Councils & Committees

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Drinking Water Quality & Research

The Drinking Water Quality Committee and Research Committee have been merged. 

The Drinking Water Quality Committee is the Section's technical committee dedicated to drinking water quality and treatment issues. Committee activities have included a seminar, typically held every year in the spring, and a regular series of articles on water quality topics for the Section Magazine.

The Research Committee is focused on keeping its members and the Section up-to-date on the latest developments in drinking water research. In addition to regular meetings, the committee's primary activity is a yearly seminar in which distinguished researchers from around the state and around the nation are invited to speak on topics of current interest to Virginia's drinking water community.


Below are listed several committee opportunities. To be considered for any of these roles, please submit your contact information to the current Committee Chair. If you are ready, willing, and able, there is a place for you on this committee!



Newsletter Liaison


Work with Drinking Water Quality Committee Chair and VA AWWA Newsletter Editor to identify themes, suggest articles, identify and communicate with authors, and ensure that articles are submitted by deadlines

Article Writers

Prepare article for VA AWWA Section Newsletter (October and April issues). Theme will be assigned.

Website Liaison

Serve as liaison between Drinking Water Quality Committee and VA AWWA website, including posting committee-related event information and photos and moderating the forum on Water Quality and Compliance. Forum moderation tasks include: monitor and update information on forum, post water quality/compliance related technical issues, find ways to use the forum to improve dialogue within Virginia Section on technical issues of concern or interest, solicit information from Issue Trackers described below.

Regulatory Liaison


Keep Drinking Water Quality Committee updated on opportunities to comment on proposed state and federal regulations, regulatory issues or obstacles, etc.

Seminar Local Arrangements Subcommittee

Handle local arrangements for Drinking Water Quality Seminar

Seminar Content Subcommittee

Develop program; contact speakers; handle event publicity

Issue Trackers

Keep committee posted on specific technical issues of current interest. Examples include:LT2ESWTR, LCR, TCR, CCL, Stage 2 DPB/IDSE, Membranes, UV

Other Committees Liaison

Keep committee posted on recent and future planned seminars, training events, special events, and activities of other VA AWWA committees to eliminate redundancy AND to seek opportunities for productive collaboration, e.g., conducting regional seminars

Accreditation Liaison

Work with VA AWWA Training Coordinator to ensure that all committee programs are well-planned, that appropriate credits (PDH, CEU, etc.) can be provided and that appropriate record-keeping is in place. Standing member of WQ Content Subcommittee

Annual Meeting Liaison

Keep committee informed of any coordination required with VA AWWA Annual Meeting/ Program committee, and coordinate any related activity, such as review of abstracts

Committee Treasurer

Work with Committee Chair and Seminar Local Arrangements Subcommittee to develop budget for committee annually

Meeting Minutes Recorder

Take minutes of Committee meetings.

Meeting Arrangements Coordinator

Host committee meetings and provide refreshments, in coordination with committee chair and in keeping with committee budget

Special Event Coordinator

Will serve as subcommittee chair of 1 special activity to be determined, such as offering lunchtime speakers on water quality topic at regional activities meetings

Public Information Liaison

Will develop draft statements on behalf of the Committee as needed to respond to issues of public interest, such as the drought, lead contamination, DBPs and miscarriages, or other issues; will coordinate with Public Information Committee



Jay Maggi
8720 Stony Point Parkway
Suite 110
Richmond VA, 23235
Office: 804.495.2425


Michele Maclauchlan
Henrico County DPU
10111 Three Chopt Road
Henrico VA, 23233
Office: 804.501.7503


Erik Rosenfeldt
Hazen and Sawyer
1555 Roseneath Road
Richmond VA, 23230
Office: 804.266.1400

Filter Detectives: Tools and Techniques for Filter Surveillance and Optimization

Thank you for taking part in the workshop during WaterJAM 2018.  Below are links to the presentation.



Optimizing System Performance

 Keynote Address:
Barry Matthews,  VDH, Office of Drinking Water

Drinking Water Lead Testing in Virginia Public Schools:
Jim Moor, VDH, Office of Drinking Water

Federal Developments-Preparing for the Regulatory Future:
Steve Via, Amercian Water Works Association (AWWA)

Using Weather and Climate Information to Improve Water Resource Planning and Operations:
Dr. W. Josh Weiss, Hazen and Sawyer

Reservoir Water Quality and Management Study:
Andrea Terry, Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority

Challenges and Mitigation Strategies for Granular Media Filtration Operation:
A-J Wangner, Fairfax Water and Dr. Christina Alito, HDR

Incorporating Innovative Approaches into New UV Disinfection Systems:
Todd Elliott, Jacobs

Henrico County's Unidirectional Flushing Program:
Charles Luck and James Linton, Whitman, Requardt & Associates

Asset Management Program Implementation - Approach to Affect & Manage Organizational Change:
Adrianna Dimperio, Newport News Waterworks