The Plant Operations Committee is charged with developing educational and training opportunities, promoting professionalism, and fostering communication to benefit water treatment plant administrative, operational, and maintenance personnel. Each year, the committee stages two major events: the Senior Operators' Forum and the Plant Operations Conference. Additionally, the Plant Operations Committee developed the Section's Code of Ethics for Water Works Professionals, has held Gravity Filter Maintenance Workshops, contributes to the Magazine, and holds the annual TOP OPS competition.
SMALL SYSTEM GRANTS
This grant is awarded to water plant operators wanting to attend any AWWA training and will cover registration cost only. The propose of the grant is to improve and expose operators to VA AWWA and AWWA training opportunities for Small Systems in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Grant money can only be approved for one event, once a year, per individual. Operators must have a valid Commonwealth of Virginia, State Board of Certification Water Work License. Each applicant will need to supply ALL information on the application form and agree to let the VA AWWA contact them in the future for events of the committee.
TOP OPS COMPETITION
At the annual Operations Conference, a competition is conducted to find the Top Operator’s in Virginia to represent the Virginia Section at the AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE). The competition consists of a jeopardy style format with teams answering questions related to water treatment. Teams consisting of 1 – 3 licensed operators competing for a chance to represent the Virginia Section at the National competition. Financial assistance ($1000/team member) is offered by the section for the team to compete at ACE the following year. Please direct questions and comments to Jonathan England at 804.876.3977, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 Fall Plant Operations Conference
Thank You for joining us during our Fall Plant Operations Conference. Below are some of the links to the presentations during the conference.
Disinfection Approaches and Applications - Jay Maggi, P.E., Jacobs
DBP Control: Chloramine Chemistry - Chris Griffin, Hach Company
Operators Seminar - Farrell Owens
2018 Plant Operations Conference
Thank you for joining us for the 2018 Plant Operations Conference. Below are some of the links to the presentations from the conference.
Cost Effective Approaches to Unlocking Hidden Capacity and Effciency in Your Water Treatment Plant - Pete Baskette, Brown and Caldwell
Membrane Technology: From Manufacture to Production (PDF)- Jason Baily, AVISTA
Water Treatment Mysteries: Improving the Pretreatment and Filtration Processes at the Columbia, TN WTP - Matt Charles, Hazen and Sawyer
Regulatory Update - Daniel B. Horne, VDH-Office of Drinking Water
2016 Plant Operations Conference
Thank you for joining us for the 2016 Plant Operations Conference held May 4 - 6 in Virginia Beach. Below is a link to the presentations given at the conference.
- Basics and Importance of Watershed Protection - Don Rice, Newport News Waterworks
- The Potomac Water Supply Program - Operational COnsiderations for the Intake, Ozonation, and Disinfection Systems - Raghavender Joshi and Gerardo Castaneda, Loudown Water
- Biologocially Active Filtration - Jim DeWolfe, Hazen and Sawyer
- Water Plant Chemical Safety - Kevin Kilmartin, Univar
- Online Streaming Current Monitor Usage - Theory and Practice - Chris Griffin, HACH
- Membrane Fouling Prevention - Jason Bailey, Avista
- Regulatory Update - Dan Horne, Virginia Department of Health
- Source Water and Distribution System Monitoring - Operation and Maintenance of the Online Tools - Chris Griffin, HACH
2015 Plant Operations Conference
Below are the presentations from the 2015 Plant Operations Conference held on May 6-8th in Virginia Beach, VA
- Overview of Water Chemistry
- UV Disinfection
- Chemical Metering Pump Types & Applications
- Water Treatment Plant Residuals
- Filter Underdrain Rehabilitation
- Regulatory Update
- Global Harmonized System for Chemical Labeling of Chemicals
2014 Senior Ops Forum
Below are the presentations from 2014's Senior Operators Forum:
Disinfection Using Chloramination - Chris Griffin, HACH
Look Before You Leap - Plant Optimization Successes and Pitfalls - Kate Keenan, Hazen and Sawyer
Introduction to Disinfection: From CT to UV - Erik Rosenfeldt, Hazen and Sawyer
Activated Carbon for Water Treatment - Amber Simonic, Calgon Carbon
Aluminum Chlorohydrate - Doug Noffsinger, CH2MHill, Alex Echols, City of Chesapeake
Pump Design and Selection - John Thom, SEH
2014 VA AWWA Plant Operations Conference
Below are the presentations from 2014's Plant Operations Conference:
Optimization of Distriubtion System Operations by Using Hydraulic Modeling - Uday Khambhammette, AECOM
Improvements in On-Site Hypochlorite Generation Technology - Brian Branch, Process Solutions, Inc.
Process Instrument Verification for Drinking Water - Chris Griffin, HACH
Chemical Safety in Water Treatment - Kevin Kilmartin, Univar
How UV Disinfection Can Enhance Inactivation and Reduce Disinfection Byproducts - Doug Noffsinger, CH2MHill
Filter Optimization Challenges and Opportunities - Eric Anderson, CHA Consulting
Membranes 101 - Paul Delphos, Black and Veatch
The Science of Mixing and Improving Water Quality in Water Storage Tanks - Mike Duer, Tideflex Technologies