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Water Quality & Infrastructure Midyear Conference 2019

When: Thursday, April 11, 2019
8 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Prospector Square Conference Center
2200 Sidewinder Drive
Park City, UT  84060
Contact: Alane Boyd
801.712.1619 x1

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2019 Water Quality and Infrastructure Midyear Conference

New Horizons:  The Dawn of Intelligent Infrastructure

Earn 0.6 CEUs

Thursday April 11, 2019
8 am to 4:30 pm

Prospector Conference Center

2200 Sidewinder Dr, Park City

Contact:  Alane Boyd
801.712.1619 x4



This conference is the event for distribution and treatment operators, laboratory staff, and engineers. Learn about water infrastructure issues and discuss solutions to these challenges, including the latest cost-effective strategies to manage aging infrastructure, control water loss, protect critical infrastructure, and finance capital projects and operation and maintenance activities. Complete the 3-hour Fluoride Safety Refresher course in the afternoon. This year we have added special tracks for geared Laboratory Personnel and Young Professionals.  

There will be two Keynote presentations:

Intelligent Infrastructure and Cyberthreats

The digital utility transformation is driven by trends such as advanced metering infrastructure, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, and evolving customer expectations.  The benefits of the intelligent Infrastructure movement are that it allows everyone within a utility to create, manage, and share information. Water operators, for example, can use a smartphone or tablet to securely send and receive inspection and maintenance updates to and from the office. Managers can monitor the progress of their field crews. Customer service agents can see what’s going on in real time to provide customers with information about outages and repairs.

The digital utility transformation comes with many challenges and cybersecurity is near the top of the list. Government intelligence confirms the water and wastewater sector is under direct threat as part of various foreign governments’ multi-stage intrusion campaigns, and individual criminal actors and groups threaten the security of our nation’s water and wastewater systems.

Come hear stories from the field by Jeff Suratt of assessing threats to U.S. forces including intrusions of a cyber nature that had impacts on utilities throughout the world.  Jeff is a Security Solutions Architect for CenturyLink and a former Specialist for the U.S. Government and has held various technology/security leadership roles across numerous other industries. He has over 19 years of information technology/security experience and has served as an information security specialist with the U.S. Federal Reserve and an enterprise architect for Genworth Financial.

Personal Experiences:  The Down and Dirty of Post Wildfire Water Quality

From thick forests to lush mountainsides another wildfire season has blackened landscapes that were once unspoiled. Though it seems that each year fire damage is worse in the Mountain West, the fact is that the scorching done in 2018 was not much different than it normally is.  But, we as managers of our water resources know that not every fire is the same. 

Wildfires can have dramatic effects on watersheds. Maybe not as obvious are their potential effects on drinking water sources, caused by altering soils and other fundamental processes. Following a wildfire, significant changes can occur in source water quality, which can impact water treatment processes, and that is exactly what many utilities experienced in 2018.  Come hear the “down and dirty”, first-hand experiences from a panel of water operators that had to deal with major problems created by the wildfires.  Get some tips from them should you face the same wildfire effects in the future.

Other presentations:

Laboratory Track

·       Compliance Sampling:  Everything You Need to Know When Sending Your Compliance Samples to a Laboratory

·       DEQ Regulations Regarding Discharging Water

·       Quality Control Practices for Sampling and Testing Water

New Technologies Track

·       Completion of Jordan Valley’s SCADA Replacement Project:  High Performance HMI and Smart Utility in Application

·       New Technologies for Managing HCBs for Drinking Water Protection

·       Corrosion Control Practices:  New Ways to Prevent Infrastructure Degradation

Watershed Protection Track

·       The STD (SKIFF-TRANSMITTED DISEASE) of the Sea:  Quagga Mussels in Utah

·       Water Quality Issues from Fires in Idaho

·       The Weber Basin Story:  Watershed Protection Strategies for a Variety of Water Supplies

Young Professionals Fast Tracks

·       GIS Tips and Tricks

·       Treatment/process theory

·       Intro to Sketchup

·       Being a Driver vs a Passenger – Becoming a Leader

·       Pump Station Design

·       Unilateral Flushing – What is it and is it worth my time

·       A day in the Life as a Lab Technician – What can you do for me?  What can I do for you?

·       Diversity in the Workplace

·       How can I be professional in life?

·       International Access to Clean Water

Operator 2 Operator Fast Tracks

·       Plant Optimization/Maintaining WTP Operations in the Face of Devastating Fires in the Watershed

·       Creating Job Satisfaction through Integrity and Excellence in Work

·       Best practices in Planning Preventative Maintenance Utilizing Your CMMS Program

·       Project Management Tips

·       Benefits of a Good Cross-Training Program

·       Tank / Reservoir Maintenance

·       How to Properly Maintain and Repair a Fire Hydrant (hands on demo)

·       Tips and Tricks to Pass the Water Operator Certification

·       Pipeline Locating and Marking Best Practices

3-Hour Fluoride Safety Training Refresher Course

·       Rules and Regulations

·       Design Considerations for Fluoride Feed Systems

·       Chemical Safety



Enjoy Beautiful Park City and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Park City - The Yarrow

Doubletree Hotel in Park City
1800 Park Ave
Park City, UT  84060



  • Newly renovated Park City hotel near Historic Main Street
  • Near shopping, dining and outdoor recreation opportunities, including skiing and golf
  • Complimentary fitness center and year-round heated outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool
  • Delicious on-site dining in Roots Grill and Vertical Lounge

Room Rates (Single or Double Occupancy) *

Standard Room $109.00

One Bedroom Suite at Group Rate $109.00 

To reserve rooms call DoubleTree by Hilton Park City Hospitality Reservations Department at (855) 537-5305 and ask for Group Intermountain Section AWWA


*The guest room rates will apply April 7th to April 13th.  Additional Fees and Taxes will apply.


Who Should Attend the 2018 Water Quality and Infrastructure Midyear Conference?

  • Water Utility Managers
  • Operators and Maintenance Personnel
  • Treatment Plant Operators
  • Security Specialists
  • Scientists and Lab Personnel
  • Water quality specialists
  • Project Managers and Engineers
  • Distributors, Manufacturers & Product Representatives
  • Local & Federal Government
  • Facilities Managers
  • Emergency Response, SCADA Systems Engineers
  • Consultants
  • Academics & Students

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