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Lab Practice

The Laboratory Practices Committee (LPC), a joint committee of VA AWWA and the Virginia Water Environment Association (VWEA) , was formed to identify and address laboratory concerns, promote professionalism in laboratory practices, and to sponsor a conference each year on new and changing laboratory methodologies and requirements.  The LPC provides an incredible resource for sharing information and expertise in a variety of areas, and networking opportunities available within the LPC have proven to be a unique and vital service to the laboratory community as well as the memberships of both VA AWWA and VWEA.

The LPC's Annual Good Laboratory Practices Conference consists of two days of a wide variety of presentations and workshops.  Various hands-on workshops provide practical training that analysts can use in their daily activities as well as providing continuing educational credits.  Technical session topics cover a wide range of interests, from specific analytical issues to regulatory updates to new technologies to laboratory management and quality assurance. 

The LPC conducts a one-day laboratory seminar consisting of four different presentations at the VA AWWA – VWEA Joint Annual Meeting (JAM).  The LPC also solicits nominations for and awards the Water Environment Federation's (WEF) Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award, which is presented at JAM.  (To nominate someone for the 2019 award, click here.)  The LPC meets every other month for discussions, subcommittee projects, technical presentation, and lunch.  Please visit the website or contact the Chair for more information.

25th Annual Good Laboratory Practice Technical Conference 2019 Call for Papers and Workshops

The Laboratory Practice Committee hereby invites the submission of abstracts for papers and workshops for the 25th Annual GLP Conference, to be held in Charlottesville, Virginia on July 29 and 30, 2019 at the Omni Charlottesville Hotel.

This conference is designed to provide the latest information on major issues such as analytical method updates and development, laboratory accreditation, regulatory updates, particularly those impacting laboratory staff and utilities; and emerging technologies and analytical instrumentation. This is a great opportunity to present new information related to water and wastewater issues. Workshops will be held on the 29th and the technical presentations will be given on the 30th.

We encourage you to submit an abstract and participate in discussions that are important to the advancement of our laboratory professionals. The conference topics may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Natural water monitoring   
  • Environmental research     
  • Treatment plant monitoring
  • Drinking water distribution
  • Bacteriological techniques
  • Drinking water disinfection
  • Laboratory accreditation
  • Laboratory management
  • Security issues
  • Water and wastewater analytical methods
  • LIMS, laboratory software applications
  • Laboratory practices
  • Laboratory ethics
  • QA/QC issues
  • Regulatory issues
  • Emerging instrumental technology
  • Analytical instrument troubleshooting
  • Nutrient screening methods


Abstract and paper submissions for technical presentation:

Submit a 300-word or less abstract that lists the title, author(s), affiliation, phone number, and email address. Morning session presentations are 40 minutes. Afternoon technical session presentations are 25 minutes with five minute Q&A. 


Workshop proposal submission:

Submit a one-page workshop outline that includes information on the subject matter and name(s), affiliation, email address, and phone number of workshop instructors. Workshops are three-hour sessions.

The deadline for presentations and workshops is February 15, 2019. Please submit your technical presentations and workshop proposals to Alicia Connelly at


Mignonne Wint
City of Norfolk
6040 Waterworks Way
Norfolk VA, 23502
Office: 757.441.5678


Mike Mueller
Fairfax County Dept of Public Works & Environmental Services
Wastewater Planning and Monitoring Division
9399 Richmond Hwy
Lorton VA, 22079
Office: 703-550-9740 Ext 319


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