2024 PA-AWWA Annual Conference

2024 PA-AWWA Annual Conference

CREATING BETTER WATER SOLUTIONS, TOGETHER.

From understanding the latest guidance on replacing lead service lines and removing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from drinking water to ensuring the long-term success of Pennsylvania’s water industry, there is no shortage of challenges facing water providers in the Keystone State. Our team of water engineers leads the way in solutions that help ready your community for tomorrow’s challenges today.

We’re bringing practical applications of our experience to PA-AWWA’s Annual Conference with six dynamic presentations designed to spur new ways of thinking about PFAS treatment, lead service line programs, and young professional engagement. Our forward-thinking team is eager to dive into conversations with you as we work toward more reliable, resilient water infrastructure, together.

See you in Lancaster!

May 13-15, 2024

Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
25 S. Queen St.
Lancaster, PA 17603

Organizer: Pennsylvania American Water Works Association (PA-AWWA)

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Check Out Our Six Presentations

Integrating PFAS Treatment With Existing Treatment Process

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 • 8:30 A.M.

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Lori Kappen, PE
Senior Project Engineer
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In anticipation of new federal regulations for PFAS in 2024, many facilities must install PFAS treatment processes. While adsorption systems for PFAS removal are common, when integrating PFAS treatment into an existing facility, it’s essential to consider how co-contaminants and existing treatment processes affect your PFAS treatment.

Lori will review several case studies where facilities incorporated PFAS treatment alongside volatile organic compounds and/or iron and manganese removal. She will discuss how oxidation, air stripping, and sequestration influence treatment.

Young Professional Roundtable: A Dialogue on Recruitment, Engagement, and Retention

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 • 9:00 A.M.

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Sarah Folk, PE
Project Engineer
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Young professional (YP) engagement is an objective for PA-AWWA and a shared goal of many water industry organizations. As companies grapple with generational workforce divides, seasoned professionals seek to understand the perspectives of YPs while YPs strive to feel heard and valued.

Join Sarah and YPs from various water industry organizations as they discuss recruitment, engagement, values, motivators, challenges, and retention. To submit a question you would like to be discussed by the panel, click here.

Let’s Break Down Forever Chemicals: Insights From the Design-Build Approach to PFAS Treatment

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 • 9:00 A.M.

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Sophia Liskovich, PE
Senior Project Manager
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Complying with new PFAS treatment regulations can present operational challenges for water utilities. The design-build project delivery approach may relieve some of the compliance burden.

Join Sophia as she shares how design-build can expedite the construction of PFAS treatment projects. She’ll discuss recommended contract scope items and considerations for operations and maintenance and share valuable perspectives for utilities preparing to comply with PFAS regulations.

Case Study: PFAS Removal with Granular Activated Carbon

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 • 9:30 A.M.

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Andrew Crew
Senior Water Designer
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This presentation will focus on the key factors to consider while designing, permitting, constructing, and implementing granular activated carbon (GAC) treatment for PFAS at existing water treatment facilities. Andrew will discuss a case study from a recently upgraded 1 million gallon per day water treatment facility and key lessons learned.

Year 1 of Lead Service Line Programs: Reflections and Revelations

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 • 1:30 P.M.

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Mike Brown, PE
Vice President and Principal Project Manager
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Many systems used Lead and Copper Rule funding opportunities to implement lead service replacement programs. These programs require significant coordination, including public participation, beyond traditional water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

Join Mike and the Schuylkill County Municipal Authority as they present lessons learned during the first year of these programs. They’ll discuss inventory, planning, design, construction, and funding. The presentation will be helpful to utilities that will soon implement their programs and foster a culture of communication and cooperation among those facing similar challenges.

The Evolution of the Successful Asset Management Plan

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 • 3:00 P.M.

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Mike Brown, PE
Vice President and Principal Project Manager
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The Schuylkill County Municipal Authority (SCMA) was grappling with the challenge of upgrading its aging infrastructure to meet urgent capital improvement needs. About 10 years ago, it launched an asset management program to prioritize these needs and optimize its investments. This initiative shifted their approach from reactive to proactive, enabling a systematic and effective process for addressing system requirements.

This session, co-presented with SCMA’s Patrick Caulfield, PE, will outline the program’s successful evolution and offer insights that could benefit other utilities facing similar challenges.

May 15 | 8:30 A.M.

Integrating PFAS Treatment With Existing Treatment Process

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 • 8:30 A.M.

A professional woman with light hair poses for a headshot.

Lori Kappen, PE
Senior Project Engineer
Connect on LinkedIn
Email Lori

In anticipation of new federal regulations for PFAS in 2024, many facilities must install PFAS treatment processes. While adsorption systems for PFAS removal are common, when integrating PFAS treatment into an existing facility, it’s essential to consider how co-contaminants and existing treatment processes affect your PFAS treatment.

Lori will review several case studies where facilities incorporated PFAS treatment alongside volatile organic compounds and/or iron and manganese removal. She will discuss how oxidation, air stripping, and sequestration influence treatment.

May 15 | 9:00 A.M.

Young Professional Roundtable: A Dialogue on Recruitment, Engagement, and Retention

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 • 9:00 A.M.

A female engineer wearing a red shirt and tan jacket smiles for a headshot.

Sarah Folk, PE
Project Engineer
Connect on LinkedIn
Email Sarah

Young professional (YP) engagement is an objective for PA-AWWA and a shared goal of many water industry organizations. As companies grapple with generational workforce divides, seasoned professionals seek to understand the perspectives of YPs while YPs strive to feel heard and valued.

Join Sarah and YPs from various water industry organizations as they discuss recruitment, engagement, values, motivators, challenges, and retention. To submit a question you would like to be discussed by the panel, click here.

May 15 | 9:00 A.M.

Let’s Break Down Forever Chemicals: Insights From the Design-Build Approach to PFAS Treatment

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 • 9:00 A.M.

A professional female with honey-colored hair poses in a suit for a professional photo.

Sophia Liskovich, PE
Senior Project Manager
Connect on LinkedIn
Email Sophia

Complying with new PFAS treatment regulations can present operational challenges for water utilities. The design-build project delivery approach may relieve some of the compliance burden.

Join Sophia as she shares how design-build can expedite the construction of PFAS treatment projects. She’ll discuss recommended contract scope items and considerations for operations and maintenance and share valuable perspectives for utilities preparing to comply with PFAS regulations.

May 15 | 9:30 A.M.

Case Study: PFAS Removal with Granular Activated Carbon

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 • 9:30 A.M.

A smiling male with short, honey-colored hair poses for a headshot in a gray business suit.

Andrew Crew
Senior Water Designer
Connect on LinkedIn
Email Andrew

This presentation will focus on the key factors to consider while designing, permitting, constructing, and implementing granular activated carbon (GAC) treatment for PFAS at existing water treatment facilities. Andrew will discuss a case study from a recently upgraded 1 million gallon per day water treatment facility and key lessons learned.

May 15 | 1:30 P.M.

Year 1 of Lead Service Line Programs: Reflections and Revelations

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 • 1:30 P.M.

A man wearing a gray suit jacket, gray tie, and white shirt smiles for a headshot.

Mike Brown, PE
Vice President and Principal Project Manager
Connect on LinkedIn
Email Mike

Many systems used Lead and Copper Rule funding opportunities to implement lead service replacement programs. These programs require significant coordination, including public participation, beyond traditional water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

Join Mike and the Schuylkill County Municipal Authority as they present lessons learned during the first year of these programs. They’ll discuss inventory, planning, design, construction, and funding. The presentation will be helpful to utilities that will soon implement their programs and foster a culture of communication and cooperation among those facing similar challenges.

May 15 | 3:00 P.M.

The Evolution of the Successful Asset Management Plan

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 • 3:00 P.M.

A man wearing a gray suit jacket, gray tie, and white shirt smiles for a headshot.

Mike Brown, PE
Vice President and Principal Project Manager
Connect on LinkedIn
Email Mike

The Schuylkill County Municipal Authority (SCMA) was grappling with the challenge of upgrading its aging infrastructure to meet urgent capital improvement needs. About 10 years ago, it launched an asset management program to prioritize these needs and optimize its investments. This initiative shifted their approach from reactive to proactive, enabling a systematic and effective process for addressing system requirements.

This session, co-presented with SCMA’s Patrick Caulfield, PE, will outline the program’s successful evolution and offer insights that could benefit other utilities facing similar challenges.

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