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Annual Conference

The Keystone Water Conference is now scheduled to take place on August 23-26, 2020 at the Penn Stater in State College, PA

To Registrants of the Keystone Water Conference & Exhibition:

In an effort to ensure the health and safety of everyone and after extensive deliberation between leaders of PWEA and PA-AWWA, including consultation with our conference partners and many of you, a decision has been made to postpone the Keystone Water Conference scheduled for May 3-6, 2020 at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College due to circumstances related to the Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19).  This was a difficult decision, but we believe it to be the best course of action. The Conference will be rescheduled to August 23-26 at the Penn Stater Conference Center.

Holding the event later this year will enable us to deliver the same high-quality experience you’ve come to expect or were looking forward to as participants.  More details about a rescheduled Conference will be related via email and posted on the PWEA and PA-AWWA websites as they become available.  We want to thank all our exhibitors and attendees for their patience and support as we work to transition the conference. The Keystone Water Conference was on track to be one of our best conferences ever and we will do everything we can to provide the same valuable conference at a future date.

We are enormously grateful to the speakers who have worked with our team to develop a truly amazing program, to our exhibiting companies and sponsors who make these events possible, and to our committees for helping us to lay the groundwork for a successful event. We look forward to continuing relationships that have been developed going forward, as we all navigate in this uncertain and challenging environment.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us directly.

PWEA Members: contact

PA-AWWA Members: contact or

Non-members may contact any of the above email addresses.

The following information may answer questions you have, as we work to transition to new dates for the 2020 Keystone Water Conference.

Attendee and Exhibitor Representative Registrations:

If you have already registered for the 2020 Keystone Water Conference, your registration will automatically be transferred to the new conference dates – there will be no need to register again. If you cannot attend on the new dates, a full refund of your payment can be issued.  Any request for refund must be done in writing to  Should you need to make a change to anything you’ve registered for, contact Cindy Rock at

Exhibitor Booth/Table Space:

Your booth and/or table assignments will be kept as is and will transfer over to the new dates. You do have the option to request a refund if you decide to cancel your space. However, if you cancel and then decide to request space later, we cannot guarantee the original space reserved will be available. Cancellations and refunds must be done in writing to

Hotel Reservations:

Hotel reservations within the Conference room blocks at the Penn Stater and at the Nittany Lion Inn will be automatically cancelled. Once new dates are determined, an announcement will be sent so you can rebook your rooms. If you have reservations outside of these room blocks or at other hotels, you will need to contact the hotel to cancel that reservation.

Technical Program/Presenters:

We anticipate providing the same educational program, just on new dates. A process will be developed to contact presenters in the upcoming weeks to confirm they will still be available on new date(s) to make their presentation(s).


PWEA and PA-AWWA greatly appreciates the companies who support our organizations, as we work to navigate and overcome the challenges of a rapidly changing environment for holding events. Your company’s sponsorships and ads will automatically carry over to the new dates. Should you desire a refund, please send a request in writing to

Advertisements in Conference Program:

PWEA and PA-AWWA greatly appreciates the companies who support our organizations, as we work to navigate and overcome the challenges of a rapidly changing environment for holding events. Your company’s ads will automatically carry over to the new dates for the Keystone Water Conference. Should you desire to make other arrangements, please contact David Gill at

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Keystone Water Conference

August 23-26, 2020 ~ Penn Stater Conference Center ~ State College, PA

Very Important for PA-AWWA Members—in order to unlock member registration fees, they will need the discount code that has been set up for them. When they get to the registration screen, they should enter as a Non-Member. Then fill in the information requested on the Contact Information screen. There is a field at the bottom of that screen requesting a Member Discount Code.  They should enter the following code there. To get the PA-AWWA Membership Discount Code e-mail Patty Chila at

Click Here to Register

Keystone Water Conference Golf Outing

Keystone Water Conference Registration Program

Promotional Ad for Conference

Conference At A Glance

Conference Registration Form

Workshop Registration Form

Keystone Water Conference Hotel Accommodations

Keystone Water Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

View the Keystone Water Conference Sponsorship Contract

OP CERT EXAM AUGUST 26, 2020 at the PA-AWWA and PWEA Joint Conference…Deadline: July 9, 2020
2020 Information for Operators taking exam

We invite you to join us as an exhibitor and/or a sponsor at the Joint Technical Conference & Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Water Environment Association (PWEA) and the PA Section of the American Water Works Association (PA-AWWA). The Keystone Water Conference H2O20 will be held at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, PA, on August 23-26, 2020.

This joint conference replaces the PWEA and the PA-AWWA Annual Conferences in 2020.  This would be a great place to get the word out about your products, equipment, and services.

In addition to booth space, we offer various Sponsorship Opportunities which can further enhance your company’s visibility during the Conference. Details can be found on the online registration pages and also in the Exhibitor Prospectus.

To qualify for member rates, at least one employee must be a member of either PWEA or PA-AWWA. When registering online, PWEA members should sign in using their user login credentials to access member booth ratesPA-AWWA members should sign in as a non-member, and then enter the PA-AWWA Member Code (provided to you by PA-AWWA) at the bottom of the Contact Information page. This code will open member booth rates for PA-AWWA members.

Interested in a specific booth? Contact Cindy Rock for availability, or for any questions you might have about the registration process, booth space, sponsorship availability, or your PWEA membership: or 570-549-2204. If you have questions about your PA-AWWA membership, contact Patty Chila: or 717-774-8870.

Before registering online for booth space, be sure to view/print a copy of the Keystone Water Conference Exhibit Hall Floor Plan so you can choose your preferred booth locations during the registration process. If you wish to register offline, download the Booth Contract.

Click the link below to view more details and to begin online registration.

Register Online

Keystone Water Conference Exhibitor Prospectus

Keystone Water Conference Tabletop Space Contract

Keystone Water Conference Exhibit Hall Floor Plan

Tabletops in Break Area on First Floor

Tabletops in Break Area on Second Floor

If you are an PA-AWWA member and want to register a booth for the conference please contact Patty Chila via e-mail at for the membership code.


YP Poster Contest 2020
Deadline: March 6, 2020

David A. Long Scholarship 2020
Extended Deadline: March 30, 2020

Complete applications for the Pennsylvania Section scholarship must be received no later than March 30, 2020.  Recipients will be notified by April 6, 2020.


Patrick McDonnell Secretary, PA Department of Environmental Protection

Patrick McDonnell has served as the Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection since being nominated by Governor Tom Wolf in 2016. His career with DEP spans several decades, beginning in 1998.

Prior to becoming Secretary, McDonnell served as the department’s directory of policy. He also ran the State Energy Office, coordinating renewable energy and energy efficiency issues. McDonnell previously served as DEP’s Deputy Secretary for Administration, overseeing the agency’s budget, human resource and information technology programs. In addition, he spent over three years as executive policy manager for former Public Utility Commissioner Pamela A. Witmer, focusing on electric, natural gas and water issues.

McDonnell has served several roles with the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), including Treasurer (2018-2019) and Vice President (2019-2020) and Vice Chair of the Innovation and Productivity Committee (2019-2020).

A native of Philadelphia, McDonnell received his Master’s degree in Political Science from Lehigh University and his Bachelor’s degree from DeSales University. He lives in Harrisburg with his wife Colleen and their four children.



AWWA Representative
Aurel Arndt

Treasurer (2016-2020)

American Water Works Association


Aurel Arndt has been actively involved in AWWA and Section leadership for over 30 years, and in advocacy and water utility matters for decades.  He has served on multiple occasions as a spokesperson for the Association and Section.  He was Chair of AWWA’s Water Utility Council from 2012-2016. Recently retired, he served over 40 years at the Lehigh County Water Authority.


Aurel was named as Lehigh County Authority’s first CEO in 2013.  In the financial arena, Aurel has served as Chief Financial Officer of Lehigh County Authority from 1984 to 2012, and again in 2015.  He has also been appointed by three PA Governors as a member of the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement Board, which he chaired for 8 years, PennVest, PA’s Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Program and the Governor’s Local Government Advisory Committee, respectively.


He has been recognized by several organizations for his volunteerism, support, and commitment to excellence.  He has served on the Boards of multiple organizations, including the Government Finance Officers Association of United States and Canada, and currently is a member of EPA’s Environmental Finance Advisory Board.


Aurel will serve a four-year term as AWWA’s Treasurer beginning at the conclusion of the 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition.  He holds an MBA from Lehigh University and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Ursinus College.


WEF Representative
Rajendra P. Bhattarai, P.E., BCEE

Rajendra P. Bhattaraiis a member of the 2019-20 Board of Trustees for the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va.

Raj is the president and founder of Clean Water Strategies in Austin, Texas, and a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur, India. He has 39 years of public sector experience in water quality management and water resource recovery, almost 35 years of which were at Austin Water.

A WEF member since 1978, Raj served as the 2007-08 president of the Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT), as a WEF Delegate, and as a member of several WEF Task Forces and Committees. He was president of the Texas Association of Clean Water Agencies in 2001, 2013 and 2014, and a board member of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), and of the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, where he also chaired the Research Council.

Raj received the Gascoigne Medal and the Bedell Award from WEF, the National Environmental Achievement Award from NACWA, and the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Mahlie Award from WEAT for “significant contributions to the art and science of wastewater treatment and water pollution control.” He has a bachelor’s in civil engineering from IIT, Kanpur and a master’s in environmental health engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Raj is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas and a board-certified environmental engineer. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department of the University of Texas at Austin, and a WEF Life Member and a WEF Fellow. Raj has more than 145 presentations and publications to his credit.



Rajendra Bhattarai Areas of Expertise

  • Resource Recovery
  • Nutrient Removal and Recovery
  • Biosolids Management
  • Pharmaceuticals and Contaminants of Emerging Concern
  • Water Resource Recovery (Wastewater Treatment Processes)
  • Water Reuse
  • Ethics
  • Asset Management




2019 Conference Presentations available here.



2018 Conference Presentations available here.



2017 Conference Presentations available here.



2016 Conference Presentations available here.



 2015 Conference Presentations available here.



2014 Conference Presentations available here.



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2013 Conference Presentations available here.



2012 Conference Presentations available here.

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