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Tuesday, September 13
 

3:00pm MDT

Exhibitor Move In
Tuesday September 13, 2016 3:00pm - 8:00pm MDT
Exhibit Hall

5:00pm MDT

 
Wednesday, September 14
 

7:30am MDT

Water Taste Test - Bring Your Water to the Competition
If you are a utility then you should get excited about this friendly competition of who has the best tasting water.  Three winners will be selected:
•Best of the Best – Groundwater
•Best of the Best - Surfacewater / GWUDI
•Best of Show

The Best of Show entry will be eligible to participate in the Association Annual Conference (ACE16) held in June 2016 in Chicago.

Additionally, there will be a People's Choice Award that will be based on Conference Attendee's voting during Fun Night.  

Rules
1.The water utility must be an AWWA member
2.All samples submitted should have no state or federal drinking water violations (MCL, monitoring, recordkeeping, etc.) violations for the last calendar year.
3.Sample must be received at the Conference Registration Booth no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept 16th. Late samples will not be accepted.
4.Each sample submitted must include at least 2 liters. Each sample should be clearlyidentified with the name of the water system and category it represents.
5.Water systems may submit up to two samples for each category, or a total of four samplesmaximum. 

Download the full set of rules by clicking the attached file. 


Wednesday September 14, 2016 7:30am - 3:00pm MDT
Registration Desk in the Exhibit Hall

7:45am MDT

New Member & First Time Attendee Breakfast
Limited Capacity seats available

Come see what AWWA is all about!
Find out what is going on at the Conference!
Meet the Intermountain Section Board Members!

Seats are limited for this breakfast, so please RSVP by clicking in the button " Click here to add to My Sched".

Wednesday September 14, 2016 7:45am - 8:45am MDT
Ballroom A

7:45am MDT

Registration Open
Wednesday September 14, 2016 7:45am - 4:45pm MDT
Registration Desk in the Exhibit Hall

9:00am MDT

Opening General Session - A Date with Destiny: Charting a New Course for Water
The combination of historic drought conditions and continued population growth in the western United States has made water an increasingly scarce commodity. Western states have acknowledged that their existing water allocations are insufficient to ensure long-run economic stability and are taking determined measures to protect, procure, extend and maximize their respective water resources. Population growth, aging infrastructure, climate variability, new technology, and a shift in federal involvement in financing water projects have brought us to a pivotal point in water planning. This presentation will discuss a new model to protect, procure, extend and maximize water resources through regional and state-wide investment in:

·        Water Infrastructure Repair and Replacement to protect existing water systems
·        Conservation Technology and Best Practices to extend the water supply
·        Planning to identify the most critical new projects to meet future growth and capture existing water resources

The development of the model plan, as well as, the cost and financing will be presented. This model will then be compared to how other Western States have found solutions to their long term water infrastructure and development problems.

Richard Bay will also be joined by:

·        Tage Flint – General Manager of Weber Basin Water Conservancy District
·        Ron Thompson – General Manager for Washington County Water Conservancy District
·        Gene Shawcroft – General Manager for Central Utah Water Conservancy District

Wednesday September 14, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Garden Room

10:00am MDT

Guest Program Service Project and Lunch
Wednesday September 14, 2016 10:00am - 3:00pm MDT
Entrada A

10:30am MDT

Fire Hydrant Operation, Maintenance, and Repair
Presentation will cover proper operation of fire hydrants. We will also look at the internal parts of a fire hydrant (from operating nut to main seating valve). Also covered will be procedures to follow for annual fire hydrant inspections, and detailed information about properly installing fire hydrant extensions. Lastly, since every hydrant is mated with a 6” gate valve (for isolation of the hydrant), we will also look at the difference between C509 Gate Valves and C515 Gate Valves


Wednesday September 14, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am MDT
Sunbrook A

10:30am MDT

Innovative Water Rate Concepts
Rate calculations have been evolving across the country in recent years as more systems improve their billing data, better conserve water and strengthen data on when system improvements and maintenance were completed to stay on top of maintenance and needed expansions. However, many systems are still working on organizing this information and understanding how to utilize it. Matt Millis of Zions Public Finance, Inc. will help you look at options on how to maintain financial sufficiency, balance impact fees paid with the capacity they paid for, discuss what data is required to update rates effectively and how to present rate changes to the public, help on modifying your billing system, and review legal issues your system needs to know about.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Millis

Matt Millis

Zions Public Finance, Inc.


Wednesday September 14, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am MDT
Sunbrook C

10:30am MDT

Provo River Watershed Council’s Long Term Water Quality Monitoring Approach
For the last 35 years the Provo River Watershed Council (PRWC) has promoted a watershed level approach to ensure high quality water for all users and to meet designated beneficial uses in the Provo River Watershed. The PRWC is actively engaged in education outreach and development programs, water quality monitoring, restoration projects, and are proactive in training their employees how to react to emergency situations that could impair water quality (e.g. oil spills into the river). The PRWC is also dedicated to maintaining safe drinking water. We use a multiple-barrier approach to protect our drinking water. Protecting our source water is our first barrier. If excess nutrients, oil spills, invasive species and other pollutants don’t make it to the drinking water plant they don’t have to filter them out or worry about them entering the distribution system. Due to a collaborative effort the PRWC continues to be successful in creating barriers in our source waters and facilitating water quality in the Provo River Watershed.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Crawford

Joe Crawford

Water Quality Scientist, CUWCD
In 2010 Joe graduated from Utah State with a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. In 2013 he graduated from Utah State University with a Master of Science in Watershed Science.  


Wednesday September 14, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am MDT
Entrada C

10:30am MDT

Secondary Water Metering, Screening & Filtering
Pressurized irrigation systems are common throughout the Western United States. These systems generally use secondary water, or non-potable water that is pressurized to service individual property owners for irrigation of lawns and gardens. Many of these systems were originally installed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and did not include metering since such technology did not exist at the time. As water becomes more scarce, it is important that water use for each customer be accurately measured. The problem with metering secondary water is that meters tend to get clogged with dirt and debris that are in secondary water. Weber Basin began installing secondary water meters in 2006 to study their effectiveness and see if they could handle water directly out of the river. Weber Basin has learned much about secondary water meters and which meters work well for this application after having installed over 3200 meters in their system. This presentation will discuss the issues, problems, and successes Weber Basin has had over the last 10 years of installing secondary water meters in urban areas.

Speakers

Wednesday September 14, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am MDT
Entrada B

10:30am MDT

Small-Scale Ultrafiltration Membrane Systems in Utah: Two Case Studies
Ultafiltration (UF) technology is widely applied for surface water treatment due to the ability to consistently and reliably acheive high log removal of pathogenic organisms and low permeate turbidity. These systems are commonly used for drinking water applications, as well as pretreatment to nanofiltration and reverse osmosis systems. Two case studies are presented: the Greendale Water Company 200 GPM ultrafiltration plant, and the Maple Ridge Girls Camp 26 GPM ultrafiltration plant. The plants are compared and contrasted to show differences in design, installation, and operation. Additionally, the 2014 pilot study at the Greendale WTP is compared against the first six months of data from the full-scale plant, which started February, 2016, to identify similarities and differences found between the pilot and the full-scale installation.

Speakers

Wednesday September 14, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am MDT
Sunbrook B

11:15am MDT

Opportunities to Protect Drinking Water Sources and Advance Watershed Goals Through the Clean Water Act
A holistic and coordinated planning and funding approach is required to achieve long lasting and effective protection of water quality. Partnerships are vital between water quality and drinking water programs, and with other public and private partners at the federal, state, and local levels. This presentation will describe the fundamental steps towards protective actions that promote broader collaboration among a diversity of programs and entities. Water managers across national, regional, state, and watershed scales must align their efforts to protect source water through action and institutional relationships to achieve common objectives. Water quality programs can leverage the high value consumers place on public health protection and safe drinking water to increase public support for addressing surface and ground water challenges more effectively. EPA, other federal and state agencies, local governments and private organizations can support such collaborative actions by providing technical, programmatic, financial and logistical assistance. Opportunities for collaboration between drinking water and water quality agencies will be discussed and specific examples provided of where this is currently happening in Utah.

Speakers
avatar for Carl Adams

Carl Adams

Storm water Specialist, Utah Division of Water Quality
Carl Adams is a Storm Water Specialist for the Division of Water Quality and has enjoyed working throughout the State over the last 20 years. He has an applied education in Environmental and Range Science and the most rewarding experience has been in working with all of you, partners... Read More →


Wednesday September 14, 2016 11:15am - 12:00pm MDT
Entrada C

11:15am MDT

Saratoga Springs – A Case Study of Installing Secondary Water Meters
In 2012 Saratoga Springs conducted a study to find out how much water the residents were using. They knew it had to be high compared to what the system was designed for because operators struggled to keep enough water in the system. Residents were using more than twice as much water as the system was designed for. In an effort to help residents better understand their secondary water use and help initiate water conservation, the city decided to install meters on every connection. Although the installation process had its share of issues and complications, the results have been dramatic. Even before the metered usage showed up on the bill, the water use dropped significantly. By the time a rate restructuring took place and the usage actually affected the bill, most residents were pros at using the right amount of water.

Speakers

Wednesday September 14, 2016 11:15am - 12:00pm MDT
Entrada B

11:15am MDT

The McCaysville Story: How to Rehabilitate a Filter in Seven Days
McCaysville, GA was faced with a dilemma at their water treatment facility. Deteriorating performance was traced to failing filter underdrains. Due to the production demands placed upon the facility, there was little time available for remedial action before hot weather caused water usage to spike.
- Rebuilding the filters presented a huge challenge because the McCaysville Water Treatment Plant could only afford to have a filter off line for a maximum of one week to effect corrective action.
- This presentation outlines how the designer, treatment plant staff, contractor, and underdrain manufacturer came together to get the job done despite some significant challenges, both expected and unanticipated.

Speakers

Wednesday September 14, 2016 11:15am - 12:00pm MDT
Sunbrook B

11:15am MDT

Troubleshooting Monitoring Equipment for Dummies
Abstract: It may seem like rocket science but it can be more like "bottle rocket" science if you know what you are doing. This presentation will provide a simplified and practical approach to troubleshooting and calibrating all types of electrical monitoring equipment common in the water industry. Included will be a hands-on discussion of the use of basic trouble shooting equipment, objectives, and basic “rules of thumb” for identifying and resolving equipment failures.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Hale

Charles Hale

Central Utah Water Conservancy District
Chuck Hale is the Treatment Plant Manager at Central Utah Water Conservancy District’s Duchesne Valley Water Treatment Plant. He has been working in the water industry for 7 years, has a degree from ITT Tech in electronics, and 20 years of instrumentation electronics experience... Read More →


Wednesday September 14, 2016 11:15am - 12:00pm MDT
Sunbrook A

11:15am MDT

Water Demand Projecting using Sectoral Forecasting
The ever increasing amounts of data available in this Age of Information is allowing water utility managers to make better, more informed decisions. The need for greater accuracy is particularly acute for high value financial and water supply development decisions which are based upon forecasts of water demand.  One approach to water demand projections, termed Sectoral Forecasting provides greater accuracy and better glimpses into the future.  The presentation explores examples of the methodology in practice and the supporting data requirements. 

Speakers
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Shem Liechty

Brown and Caldwell
Mr. Shem Liechty is a Vice President at Brown and Caldwell where he serves in a corporate role as the Company’s Community of Practice Leader for Hydraulic Modeling and Planning of Buried Infrastructure. He is responsible to organize and engage the more than 130 community of practice... Read More →


Wednesday September 14, 2016 11:15am - 12:00pm MDT
Sunbrook C

12:00pm MDT

Lunch in Exhibit Hall
Wednesday September 14, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm MDT
Exhibit Hall

12:00pm MDT

Exhibitor Break & Red Ticket Prize Drawing
A special prize drawing will be held at the end of the exhibitor break. Use your RED Tickets for the drawing.

Wednesday September 14, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm MDT
Exhibit Hall

1:30pm MDT

Envision and the Raodmap to Maximizing the Credits in Pipline Applications
Infrastructure is long lived. The water treatment plants and pipelines we build today have design lives often in excess of 50 or 75 years. This means that the infrastructure we are building today will establish the energy, water and materials efficiencies, and ecosystem impacts for decades to come. Therefore, whatever we build today, we better get it right. We must do the best we can with existing technologies, designing and delivering the most resource and energy conserving infrastructure within the limits of budgets and priorities. In addition, the efficiency and effectiveness of infrastructure depends not only on its intrinsic design, but on how that design integrates and functions for the community in which it resides. It is no longer enough that infrastructure work, that it be constructed on time and within budget, or even that it last. It now must be sustainable. Envision™ is designed to do more than simply rate and rank projects in the built environment. It is designed as a template for planning, designing and constructing projects that contribute to the reduction of our environmental footprint while not diminishing our overall quality of life. At the same time, it helps engineers and utilities to take into account the changes in operating conditions in ways that ensure the project will perform as specified over the entire design life. The Envision™ sustainable infrastructure rating system is an objective framework of criteria and performance achievements. It is designed to help users identify ways in which sustainable approaches can be used to plan, design, construct and operate infrastructure projects. The goal is to improve the sustainable performance of infrastructure projects in terms of not only the technical performance but also from a social, environmental and economic perspective./ Envision™ provides an opportunity for infrastructure owners and designers to provide higher performing solutions by using a Lifecycle approach, by working with communities, and by using a restorative approach to infrastructure projects./ This presentation focuses on the benefits of utilizing Envision™ guidelines on pipeline projects to maximize sustainability, minimize environmental impact while lowering operating and maintenance costs.

Speakers

Wednesday September 14, 2016 1:30pm - 2:15pm MDT
Sunbrook B

1:30pm MDT

Managing Water Loss – What water managers need to know about the AWWA Water Audit Method
Water loss management is gaining significant momentum in the United States, with growing recognition of its benefits which extend from resource conservation to financial gain to ratepayer equity to extended asset life. While all of these benefits are utility-centric, there is a growing recognition among the regulatory and infrastructure funding community that widespread adoption of the best-management practices associated with water loss control have a measurable and meaningful impact on the macro level as well.
Many states now require water utilities to conduct annual audits in accordance with the industry standard AWWA Water Audit Methodology. By conducting regular audits, water utilities in these states and elsewhere are gaining a better understanding of their water losses and are adopting valuable best business practices that save them money and improve system efficiencies.
This presentation will explore the water loss management movement sweeping across the nation and outline the essential elements of an AWWA Water Audit.

Speakers

Wednesday September 14, 2016 1:30pm - 2:15pm MDT
Entrada B

1:30pm MDT

Preventative Maintenance - Is it worth the Effort?
In this presentation we will be discussing preventative maintenance in a water distribution system, with an emphasis on valve exercising and hydrant inspection and flushing. This becomes more important when water systems strive to avoid property damage and legal issues while also providing public safety to our customers. Come see how the Ashley Valley Water and Sewer Improvement District’s program was started, what has worked well, and what goals we have for the future.

Speakers

Wednesday September 14, 2016 1:30pm - 2:15pm MDT
Sunbrook A

1:30pm MDT

The Forgotten Barrier
Public drinking water agencies strive to provide their customers with a sufficient supply of high-quality water. The drinking water industry uses a multiple-barrier approach to achieve this goal. The multiple-barrier approach involves several consecutive steps, including: source water management and protection, optimized water treatment processes, distribution system management, and water quality monitoring. Optimization of each step in this process is a logical and prudent approach in responding to high customer expectations for drinking water quality. This presentation will address optimizing a barrier that is sometimes forgotten or does not receive the appropriate level of attention and effort. Optimization of Finished Water Storage is essential in order to provide an adequate supply of high quality drinking water. Presentation will identify Industry standards and best management practices and include: reservoir types and choices, system storage requirements, operational storage vs. distribution storage, identifying operational goals and objectives, establishing operating procedures, water age goals, minimum operating levels, water quality needs including baffling, internal and external inspection frequency and inspection guide, overall maintenance, security measures, and choosing the appropriate disinfection method.

Speakers
avatar for Gerard Yates

Gerard Yates

Water Quality Director, Central Utah Water Conservancy District
Gerard Yates is the Water Quality/Treatment Manager for Central Utah Water Conservancy District (CUWCD). He oversees water quality, finished water distribution, laboratories, and the operations and maintenance of the District's surface water treatment plants. He has a Bachelor of... Read More →


Wednesday September 14, 2016 1:30pm - 2:15pm MDT
Entrada C

1:30pm MDT

The Progression of A Public Water Utility To A More Sustainable Future
In ecology, sustainability is the capacity to endure.  How do we improve our capacity to endure as a public utility?  In an industry where aging infrastructure and conventional methodologies are prevalent, adaptation in the face of certain change is mandatory.  Mountain Regional Water shares its approaches to improve conservation and efficiency, lower operating costs and improve the robustness and resiliency of its infrastructure to promote the ability to overcome challenges that are most certain to arrive in the future.

Speakers
SM

Scott Morrison

General Manager, Mountain Regional Water SSD


Wednesday September 14, 2016 1:30pm - 2:15pm MDT
Sunbrook C

2:15pm MDT

Well Maintenance Part 1 - Maintaining the Mechanical Components of Your Wells
Pumps need regular preventative maintenance to prevent breakdowns and to maintain peak operating efficiencies. Is the production loss a pump problem or is it a well problem? Pumping systems lose their peak efficiencies resulting in less water pumped per unit of power consumed. This can result in a significant power cost. Preventative maintenance is an easy way to avoid these problems and reduce annual operating budgets.

Speakers
JS

Jeff Stucki

Nickerson Company, Inc.


Wednesday September 14, 2016 2:15pm - 2:15pm MDT
Sunbrook A

2:15pm MDT

3D Design of the 7000 S Utility Design from the Jordan River to Constitution Park
The 7000 S utility design project is essential to the City of West Jordan’s infrastructure in this key east-west corridor. Expanding the storm drain infrastructure along the 7000 S corridor will reduce flooding risk and allows accounting for the accumulated storm flows that discharge into the canals within the City. Drinking water distribution system piping and sanitary sewer rehabilitation and upgrades are also included to meet the needs of current and future residents in accordance with master plans. The project also includes installing a secondary water transmission pipeline to facilitate future water reuse in the City’s west side. Utilizing 3D Design tools allowed for an effective analysis of project improvements and development of utility alignments where the potential for utility conflict is high. The presentation will provide a case study of design, modeling, and conflict resolution using 3D design methodologies.


Wednesday September 14, 2016 2:15pm - 3:00pm MDT
Sunbrook B

2:15pm MDT

Non-Revenue Water in Effective Utility Management
In 2007, six associations representing the U.S. water and wastewater industry signed a historic agreement pledging to support Effective Utility Management, identifying Ten Attributes that embody this spectrum of excellence. The American Water Works Association was one of these key signatories. Within the Ten Attributes, there are multiple touchpoints where Non-Revenue Water (NRW) can have a significant impact. * From water resource adequacy, to financial viability, to operational optimization - to name a few – how utilities manage NRW truly affects the organization on multiple levels. Achieving the highest levels of Effective Utility Management cannot be done without a comprehensive NRW strategy and implementation. NRW reaches into all departments of a water utility – finance, distribution, metering, production, engineering, management, customer relations. How we manage NRW goes hand in hand with how we manage the utility assets – of which the pipe network and the customer metering system are 2 of the biggest in most utilities. * This presentation will explore this intertwining relationship between NRW and EUM, and how utilities are leveraging it for success.

Speakers

Wednesday September 14, 2016 2:15pm - 3:00pm MDT
Entrada B

2:15pm MDT

Three Pillars of High Performing Teams
What makes a successful team? There are so many different areas of life where we function in teams – we have management teams, internal teams at work, special task teams, we have project teams, and we even have that most important team – our “home” team. I have discovered three pillars of building high performing teams, and these pillars will apply to all the different teams you work on. - In the workshop you will enjoy delicious chocolate chip cookies while you pick one of your teams to evaluate. Through a quality hand-out and thought provoking information, you will have the opportunity to explore specific ways you can go back and help your teams be more effective – at work, home and even in the community. - In addition to rolling out the three pillars of high performing teams with examples of success, we will also explore some common pitfalls of working within a team, and some simple yet effective ways to create a stronger, more positive culture for your team. We all spend so much of our time and energy working in teams, why not come spend some time “sharpening the saw” and learning how to lead the way to create higher performance within your teams.

Speakers
avatar for Sydne Jacques

Sydne Jacques

CEO, Jacques & Associates
Excited to share my new trainings and workshops I have developed. Ask me about our training! We are here to help organizations do whatever they do, better than they are doing it. We provide training in strategic planning, closing the generational gap, leadership and engineering h... Read More →


Wednesday September 14, 2016 2:15pm - 3:00pm MDT
Sunbrook C

2:15pm MDT

Where did this water come from? - Hydraulic modeling to address water quality issues
A look at how water distribution system modeling was used to develop water quality improvement strategies for a city in Oregon. Strategies included operational improvements to reduce water age and a unidirectional flushing program. Unique model calibration issues and source tracing will also be discussed.

Speakers
CR

Colin Ricks

Brown & Caldwell


Wednesday September 14, 2016 2:15pm - 3:00pm MDT
Entrada C

3:00pm MDT

Exhibitor Break & Blue Ticket Prize Drawing
A special prize drawing will be held at the end of the exhibitor break. Use your BLUE Tickets for the drawing.

Wednesday September 14, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Exhibit Hall

3:00pm MDT

Well Maintenance Part 2 - Record Keeping and Maintaining Well Efficiency and Performance
We see many production wells that gradually produce less and less water over the years. If the problem is the pumping system, it is straightforward to repair or replace it. But if the problem is the well itself, how can the original production be restored? This session will explore the need for well maintenance including the need for good well production records and commonly used methods to restore well yield.

Speakers

Wednesday September 14, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Sunbrook A

4:00pm MDT

Creating a Water Loss Control Program: From Audit to Action
You’ve conducted a water loss audit for your system, examined the data outputs, and identified areas that need to be addressed. What’s next? How do you use the results of your water loss audit to build an effective water loss control program? How do you obtain buy-in from your utility team and decision makers? Then, once you’ve established the need for a program and secured approval to implement it, how do you plan for the necessary multi-year Capital and Operational expenses to fund the program? And how do you know how much to invest towards economically appropriate water loss targets specific to your system? Effective water loss control is an important component of integrated resource management programs, instills customer confidence, helps create a healthy bottom line financially, and can defer the need for new sources of supply. *This presentation will discuss strategies for creating a program that employs reliable water loss benchmarking tools to set priorities for reducing real and apparent losses and getting decision makers on board. This presentation will look at how to take action on the results of the audit including setting up a reliable monthly tracking and communication system, and laying out a plan for real and apparent loss reductions in a rational manner over time utilizing best practices from the IWA and AWWA.

Speakers

Wednesday September 14, 2016 4:00pm - 4:45pm MDT
Entrada B

4:00pm MDT

Energy Savings in Water and Wastewater Transmission Systems Through the Use of Appropriate Air Valves
It is estimated that air in pipelines results in a minimum of 10% increase in pumping costs – purely from the air pockets present in virtually every pumping/pipeline.
- The Energy Star Program of the EPA estimates that about $4Billion is spent annually in the US alone for energy costs to run drinking water and wastewater utilities. If the sector could reduce energy use by just 10% through investments in energy efficiency collectively it would save about $400 million annually.
- Properly applied and installed air valves have been proven to reduce energy costs by an average of 10%, as pump run times are decreased, and the energy required to pump the same volume of water/wastewater is reduced as the air is evacuated.

Speakers

Wednesday September 14, 2016 4:00pm - 4:45pm MDT
Sunbrook A

4:00pm MDT

Guess Who’s Coming to Work: Challenges and Opportunities of Millenials in the Workplace
In an interactive discussion with a diverse panel, Jim will explore the challenges and opportunities Millenials bring to the workplace. They have come and will keep coming en masse. Are we ready? Do we understand the impact their core ethics/values have on culture, policy and procedure, preferred work environments including office design, preferred leadership styles, what they value in a job, work assets and liabilities they bring, the keys to effectively working with them, communication styles, desired feedback and rewards?
- Come join us for what is certain to be an lively and informative discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Brooks

Jim Brooks

Central Utah Water Conservancy District
Jim has been the HR Manager for CUWCD for 25 years.  He has given several presentations on mgt. topics over the years.  He has an MPA from Kent State University with an emphasis in Human Resources, a B.A. in International Relations from BYU.  He enjoys reading, writing poetry and... Read More →


Wednesday September 14, 2016 4:00pm - 4:45pm MDT
Sunbrook C

4:00pm MDT

Replacing Culinary Waterlines – When and How
The talk will focus on culinary waterline replacement. Including how and when to replace waterlines. It will focus in on several key areas such as, what lines to replace based on capital facility plans, upcoming road repairs, other utility projects, whether to up size or keep current diameter based on future system needs, fire flows. Points of connection will also be discussed in detail to determine fittings, valving and clearance issues and concerns. Additionally it will cover disinfection, isolating sections and construction scheduling.
Current project that has many of these issues is reaching completion of design and would be a great example of many of the items to be looked at and actual solutions.

Speakers

Wednesday September 14, 2016 4:00pm - 4:45pm MDT
Sunbrook B

4:00pm MDT

When Good Water Goes Bad – The Shocking Truth Behind Incompatible Sources
A major focus when developing a new drinking water source is determining whether the source will meet drinking water quality standards. The typical practice is to obtain water quality samples, submit them for laboratory sampling, and compare the results with current water quality standards. However, sometimes a good water quality source may not be compatible with existing water sources or water system facilities. There are even times when water from different depths within the same well may not be compatible with each other. In any of these cases, physical and chemical interactions can sometimes result in major water quality concerns within the drinking water system. This presentation will explore potential consequences of incompatible sources through multiple examples.

Speakers

Wednesday September 14, 2016 4:00pm - 4:45pm MDT
Entrada C

8:00pm MDT

Fun Night
Come enjoy games in the Garden Room.  You will have a chance to vote for the People's Choice in the Water Taste Test. 

Bring your family and guests to enjoy the evening too!  Lots of fun for all! 

Wednesday September 14, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm MDT
Garden Room
 
Thursday, September 15
 

8:00am MDT

Exhibitor Break & Yellow Ticket Prize Drawing
A special prize drawing will be held at the end of the exhibitor break. Use your Yellow Tickets for the drawing.

Thursday September 15, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am MDT
Exhibit Hall

8:00am MDT

Registration Open
Thursday September 15, 2016 8:00am - 1:00pm MDT
Registration Desk in the Exhibit Hall

9:00am MDT

A Net Zero Approach: Leveraging the Water-Energy Nexus
Water and energy are inextricably linked. It requires tremendous amounts of energy to pump, treat, and deliver water and wastewater, and similarly, tremendous volumes of water to produce electricity. Municipal water supply and wastewater treatment systems are among the most energy-intensive facilities owned and operated by local governments, accounting for about 35% of energy used by municipalities. For small communities, these facilities often comprise, by far, the largest portion of their total energy use. Pioneering localities are beginning to leverage this water-energy nexus to simultaneously reduce water, energy, chemical, and other inputs, while reducing cost and enhancing operations. This talk will focus on opportunities presented by a Net Zero approach to water and energy—using water system optimization, water and energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy, and sustainability management tools and approaches—to produce significant energy (and carbon), water, and cost savings to municipalities. Case studies drawn from our team’s experiences—including work with the City of Park City, UT—will be used to illustrate the range of possible benefits along with their costs, projected savings, and payback schedules.

Speakers

Thursday September 15, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am MDT
Entrada B

9:00am MDT

Affordable Cellular AMI for Small Systems
Cellular-based meter reading systems are an excellent solution for small populations and/or large service territories. As cellular-based systems are typically hosted and do not require a large investment in software or servers, they are very scalable which is ideal for small populations. For large service areas, cellular-based systems eliminate the need to drive to or drive by the meter to obtain readings as they come to you via cellular connection and hosted service.

Speakers
MH

Michele Harvey

Badger Meter


Thursday September 15, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am MDT
Sunbrook A

9:00am MDT

Cooperative Success – 5MG Tank partnership with Administration, Board of Trustees, Community Council, Engineers, Contractor, Operators, Support Services, and Neighbors
The recent completion of the Kearns Improvemnet District's 5MG tank was a cooperative success that brouhgt together the input and buy-in o fpublic and private organizations, professionals and private individuals. The road to success was cooperative and input. - Engineering Studies and Long Range Planning - Financing – Board of Trustees mandate to pay as you go. Saved money for years.
- Aging Infrastructure
- Site Planning
- Community Council Input and Buy In - Neighbor buy-in
- Engineering Selection (Neighbor protection measures)
- Community Council and Neighbor updates
- Contractor Selection – Seismic monitoring and protection
- Groundbreaking ceremony
- Community Council periodic Project Tours
- Weekly Construction Progress Updates & Photos posted on KID Website
- Neighborhood notifications of night time concrete pours and inconveniences
- Fliers and contact & response information on roadway construction and closures
- Student, Industry, and peer tours of 5MG tank
- Interaction of Maintenance and Operations personnel on facility design, inspection, construction phasing, and placing into service
- O&M Division operating zone water to ensure an adequate supply with the sole 2MG tank on site, and keeping Administration Staff up to date of issues, allowing communication with customers and vendors. This allowed buy-in of project with the staff. Great communication, few surprises
- Instant response to neighbor issues or concerns
- Quality Contractor and daily interaction with KID Administration and Inspection personnel
- Quality Engineered plans and specifications.

Speakers

Thursday September 15, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am MDT
Sunbrook B

9:00am MDT

Latest Trends in Environmental Liability Insurance
Many years ago the insurance coverage available to protect water organizations against environmental risks and related damage, was limited in scope and may not have been cost effective. Fortunately today the insurance market has stabilized and significantly improved in the way environmental risk is evaluated and the scope of coverage that is available. The insurance industry has been evolving in recognition and the ability to insure these risks. This presentation will include an overview of the environmental coverage that may be evident in a standard general liability policy, as well as the extension of coverage that is available from an environmental risk policy.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Child

Brian Child

Account Executive, Olympus Insurance
Brian Child has been an Account Executive with Olympus Insurance for the past 15 years.  Brian works with hundreds of public sector and utility organizations throughout the western US.  Brian works with clients to develop effective risk management and insurance programs and is involved... Read More →


Thursday September 15, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am MDT
Sunbrook C

9:00am MDT

Ozone on a Budget
Ozonation is an effective means to oxidize taste and odor (T&O) causing compounds, reduce disinfection byproduct (DBP) formation, and provide disinfection during water treatment. However, ozonation can be expensive to implement, particularly at small treatment plants due to the high costs of liquid oxygen tanks, large ozone contactors, and downstream ozone capture and destruction systems. The Price River Water Improvement District Water Treatment Plant (PRWID WTP) treats 6 MGD of Price River water. Pre-sedimentation basins were added to provide pre-treatment to minimize the impact of rapid changes in raw water quality associated with treating river water. The combination of nutrient-rich waters and newly constructed pre-sedimentation basins resulted in significant algal growth and subsequent T&O issues. Ozonation was identified as the preferred method to address both T&O issues and DBPs; however, the District had concerns regarding the high costs of an ozonation system. Several innovative engineered solutions were utilized to reduce the costs of ozonation, thereby allowing the District to move forward with use of this technology. This paper will discuss the use of ozonation in water treatment, highlight the engineered solutions used at the WTP, and present finished water quality data before and after ozone addition.


Thursday September 15, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am MDT
Entrada C

9:45am MDT

A Winning Idea for Alternative Contractor Procurement
Is it possible to have a winning relationship between owners, engineers, and contractors during construction? We will show you how the word “partnering” can become an action word rather than an idea. This presentation introduces the alternative contractor procurement method of Contractor Design Assistance and Construction (CDAC). CDAC is an alternative contractor procurement method based on both value and costs. CDAC adds project flexibility and capitalizes on the contractor’s knowledge and expertise during design while tracking real-time costs. Cost adjustments can be negotiated during design rather than a more costly change order. CDAC can create a win-win relationship between owner/engineer and contractor based on teamwork and shared risks. - A recent case study will be discussed in which CDAC was successfully used for a water transmission pipeline project in Duchesne County. Complex project elements included 27 miles of pipeline, coordination with multiple governmental and water delivery agencies, right-of-way and easement acquisition through federal lands, state and county ROW, and nearly 150 private properties, environmental and agency permitting, two rivers and multiple canal crossings. The project was completed with less than 1% cost changes during construction; it fostered a winning relationship, and was completed over multiple years with a fixed budget.

Speakers
avatar for Ted Mickelsen

Ted Mickelsen

Director, Jones and Demille Engineering


Thursday September 15, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am MDT
Sunbrook B

9:45am MDT

Are We There Yet? Start Up Status of the CUWCD CWP Wholesale Water System
In 2005, the CUWCD purchased water rights from Geneva Steel and developed a large and complex water system development plan, together with its associated engineering, financial, and economic aspects, to provide supplemental culinary water on a wholesale basis and develop the water supply within the abilities of the CUWCD and its interested customer agencies. Signing of water supply agreements with customer agencies commenced in 2008, immediately before the economic downturn in Utah, and have continued into 2015. The CWP started initial partial water deliveries in 2011 and more complete water deliveries to customers in 2014 and is continuing in its construction, development, and water deliveries. - This presentation provides a summary of the challenges of and updates on the status of construction of the system, water deliveries as compared to the initial plans, and the financial aspects of the CWP water supply agreements. - After 11 years from the conception of the initial development plan, the CWP is an example of a successful development and current operation of a large new wholesale water system in Utah to provide supplemental culinary water to expanded areas of southern Salt Lake and Northern Utah Counties’ communities.


Thursday September 15, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am MDT
Entrada B

9:45am MDT

Electronic Logbook and SCADA: A Match Made in Heaven
Maintaining a detailed and accurate logbook is an important practice and an effective tool in running any water system. Traditionally operators have handwritten this important information in physical logbooks that can get lost, damaged, or stored on a shelf never to be seen again. Imagine the usefulness of having years of detailed log entries, information and history about your water system that could easily be accessed and searched anywhere and at any time. - Integrating an electronic logbook within your SCADA system allows operators the ability to make log entries from anywhere throughout your water system or treatment plant. This logbook can protect information from being deleted or altered after the entry has been entered which makes it secure. Because it is in electronic format the entries are easy to work with and it becomes readily searchable. - This presentation will demonstrate how to integrate an electronic logbook into your SCADA system and show examples of how this has and can be done and how it could benefit your utility.

Speakers
MH

McKay Hardy

APCO, Inc.


Thursday September 15, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am MDT
Sunbrook A

9:45am MDT

Proper Procedures to follow in an Emergency to Receive Emergency Funding
The presentation consists of walking the audience through the reimbursement requirements in the aftermath of a disaster and identifies the unique planning needs presented in trackingResponse and Recovery costs to achieve maximum reimbursement. This presentation mainly focuses on the FEMA Public Assistance Program, which reimburses state and local government entities for emergency and permanent work after a Presidentially declared Major Disaster. Other potential reimbursement methods, including the State Disaster Recovery Restricted Account, will also be discussed.
(This presentation was also given during the Midyear Conference in Sandy on April 6, 2016, and can be modified to meet the needs of the annual conference, if necessary.)

Speakers
JU

Jake Unguren

Utah Division of Emergency Management


Thursday September 15, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am MDT
Sunbrook C

9:45am MDT

Treatment of Jordan River Water
Have you ever wanted to use Utah Lake or Jordan River water and didn’t know how to improve the water quality of the water? Come joint us for a presentation of how Draper Irrigation has been utilizing new revolutionary polymers and filter aid to settle out particulates to improve the water quality delivered to their users in their secondary water system. We will present how solids and silts have been reduced, turbidly reduced, and overall water quality improved. We will also present the costs associated with this type of treatment. Come decide if your agency can treat Jordan River water sufficiently to be used as secondary water.

Speakers
JN

Jerry Nielson

WaterPro Inc./Draper Irrigation


Thursday September 15, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am MDT
Entrada C

10:30am MDT

Exhibitor Break & Green Ticket Prize Drawing
A special prize drawing will be held at the end of the exhibitor break. Use your GREEN Tickets for the drawing.

Thursday September 15, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am MDT
Exhibit Hall

11:30am MDT

Corrosion Control - Real-time Monitoring and Optimization
In April of 2014 the Central Utah Water Conservancy District’s Don A. Christiansen Regional WTP converted from a direct filtration plant to a conventional plant and switched from using Alum as its primary coagulant to Ferric Chloride. Due to the change in coagulant, and the ability to feed more coagulant in order to practice enhanced coagulation, the ability to adjust pH became necessary. - The plant’s raw water source is from a river that experiences large diurnal pH swings that make consistent control of saturation index difficult. Because of this, the Plant has taken a proactive and unique approach to pH adjustment and corrosion control. Saturation index is calculated in real-time by SCADA which provides a target pH for the Plant’s finished water. Sodium Hydroxide is fed to achieve a target pH based on a desired saturation index value and is controlled on a continuous basis via PID loop. Integrating saturation index into SCADA allows minute-to-minute tracking and alarming so that the operator is keenly aware of current values and trends. Also, benchtop testing was performed to validate the SI calculation and to determine the optimum SI setpoint.

Speakers

Thursday September 15, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm MDT
Entrada C

11:30am MDT

Hazard Mitigation Planning – What are your Utility’s plans to manage risk?
Hazard Mitigation Planning has evolved over the past 15 years for all hazards (i.e., natural, man-made, dependency). This presentation will cover the history and current practices of hazard mitigation planning starting with FEMA’s DMA 2000 natural hazard planning through current 2016 FEMA PDM & HMGP grant funding to the 2002 Bio-Terrorism ACT’s security vulnerability assessments & emergency response planning through the 2010 J100 Standard for Water Sector All Hazard Vulnerability Assessments and the current five year update of the J100 standard. Utilities and communities will learn about current practices in all hazards risk management and hazard mitigation planning including standards, methodologies, mitigation actions, and grant funding requirements. Case studies of past water and wastewater utility hazard mitigation plans, security vulnerability assessments, emergency response plans, and all hazards vulnerability assessments will be used to demonstrate the current practices for the water sector.

Speakers

Thursday September 15, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm MDT
Sunbrook C

11:30am MDT

The Damming of the Virgin River in Southern Utah
I will cover conception through construction. Modifications that were made along the way to improve the operation and maintenance of the facility. I have been involved with the project for over 33 years. I have an extensive collection of photos from pre-construction to today.

Speakers
DJ

David Jessop

Washington County Water Conservancy District


Thursday September 15, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm MDT
Sunbrook B

11:30am MDT

Using High Performance HMI to Develop a Foundation for JVWCD’s new SCADA System
Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District is implementing a system wide replacement of their Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. The District’s approach started with developing SCADA system standards that build the foundation for a system that meets staff needs across multiple departments including Engineering, Operations, Maintenance, Information Systems, Communications, and Management. The standards include High Performance Human-Machine Interface (HMI) concepts, the new industry standard for HMIs. High Performance HMI allows operators to quickly assess the status of their water system without having to drill into the SCADA system and do data analysis. Actionable information is made available at a glance from key HMI screens. The resulting SCADA system standards will be used to guide the SCADA system implementation efforts to:
- Provide a consistent look and feel in the HMI for all district facilities
- Enable operators to make well-informed decisions to proactively manage the water system and respond to emergencies faster
- Make it possible for other departments to access information and track metrics against operational efficiency, water quality, and customer service goals. This presentation summarizes the District’s SCADA system standards, and the process used to develop them.

Speakers
TC

Travis Christensen

Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District
Travis Christensen is a Project Manager at the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah.


Thursday September 15, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm MDT
Sunbrook A

11:30am MDT

Water Outlook
As Utah continues to warm at a faster rate compared to the global average, our water supply is evolving from a snow driven hydrology to that of a rain driven hydrology. With the new paradigm facing us, how will we supply water to an ever growing population? Brian will look at the effects of our warming climate and the physical processes we’ll experience in the coming years.

Speakers
avatar for Brian McInerney

Brian McInerney

Senior Hydrologist, National Weather Service
Brian is the Senior Hydrologist at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has worked at the National Weather Service for the past 28 years and holds a Masters Degree from the University of Montana. He is from Chicago, Illinois, and currently resides... Read More →


Thursday September 15, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm MDT
Entrada B

11:30am MDT

Exhibitor Breakdown
Thursday September 15, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm MDT
Exhibit Hall

12:15pm MDT

Biofiltration Pilot Study at the Duchesne Water Treatment Plant
Biofiltration of drinking water supplies is a method used to reduce the production of disinfection byproducts and to minimize the regrowth of microorganisms in water distribution systems. Because of the site-specific nature of this technology, this project studied, at pilot scale, the potential for using biofiltration for reducing and modifying the organic matter content of drinking water at a water treatment plant in Duchesne Utah

Speakers

Thursday September 15, 2016 12:15pm - 1:00pm MDT
Entrada C

12:15pm MDT

Critical Water Issues in the West: Sink, Swim or Tread Water
Many things have happened regarding water in the past year – there was something for everyone. We had El Nino, the Miracle May, Colorado River discussions among the western states and Mexico, Great Salt Lake approaching its record low elevation, well below normal streamflow and water supply in the Bear River system, Bear Lake above 5911, frank discussions about how to meet future growth, water conservation issues, and much more. Water is of critical importance no matter where you are in the west and is influenced by many factors. Some factors we can control, while others we cannot.This presentation will discuss water resource situations in the western united states and focusing on Utah and Idaho, and their impact on how we operate our systems.

Speakers
EM

Eric Millis

Utah Division of Water Resources


Thursday September 15, 2016 12:15pm - 1:00pm MDT
Entrada B

12:15pm MDT

Do you like to play Risk? Hazard Mitigation Planning at CUWCD
In 2008, CUWCD began a comprehensive district-wide effort to identify the risk from natural hazards at each of the facilities owned or operated by the district. This effort resulted in the preparation of a Hazard Mitigation Plan adopted by the district and approved by FEMA in 2009. This plan identified the risks to district facilities and recommended means and methods to mitigate those risks. The list of proposed mitigation activities was prioritized and the district began to implement the highest priority mitigation activities with help from FEMA PDM grants. The 2009 plan’s approval from FEMA expired in 2014. The district is nearing completion of the update to its Hazard Mitigation Plan that includes new facilities constructed since 2009 and new natural hazards. The update includes efforts to engage with the district’s stakeholders to coordinate key elements of the plan.

Speakers
CL

Cort Lambson

Engineering Manager, Central Utah Water Conservancy District
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University and a Master of Science degree in Water Resources & Hydrology from Utah State University.  Employed by CUWCD since 1994.


Thursday September 15, 2016 12:15pm - 1:00pm MDT
Sunbrook C

12:15pm MDT

Olmsted Historic Mitigation
This presentation recounts the fascinating history of the Olmsted Hydroelectric Power Plant located in Orem, Utah, near the mouth of Provo Canyon and its relevance in Utah and National history. The presentation will: provide a project history, review the Section 106 process, demonstrate how the project team documented this important resource using 3D Laser Scanning, and review current replacement and modification plans for the Olmsted power plant. - This unique presentation is an interactive GIS story map that includes historic photos, interactive maps, 3D point cloud data visualizations, video fly-thrus, and virtual renderings. - This amazing story will be presented by Daryl Devey from the Central Utah Water Conservancy District along with Nicole Tolley, and Nancy Calkins from Horrocks Engineers.

Speakers
DD

Daryl Devey

Central Utah Water Conservancy District


Thursday September 15, 2016 12:15pm - 1:00pm MDT
Sunbrook B

12:15pm MDT

SCADA, Beyond Notifications; Harness the Power!
SCADA can help predict failures before they occur.
-Power meters, trend amps, voltage imbalance, operating cost, etc.
-History logging can predict failures and detect changes in the system.
-Analyze life-cycle costs at the system and equipment level.
-System optimization and energy savings.
-Pump starts and run time day, month and year.
-On demand maintenance.
-Protect your staff; reduce arch flash exposure.
-Protect you system, redundant and automated backups.
-Don’t forget the field hardware!
-Security, firewall routers.
-Local and remote access.
-Passwords protection.
-Network monitoring, get alarms when the network is down.
-Are you empowered?
-Is your future bright?
-Do you have a SCADA master plan?

Speakers
TS

Todd Smith

Dorsett Technologies


Thursday September 15, 2016 12:15pm - 1:00pm MDT
Sunbrook A

1:30pm MDT

Washington County Conservation Garden Tour
Limited Capacity seats available

Picnic and Tour, Thursday, September 15th, 1:30 PM to 3 PM  Includes lunch, water, & transportation.  $20
Meet at the Registration Desk in the North Lobby - Lunch will be held at the gardens.

Red Hills Desert Garden is Utah’s first interactive garden featuring water-efficient desert landscapes, endangered species and prehistoric dinosaur tracks in one central location. The nearly 4.5-acre garden features nearly 5,000 water-efficient plants, a replica slot canyon, clear acrylic panels revealing rarely seen native endangered fish, a display of unearthed dinosaur tracks and other prehistoric trace fossils found onsite, meandering trails, shade structures and more – all set in a picturesque location with Washington County’s signature red hills to the north and panoramic city views to the south.


Speakers

Thursday September 15, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm MDT
Washington County Water Conservancy District Gardens

1:30pm MDT

Snow Canyon Group Hike - Includes lunch, water and transportation
Limited Capacity seats available


Meet at the Registration Desk in the North Lobby - Lunch will be served on site, then we will depart for Snow Canyon.

Three Ponds Trail in Snow Canyon

Join us for an excursion into the beauty of the red rock desert of Southern Utah in Snow Canyon.  We will hike 1.7 miles on the Three Ponds Trail through a combination of slickrock, rocky slopes and deep sand where dramatic and colorful sandstone cliffs lead the way to the end of the trail.  Hikers can rest next to views of a narrow canyon enclosed by 400-ft walls and a steep slickrock pour-off with three eroded potholes that fill seasonally with pools of water before heading back to the trailhead.  The hike is about 3.5 miles round trip.  Those who do not want to hike the entire distance can enjoy the scenery at a slower pace and turn around at any point along the trail.

Meet at the registration desk at the Dixie Center at 1:30 PM on Thursday September 15th with suitable clothing and footwear for hiking.  Lunch, water, and transportation to the hike will be provided.  The average high temperature in Snow canyon in September is about 83 degrees.

 

 


Thursday September 15, 2016 1:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
Snow Canyon

1:30pm MDT

Introduction to Negotiating Deals and Disputes
Negotiating Deals and Disputes Everyone one of us make deals and resolve disputes on a daily basis. Sometimes our negotiating opportunities are overlooked, missed or we become fearful of and paralyzed by what is possible. This interactive presentation will engage those who attend in negotiating exercises and introduce the 7 elements of negotiation as defined by the Harvard Program on Negotiation. We will also introduce the concept of BATNA, short for "best alternative to a negotiated agreement" - the course of action you will pursue if your current negotiation ends in impasse. Knowing your BATNA helps you make the right choice - should you take the deal or walk away. Reciprocity is the turn-taking engine in communication. It is “rocket fuel” for negotiation. Reciprocity is “the almost universal belief that people should be paid back for what they do, that one good (or bad) deed deserves another. To become a better problem solver, become a better listener. Listening is a commitment and a series of choices. Becoming a better negotiator can help us in both personal and professional life


Thursday September 15, 2016 1:30pm - 4:30pm MDT
Entrada A

1:30pm MDT

Scholarship Benefit Golf Tournament
Help Raise funds for three University student scholarships and the One AWWA Operator Scholarship
Bring your family and friends - Anyone is invited to play!
A great cause to help further the water industry.
The value of the golf is $45

Thursday September 15, 2016 1:30pm - 5:30pm MDT
Coral Canyon Golf Course
 
Friday, September 16
 

8:00am MDT

Membership Breakfast
Friday September 16, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am MDT
Garden Room

8:00am MDT

9:00am MDT

Financial Sustainability Planning
In this session, we will review suggested financial best practices when considering long-term financial planning, cost allocation, implementing proper policies and impacts on bonding abilities. It is important that project goals are defined at the start of the process as they will guide the final work product toward the entity’s project and financial needs.

Speakers
DR

David Robertson

Lewis Young Robertson & Burningham
Lewis Young Robertson & Burningham


Friday September 16, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am MDT
Sunbrook C

9:00am MDT

Magna Water and Sewer District GIS Database Building
Have you ever spent hours in the field trying to find a missing valve, manhole, meter, etc.? If you’ve ever wished that finding old record drawings could be done without spending hours digging through dusty roles of plans, if you’ve ever wondered how you can access old construction photo’s in the field, if you’ve ever wanted to find detailed customer information but didn’t want to spend hours looking it up, this talk is for you./ Magna Water and Sewer District used to store record drawing in paper files like many municipalities, which was an inefficient, inaccurate, and hard-to-use system. Understanding the importance of having this information readily available to staff, Clint and Kim developed a multi-year project to digitize the district's records and create a GIS system where the needed information was organized and easy to access. In this talk, Clint and Kim will talk about the fundamental components of the system, challenges of the transformation, and lessons learned through the process./ If you don’t yet have a GIS system or you wish your system had more information but you don’t think you have the budget to improve, if you want your inspectors to enter data directly into the system, if you want to build a file structure that is easy to use now and in the future, this talk is for you.


Friday September 16, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am MDT
Sunbrook A

9:00am MDT

Projects and challenges experience in the Washington County Water Conservancy District
Upgrades to the QCWTP from 40 to 60 MGD for less than $2.5 Million.
- Lab Remodel
- 5 MG WaterStorage Reservoir concrete corrosion challenges.
- 9 MG Water Storage Reservoir steel tank corrosion challenges.
- Well corrosion and mitigation efforts and experiments.
- Irrigation Impoundment failure and needed repairs.
- West Dam Springs modifications and resulting Manganese problems.
- Hydro Electric Power Plant upgrades.
- Solar Powered Wells in isolated unincorporated areas.
- HDPE oxidation related pipe failure and its cost.

Speakers

Friday September 16, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am MDT
Sunbrook B

9:00am MDT

Water Use Comparisons and Conservation Efforts in the Western United States
Water conservation is one of the cheapest, fastest and most reliable ways to stretch water supplies while ensuring a high quality of life and healthy ecosystems. Many Western States have implemented water conservation efforts with a high degree of success. This presentation will look at the trends in per capita water use by state and the water conservation efforts that have been implemented. These include program information on water savings, costs, and implementation options for consideration when developing a water conservation program. Understanding the components of successful water conservation programs makes for better-informed water management decisions.

Speakers

Friday September 16, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am MDT
Entrada B

9:45am MDT

Helping Your Customers Manage Their Water Use
Sandy Public Utilities implemented an Increasing Block Tier Rate Structure and a Conservation based Water Customer Portal, Aquahawk in February 2016. The Customer Portal works with our Sensus AMI Meter System. A combination of all three of these tools helps to increase conservation and help our residents track their own water usage and take ownership of how much water they use. It also helps them watch for leaks as they can see their water usage on an hourly basis and set alert thresholds. Our staff uses the analytics in conjunction with our Sensus AMI Metering Software to identify possible leak or meter issues. With these three tools working together, Sandy City can notify their customers of possible issues with their water usage or push conservation messages through group messaging.


Friday September 16, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am MDT
Entrada B

9:45am MDT

The Emergency $130 Million Ward County Water Supply Project
The Colorado River Municipal Water District owns and operations three water supply reservoirs in West Texas. Facing a severe water shortage, the CRMWD was forced to build an emergency ground water supply for Odessa, Midland, Big Spring, and Snyder. The $130 million Ward County Water Supply Project was designed and constructed in eighteen months. * This presentation summarizes the challenges and lessons learned for the design, permitting, and construction of the new 30 million gallon per day water supply system that includes 21 groundwater wells, 65 miles of pipeline, four pump stations, and other related facilities. In particular, the presentation will cover the following: * Measures taken to expedite the project * Alternate delivery methods to expedite construction, manage risk, and increase quality * Permitting challenges * Pipeline construction using on-site mixed controlled low strength material (CLSM) * Use of new technology tools for design, construction, and managing the project * Drilling, producing, and equipping 21 wells in the record time. *** The Project was on-time, under budget, and met CRMWD’s goals for high quality and performance, and was one of five projects nominated for the National ASCE Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award.


Friday September 16, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am MDT
Sunbrook B

9:45am MDT

The Hats Utility/Water Managers Wear: Resolving Personnel Issues
In an interactive discussion based on common case scenarios we’ve all experienced, Jim & Kat will review the intriguing and often difficult web of employment situations and the intricacies the law brings to bear on such. Through shared experiences, the group will discuss solutions that positively affect organizational morale and productivity.
Come join us for a stimulating discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Brooks

Jim Brooks

Central Utah Water Conservancy District
Jim has been the HR Manager for CUWCD for 25 years.  He has given several presentations on mgt. topics over the years.  He has an MPA from Kent State University with an emphasis in Human Resources, a B.A. in International Relations from BYU.  He enjoys reading, writing poetry and... Read More →


Friday September 16, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am MDT
Sunbrook C

9:45am MDT

Web Applications to Support Municipal Water Works
The interactive and intuitive nature of web applications or “web apps” makes them an excellent medium for creating decision support tools that harness cutting edge modeling techniques and promote the work of engineers. Despite this potential, the technical expertise required to develop web apps represents a formidable barrier for engineers--even for those who have scientific programming background. We discuss some of the specific hurdles that contributes to this barrier and introduce Tethys Platform, an open source development platform, that has been designed to address these hurdles.
We demonstrate how Tethys Platform has been applied to develop web applications that support the engineering of municipalities with a web app that uses EPANET to simulate, visualize, and optimize water distribution systems. This web application can be accessed anywhere there is an internet connection, including on mobile devices in the field. Providing a portable modeling framework extends the applicability of the model beyond design tasks in the office to aiding maintenance and daily operations in the field. We discuss the pros and cons of using web apps to support municipal works and illustrate with lessons we have learned while developing the EPANET app.

Speakers

Friday September 16, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am MDT
Sunbrook A

10:30am MDT

Contribution of the LDS Church to Public Water Supplies in Utah and Idaho
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints owns and operates over 200 Public Water Supply systems in Utah and Idaho and a total of 648 in the United States. The Church is dedicated to providing safe, approved, and permitted water systems for hundreds of thousands of users annually. The church appreciates its partnership, participation, and cooperation with AWWA, State and Federal regulators, water boards, and consulting engineers. However, continuously providing safe water for this many systems at once takes a massive amount of resources and presents many challenges, especially since being a public water supply is not the main purpose of the Church. This paper presents some challenges, successes, construction projects, current status, management issues, and future opportunities for improving public drinking water supply systems. The effort of the Church and the needs of these systems constitute a large financial commitment, need for technical competence, innovative treatment methods, and operation documentation to move forward together. These systems involve hundreds of wells and springs, water treatment systems, continued operation and maintenance, never-ending monitoring, and millions of dollars of resources. Come and learn how this affects all of us as progress of the Church in the public water supply industry is highlighted.


Friday September 16, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am MDT
Sunbrook C

10:30am MDT

Online Tools for Utah Operators
The presentation will include a demonstration of many new online tools added by the Utah Division of Drinking Water to its website. Tools like WaterLink, an interactive real-time view of a water system's current compliance status, monitoring schedule, inventory and more. Online Forms, forms to assist operators in with the new requirements of the RTC Rule. Online training that provides CEUs to operators at their convenience. This is also an opportunity for operators to provide input on the future direction DDW online.

Speakers

Friday September 16, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am MDT
Sunbrook A

10:30am MDT

Saving Energy and Money Through System Optimization
Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District services a population of more than 630,000 people in Salt Lake County. In 2014, the District began participating in Rocky Mountain Power’s strategic energy management program. The program assisted JVWCD in an effort to optimize its system operations and identify capital improvements qualifying for additional incentives. In the first year of engagement, JVWCD implemented operational changes or capital projects resulting in over $180,000 in ongoing annual energy cost savings and will receive over $188,000 in incentive payments.

Speakers
AP

Alan Packard

Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District


Friday September 16, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am MDT
Sunbrook B

10:30am MDT

The new E=MC2 for Water: Efficiency = More Conservation & Controversy
The easy part of this equation is that “efficiency = conserved water,” a goal that for which political and practical pressures are increasing almost daily, especially here in the arid West. However, making use of that conserved water under our current water laws and policies is an instant recipe for controversy. This presentation explores today’s legal and political barriers and what’s needed to achieve a win-win solution that allows the water suppliers and users to benefit from water savings that are achieved as a result of their substantial investments in efficiency improvements. An actual example of one such solution is also examined.


Friday September 16, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am MDT
Entrada B

11:30am MDT

Awards & Closing Lunch in Garden Room
Friday September 16, 2016 11:30am - 1:30pm MDT
Garden Room

2:00pm MDT

Section Board Mtg
Friday September 16, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm MDT
Sunbrook C