Tuesday

6:30 am - 7:30 am | Exhibitor Setup


7:00 am | Registration/Check-in Opens


7:30 am - 8:30 am | Continental Breakfast (Eclipse Expo)


8:30 am - 9:30 am | Operator Certification | UMC | Regular Conference Training Sessions


9:30 am - 9:45 am | Break/Exhibits (Eclipse Expo)


9:45 am - 10:45 am | Operator Certification | UMC | Regular Conference Training Sessions


10:45 am - 11:00 am | Break/Exhibits (Eclipse Expo)


11:00 am - 12:00 pm | Operator Certification | UMC | Regular Conference Training Sessions


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Keynote Luncheon (Eclipse Expo)


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Operator Certification | UMC | Regular Conference Training Sessions


2:00 pm - 2:15 pm | Last Exhibitor Break/Drink Break (Eclipse Expo)


2:15 pm | Exhibits Close


2:15 pm - 3:15 pm | Operator Certification | UMC | Regular Conference Training Sessions


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Operator Certification ONLY 

6:30 am - 7:30 am | Exhibitor Setup (Eclipse Expo)
7:00 am | Regular Conference Attendee Registration (Front Lobby)
7:30 am – 8:30 am | Continental Breakfast (Meridian B)
8:30 am – 5:00 pm | Water/Wastewater Operator Certification Classes

Stratus 7, 8, 9

Water Operator Certification Classes

Please refer to the schedule distributed in class for more details. Those who are registered specifically to attend the Water Certification Sessions must attend the full schedule. No non-registered Operator Certification attendees will be permitted.


Stratus 5 and 6

Wastewater Operator Certification Classes

Please refer to the schedule distributed in class for more details. Those who are registered specifically to attend the Wastewater Certification Sessions must attend the full schedule. No non-registered Operator Certification attendees will be permitted.

8:30 am – 3:15 pm | Utility Management Certification Classes (Zephyr)
8:30 am - 9:30 am | Sessions

Meridian C

Distribution Flushing and Water-Related Math

Over time, distribution lines can accumulate a fair amount of undesirable material: sand from the sources, rust, etc. To keep those drinking water lines clean and pristine, Uni-Directional flushing at a minimum of 2.5 feet per second is the standard practice. We'll go over some of the methods and related calculations to determine velocity, then explore how you might get started in putting a program in place.

Terry Smith, RWAU


Meridian G

CIA Cybersecurity Resources/CSET/Cyber Threat

You think you have taken all the physical safety and security precautions you can on your system, but what about the security risks facing you that you can't even see? These are threats that exist digitally in cyberspace and are very real. A cyber security breach can be devastating to a water or wastewater system, but all too often you are leaving the digital doors of your system-wide open (and no padlocks in sight). Come learn about the Cyber Security Evaluation Tool (SET®) to keep help you realize where your system is vulnerable. The CSET is a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security (CISA) product that will assist you in protecting your key cyber assets. It was developed under the direction of the DHS Industrial Control System Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) by cybersecurity experts and with assistance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This tool will provide you with a systematic and repeatable approach for assessing the security of your cyber systems and networks. The system covers both high-level and detailed questions related to all industrial control and IT systems. What is your cyber risk? And how do you address it? Come find out!

Rick Gardner, CISA


Meridian D

Asset Management/Fiscal Sustainability and Where This is Going

Meridian H

Distribution Network THM Mitigation in Consecutive and Wholesale Water Systems

Elevated trihalomethane (THM) levels are among the most common violations of the Stage 2 DBP Rule in the United States Systems that employ raw water with high levels of organics, utilize free-chlorine as a network residual, and endure warm water temperatures will typically experience difficulties with THMs. For water wholesalers, treatment-plant-based solutions such as activated carbon, enhanced coagulation, and membranes can have significant capital costs as well as obligate utilities to recurring service and consumable costs that are difficult to bear. Consecutive systems, however, have far fewer options.


Jeff Rhodes, UGSI Solutions


Zephyr

Utility Management Certification (UMC): Financial Section. Part 1

The first hour of the UMC Financial section will cover the following topics:

  • Functions of Financial Accounting
  • Separation of Duties
  • Policies and Procedures Accrual Accounting and Standards
  • Audits.

Shannon Rasmussen, RWAU Deputy Director


9:30 am - 9:45 am | Session Break

Visit the Exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall play cornhole for a chance to win tickets, and place your tickets in the prize bins provided by the vendors! Don't forget to attend your classes each hour to earn additional tickets!

9:45 am - 10:45 am | Sessions

Meridian C

Wasteless "Flushing" Improve Water Quality Without Wasting Water!

Conserving water is on everyone's mind these days... managers, operators, and your customers. Delivering high-quality water to your customers is a universal mission of potable water systems. Sometimes, these two goals conflict. In this presentation, we will present a promising technology to scour your lines without opening hydrants and "wasting" water.


Dan White, Gardner Engineering


Meridian G

Top 10 Risks to Your Organization

You have a lot on your mind. What fire is next? In this presentation, we will outline the top 10 risks to your organization and give you tools and tactics to make sure you can weather the storms on the horizon.

Jason Watterson, Utah Local Governments Trust


Meridian D

Upgrading Lagoon-Based Treatment Systems to Meet More Stringent Limits for BOD, TSS, and Nutrient Removal

Wastewater treatment process design modeling software, which models biological,
chemical, and physical treatment processes, can be used to optimize the design, performance, and reliability of lagoon-based treatment systems. The modeling software is widely used in the wastewater community to investigate the impact of various changes in loadings and temperatures and allows LET to thoroughly verify process design and performance, especially with BOD, TSS, and ammonia removal.

Harry Campbell, DWQ


Meridian H

Source Protection Plans Preparation and Requirements

What to expect when developing a new source or completing an update on an existing Groundwater source. Best Management practices in resource management and land use agreements. keeping up to date records on existing and potential contamination sources. Creating/maintaining a contingency plan that is current and well planned. Guidance on susceptibility and use waivers.

Jake Wood, RWAU


Zephyr

Utility Management Certification (UMC): Financial Section, Part 2

The second hour of the UMC Financial section will cover the following topics:

  • Financial Reporting
  • Budgeting
  • Rate Structures
  • Asset Management
  • Insurance

Shannon Rasmussen, RWAU Deputy DIrector

10:45 am - 11:00 am | Session Break

Visit the Exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall play cornhole for a chance to win tickets, and place your tickets in the prize bins provided by the vendors! Don't forget to attend your classes each hour to earn additional tickets!

11:00 am - 12:00 pm | Sessions

Meridian C

Emergency Response Case Study at Grand Water and Sewer

Meridian G

Pump Curves Made Simple (No, Seriously)

Does it seem like the people who invented the pump curve are the same ones
who came up with the tax code? In this interactive class, we will demystify the pump curve and provide tips to improve pumping efficiency. As a bonus, we will also talk about Rocky Mountain Power rate structures and how MP can help pay for your next pump upgrade.

Matt Jensen, Cascade Energy


Meridian D

Optimizing Polymer Mixing and Activation: Following the Science

Despite the wide-spread use of polymers in water and wastewater treatment and their associated high recurring expense, understanding exactly how to optimize polymer use in water and wastewater treatment is not well understood. With many equipment options available to operators, it makes sense to start with the basics of polymer chemistry and then apply those principles to polymer activation equipment options. This discussion will review the basics of polymer chemistry, goals of activation, the development of polymer mixing equipment and equipment configuration basics.

Jeff Rhodes, UGSI Solutions


Meridian H

Utah Water Rights 101

Come learn the foundations of Utah water rights and Utah water law. Topics will include water rights vs water shares, components of a water right, key concepts of Utah water law, the application process with the Division of Water Rights, and forfeiture of water rights.

Jeffry Gittins, Smith Hartvigsen


Zephyr

Utility Management Certification

Study time or choose from the other sessions offered during this hour.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Keynote Luncheon
Agenda
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Sessions

Meridian C

Disinfection By-Products: Prevention and Treatment Optimization

Disinfection by-products (DBPs) are a key compliance concern for many drinking water treatment systems. The most notable of the regulated BPs in chlorinated systems are trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs). This presentation gives an overview of DBPs, what they are, how they are formed and pertinent compliance regulations. Prevention strategies include DBP pre-cursor removal at the water treatment plant by ion exchange, granular activated carbon (GAC), membranes, and enhanced coagulation. An attendee attending this session will have a full understanding of DBPs, what they are, how they are formed, treatment strategies, and pertinent compliance regulations.

David Summerfield, Ixom Watercare


Meridian G

Newest Funding Options

Demand for Utah SRF funds increased as a result of accelerated construction planning and recent cost escalations in the industry. Available funds through the past cycle are more limited than they have been historically. However, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) has bought funds into the Drinking Water and Water Quality Revolving Fund program and with these funds has brought new requirements. In this talk, we will:

  1. Outline the CWSRF funding capacity
    through 2028
  2. Discuss policies that are
    shaping the application and loan approval
    process and how they are working
  3. Review strategies that applicants should
    consider to receive a funding award
  4. Discuss the requirements of Build
    America, Buy America Act (BABAA).

Curt Ludvigson, RWAU
Michael Grange, DDW
Ken Hoffman. DWO


Meridian D

Wastewater Math Refresher

Wastewater Basics Class, this class will cover the math involved with calculating flow, dosage, and other basic wastewater formulas.

Chad Burrell, Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District


Meridian H

Prepping for Sanitary Surveys

Be prepared for your inspection. DDW conducts Sanitary Survev inspections every 3 years, be ready and learn what core elements the Division is looking for. Also, learn what options you have to resolve any deficiencies found during the inspection.

Michelle Deras, DDW


Zephyr

Utility Management Certification (UMC): Technical Sustainability, Part 1

Technical Sustainability is the criteria used to determine if a water or wastewater system is operating on a day-to-day level of efficiency, and as such, is in such condition as to be resilient to unforeseen events; floods, earthquakes, fire, or even a major equipment failure. Are operators well-trained and knowledgeable concerning all areas of system operation? Are current water sources adequate to meet dailv and peak vearlv demands? Is a Capital Improvement plan being utilized to fund and replace aging infrastructure? Join us for the technical portion of the Utility Management Certification training and learn in this first hour: 

  • Technical Sustainability defined
  • Federal Agencies - Laws/Rules
  • What is a Public Water System?
  • Capital Improvement Plans
  • Preventative/Standard Operating Plans

Terry Smith, RWAU Compliance Circuit Rider

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm | Session Break

Eclipse Expo

Drink Break (LAST CHANCE TO SEE EXHIBITORS)

Come get a tasty beverage and take advantage of this final opportunity to visit the Exhibitors.

2:15 pm | Exhibit Hall Closes
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm | Sessions

Meridian C

The War on Lead Pipes: Developing A Service Line Inventory

This talk will cover how to develop a lead service line inventory to comply with the
recently updated Lead & Copper Rule. Topics to be discussed include conducting a records review, identification methods, reporting requirements, success stories from Utah water systems, and strategies for communicating with customers.

Colt Smith, DDW


Meridian G

Newest Funding Options CONTINUED

Demand for Utah SRF funds increased as a result of accelerated construction planning and recent cost escalations in the industry. Available funds through the past cycle are more limited than they have been historically. However, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) has bought funds into the Drinking Water and Water Quality Revolving Fund program and with these funds has brought new requirements. In this talk, we will:

  1. Outline the CWSRF funding capacity
    through 2028
  2. Discuss policies that are
    shaping the application and loan approval
    process and how they are working
  3. Review strategies that applicants should
    consider to receive a funding award
  4. Discuss the requirements of Build
    America, Buy America Act (BABAA).

Curt Ludvigson, RWAU
Michael Grange, DDW
Ken Hoffman. DWO


Meridian D

The Tidal Wave of Issues: PFAS

Meridian H

Emergency Response

An update on the state of drinking water emergency response in Utah, including lessons learned and emerging concerns.

Ryan Dearing, DDW


Zephyr

Utility Management Certification (UMC): Technical Sustainability, Part 2

Technical Sustainability is the criteria used to determine if a water or wastewater system is operating on a day-to-day level of efficiency, and as such, is in such condition as to be resilient to unforeseen events; floods, earthquakes, fire, or even a major equipment failure. Are operators well-trained and knowledgeable concerning all areas of system operation? Are current water sources adequate to meet dailv and peak vearlv demands? Is a Capital Improvement plan being utilized to fund and replace aging infrastructure? Join us for the technical portion of the Utility Management Certification training and learn in this first hour: 

  • Technical Sustainability defined
  • Federal Agencies - Laws/Rules
  • What is a Public Water System?
  • Capital Improvement Plans
  • Preventative/Standard Operating Plans

Terry Smith, RWAU Compliance Circuit Rider

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Sessions

Water & Wastewater Operator Certification Classes ONLY


Stratus 7, 8, 9

Water Operator Certification Classes

Please refer to the schedule distributed in class for more details. Those who are registered specifically to attend the Water Certification Sessions must attend the full schedule. No non-registered Operator Certification attendees will be permitted.


Stratus 5 and 6

Wastewater Operator Certification Classes

Please refer to the schedule distributed in class for more details. Those who are registered specifically to attend the Wastewater Certification Sessions must attend the full schedule. No non-registered Operator Certification attendees will be permitted.