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Annual Conference

Keystone Water Conference – H2O20

May 3-6, 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

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Keystone Water Conference Registration Program

Keystone Water Conference Registration Form

Keystone Water Conference Workshop Details and Registration Form
Wastewater Exam Prep Workshop May 4, 2020

Keystone Water Conference Conference-at-a-Glance

Keystone Water Conference Hotel Accommodations

Keystone Water Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

View the Keystone Water Conference Sponsorship Contract


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 May 3-6, 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.

Conference attendee registration is scheduled to open on Monday, January 27th.

Room blocks for room reservations at the Penn Stater Hotel and Nittany Lion Inn will open on January 30th.



YP Poster Contest 2020
Deadline: March 6, 2020

David A. Long Scholarship 2020
Deadline: March 16, 2020

Complete applications for the Pennsylvania Section scholarship must be received no later than March 16, 2020.  Recipients will be notified by April 6, 2020.


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.

Special thanks to: John Brady and John Geiger from Entech Engineering

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