Workshop Info

Drawbridge Inn
Covington/Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky
November 18-20, 2008

Announcements


Why you should attend the Workshop

This workshop is designed to help your POTW operate more efficiently with reduced energy usage while achieving lower nutrient levels utilizing new technologies and improved process controls. Information on the financing of these infrastructure improvements will also be provided.

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Why you should exhibit at this Workshop

This workshop presents a unique opportunity for exhibitors to network with both wastewater treatment plant operators and superintendents. Showcase the benefits of your technology by helping them meet future environmental requirements and reducing energy and operating costs. This will be the first opportunity some of these superintendents and operators will have to learn about what new products and technologies you have to offer.

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Continuing educational credits

The Cosponsors of the workshop are working with the States of Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana and Illinois to secure and agree upon continuing educational credits. We anticipate being able to provide information regarding the number of continuing education credits in the near future.

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Scholarships

Scholarships to attend the workshop will be made available on a case by case basis. Applications for a scholarship should be sent to Bill Franz, US EPA, Region 5, WW-16J, 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604 -3590 and electronically to: franz.william@epa.gov. Scholarship requests should identify the individual, the wastewater treatment plant of community where employed and the circumstances requiring the scholarship application. Scholarships need to be received by the close of business, Wednesday, November 12, 2008 for consideration and response prior to the workshop.

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About the Workshop

This workshop will present the latest information on municipal nutrient removal technologies and approaches, and results of energy conservation measures and operational efficiency retrofits implemented at wastewater treatment facilities across the Midwest. Recently developed equipment that utilizes less energy to provide identical or better performance will also be discussed along with specific examples at wastewater utilities.

There are many stressors impacting the operation of wastewater treatment facilities that have become evident in the past few years. In October of 2002, EPA released the Clean Water and Drinking Water Gap Analysis Report. The report estimated that if capital investments remained at current levels, the potential gap in funding between 2000 and 2019 would be approximately $122 billion (in 2001 dollars) for wastewater treatment infrastructure and $102 billion (in 2001 dollars) for drinking water infrastructure.

Before customers of these wastewater treatment facilities and various units of government are asked to provide for more funding of these utilities, they all want to be assured that the utility is operating as efficiently as possible and maximizing the environmental benefits.

As with any challenge, there are now opportunities that have appeared in the last several years. A wastewater treatment facility can operate with less energy usage utilizing equipment relatively new to the market and variations in activated sludge process resulting in both lower operating costs and greater environmental benefits. These modifications will reduce the gap in infrastructure funding and user charge needs while producing greater environmental benefits.

Goals of the Workshop:

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