2024 MWEA/MO-AWWA Joint Annual Meeting

Osage Beach, Mo. | Mar. 24-27

The Garver Water and Wastewater Team is proud to join others within the industry from across the state at the annual joint conference between the Missouri Section of the American Water Works and the Missouri Water Environment Association in Osage Beach, Missouri. Garver's presence will include participation in technical presentations from our experts on a wide array of topics related to the advancement of knowledge, technology, and application of water practices geared toward preserving and enhancing the global water environment.

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Technical Presentations

10-10:50 AM

Keys to Successful Phosphorus Removal Processes

Phosphorus removal has been identified as an important need in Missouri, as well as other states that impact the Gulf of Mexico. This presentation will go over different processes used to remove phosphorus at wastewater treatment plants, along with examples from a low-cost implementation in an existing facility.

Speaker: National Wastewater Practice Leader Sean Scuras, PhD, PE, BCEE

3:20-4:10 PM

Unlocking the Future of Biosolids Management: The Strategic Imperative of a Biosolids Master Plan

In the ever-evolving landscape of wastewater treatment, the sustainable management of biosolids stands as a critical challenge. This presentation delves into the paramount significance of adopting a Biosolids Master Plan for wastewater treatment plants, emphasizing the pivotal role of long-term planning in solids handlings.

Speaker: Water Practice Leader Kam Sardari, PhD, PE

4:15-5:05 PM

PR Planning: Strategies for the Best and Worst of Times

For many organizations, it’s not a matter of if they’ll face negative press – it’s a matter of when. So how can you make sure you’re prepared? This presentation explores the full spectrum of PR – from issues management to building your brand – and how to be prepared for it through a proactive approach to make the most of your media and community relationships.

Speaker: Public Relations Team Leader Anita Smith, APR

8:55-9:45 AM

CFD: How Close is Close Enough?

In the water and wastewater design process, there are many instances where sources of information fall short due to the complexity of flow behavior. In these circumstances, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) can be used to predict the behavior of the flow through accurately capturing complex geometry, losses, and turbulent effects. This presentation will provide examples of how CFD can be used to provide more precise estimates of hydraulic information to improve secondary clarification, headworks, and flow split structures.

Speaker: CFD Modeling Leader Kade Beck, PhD, PE

10:15-11:05 AM

How to Keep Your Startup from Turning into a Shutdown

Construction projects can often be difficult, even when things go well. Many utilities struggle with executing a swift and precise control system startup while ensuring they are receiving the same functional system envisioned during the design process. This presentation will explore several simple, yet effective, ways to streamline your control system startup and get your system online faster with fewer headaches.

Speakers: Automation Team Leader Mike Crawford
Instrumentation and Controls Group Leader Clay Tidwell

1:15-2:05 PM

Step-by-Step PFAS Compliance Planning for a Water Utility

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a new regulation to control drinking water consumers’ exposure to several per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Initial results from two quarters of monitoring indicate several Missouri utilities have PFAS that will soon be regulated, and these utilities will need to evaluate compliance. This presentation will provide a systemic planning approach and indicate factors that could impact the decisions a utility needs to undertake for complying with these proposed PFAS regulations.

Speaker: Water Practice Leader Zaid Chowdhury, PhD, PE, BCEE

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4:10-5:00 PM

Opportunistic and Emerging Pathogens in Drinking Water and their Impacts to Human Health and Regulations

Current surface water disinfection practices have successfully reduced the number of illnesses and deaths associated with pathogens in drinking water across the United States. However, in recent years, reports of illnesses and deaths associated with opportunistic pathogens have increased, while emerging pathogens have gained public attention. This presentation will describe emerging and opportunistic pathogens, their occurrence, and potential control strategies.

Speaker: Water Quality Practice Leader Ashley Pifer, PhD, PE