Section to Co-Host ACE ‘18

The CA-NV Section, AWWA will co-host the Annual Conference & Exhibition 2018 (ACE18). This year’s Conference will be held on June 11-14 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In agreement with this partnership, the California-Nevada Section will not host a Spring Conference. Instead CA-NV Section members should attend ACE18, which is expected to draw in more than 12,000 global water professionals.

In addition, ACE18 will have competitions including Pipe-Tapping, Top-Ops, Meter Madness, Hydrant Hysteria and "Best of the Best" Water Taste Tests.

Networking and collaboration within the water industry are a focus at ACE18. Industry professionals will work together and create relationships to better our nation’s water.

ACE18 CA-NV Track - Special Technical Track

As a co-host, the Section was responsible for developing a technical track highlighting the interests and expertise of the local water community in California and Nevada.
Below are the list of sessions for the CA-NV Track:

TUE14  - Implementing the California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
This session explores options to implement the California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and the efforts to achieve sustainable water supplies. The presentations include:

  • Overview of the California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act - Mark Nordberg
  • Navigating the World of Options for Achieving Groundwater Basin Sustainability -  Leslie Dumas, Woodward & Curran
  • Planning for a Sustainable Water Supply in the Pauma Valley, California - Richard Williamson, Yuima Municipal Water District

WED19 - Treatment for Compounds Regulated in California
This session explores water quality regulations unique to California with an emphasis on hexavalent chromium and 1,2,3-TCP highlighting treatment options including biological treatment and GAC. The presentations include:

  • Water Quality Regulations Unique to California - Steve Bigley, Coachella Valley Water District
  • Achieving Compliance with the New California 5 ng/L 1,2,3-TCP MCL - Chad Seidel, Corona Environmental Consulting
  • A Case Study on TCP Removal with GAC at a Complex Groundwater Treatment Facility - Simon Calvet, Stantec
  • What's Up with Hex Chrome Treatment? - Craig Gorman, Corona Environmental Consulting
  • Implementation of Sulfate Return into Chromium-6 Treatment Systems - Erick Del Bosque, Indio Water Authority
  • A Case Study on Biological Hexavalent Chromium (Cr[VI]) Removal from Groundwater Contaminated with Cr(VI), Nitrate, and Arsenic - Giridhar Upadhyaya, Carollo Engineers

WED42 - Side Effects of the California Drought and Lower Water Use
California's unprecedented drought required unparalleled actions. This session examines the impacts of the California drought response and water conservation on water quality, utility systems, and how utilities are looking to improve reliability and resilience through collaboration. The presentations include:

  • Bay Area Regional Reliability: Partnering to Improve the San Francisco Bay Area's Drought Resilience - Jenny Gain, Brown and Caldwell
  • Drought Impacts on Disinfection Byproducts in San Francisco's Water Supplies: Monitoring, Mitigation, and Response - Enio Sebastiani
  • Adapting to Change - Declining Flows and Utility Systems - Wendy Broley, Brown and Caldwell

THU14 - Reuse in California
This session explores water reuse including criteria for direct potable reuse in California. The presentations include:

  • Improving Water Supply Reliability in California - Jenny Gain, Brown and Caldwell
  • Achieving Enhanced Treatment Robustness Against Organic Contaminants at a 1MGD Potable Reuse Treatment Train - Rodrigo Tackaert, Trussell Technologies, Inc.
  • Can SRT Control CECs in Potable Reuse? An Analysis of CEC Removal in Advanced Treatment in California - Hari Seshan, Brown and Caldwell
  • Evaluating the Stability of Finished Waters Blended for Direct Potable Reuse in a Simulated Distribution System - Assumption Grimaldi, Southern Nevada Water Authority
  • Evaluation and Optimization of Ozone-Biological Activated Carbon Filtration as an Alternative Technology for Potable Reuse - Hooman Vatankhah, Colorado School of Mines

THU21 - Water Loss: The California Experience
Reducing water loss became an important conservation strategy during the California drought. The session will cover the efforts to minimize water loss. The presentations include:

  • California Water Audits: Results of the Largest Validation Effort - Katherine Gasner, Water Systems Optimization, Inc.
  • The Water Loss Control Program at Goleta Water District - Tom Bunosky, Goleta Water District
  • MWDOC Water Loss Control Partnership: New Model for Regional Water Efficiency - Reinhard Sturm, Water Systems Optimization, Inc.

THU32 - Seismic and Planning Issues Regarding Water Delivery
Discussion on geographical seismic issues that are faced during the life of a water delivery system. The presentations include:

  • Innovative Pipeline Installation in a Seismic, High Fire, and Geographically Challenging Area of Northern California - Rolando Bueno, EBMUD
  • Installation of Earthquake Resistant Ductile Iron Pipe for San Francisco Auxiliary Water Supply System and other cities - Satoshi Suenaga, Kubota Corporation
  • Emergency Pipeline Repair in River Bed Becomes Critical Due to 500-Year Flood's Mass Erosion Threatening Large Water Main Failure - Sam Marston, Garney Construction
  • Seismic Resiliency Lessons Learned Along the Way - Michael Britch, Tualatin Valley Water District
  • The City of Redding, Northern California Implements Pipe Bursting for Existing Asbestos Cement Gravity Sewer Pipe - Edward Ambler, AM Trenchless

For the full schedule and detailed information on the sessions, visit the ACE18 Online Professional Program.