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ATCAVE 2018 Attendee Registration-NOW OPEN

February 27, 2018 - February 27, 2018
8:00 AM  4:30 PM

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Radisson - Cromwell
100 Berlin Road
Cromwell, CT 06416


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February 27, 2018 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Radisson Hotel, 100 Berlin Rd, Cromwell, CT

Get the most out of ATCAVE 2018 by earning Training Contact Hours (TCH) toward your Connecticut Treatment and Distribution System Operator Certification. Select from tracks in Water Quality and Treatment, Distribution and Storage, or Management.

VENDOR EXPO (FREE ADMISSION)  8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Join us for coffee/ pastries and visit the vendor expo before the morning technical session begin. The 2018 Vendor Expo is your chance to see the latest in water supply related to technologies and equipment from among dozens of vendors and specialists in the water supply industry. For many attendees, the knowledge gained and the contacts made at the Vendor Expo add significant value to their attendance at ATCAVE.

2.0 TCH* (.20 CEU)
8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  

OCCT in Response to Lead and Copper Rule Exceedance in Small Systems

Adam Wing, Project Engineer, Connecticut Water Company

This presentation will provide a detailed description of how the  USEPA Optimal Corrosion Control Treatment Evaluation Technical Recommendations were applied in the wake of the lead action level exceedance for the three groundwater systems owned and operated by Connecticut Water Company.

Are You Leaving Water on the Table? Let's Talk Backup Wells

Steven P. Robbins, P.E., LEED AP, Project Manager, Woodard & Curran

Many of Connecticut's water utilities heavily rely on groundwater sources.The existing aging groundwater sources will need a backup &/or replacement to provide water to the customers without compromising quality and quantity. Backup wells are a beneficial option for the utilities, where applicable, as the total registered amount of water for the  source could be utilized while the existing source can be rehabilitated. This presentation will provide a overview of design  considerations and permitting tasks involved in construction of a backup well.

Connecticut Department of Public Health: Section Initiatives & Important Items

Lori Mathieu, Public Health Section Chief, CT DPH Drinking Water Section

A discussion of the present and future public drinking water initiatives that the DPH Drinking Water is emphasizing for 2018/2019. Important items such as drought triggers, municipal ordinances, water efficiency. WUCC process finalizing and Statewide WUCC Plan, EPA's revised Lead & Copper Rule concepts. Legionella and CMS, DPH Safe Drinking Water Assessment Fees, Emerging Contaminants, regionalization and use of DWSRF, State Water Plan, FOI and Asset Management will be highlighted.

2.0 TCH* (.20 CEU)
9:00 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Advances in Spray in Place Pipe Lining    

Adam Szczesniak, Water Systems Consultant, Suez Advanced Solutions  

Robert Drake, P.E., Senior Associate, BETA Engineering

Advances in technology have created a new generation of NSF approved pipe lining technology. Coatings that could only be applied manually in large diameter structures can now be applied robotically in systems form 2"-48". This new process minimizes the disruption the the community, reinforces existing structures while also reducing leaks, main breaks and improving overall water quality. This presentation will focus on a recent project executed in Milton, MA with project development, oversight and engineering along with the cleaning and lining of 1500 feet of a 10" cast iron pipeline.

Rehab or Replacement- A Long Term Approach to Water Storage

Leah E. Stanton, P.E., Vice President, Weston & Sampson

With the high costs of labor and the increasing costs of re- painting, it may not always make sense to rehabilitate your existing steel tank. We have been running 50-60 year life-cycle economic analysis for many of our clients to compare the cost to re-paint steel storage tanks with the coast to replace the tanks with a lower maintenance tank alternative such as a composite, concrete, or glass fused to steel tank.

Large Scale Buried Pump Station Design and Construction-Greenwich CT

William J. Grant, E.I.T., Tata & Howard, Inc.

Tata & Howard, Inc.was commissioned by the Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut to design and provide construction phase services for the Anderson Road Replacement Pumping Station. This presentation will focus on the design challenges the project team faced including station siting, meeting town requirements, and piping layout.

2.0 TCH* (.20 CEU)
9:00 a.m.-11 a.m.

Connecticut Department of Public Health: Why Regulations Are Important: A Recap of 2017 PWS

Mandy Smith, Supervising Sanitary Engineer, CT DPH Drinking Water Section

A review of incidents, water quality and other operational issues that occurred at PWS throughout the state of CT during the year 2017 and the associated regulations that are in place to help prevent these incidents and protect public health.

Are You Ready for the New DEEP General Permits fo Discharging Residuals?

Paul E. Malmrose, P.E., Vice President, Tight & Bond, Inc.

On March 29,2017, the General Permit for the Discharge of Water Treatment (WTW GP) will expire and be replaced by the General Permit for Miscellaneous Discharge of Sewer Compatible (MISC) Wastewater (Misc GP) and the Comprehensive General Permit for Discharges to Surface Water and Groundwater ( Comprehensive GP). This means that water utilities will no longer have their own general permit buy will have to meet the requirements set for other industries. This presentation will include the requirements for the discharge to wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), surface water and groundwater, including effluent limits for water residuals, sampling requirements, and electronic reporting data.

Next Steps for the Connecticut State Water Plan  

Elaine Sistare, P.E., CDM Smith    

Kirk Westphal, P.E., Kleinfelder, Inc.      

In July of 2017, a draft of the Connecticut State Water Plan was presented to the Connecticut Water Planning Council (WPC). The Plan represented the culmination of efforts from committees, work groups, state agencies, and stakeholders from all sectors of Connecticut's water environment. It includes consensus-based recommendations for water policy to considered by the state legislature, programs of steps to advance knowledge and understanding of issues that require further study, and the first comprehensive summary of water needs and availability throughout the state. The talk will include an overview of the plan, a discussion of current steps being taken by the WPC to engage public citizens in the planning process, and the ways in which the Plan can be put into action in the years ahead.


 ATCAVE LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Attendees can tour the Vendor Expo, participate in the Vendor Booth Raffles and enjoy the ATCAVE luncheon buffet between the morning and afternoon technical sessions. Admission to the Vendor Expo is FREE with lunch tickets available for purchase if you are not attending the technical sessions.


2.0 TCH* (.20 CEU)
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Design, Permitting and Installation Considerations of High Yield Replacement Wells in Connecticut

Greg Smith, PG, CG, Wright-Pierce  

Mariusz Jedrychowski, P.E., Senior Project Manger, Wright-Pierce

The presentation will discuss the Connecticut Department of Public Health and Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection regulatory requirements for a design and installation of replacement wells with a pumping capacity greater than 50,000 gpd. A case study for an installation of two replacement wells with a combined capacity of 1.2 MGD for a Connecticut Town will be presented.

One Size Does Not Fit All: Which Filter Underdrain is Right for You?

Paul Moran, P.E., Senior Engineer, Tighe & Bond

This presentation will describe and summarize various styles of filter underdrains including operating principles, advantages, and disadvantages of each. Discussion will include flow balancing techniques, impacts on system hydraulics, compatibility with existing infrastructure, impacts on filter operation and maintenance, construction considerations, and system repairs. The presentation will include several examples of recently rehabilitated underdrains that highlight how different scenarios result in different underdrain selections.

PFC's-An Emerging Concern for Drinking Water in New England  

Stephanie Hubli, Staff Engineer, Tight & Bond

Perfluorinated compounds (PFC's) are a group of man-made chemicals widely used in manufactured products including firefighting foams, non-stick surfaces, food packaging, carpets, clothing, and furniture. Since 2000, the EPA has focused on reducing PFC's at the source by working with manufacturing companies to phase out the use of PFOA and PFOS in products, the two most prevalent forms of PFCs. The research-based presentation will cover the occurrence of PFCs and their regulation and treatment in drinking water throughout New England, with a emphasis on the potential effects of PFCs in Connecticut and how the state and water utilities should prepare to deal with these contaminants. 

2.0 TCH* (.20 CEU)
1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Connecticut Department of Public Health: DWS Regulatory Reminders to Keep PWS in Compliance

Chris Roy, Supervisor of the Safe Drinking Water Rule Implementation Unit, CT DPH Drinking Water Section

A discussion of the most common compliance issues PWS with in the state continue to face. It will include a helpful reminders and any new information with respect to water quality monitoring, reporting and notification regulatory requirements aimed at helping certified operators and system owners keep their water systems in compliance.

Construction of a Spheroid Storage Tank in Mystic, CT

Lesley Milligan, P.E., Tighe & Bond

The Fieldcrest water level serves the northwestern portion of Aquarion Water Company's (AWC's) Mystic System in Mystic, CT. AWC identified the need for a new tank in this water level as part of an Alternatives Analysis Study completed in 2014. At the time of the study, there was only one atmospheric storage tank serving the Fieldcrest water level, which was constructed in 1959. Based on the condition of this existing tank and additional storage requirements in the Fieldcrest water level, a new tank was recommended. This presentation will cover selection of the elevated spheroid tank style and the  details of construction including site work, water main and valve installation, foundation installation, and tank painting.

Replacement of the Burwell Hill Water Storage Tank in West Haven, CT- A Successful   Project Completion Despite the Challenges of a Limited Site    

Doug Belfiore, Project Manager, South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority

Brian Messner, P.E., Lead Project Engineer, Wright-Pierce  

Christopher Hodgson, Vice President, DN Tanks                         

Water storage is an essential part of any functioning water distribution  system, but how do they undertake replacement of an aging steel tank on a congested site with limited area for new tank construction? This program presents an overview of the process to replace a 1930's steel tank with a new pre-stressed concrete tank, from initial investigation, to conceptual design, through project completion. The program will highlight the specialize construction process to accommodate the site restrictions, as well as all the "fun" which comes with tank construction in a limited space.

2.0 TCH* (.20 CEU)
1:30 p.m-3:30 p.m.

The Importance of Construction Experience in Developing Design Skills as a Young Engineer

Amanda Ziegler, P.E., Project Engineer 

The presentation will discuss how assisting with construction projects expends a young engineer's knowledge to develop design expertise. Two case studies will be presented: the Upper Albany Sewer Project and the Water Supply Facilities Emergency Generator Replacement Project.

Future-Proof Your Utility Staff: Thriving Despite the Coming Retirement Boom

Julie Silva, Staff Engieener, Woodard & Curran

An aging work and force and a looming retirement boom are threatening to reduce the utility work force as much as 50% in the coming years. Utilities need to take action to set themselves up to thrive during this period of transition by creating strong data management systems and recruiting, retaining, and development the next generation of utility leaders. Fortunately, there are a number of concrete things they can do, such as offering competitive compensation, implementing strong training and development programs for existing staff, and aggressively leveraging technology. This presentation will discuss these strategies and provide examples that show how they can be implemented. 

Practical Steps to Improve Your SCADA Cybersecurity Today    

Jonathon Grant, P.E., CISSP, Technical Manager, Woodard & Curran

This presentation will focus on the cost-effective steps that utilities can take today to improve the security stance of their system. The suggestions offered in this presentation will transcend all layers of SCADA architecture to cove the lowhanging vulnerabilities that can be addressed in each system.

 *Training Contact Hour (TCH) approvals are pending for these sessions.

Please note that due to weather and circumstances out of our control we must caution the programs are subject to change.  CTAWWA will however work to provide substitute instruction that provides the best possible educational alternative. 
Small System: An independently owned & operated water system that serves a population < 1,000 people.

Group Discount Available if registering 20 or more.

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$135.00 Non-Member Half-Day Registration (Morning Session Only - INCLUDES LUNCH)

$130.00 CT Section AWWA Utility Member Full Day Registration-over 20pp - Morning & Afternoon Sessions INCLUDES LUNCH

$160.00 CT Section AWWA Member Full Day Registration-Utility under 20pp - Morning & Afternoon Session INCLUDES LUNCH

$160.00 CT Section AWWA Member Full Day Registration-Utility under 20pp - Morning & Afternoon Session INCLUDES LUNCH

$0.00 Complimentary Student Ticket-does NOT include Lunch

$130.00 Group 20+ Utility Full Day-Morning & Afternoon Session INCLUDES LUNCH

$110.00 Utility Member Half-Day Registration (Morning Session Only - INCLUDES LUNCH)

$110.00 Utility Member Half-Day Registration (Afternoon Session Only - INCLUDES LUNCH)

$0.00 Complimentary Registration-Member

$0.00 Complimentary Registration

$65.00 CTAWWA Utility Member Half Day Registration-over 20pp - Morning Sessions INCLUDES LUNCH

$65.00 CTAWWA Utility Member Half Day Registration-over 20pp - Afternoon Sessions INCLUDES LUNCH


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