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Cost: $175 + GST, CEUs: 0.3 (TBC)

AM Workshops - 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM 

PM Workshops - 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

W1 Automation and Instrumentation for Smart Treatment Plants 

8:00 AM – 11:30 AM (+ Tour 1:00 – 4:30 PM, additional $50 fee)

Facilitator(s): Laurent Cataye

This workshop is made for those who are looking for new ideas and are ready to embrace the opportunities that new technologies are offering. The goal is to get you up to speed with the latest advanced solutions used in the industry and discuss how it can help you improve your existing aging facilities, one step at a time. It will be followed by an afternoon tour at the Endress + Hauser facility in Edmonton and will allow you to walk through the various technologies displayed.

W2 Strategies for Assessing Risks and Achieving Active Source Water Protection

8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Facilitator(s): Dr. Monica Emelko

Watershed Management in a changing climate is more important than ever! During this workshop we will be exposed to the latest science and engineering research informing strategies and policies for active source water protection, with a focus on recent utility experiences with source water protection planning and watershed management, strategies for watershed monitoring and identifying risks to source water quality. This will include treatability, understanding forested land management implications to water supply and treatment, and identifying opportunities for “active source water protection”.

W3 Water & Wastewater Control System Cybersecurity

8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Facilitator(s): TBA

Are you cyber-ready? It is common to take precautions to protect business and personal internet connected systems from cyber security threats – we hear of attacks all the time. It is also necessary to protect control systems, particularly those that function in water and wastewater utilities. This workshop will cover why this is important, what regulations are available or being developed to help guide the water industry and how can we protect our vital infrastructure.

W4 Opportunities for Water Reuse in Canada: is it important and how can we do it? 

8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Facilitator(s): Dr. Nicholas Ashbolt, Dr. Jane Springett, and Jacqueline Noga

Water reuse is the collection of water that comes from alternative sources, such as greywater, rainwater, and stormwater, and subsequent fit-for-purpose treatment for safe use. Infrastructure needs, environmental impacts, ethics, values, economics, and establishment of sustainable, healthy communities are all aspects of water reuse. Interest in water reuse is increasing as many provinces face periods of drought as well as intense rain events, and remote communities face increasing costs to treat all water to a potable standard regardless of intended use. Evolving our water policies and management strategies to reuse water is seen as a likely component to ease stresses on water service provision. We want to explore water reuse with those already engaged in water resources management in  Alberta.

W5 Leadership in the Water & Wastewater Industry

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Facilitator(s): Carla Cuglietta, Tyler Waye

All businesses required teams and individuals to lead them to function effectively. The water and wastewater industry is not different and given the responsibility we have for public health and environmental protection, it is of critical importance. This workshop will help explain the fundamentals of personal leadership and influencing a broader system.

W6 Preparedness for Complex Water and Wastewater Emergencies

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Facilitator(s): TBA

This half day workshop will explore how to prepare for complex drinking water and wastewater emergencies. The session will first provide the context for emergency planning in Western Canada, followed by case studies of how utilities have engaged core stakeholders to create a framework for regional emergency response, and will end with a practical, problem-solving emergency exercise. At the end of the session, participants will better understand the importance of a utility to the municipal emergency framework, and will have learned practical lessons to plan and prepare for emergencies.

W7 Green Technologies

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Facilitator(s): TBA

This workshop will provide an overview of a number of the latest green technologies and initiatives applicable to the water and wastewater industry. Core to our business is protecting public health and reducing our impact on the environment, including mitigating climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Examples of what will be reviewed in this workshop are renewable electricity options including solar and co-generation, biogas cleaning technologies, resource recovery at WWTP’s, and much more.

W8 Control Valves: Hands On - How they work! 

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Facilitator(s): Brian Blaylock, Jerry Ponikvar, Steve MacLean

Discover how control valves are used to maintain operating conditions such as flow, pressure, temperature, and liquid level. The control valve is a critical part of the control loop and manipulates a flowing fluid, such as gas, steam, water, or chemical compounds to compensate for the load disturbance and keeps the regulated process variable as close as possible to the desired set point. Get hands on experience on the inner workings of a variety of control valves and how to do minor maintenance and troubleshooting techniques with this interactive workshop.