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ARWA Annual Technical Training Conference

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2018 ARWA 40th Annual Technical Training Conference


Conference Agenda

2018 ARWA 40th Annual
Technical Training Conference
March 18-21, 2018
Mobile Convention Center


March 18-21, 2018

Easy Print Conference Agenda (pdf) 

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Time Event
8:00am-10:00am Heavy Equipment Move In Only
Mobile Convention Center
8:00am-6:00pm Exhibit Hall Set-up and Registration - More
Mobile Convention Center
10:30am Golf Tournament Registration  
RTJ logo
11:30am Putting Competition Begins
1:00pm ARWA 21st Annual Golf Tournament
  Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
  Magnolia Grove, Mobile
Benefits the John A .Garrett Scholarship Fund - MORE -
1:00pm-6:00pm Utility Registration Desk Open - Early Registration
Mobile Convention Center


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Monday, March 19, 2018

Time Event
7:30am-8:30am Exhibit Hall Set-up
7:30am-11:30am Registration Desk Open
8:30am-11:30am Exhibit Hall Open
10:00am-4:30pm Water Technical Training Session
- Details below -

Society of Water Professionals
Annual Membership Luncheon

FREE to Members-Must be a member of SWP to attend (see link to membership information at bottom of schedule)

1:00am-4:30pm Legal Issues and Management Training Session
- Details below -
1:00pm-5:00pm Exhibit Hall Open
1:30pm-4:30 pm Registration Desk Open
5:00pm Welcome Reception - Exhibit Hall
  Golf Tournament Prize Awards
6:00pm "A Taste of Southern Hospitality" Buffet
- Exhibit Hall -

6:30pm PAC Raffle Giveaway
- Exhibit Hall -
PAC Raffle Tickets will be sold until 6:30 p.m. when the Raffle begins.


Water Technical Training Session
Time Event
10:00am – 10:15am Opening Remarks
10:15am – 11:00am Innovative Nitrate Removal Technology for Drinking Water
Eric McGee, Pump and Process Equipment
11:00am – 11:30am Effective Usage of Hydraulic Modeling Software to Overcome Challenges Related to Water Distribution in Rural Mountainous Terrain
Edward Smith, Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc.
11:30am – 1:00pm SWP Annual Membership Luncheon
(details above)
1:00pm – 2:00pm Managing Water Quality in your Distribution
Dustin Dowdy, Southeastern Tanks, Inc.
2:00pm – 2:30pm Lead & Copper Testing Plus School Testing
Laura Taylor, ADEM
2:30pm – 3:00pm Break – Exhibit Hall
3:00pm – 3:45pm Damage Prevention and Working Safely Around Underground Utilities
McKay Lyvers, Alabama 811
3:45pm – 4:30pm Ground Source 101
Ross Caton, ADEM


Legal Issues and Management Training Session
Time Event
1:00pm – 1:45pm Farm Bill Reauthorization - Maintaining Service Area Protection
Matthew Dooley, O'Toole. McLaughlin, Dooley & Pecora Co.
1:45pm – 2:30pm What to Expect In Regulations
Aubrey White, ADEM  
2:30pm – 3:00pm Break – Exhibit Hall
3:00pm – 3:45pm Fees, Rates and Creating Revenue
Greg Dutton, City of Moulton Water Works Board
3:45pm – 4:30pm GIS-3D Elevation and Imaging and It’s Influence upon Utility Operations
Phillip Henderson, Alabama Geographic Information Office


Wastewater Training Tour
Must Register for the tour to participate.
Since solids handling costs are such a large percentage of a wastewater plant’s overall budget, North Baldwin Utilities has incorporated a process by which a specific biological growth phase is utilized to control waste sludge production. They describe it as: "Controlling Endogenous Respiration: Zeroing in to Waste Sludge Disposal." Not only will we learn about the process but will have a chance to tour the facility.
Time Event
1:00pm – 2:00pm "Focus on Process Control"
James Dean, Facility Superintendent and
Ben White, North Baldwin Utilities Engineer
2:00pm – 2:30pm Travel to North Baldwin WWTF
2:30pm – 3:30pm WW Plant Tour
3:30pm - 4:00pm Travel back to the Convention Center
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

General Activities

Time Event
7:30am-3:00pm Exhibit Hall Open
Continental Breakfast provided in Exhibit Hall
Door Prizes
8:00am-11:30am Registration Desk Open
8:00am-11:30am Wastewater Technical Training Session
- Details below -
8:00am-11:30am Legal Issues and Management Training Session
- Details below -
11:30am-1:00pm Rural Water Country Luncheon - Exhibit Hall
Water Taste Test - Exhibit Hall
1:00pm-4:00 pm Registration Desk Open
1:00pm-4:30pm General Session
- Details below -
1:30pm-4:00pm Spouse Program
Create your own coiled bangle and stoned bracelet.
A take-home gift that is easy to make, yet will compliment all your outfits!
3:00pm-5:30 pm Exhibit Hall Breakdown
4:30pm Caucus: ARWA Districts 2 & 4
  Information on Board Member Elections
6:00 pm Social
7:00 pm Banquet
Dr. Jon Taylor, Hypnotist
"Hilarious, Clean and Unforgettable!"


Wastewater Technical Training Session
Time Event
8:00am – 8:15am Welcome and Introductions
8:15am – 9:00am Removing Phosphorus/Alabama Case Studies
Blasé Butts, CedarChem
9:00am – 9:30am Removing Nitrogen Through Denitrification
Dr. Larry Moore, University of Memphis
9:30am – 10:00am Energy Saving Benefits of Proper Denitrification
Jim Grassiano, ADEM
10:00am – 10:30am BREAK
Exhibit Hall
10:30am – 11:30am ADEM Update/ SSO Response Plan/Potential TMDLs
11:30am – 1:00pm Rural Water Country Luncheon
Exhibit Hall


Legal Issues and Management Training Session
Time Event
8:00am – 8:45am Dealing with Overtime Compensation
Keith Hundley, Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC
8:45am – 9:30am What Are the Most Common Audit Findings
Billy Cox. CPA. CVA. Aldridge Borden & Company
9:30am - 10:00am Current Regulatory News
Trey Glenn. Director of EPA Region 4
10:00am – 10:30am BREAK – Exhibit Hall
10:30am – 11:30am Is Your Utility A First Responder to Emergencies? Learn How to Join the Team of Utility First Responders
Paul Nail. Fort Payne Water Works
Robert Chandler, Parrish Water & Sewer Board
11:30am – 1:00pm Rural Water Country Luncheon
Exhibit Hall


General Session
Time Event
1:00pm – 1:45pm The National Perspective
Wilmer Melton, NRWA
1:45pm – 2:15pm How Can the USDA Help You?
Chris Beeker, Ill, State Director, USDA Rural Development
2:15pm – 2:30pm BREAK – Exhibit Hall
2:30pm – 3:15pm 2017 Surface Water Assessment Report
Brian Atkins, Office of Water Resources
3:15pm – 4:00pm An Alabama Apprenticeship Program for Water and Wastewater Utilities
Garfield Garner, U. S. Department of Labor
4:00pm – 4:30pm Critical Infrastructure Intelligence Analyst
Sara Loughran, Alabama Fusion Center
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

General Session

Time Event
8:00am - 11:30am Registration Desk Open
8:00am - 8:45am Door Prize Drawings
ARWA Annual Business Meeting
8:45am - 9:30am Drone Use for Utility Operations – Certification Requirements
Jake Magnin, University of South Alabama
9:30am-10:00am Fundraising and Financial Management
Michael Griffiths, CoBank
10:00am-10:15am Break
10:15am-11:00am GSA Real Time Monitoring Wells: Why is it Important and
What Data Does it Provide?

Amye Hinson, Geological Survey of Alabama
11:00am-11:30am Hot Topics" in the IT World
Rick Holston, Pnme Time Computer Services, LLC

ARWA 27th Annual Awards Luncheon
- More about the Awards -
  * 4 Wheeler Giveaway – Must Be Present to Win


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