WSSC Water Symposium: A Century of Innovation

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center
7801 Alumni Drive
College Park, MD 20742

Registration: 9 – 10 a.m.
Symposium: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Reception: 4 – 6 p.m. 


Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

Purpose: The WSSC Water Symposium is designed to provide an opportunity for water resource professionals to gain increased awareness about emerging technology and trends in the water industry from experts in the fields of utilities, academia, government and the private sector. WSSC looks forward to hosting this dynamic event for water industry professionals to come together to learn, discuss and collaborate on means to provide the residents of the National Capital Region with life’s most precious resource.


9 – 10 a.m. – Registration and Continental Breakfast

10 – 10:25 a.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks – Carla Reid, GM/CEO WSSC

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Panel 1: Smart Water Technology

This panel will discuss Smart Water Technologies that help utilities reduce both apparent and real water losses within their water transmission and distribution systems. These technologies allow utilities to detect breaks and leaks faster, continually assess pipe condition, and take more accurate and frequent measurements of metered water.  This panel will highlight how these technologies are being effectively implemented by utilities in our region.

Panelists: James Haldeman, Principal Mechanical Engineer, WSSC
                  Thomas Kelly, Strategic Coordinator, WSSC
                  Jorge Rodriquez, Senior Project Manager, Pure Technologies
                  Thomas A. Zetusky, Director of the Business Office Department, Chester Water Authority

Moderator: Sara Titus, Engineering Research Specialist, WSSC

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Panel 2: Resilience in Waterscape

The panel will explore environmental stewardship in the water industry. Panelists will discuss the importance of continuing to enhance and protect natural resources and the environment for the health of future generations. The panel will explore WSSC’s adaptation to Climate Change, GHG emission reduction goals/plan and mitigation.   

Panelists: Robert Taylor, Energy Manager, WSSC
                  Laurens Van der Tak, Vice President of Water Resources, CH2M Jacobs
                  C.J. Colavito, Vice President of Engineering, Standard Solar

Moderator: JC Langley, Production Director, WSSC

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch and Keynote

Keynote Speaker: Adam Krantz, Chief Executive Officer, NACWA

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Panel 3: Renew, Reuse, Regenerate

This panel will focus on the topic of alternative water supply development. The goal is to raise awareness about research and technology that is forecasted to accelerate innovation in water treatment and reuse. The panel will highlight emerging systems aiding in the transition of solid waste management from sewage treatment plants to resource recovery centers.

WSSC’s will highlight its upcoming Piscataway Bio-Energy Project, which will enhance the current operations of the Piscataway Wastewater Treatment Plant to include biosolids processing facilities. These facilities will enable WSSC to produce Class A biosolids, which are safe, treated, and sustainable.  Loudoun Water will highlight the industrial cooling use of reclaimed water to serve data centers and issues regarding “do not drink” directives, discharge permits, workplace aerosol exposure and other challenges in providing this service.

Panelists: Larry Hentz, Senior Vice President, HDR
                  Kevin Selock, AD/CHP Program Manager, WSSC
                  Ben Shoemaker, Executive Director, Fauquier County Water and Sanitation Authority
                  Micah Vieux, Program Development Manager, Loudoun Water

Moderator: Joe Mantua, Deputy General Manager for Operations, WSSC

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Panel 4: Creating Synergy: Community Collaboration and Engagement

This session will consider key questions, challenges, solutions and areas of interest relevant on a regional and national level. Leaders in the water industry will come together to discuss the future of the water innovation, shared lessons learned and answer questions that address industry challenges.

Panelists:  Carla Reid, GM/CEO, WSSC
                   Rudy Chow, Director of Public Works, Baltimore City 
                   Tommy Holmes, Legislative Director, AWWA      
                   Thomas Jacobus, General Manager, Washington Aqueduct
                   Chuck Murray, General Manager, Fairfax Water 

Moderator: Charles Brown, Communication and Community Relations Director, WSSC

3:30 – 4 p.m. – Special Presentations/Closing Remarks

4 – 6 p.m. - Reception to immediately follow

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