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SOUTHEAST DISTRICT

Serving: Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia County

AWWA PA SECTION – SOUTHEAST DISTRICT

Christine Gunsaullus – District Trustee
Entech Engineering
201 Penn Street | PO Box 32 | Reading, PA 19603
Phone: 800.825.1372  Fax: 610.373.7537
cgunsaullus@entecheng.com

Preston Luitweiler, P.E. – Chair
jpluit3@gmail.com

Kristen Bowman Kavanagh, P.E. – Chair-Elect
kbkavanagh@flowscience.com

Lijie Li, PhD, P.E. – Secretary/Treasurer
lijie.li@kci.com

To be added to our email distribution list for notifications about our upcoming conferences, please contact Lijie Li at lijie.li@kci.com.


SPRING 2017 JOINT TECHNICAL CONFERENCE
AWWA PA Section – Southeast District
&
Eastern Section – Water Works Operators Association of PA
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Clarion Hotel (formerly Wyndham Garden Exton-Valley Forge)

Conference Highlights
** DUAL/CONCURRENT afternoon sessions **
** MAXIMIZED Credit Hours/PDHs – up to 4 CEHs for operators and 6 PDHs for P.E.s **
** RAFFLES for participants who patronize the vendor tables **

 

DATE: Thursday, March 16, 2017
TIME: 8:30 am – 4:15 pm
LOCATION: Clarion Hotel
(formerly Wydham Garden Inn – Exton/Valley Forge)
815 Pottstown Pike, Exton, PA 19341
(610) 363-1100

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Spring 2017 Conference Presentations
Agenda-Spring 2017 Joint Technical Conference
Regulatory and Legislative Updates
Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) Regulatory Update
Financing Clean Water for Pennsylvania
Delaware River Basin Commission – Water Resource Management
Water Availability Study – Safe Yield Analysis
Source Water Monitoring – On-Line, Real-Time Panels
Perfluorinated Alkyl Substances in Drinking Water
Engineers Without Borders, Drexel University Chapter
GAC for PFC Removal
Lead and Copper Rule – Intricacies and Long-Term Revisions
Lead in Drinking Water – Moving Beyond Regulation to Protect Public Health
Revised Total Coliform Rule Level 2 Assessment Training

Spring 2017 Conference (Highlights)

The snow storm earlier in the week didn’t keep more than 150 water professionals away from the Spring Joint Conference for the Southeast Sections of PA AWWA and WWOAP on March 16. The theme of “Hot Topics in the Water Industry” drew speakers from across the state, giving updates on the Revised Total Coliform Rule, PENNVEST funding, Lead, and PFC removal. In addition, the PA AWWA SE Section held elections, and elected Preston Luitweiler, P.E. as Chair, Kristen Bowman-Kavanagh, P.E. as Chair-Elect, and Lijie Li as Secretary/Treasurer.

Students from Drexel University’s Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (pictured with Rob Woolston are John Henderson, Teja Jonnalagadda, and Pujan Dedhia) presented on their work to provide clean drinking water to a small community near the town of Miramar in El Salvador. They plan a trip there at the end of March, and were very appreciative of the check for $750 that our organizations presented to them.

Aqua, PA

Rob Woolston (PA DEP) thanks our Premier Sponsor, Aqua, PA.

Crowd

Big crowd plus 29 vendors.

Deb Watkins

Deb Watkins (Aqua PA) shares how Aqua educates customers about lead.

Preston Luitweiler

New SE PA AWWA Chair Preston Luitweiler (retired Aqua) gives the Regulatory Update.

Matt Walborn

Matt Walborn (Western Berks) and friends enjoy the variety of topics.

Rob Woolston

Rob Woolston presents Drexel University’s Engineers Without Borders with a generous check.

Officers

SE PA AWWA Officers – Newly elected Chair-Elect Kristen Bowman-Kavanagh and District Trustee Christine Gunsaullus.

Lori Burkert

Lori Burkert (Entech Engineering) explains how water availability studies are performed.

Attendees

More than 150 attendees at the Spring Conference.

Full room

Full room for the morning sessions.
Fall 2016 Conference Presentations
Agenda-Fall 2016 Joint Technical Conference
Regulatory and Legislative Updates
Philadelphia ‘One Water’ Approach Starts with Source Water Protection
Ramifications of a Spring Thaw Runoff Event
Limnology of Reservoirs
Tank Mixing Pilot and Full Scale Project Case Studies
Panel Discussion: Tank Mixing
Engineers Without Borders, Philadelphia Professional Chapter, Project Updates
Protecting Residential Wells While Developing a New Water Supply Well
GIS for Water, Wastewater and MS4 Mapping

Fall 2016 Conference (Highlights)

The Fall 2016 Joint Technical Conference for the SE District of the AWWA PA Section and the Eastern Section of WWOAP drew a crowd of approximately 120 people concerned about water supplies, source water protection, and tank mixing. The transition from presentation to presentation was very dynamic, with each speaker building on the stories and knowledge from the previous speakers. What was very evident was the passion and experience that so many presenters shared, from Chip Bilger and Matt Walborn (Western Berks Water Authority) explaining the challenges of adequately treating highly turbid source water during a spring thaw runoff event this past year, to Kristen Bowman-Kavanagh (Flow Science Inc.) presenting on the Limnology of Reservoirs. A panel discussion focused on the use of tank mixer users and included Tom Caulfield from Aqua PA, Doug Crawshaw from York Water, and Ralph Wawrzyniakowski from PA American who shared the good, the bad, and the ugly in regards to their real-world experiences installing and maintaining tank mixers, and Christine Gunsaullus (Entech Engineering) served as the panel’s moderator.

Betsy Ross made an early morning appearance and reminded the crowd of the exciting opportunity for everyone to attend ACE17, the national AWWA conference that is to be held at the Convention Center in Philadelphia from June 10 – 14 of next year. Registration is now open at www.ace17.org, and anyone interested in volunteering can contact Don Hershey at donhershey@paawwa.org to be added to the list.

The Conference also included awards for the hard-working volunteers in our section, with Service Awards presented to Steve Farney from the Chester Water Authority, and Russ Williams who is recently retired from the Chester Water Authority. The Herb Spencer III award went to a very surprised and grateful Tom Bradbury of the North Wales Water Authority.

Finally, our section continued to give generously to charities that serve the water industry throughout the world. Tony Bellitto of the North Penn Water Authority shared facts and figures about Water For People, and the enormous changes they have made for clean water and sanitation efforts in nine different countries. The Philadelphia Professionals Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (James Furman II, Adam Erispaha and Kat Smith) also shared stories about their projects to improve access to potable water in El Salvador and the Philippines. Both organizations were presented with a donation check to help them to continue their good works.

Group

Rob Woolston (AWWA PA Section SE District Chair), James Furman, Adam Erispaha and Kat Smith (Engineers Without Borders), and Taseen Karim (ES WWOAP Director)

Tom & Herb

Tom Bradbury (North Wales Water Authority) presented with the Herb Spenser Award by Herb

Tony Bellitto

Tony Bellitto of North Penn Water Authority with a Water For People update

Betsy & Russ

Betsy Ross & Service Award winner Russ Williams

Betsy Ross

Betsy Ross encourages the crowd to join her at ACE17 in Philadelphia next June

Betsy & Rebecca

Betsy Ross with Rebecca Pickering

Panel Discussion

Christine Gunsaullus moderates a panel discussion on tank mixers

John Brady

John Brady, Service Award winner Steve Farney, Rob Woolston, Taseen Karim

Kelly Anderson

Kelly Anderson (Philadelphia Water Department)

Kristen Bowman-Kavanagh

Kristen Bowman-Kavanagh tells us why lakes are so cool

IK Stolzfus

Thanks to our Premier Sponsor – IK Stolzfus!
 

THANK YOU TO OUR FALL 2016 SPONSORS
FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT!

A.C. Schultes, Inc. • Aqua Pennsylvania • BCM Engineers
Blue Earth Labs, LLC, • Chester Water Authority • Corpro
Coyne Chemical Environmental Services • DN Tanks • DynaTech Generators
Entech Engineering, Inc. • Exeter Supply Company, Inc. • Ferguson Waterworks
Fisher Tank Company • Flow Science Incorporated • Ford Meter Box Company, Inc.
Gannett Fleming, Inc. • Greeley and Hansen, LLC • HACH Company
Henkels and McCoy, Ins. Engineering • KCI Technologies, Inc. • Kershner Environmental
Technologies, LLC • Keystone Engineering Group, Inc. • LB Water
Mike Nelson Consulting Services, LLC • Mott MacDonald • Municipal Maintenance Co., Inc.
North East Technical Sales, Inc. • North Penn Water Authority
North Wales Water Authority • NSI, Neal Systems, Inc.
Pennoni • Pyrz Water Supply Co., Inc. • Riordan Materials Corporation
Shannon Chemical Corporation • Underground Solutions, Inc.
Valve Tech Service • Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP

Spring 2016 Conference Presentations
Agenda_Spring 2016 Joint Technical Conference
Assessing Distribution System Integrity
CCL, UCMR, Monitoring Results, and Development of Regulations
Chloramine Residual Optimization & Management
Chlorine Residual Management
Decisions to Regulate or Not
Emerging Issues of Pathogens in Plumbing
Engineers Without Borders – University of Pennsylvania
Water Crisis in Flint Michigan
Legislative Update
Managing a Large Scale Water Main Renewal Program
Managing Water Age in the Distribution System

Spring 2016 Conference (Highlights)

If you missed the SE PA AWWA/ES WWOAP Spring 2016 Conference, you missed a lot! Over 150 water professionals enjoyed a variety of topics focusing on water quality throughout the distribution system. Among the many speakers Gary Burlingame (Philadelphia Water Department) presented on “Emerging Issues of Pathogens in Plumbing and How the Water Industry is Involved”, plus pitched his fascinating new book, Earthy With a Hint of Cucumber: An Environmental Scientist’s Journey into the Sensory World of Water. Mark LeChevallier (American Water) discussed “Assessing Distribution System Integrity: The case for maintaining a disinfectant residual”, and Frank Grablutz (Aqua Pennsylvania) detailed Aqua’s water main renewal program.

Our section continued to support young engineers, and learned about the work that the University of Pennsylvania student chapter of Engineers Without Borders is doing in Guatemala, where they are building latrine systems. The students were presented with a donation check of $750 to support their work.

Finally, elections were held for the SE PA AWWA Section, and the newly elected Chair (Rob Woolston, PA DEP), Chair-Elect (Preston Luitweiler, Aqua Retiree), and District Trustee (Christine Gunsaullus, Entech Engineering) are thrilled at the chance to lead the section, and are looking forward to our next conference in the Fall.

Group

With 164 folks registered & 25 vendors, it was one of our largest conferences yet!

Michelle Hoover

Michelle Hoover (US EPA)

Gary Burlingame

Gary Burlingame (Philadelphia Water Department)

Flint MI

Preston Luitweiler, with help from Trevor Noah of the Daily Show, takes us through the tragedy in Flint, MI.

Crowd

Intent crowd.

Mark LeChevallier

Mark LeChevallier (American Water)

Frank Grablutz

Frank Grablutz (Aqua America)

Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders student chapter from the University of Pennsylvania

donation

Chris Fantozzi (Chair, SE PA-AWWA), Grace Memmo, additional student, Leandro Grigera-Monteagudo, Dillon Lynch, Mike Fox (Director, Eastern Section WWOAP)

Greeley and Hansen

Thanks to our Premier Sponsor – Greeley and Hansen!
 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPRING 2016 SPONSORS
FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT!

A.C. Schultes, Inc. • Aqua Pennsylvania • BCM Engineers
Blue Earth Labs, LLC, • Chester Water Authority • Corpro
Coyne Chemical Environmental Services • DN Tanks • DynaTech Generators
Entech Engineering, Inc. • Exeter Supply Company, Inc. • Ferguson Waterworks
Fisher Tank Company • Flow Science Incorporated • Ford Meter Box Company, Inc.
Gannett Fleming, Inc. • Greeley and Hansen, LLC • HACH Company
Henkels and McCoy, Ins. Engineering • KCI Technologies, Inc. • Kershner Environmental
Technologies, LLC • Keystone Engineering Group, Inc. • LB Water
Mike Nelson Consulting Services, LLC • Mott MacDonald • Municipal Maintenance Co., Inc.
North Penn Water Authority • North Wales Water Authority • NSI, Neal Systems, Inc.
Pennoni • Pyrz Water Supply Co., Inc. • Riordan Materials Corporation
Shannon Chemical Corporation • Underground Solutions, Inc.
Valve Tech Service • Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP

Fall 2015 Conference Presentations
Agenda_Fall 2015 Joint Technical Conference
Chlorine Dioxide as Pretreatment
Drinking Water Compliance, and Design and Operation of Storage Tanks
Legionella as an Emerging Contaminant: New Approaches to Detection, Control & Prevention
NPWA Involvement with Partnership For Safe Water Distribution System Optimization Program
Regional Collaboration Among Three Municipal Utilities BCSWA
Regional Collaboration Among Three Municipal Utilities NPWA Part 1
Regional Collaboration Among Three Municipal Utilities NPWA Part 2
Regional Collaboration Among Three Municipal Utilities NWWA
Temple University Engineers Without Borders
Ushering the Lead and Copper Rule Through Controversy and Change

Fall 2015 Conference (Highlights)

Water Professionals gathered in Exton, PA at our Fall Joint Technical Conference for the AWWA PA Section – Southeast District and the Eastern Section – Water Works Operators Association of PA. Topics covering the “Challenges of Implementing Changing Regulations” drew a huge crowd of over 150 folks, plus 24 vendors.

A number of organizations and people were honored for their hard work including:

  • Bob Bender (North Wales Water Authority) and Tony Bellitto (North Penn Water Authority) accepted the Area Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) Award for their Forest Park Plant from the PADEP.
  • Keith Johnston (Chester Water Authority) with an Award of Recognition for service in the SE District.
  • Herb Spencer III was the first recipient of his namesake award, honoring members of the SE District dedicated to the water treatment industry, with a history of leadership, mentorship, and a commitment to AWWA.

The Temple University student section of Engineers Without Borders presented on their projects, including one in Las Delicias, El Salvador. Torin Johnson and Frank Hyland received a $750 check from our section to continue their efforts, and to promote youth in our industry.

group

With 153 attending and 24 Vendors, this was our Largest Conference Yet!

panel

tank

Dan Preston presents on NPWA’s Involvement with the Partnership for Safe Water.

drexel

Bob Bender (NWWA) shares how three water authorities worked together.

donation

Bob Bender (North Wales Water Authority) and Tony Bellitto (North Penn Water Authority) accept the prestigious Area Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) Award for their Forest Park Water Treatment Plant from Catherine Port and Dennis Harney of the PADEP.

donation

Herb Spencer presents Mike Fox (Hach) with the WWOAP Elton David Walker Award.

donation

Keith Johnston (center, Chester Water Authority) accepts an Award of Recognition for service in the SE District by John Brady (left, Awards Chair) and Chris Fantozzi (right, Chair of AWWA PA Section – Southeast District).

donation

Herb Spencer III is the first recipient of his namesake award, honoring members of the SE District dedicated to the water treatment industry, with a history of leadership, mentorship, and a commitment to AWWA. Herb is flanked by John Brady (left, Awards Chair), Mike Fox (center right, Director ES-WWOAP), and Chris Fantozzi (right, Chair of AWWA PA Section – Southeast District).

donation

Our section presents the Temple University chapter of Engineers Without Borders with a check for $750 to help bring clean water to less developed countries, and promote youth in our industry. Pictured are Chris Fantozzi (AWWA PA SE District Chair), Torin Johnson and Frank Hyland (Temple University), and Mike Fox (Director ES-WWOAP).
 

THANK YOU TO OUR FALL 2015 SPONSORS
FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT!

A.C. Schultes, Inc. • Aqua Pennsylvania
BECK, Harold & Sons, Inc., Blue Earth Labs, LLC, • Cardno BCM
Chester Water Authority • Coyne Environmental Services • DN Tanks
Entech Engineering, Inc. • Exeter Supply Company, Inc. • Ferguson Waterworks
Flow Science Incorporated • Ford Meter Box Company, Inc. • Fox Tapping
Gannett Fleming, Inc. • Greeley and Hansen, LLC • HACH Company
Hatch Mott MacDonald • HD Supply Waterworks • Iron Horse Environmental, LLC
KCI Technologies, Inc. • Keystone Engineering Group, Inc. • Klenzoid, Inc. • LB Water
Mike Nelson Consulting and Danica Consulting & Training Services
Mueller Company • Municipal Maintenance Co., Inc. • North East Technical Sales, Inc.
North Penn Water Authority • North Wales Water Authority • PAWSC
Pennoni • Pro-Tech Solutions South, LLC • Pyrz Water Supply Co., Inc.
Shannon Chemical Corporation • Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.
Suburban Testing Labs Inc. • Underground Solutions, Inc.
Valve Tech Service • Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP

Spring 2015 Conference Presentations
Agenda_Spring 2015 Joint Technical Conference
Chemistry and Control Algorithm Combat Nitrification
Drexel EWB
Federal RTCR Summary
Maintaining Disinfectant Residual in the Distribution System
Public 2015 Loss of Pressure Scenario Answer Key
Public 2015 Loss Positive Water Policy WB
Public Notice Website Updates and Loss of Positive Pressure Policy
RTCR How Can You Make PA Food Safe
Streamlined Distribution Water Quality Testing
Practical Applications & Operational Benefits of Online Water Quality Monitoring in the Water Distribution System
“What’s in your Tank?”

Spring 2015 Conference (Highlights)

group

With over 150 people in attendance – our largest conference to date!

panel

Panel Discussion: Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR)

tank

What’s In Your Tank? Water Quality Tips

drexel

Drexel University Engineers Without Borders Presentation

donation

SE PA AWWA / ES WWOAP – DONATION PRESENTATION
Engineers Without Borders,
Drexel University Student Chapter
 

Fall 2014 SE District Joint Technical Conference (Highlights)

spencer

SE PA AWWA / ES WWOAP RECOGNITION AWARD
Herb Spencer

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SE PA AWWA / ES WWOAP RECOGNITION AWARD
Robert Naef

gunsaullus

AWWA PA SECTION APPRECIATION AWARD
Christine Gunsaullus

borders

SE PA AWWA / ES WWOAP – DONATION PRESENTATION
Engineers Without Borders,
Philadelphia Professionals Chapter

  • PA-AWWA Recognizes Our Gold Sponsors

    Partnership for Safe Water

    PaWARN

     

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