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Plant Operations

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.



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. 

Small Systems Guidelines and Application



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





Tom Johnson
City of Chesapeake
3550 Battlefield Blvd. South
Chesapeake VA, 23322
Office: 757-286-7288

Past Chair

Paul Retel
City of Suffolk
442 West Washington Street
Suffolk VA, 23434
Office: 757.514.7019


Ronnie Baker
Spotsylvania County Utilities
600 Hudgins Road
Fredericksburg VA, 22408
Office: 540.507.7325
Fax: 540.463.3126

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

Chemical Safety Hazards in Water Treatment

DBP Control:  Chloramine Chemistry - Chris Griffin, Hach Company

Operators Seminar - Farrell Owens

Bench-Scale and Full-Scale Coagulant Conversion Testing, Hazen

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.

2015 Plant Operations Conference

Below are the presentations from the 2015 Plant Operations Conference held on May 6-8th in Virginia Beach, VA

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