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04/24/14 7th Annual Water Distribution Conference (Addison, IL) IEPA#7776
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When: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Visit Exhibitors from 7:30 to 8:30 AM
Where: Medinah Banquets
550 Shriners Drive
Addison, Illinois  60101
United States
Contact: Lisa Hoffhines

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7th Annual Water Distribution Conference - IEPA# 7776

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Attendee Registration / Breakfast / Visit Booths


Essential Operations for a Reliable Water Distribution System
Owen Keenan, M.E. Simpson, Co., Inc.
Pipe and Valve Repair or Replacement With Out System Interruption
Brett Hanes, Team Industrial Services
Break / Visit Booths

A Case Study: Cost Analysis of a Cross Connection Control Program
Dan Eisenhauer, BSI Online & Mike Ramsey, Village of Westmont
Roadmap for Implementing a Successful In-House Cross Connection Control ProgramDavid Stoneback & Tony Namovicz, City of Evanston
12:35-12:45PM2014 Tank Photo Contest Winner Presentation

12:45-1:20PMWaterworks Pipe/Fitting Installation Procedures and Repair.
Jeff Fischer, Fischer-Harris Associates
1:20-1:55PM Maintenance Flushing for Water Quality Michelle Harrod, Midwest Water Group
Break / Visit Booths / Optional Booth Break-down

From Reactive to Proactive: Evanston’s Enhanced Leak Detection Program Kristin Rehg & Tim Bartus, City of Evanston
2:50-3:25PMInnovations in Leak Detection Equipment Technology and Water Loss Reduction Programs – A Practical User’s GuideRalph Gross, Associated Technical Services Ltd.
3:25-3:40PMClosing Remarks


Essential Operations for a Reliable Water Distribution System
Owen Keenan, M.E. Simpson, Co., Inc.
The four essential operations for a reliable water distribution system are metering, leak detection, valve exercising, and hydrant flushing.
1. METERING: In today's economy, water utilities must improve accountability by maintaining water system performance and extend the useful life of their distribution system. Water utilities must know what their unaccounted water percentage is in order to budget, plan, and correct deficiencies in their distribution systems. The first step that a water utility should take to determine their unaccounted for water percentage is to test the accuracy of their master meters. As stated in AWWA's M6 manual, "Typically, the largest 10 percent of the meters measure 40 to 60 percent of a system's consumption." Once a water utility knows what is being delivered into their distribution system, meter records from their customers should be totaled and compared. This difference is a water utility's unaccounted for water. Meters that are suspected to be inaccurate should be tested over a range of flows in accordance to AWWA standards. It is clear that this represents loss revenue to the water utility and justifies the next essential operation to be taken.
2. LEAK DETECTION: Using data obtained from meter testing and other meter records, a leak survey should be done to determine leakage using leak correlators and other state of the art listening equipment as needed. A leak detection survey will conserve a precious resource and lower production costs for the utility. Once the leaks have been located and prioritized, repairs can be scheduled after the next essential operation is done.
3. VALVE EXERCISING: How can leaks be repaired if th shutdown cannot be made? The Importance of the proper operation of vales in a water utility's distribution system for regular and emergency operation can't be overstated. Are the valves accessible? Are the valves exercised on a regular basis? How would you like to tell a hospital,a school, or a senior residence center that they will be without water for an undetermined period because a valve shutdown had to be extended? When all valves in the distribution system have been properly exercised, the next essential operation can be performed. 4. HYDRANT FLUSHING: The importance of hydrant flushing is obvious. Lives are saved by a water utility providing the required fire protection when an emergency arises. The proper operation and maintenance of every hydrant in a water utility's system is essential. There are other significant benefits to be gained by regular hydrant flushing. customer complaints are reduced when discolored water is flushed from the system. Water flow can increase with uni-directional flushing. Hydrants that do not drain properly in cold weather climates can freeze and become inoperable.

Pipe and Valve Repair or Replacement With Out System Interruption
Brett Hanes, Team Industrial Services

This presentation will inform attendees about alternative methods to shutting down the water service during the normal or emergency repair and replacement of common water works items (i.e. fire-hydrants, valves, pipe and appurtenances). The information will be presented in a class room discussion format. At the outset of the presentation the class will be asked what their greatest challenges, trends or current events related to this subject are (i.e. water conservation, aging infrastructure, poor maps and valve location, time constraints, consumer confidence reporting, trench safety, backflow, establishing isolation zones for security reasons, asset management, customer complaints, introducing chlorinated water into streams and ponds, or any other associated risk/hurdles). Upon hearing 2 or 3 of the greatest challenges from the class then the presentation will be tailored to address those specific challenges.

Attendees will be provided an overview of the new and innovative proven technologies to make repairs and additions to the distribution, transmission and force mains while maintaining system pressure. These technologies will aid the water purveyor to remain regulation compliant as it relates to water quality and employee safety at the same time reducing the risks associated with system shutdown.

A Case Study: Cost Analysis of a Cross Connection Control Program 
Dan Eisenhauer, BSI Online

This detailed presentation will include a case study of qualified, peer-reviewed data to explain some of the challenges and costs that are associated with running a Municipal Backflow program. This water purveyor point of view analysis is invaluable to health of every community. The data is an actual representation of the often times hidden costs associated with this type of program. Understanding the most cost-effective way to manage your cross connection program is paramount to its success. Recent advancements in technology have given water purveyors the opportunity to greatly enhance compliance of cross connection control programs while dramatically reducing paper waste, direct costs and man power. Backflow Solutions will touch on some of the advantages and pitfalls that over 15 years of dedicated backflow experience can bring to the table. If you are interested in learning how to reduce cost, better utilize man-power and run the most effective cross connection control program on the planet this seminar is for you!

Roadmap for Implementing a Successful In-House Cross Connection Control Program
David Stoneback & Tony Namovicz, City of Evanston Utilities Department
Evanston’s Cross Connection Control Program began in 1996 with collection of information on backflow prevention devices at just a few hundred properties where they were known to exist. However, many more properties had backflow prevention devices unknown to the City or were in need of backflow prevention to comply with IEPA and IDPH regulations. This presentation outlines how Evanston went from having no formal program and thousands of locations at risk for cross connection contamination, to a cost-effective, efficient, in-house program that monitors over 3,400 backflow prevention devices and which has significantly improved the safety of Evanston’s drinking water.

Waterworks Pipe/Fitting Installation Procedures and Repair
Jeff Fischer, Fischer-Harris Associates

This presentation will discuss the various pipe joints and repair products commonly used in waterworks distribution systems. AWWA and manufacturer standards will be discussed with an emphasis on proper installation techniques for best long term results. The presentation is designed for the newcomer to the waterworks industry as well as experienced utility personnel responsible for pipe repair and engineers who provide inspections for water related projects.

Maintenance Flushing for Water Quality
Michelle Harrod, Midwest Water Group
This presentation will cover the challenges that face water operators in insuring proper residuals at the edges of their distribution system. We'll talk about free vs. chloramine disinfection, seasonal changes, manual vs. automatic flushing, taking grab samples and setting programs so that you're flushing just the right amount of water without wasting. We'll also discuss the impact that flushing has on reduction of disinfection By-Product formation, along with other steps the utility can take in their system along with flushing.

From Reactive to Proactive: Evanston’s Enhanced Leak Detection Program
Kristin Rehg & Tim Bartus, Evanston Utilities Department
The Evanston Utilities Department re-evaluated its approach to leak detection when existing leak detection equipment reached the end of its service life. Staff researched available products, contacted other communities for input, and simulated leaks in the distribution system to facilitate live equipment demonstrations. Staff also performed a payback analysis to compare investment in a new in-house leak detection system against contracting out these services, and documented the research and field testing process to justify the recommendation for a sole-source purchase. The presentation will outline the research and acquisition process, explain how the new leak detection system is helping Evanston to be more proactive and efficient in reducing water loss, and share some useful operational tips and lessons learned.

Innovations in Leak Detection Equipment Technology and Water Loss Reduction Programs – A Practical User’s Guide
Ralph Gross, Associated Technical Services Ltd.
Climate changes, population growth, deteriorating water system infrastructure and restrictive budgets have place unprecedented importance and pressure on water professionals in both the public and private sector to efficiently control and reduce water losses.  Whether you prefer to perform these important projects in-house or hire outside professionals, my presentation will walk you through the essential system information you’ll need to know, the questions to ask, as well as an over view of the various types of surveys and detection equipment that is available to you from the simplest of ground miking tools to the latest developments in computerized Leak Noise Correlation Systems.

Registration begins at 7:30am, attendees will be able to visit exhibit booths at this time. The training will start at 8:30am and will conclude by 3:30pm. Earn up to 5 PDHs or RTC hours. Continental breakfast and lunch will be included.


Table top exhibits are available for $125.00 per display for Illinois Section AWWA members and $150.00 per display for non members. This includes 1 exhibit personnel; Additional personnel can be registered at the regular attendee rates. Exhibitor setup begins at 7:00am. Participants will be able to visit table top exhibits prior to the conference from 7:30-8:30am, during morning and afternoon breaks and lunch. Electricity will be available; exhibitors are encouraged to bring power strips and heavy duty extension cord. When you arrive to the conference you will be furnished with your booth table number and a name tag along with an "Exhibitor” ribbon. Please be sure to read tear down instructions.


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Early Bird (ends 04/13/14)
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After 04/22/14 or Onsite

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  1. American Flow Control
  2. Apex Pumping Equipment
  3. Associated Technical Services Ltd.
  4. A.Y. McDonald
  5. BSI Online
  6. Cathodic Protection Management, Inc.
  7. Cla-Val Company
  8. Clow Valve
  9. CP Solutions
  10. Dixon Engineering
  11. Dorner Company
  12. Ductile Iron Pipe Rsrch. Assn.
  13. Eaton Mechanical Sales LLC
  14. EJ
  15. Fischer Harris & Associates
  16. Flolo Corporation
  17. Illinois Section AWWA, Membership Committee
  18. Jim Jolly Sales, Inc.
  19. Kupferle Foundry Company
  20. M.E. Simpson Co, Inc.
  21. Midwest Meter
  22. Midwest Water Group
  23. Ricmar Industries
  24. RJN Group, Inc.
  25. RMS Utility Services
  26. Sensus USA
  27. Swanson Flo
  28. Water Products Company
  29. Underground Pipe & Valve
  30. Ziebell Water Products

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