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PA-AWWA Fall Update: Bigger is Even Better in the PA-AWWA’s Southeast District and WWOAP’s Eastern Section

Bigger is Even Better in the PA-AWWA’s Southeast District and WWOAP’s Eastern Section

Yes, bigger IS better! Especially when we’re talking about the Fall 2019 Joint Technical Conference for the PA-AWWA’s SE District and WWOAP’s Eastern Section. The overarching theme, “Surviving the Current Water Challenges”, clearly resonated with the almost 200 attendees, and dual screens at the front the room ensured excellent viewing no matter your seating.

The morning featured two panels on the Distribution Residuals Regulations (DRR), providing the audience with a better understanding of the changes and challenges from two perspectives. Bill Kasper (North Penn Water Authority) kicked it off with the Water Suppliers’ experiences (Carolyn Hathaway – Aqua, John Scully – Private Utility Enterprises, Jon Hartzell – North Penn Water Authority), and then Christine Gunsaullus (Entech Engineering) led the Vendor Panel in tapping into the tools that they had available (Chad Morrow – Morrow & Associates, Tom Caulfield – USGI Solutions, Matt Seeker – Blue Earth Labs).

The afternoon included concurrent sessions, with an operator-centric session downstairs by Jill Anderson and Sheryl Martin of the PA DEP on the Lead and Copper Rule Basics. Upstairs continued with a cavalcade of presenters, including Matt Walborn (Western Berks Water Authority) sharing his experience with algae in water sources, and how this is the new normal, as well as Dennis O’Connor (Philadelphia PWD) with how they have used the Partnership for Safe Water to meet DRR requirements.

Speaking of bigger, the growth of this conference allows us to give back to the water community more often and with a greater impact. This fall, we heard from students in the Villanova Engineering Service Learning program and their work supporting sustainable water infrastructure in developing countries, along with Tony Bellitto with an update on Water for People and their important work around the world. Both organizations were presented with $1,000 donations.

Tom Bradbury from the North Wales Water Authority put it best with: “As one of the more ‘senior’ members of PA-AWWA’s SE District, it is rewarding to see many of the younger members step up and continue our legacy. They have truly exceeded the expectations of many with their professionalism, knowledge of our industry, and their continued efforts to improve the services we supply and the organization itself. Thanks to everyone involved for providing a very interesting, diverse and timely program.”

 

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