Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act for Water and Wastewater Utilities Conference

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act for Water and Wastewater Utilities Conference

April 17, 2024 | Online :: Central Time

In the United States, the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) aims to address a broad spectrum of infrastructure needs, including those related to water and wastewater systems. Lead contamination, emerging contaminants like PFAS, climate change, and the necessity for digital transformation are critical aspects shaping the future of water and wastewater infrastructure and agencies.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act for Water and Wastewater Utilities Conference tackles the pressing issues faced by these industries today.

Going beyond individual topics, this conference showcases how these pieces intricately fit together to elevate the entire industry, from risk management programs to funding strategies.

The comprehensive agenda ensures that professionals within the water and wastewater sectors, whether from a public drinking water system or state/local government, discover tailored solutions to funding and infrastructure challenges relevant to their daily operations.

Join our expert panel of speakers as they discuss the holistic goal of building a resilient, efficient, and sustainable water and wastewater industry.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate the implications of the funding allocations for Lead Service Line Replacement, assessing its potential impact on prioritizing and executing projects
  • Investigate the health effects and treatment technologies for PFAS and “Forever Chemicals,” gaining insights into effective remediation strategies.
  • Assess the environmental and social impacts of implementing desalination, water conservation, and recycling, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of sustainability
  • Explore the transformative impact of digital tools on water and wastewater operations, understanding the role of data analytics in optimizing maintenance and assessing cybersecurity measures
  • Analyze the EPA’s New Risk Management Program Requirements and Timelines, understanding the regulatory landscape and its implications for water and wastewater entities
  • Examine the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding landscape, including DWSRF, CWSRF, WIFIA, and more

Agenda

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:0 – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Conference Timing

 

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. :: Lead Service Line Optimization

Drinking water systems along with state, local, and tribal governments should be prepared to identify, prioritize, and execute lead service line replacement projects in their communities, as well as communicate with customers and stakeholders about the benefits and challenges of these projects.

  • Unpacking the $15 Billion Allocation for Lead Service Line Replacement
  • Lead and Copper Rule Revisions 2024
  • Strategic Approaches to Identifying and Prioritizing Lead Service Line Projects

Brendan O’Brien, P.E., Project Manager – Water, Lead and Copper Rule Leader, Stantec

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. :: Combating Emerging Contaminants

Water utilities should be aware of the sources, occurrence, and health effects of these contaminants, as well as the available treatment technologies and regulatory requirements for removing them from drinking water.

  • Distribution of Funds for Emerging Contaminant Mitigation
  • Navigating PFAS and “Forever Chemicals”: Sources, Health Effects, and Remediation
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Treatment Technologies for Safe Drinking Water

Virginia Walsh, P.G., Ph.D., Hydrologist, Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department

Jenny Reina, Senior Technologist, Jacobs

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Building Resilience with Alternative Water Solutions

Uncover the technical and economic feasibility of these alternative water sources, as well as the environmental and social impacts of their implementation.

  • Desalination, Water Conservation, and Recycling Investment
  • Assessing Feasibility: Technical and Economic Aspects of Alternative Water Sources
  • Green Initiatives

Manisha Kothari, Manager, Alternative Water Supply Program, San Franscico Public Utilities Commission

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. :: Lunch break

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. :: Panel Discussion: Smart Water Management with Digital Infrastructure

Learn to leverage the data generated by digital tools to optimize water and wastewater operations, maintenance, and customer engagement, as well as to enhance their decision making and innovation capabilities.

  • Digital Revolution: Smart Meters, Sensors, and Software in Water Utilities
  • Data Analytics for Operations and Maintenance
  • Cybersecurity in the Water Sector

Andrew C. Krapf, Director of Operations Technology, Loudoun Water

Patrick Atwater, Regulatory and Public Affairs Manager (Data Analytics), Crescenta Valley Water District

Brad Callihan, P.E., OT Systems and Compliance Manager, Las Vegas Valley Water District

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. :: Water & Wastewater Resilience in Our Nation’s Capital

Water and wastewater entities need to be able to identify, prioritize, and prepare for current and future threats, hazards, and vulnerabilities to their assets, as well as develop and implement an effective emergency preparedness program that creates a more resilient utility.

  • Compliance: Federal and Local Emergency Management Measures
  • Preparedness: Planning, Training and Exercise Programs
  • Resilience: Effective Mitigation, Response, and Recovery Strategies

Gregory Vernon, CEM, Manager of Emergency Management, Office of Emergency Management, District of Colombia Water and Sewer Authority

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

2:45 – 4:00 p.m. :: Navigating Funding Opportunities: A How-To Guide

  • Funding Landscape Overview: DWSRF, CWSRF, WIFIA, and More
  • Project Eligibility Criteria and Prioritization
  • Mastering the Application Process

Darryl Parker, Principal Consultant, Wildan Financial Services

Amanda Whitaker, Director of Funding, WithersRavenel

Speakers

Patrick Atwater, Regulatory and Public Affairs Manager (Data Analytics), Crescenta Valley Water District

Brad Callihan, P.E., OT Systems and Compliance Manager, Las Vegas Valley Water District

Andrew C. Krapf, Director of Operations Technology, Loudoun Water

Manisha Kothari, Manager, Alternative Water Supply Program, San Franscico Public Utilities Commission

Brendan O’Brien, P.E., Project Manager – Water, Lead and Copper Rule Leader, Stantec

Darryl Parker, Principal Consultant, Wildan Financial Services

Jenny Reina, Senior Technologist, Jacobs

Gregory Vernon, CEM, Manager of Emergency Management, Office of Emergency Management, District of Colombia Water and Sewer Authority

Virginia Walsh, P.G., Ph.D., Hydrologist, Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department

Amanda Whitaker, Director of Funding, WithersRavenel

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a separate email with a unique link to a personalized landing page which will include links to join all sessions of this event.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.

Register

Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event

REGISTER NOW FOR THIS EVENT:

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act for Water and Wastewater Utilities Conference

April 17, 2024 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 895.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,580.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before March 15, 2024 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

CEUs

Credits

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EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.6 CEUs for this event

 


Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 7.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

CpeEUCI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: www.nasbaregistry.org

 

Who Should Attend

  • Water Utility Managers
  • Wastewater Utility Managers
  • Local, state, and federal government representatives responsible for water and wastewater policies, regulations, and funding allocations
  • Environmental Engineers
  • Public Health Officials
  • Digital technology experts including smart meters, sensors, data analytics, and digital transformation
  • Risk Management Professionals
  • Water and Wastewater Project Funding and Grant Managers
  • Environmental Scientists
  • Infrastructure Development Consultants
  • Professors, researchers, and academics in the field of water and wastewater management
  • Water Utility Operations Staff