7th Annual Water Distribution Conference - IEPA# 7776
|7:30-8:30AM||Attendee Registration / Breakfast / Visit Booths|
|8:40-9:15AM|| Essential Operations for a Reliable Water Distribution System ||Owen Keenan, M.E. Simpson, Co., Inc.|
|9:15-9:50AM|| Pipe and Valve Repair or Replacement With Out System Interruption ||Brett Hanes, Team Industrial Services|
|9:50-10:10AM||Break / Visit Booths|
|10:10-10:55AM|| A Case Study: Cost Analysis of a Cross Connection Control Program||Dan Eisenhauer, BSI Online & Mike Ramsey, Village of Westmont|
|10:55-11:45AM|| Roadmap for Implementing a Successful In-House Cross Connection Control Program||David Stoneback & Tony Namovicz, City of Evanston|
|12:35-12:45PM||2014 Tank Photo Contest Winner Presentation|
|12:45-1:20PM||Waterworks 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|
|1:55-2:15PM||Break / Visit Booths / Optional Booth Break-down|
|2:15-2:50PM|| From Reactive to Proactive: Evanston’s Enhanced Leak Detection Program ||Kristin Rehg & Tim Bartus, City of Evanston|
|2:50-3:25PM||Innovations in Leak Detection Equipment Technology and Water Loss Reduction Programs – A Practical User’s Guide||Ralph Gross, Associated Technical Services Ltd.|
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
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
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
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.
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
REGISTRATION & HOURS:
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.
EXHIBITOR TABLE TOP INFORMATION:
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.
|Attendee & Add'l Exhibitor Registration Type||ISAWWA Member Price||Non Member Price|
|Early Bird (ends 04/13/14)||$48||$72|
|Regular (ends 04/22/14)||$58||$82|
|After 04/22/14 or Onsite||$68||$92|
|Exhibitor ISAWWA Member Price||Exhibitor Non Member Price|
CURRENT EXHIBITORS - SOLD OUT!
- American Flow Control
- Apex Pumping Equipment
- Associated Technical Services Ltd.
- A.Y. McDonald
- BSI Online
- Cathodic Protection Management, Inc.
- Cla-Val Company
- Clow Valve
- CP Solutions
- Dixon Engineering
- Dorner Company
- Ductile Iron Pipe Rsrch. Assn.
- Eaton Mechanical Sales LLC
- Fischer Harris & Associates
- Flolo Corporation
- Illinois Section AWWA, Membership Committee
- Jim Jolly Sales, Inc.
- Kupferle Foundry Company
- M.E. Simpson Co, Inc.
- Midwest Meter
- Midwest Water Group
- Ricmar Industries
- RJN Group, Inc.
- RMS Utility Services
- Sensus USA
- Swanson Flo
- Water Products Company
- Underground Pipe & Valve
- Ziebell Water Products