Transform Your Utility into the Digital World (W, WW, M)
Michael Brindle & Scottie Short (Lee County PSA)
It’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.
Water Resiliency in Puerto Rico & Global Water Crisis (W, M)
Christopher Fewster, PE (Blue Ridge Engineering & Construction) and David Inman, PE (Water Mission)
This presentation will cover the impacts of Hurricane Maria on the public water system and how the project stakeholders responded to the emergency and how they are developing a more resilient water system for their emergency shelters in the event of another disaster like Maria. Water Mission has done some solar water projects in Puerto Rico, and currently are discussing ways to work with Rural Water in Puerto Rico to further strengthen their efforts in improving these rural water systems.
Strategic Funding Solutions for Rural Water Districts (W, WW, M)
Austin Shaw (Holman Capital)
This presentation will discuss design bid vs. design build finance strategies and operating lines of credit for short term expenses. Also learn about the acquisition of lines of credit for fixed assets and about master financing agreements to fund multiple projects. The cost of waiting is that projects only get more expensive over time.
A Central Virginia Utility’s Road Map to Asset Management Implementation (W, WW, M)
Jack Reed & Frank Haltom, PE (Prince George County, VA) and Brian Houston, PE & Adrianna Dimperio, PE (Draper Aden)
Asset management is a critical component to every water and wastewater utility, regardless of size, complexity, or system type, and can help a utility maximize the value of its capital and O&M funds. Prince George County has developed a comprehensive program that provides a road map to move the county to a proactive and robust asset management program. This presentation will discuss Prince George County’s experience and implementation along with lessons learned.
Utility Benchmarking – Richmond Study (M)
Aziz Ahmed (Cha Consulting)
This presentation will discuss benchmarking idea, scope, and process through an actual benchmarking project done for Richmond. Through this discussion, see how to compare one’s performance with other utilities and to develop programs/projects to eliminate or minimize the performance difference.
Communicating Emerging Contaminants to Your Customers and the Media (W, WW, M)
Mike McGill (WaterPIO)
The growing drumbeat of chemical discoveries represents the greatest threat to public confidence in drinking water. Water utilities have long relied on regulatory guidance to help them handle discoveries in emerging contaminants. Unfortunately advances in water testing are outpacing the regulatory process and when they make news, the result in drinking water standards that are difficult for utilities to meet without millions in new treatment. Learn how to develop a communications plan and how to help customers and media understand contaminants in water.
Arc Flash – Awareness, Safety, and Action (W, WW, M, S)
Nick Huffman, PE (McGill Associates)
An arc flash is a dangerous condition associated with the explosive release of energy within an electrical distribution system caused by an electrical arc due to either a phase-to-ground or phase-to-phase fault. This session will dive into what you need to know about arc flash including how to protect employees, understanding of compliance with state and federal laws, and look at risk of facilities. Attendees will learn about action steps to implement in their organization.