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5th Annual Water Distribution Conference-EPA ID#5062

When: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Visit Exhibitors from 7:30 to 8:30 AM
Where: Park Place Countryside/Operator Engineers Local Hall 150
6200 Joliet Road
Countryside, Illinois  60525
United States
Contact: Lisa Hoffhines

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 5th Annual Water Distribution Conference-EPA ID#5062

Chicago Water Conservation Efforts:

Presenter:  Michael Sturtevant, Chicago Department of Water Management,

The Chicago Department of Water Management continues to make great strides in reducing water waste and promoting water conservation and protection of our water supply. Our efforts have produced significant environmental benefits, including reduction in both energy use nd wastewater discharge, as well as preventing millions of gallons of water daily from leaving the Great Lakes watershed. From 1991 to 2011, the City of Chicago water usage declined by more than 37%, saving over 315 million gallons per day, which is directly attributable to the replacement of over 700 miles of water main.  The Department has placed a high value on protecting our most treasured resource, Lake Michigan, and continues to act responsibly in managing it wisely. This presentation will discuss Chicago’s various conservation initiatives implemented such as water main replacement program, use of newer leak detection technologies, update on meter installation program and recent programs in caring for water resources as a whole.

Risk Based Asset Management for Water Distribution Systems:
Presenters:Yakir J. Hasit, PhD, PE, & Susan Mckee, - CH2M HILL

For most water utilities, distribution systems represent their largest capital investments. Given the thousands of pipe assets in a system, the difficulty of estimating the condition of the pipes, and budget limitations, determining "which pipes to replace when” is a challenge for most utilities. This presentation describes how risk-based asset management can be used for making such decisions and covers the following areas of asset management:
• Establish utility requirements
• Establish levels of service
• Review inventory, condition, maintenance data
• Evaluate remaining service life, condition and likelihood of failure
• Evaluate consequences of failure
• Determine risk of failure
• Evaluate data used for high risk assets and revise risk calculations, if necessary
• Prioritize replacement and rehabilitation needs
• Develop risk mitigation options such as capital projects, management and O&M measures
This presentation also provides some case studies.

Implementing and Managing a Large Water Utility’s Underground Corrosion Control Program:
Presenter: Jeff Schramuk, CP Solutions, Inc.,

Public water facilities face a significant economic burden created by the deterioration of buried water infrastructure. As water systems are reaching their life expectancy, the need to rehabilitate or replace water mains is increasing. Cathodic protection of cast and ductile iron mains is a mitigative measure that can reduce premature breaks due to corrosion and extend the service life of both existing distribution water mains and new transmission mains. With the number and costs of water main breaks increasing coupled with inadequate funding for pipe replacements, the Des Moines Water Works has implemented three approaches to mitigating corrosion by using cathodic protection to reduce its water main breaks.  DMWW’s Underground Corrosion Control Program has shown that the various cathodic protection installations can extend the service life of its water infrastructure at a cost that is much less than either pipe repairs or main replacement.

Valves in the Distribution System:
Presenter:  Owen Keenan, M.E. Simpson Co.,

This presentation will review the importance of regular operation of valves, the various types of valves in a water distribution system, documenting the operation and condition of every valve operated, locating and mapping every valve, utilizing GPS, and the benefits to extending the useful life of all valves for a water utility.

Water Conservation Programs:
Presenters:  John Dillon, City of Batavia, & Michael Ramsey, Village of Westmont,

Various water conservation programs and case studies will be discussed: toilet rebate programs, rain barrel programs and other customer incentive programs. The presentation will touch on Federal and State grant programs that are available to homeowners and municipalities. Also covered will be the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program, WaterSense – what it is, and what to look for when you are purchasing water fixtures. To wrap things up, John Dillon will discuss the ISAWWA Water Efficiency Committee’s Water Energy Nexus Survey results and how it helps the City of Batavia’s plan for the future.

SCADA, The Possibilities are Boundless:
Presenter: Jeff Musinski, Village of Arlington Heights,

The Village of Arlington Heights replaced our Aquatrol SCADA System with a new SCADA System in 2005. The system continues to grow both in capabilities and complexity. An initial approach with forward planning towards robustness of I/O and speed will reap rewards in the future when more functionality is required.

Improving Taste & Odor, DBP’s, and Chlorine Residuals in Water Distribution Systems:
Presenter:  Mike Ricks, Water Solutions Unlimited, Inc.,

• To improve these issues you must start by understanding the TOC and natural ammonia in raw water for ground water systems, and assist in reducing raw TOC (algae)in surface water sources.
• You need to also understand the Disinfection By-Product levels (TTHM’s & HAA5’s) leaving the treatment plant.
• Biofilm is the main problem in the distribution system. WSU has been able to remove biofilm in the system and thus lower DBP’s, improve taste and odor, and increase chlorine residuals.
• Several case studies of each of these areas will be discussed in detail.
• Municipalities that purchase water from other utilities need to be aware of their Point of Entry (POE) DBP levels and be ready to make improvements by reducing biofilm in the system.

ASCE Report Card for Drinking Water Infrastructure:
Presenter: William J. Cussen, P.E., LEED AP, Haeger Engineering, LLC,

Nationally, drinking water infrastructure earned a grade of D- on the 2009 report card issued by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The nation’s drinking-water systems face staggering public investment needs over the next 20 years.  Although America spends billions on infrastructure each year, drinking water systems face an annual shortfall of at least $11 billion in funding needed to replace aging facilities that are near the end of their useful life and to comply with existing and future federal water regulations.  Of the nearly 53,000 community water systems, approximately 83% serve 3,300 or fewer people. These systems provide water to just 9% of the total U.S. population served by all community systems. In contrast, 8% of community water systems serve more than 10,000 people and provide water to 81% of the population served.  In the rural areas (non-community based systems), over 83,351 small systems provide the needs for 500 or fewer people each. These smaller systems face huge financial,  technological, and managerial challenges in meeting a growing number of federal drinking-water regulations.  Implications for Illinois water distribution systems will be discussed. Design life of the distribution system is 60-95 years and pump stations is 60-70 years for concrete structures and 25 years for mechanical and electrical components. As these systems reach the end of their useful life, a range of financing mechanisms will be needed. (Source:

Park Place Countryside, Operator Engineers Local 150 Hall
6200 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL 60525
Phone: 708-588-1756

Table top exhibits are available for $100.00 per display for Illinois Section AWWA members and $125.00 per display for non members. This includes 1 exhibit personnel; Additional personnel can be registered at the regular attendee rates.

Exhibitor setup begins at 7:15am. Participants will be able to visit table top exhibits prior to the seminar from 7:30am to 8:30am, during morning break and lunch. Electricity will be furnished, but exhibitors are encouraged to bring their own power strip and heavy duty extension cord. Limited spots available.

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.

$50.00 for Illinois AWWA members • $75.00 for non members •$90.00 for onsite registration

$100.00 for Illinois Section AWWA member Exhibitor • $125.00 for non members Exhibitor


American Flow Control
Associated Technical Services Ltd.
AY McDonald Mfg. Co.
Festo Corporation
Fischer Harris & Associates
HydroAire, Inc.
Illinois Section AWWA Membership Committee
Illinois Section AWWA Water Efficiency Committee
Lee Jensen Sales Co, Inc.
M.E. Simpson Co., Inc.
Midwest Meter, Inc.
Midwest Water Group
Pure Technologies US, Inc.
RJN Group, Inc.
RMS Utility Services
Sensus Metering Systems
Suburban Laboratories Inc.
Underground Pipe & Valve
USA Bluebook
Ziebell Water Products

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