)
Thomas Stanton (Water Membranes System, LLC)
The discussion will present the process and costs associated with upgrading existing Green Sand Filters using the latest media technology and controls. It will discuss the chemistry of the new media, the sizing of the systems and updating the controls systems using controllers ranging from simple timers to sophisticated cellular – connected systems that can be operated remotely. The new media technologies offer other benefits such as lower chemical costs and lower required backwash volumes.

4) Virginia’s Asset Management Program, Plans and Tools (Asset Mgmt)
Julie Floyd and Barry Matthews (VA Dept of Health – ODW)
This presentation will educate the attendees on the Commonwealth of Virginia’s minimum requirements for an Asset Management Plan related to accessing the DWSRF Loan Funds, and Capacity Developments’ is funding of AMPS. The presentation will review VDH ODWs checklist and discuss various tools that are available at little to no cost will be highlighted. This session will be geared towards senior operators and waterworks decision-makers.

12:30 pm – 12:45 pm Break

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch (Attendees Only)

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Closing Session/Awards

Closing Remarks VRWA President


VRWA Presentation of Awards 
Grand Give-a-Ways along with the Water Pac Drawing