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2020 Fall Conference Virtual Event Schedule

October 27, 28, & 29th, 2020 - All Times are Eastern

All sessions will be presented in a LIVE webinar format. Some will be con-current, so you'll need to choose which classes interest you and fulfill your education requirements. In order to receive credit for attending, you will need to be logged in to the live webinars AND there will be a poll question you will need to answer in each session. However, if you do not need continuing education hours and are not able to watch the sessions at the time they air, an on-demand recording will be available to you as part of your registration.
  • Tuesday 10/27
  • Wednesday 10/28
  • Thursday 10/29

10am-12pm IFA Regional Planning Meeting
Senate Enrolled Act 4 (2019) requires the IFA to conduct regional meetings throughout the state to enable drinking water and wastewater utilities to work together to address long term needs. SEA 4 also requires drinking water and wastewater utilities to report their participation in the meetings to the IFA. This presentation will cover the requirements and goals of SEA 4. Participants will hear from one utility that is already participating in regional planning, and have the opportunity to give feedback on how the state should determine the regions.
Attending this meeting will fulfill the requirement for utilities to report their participation to the IFA.
Speakers: Sarah Hudson, Indiana Finance Authority; Scott Ham, Silver Creek Water Corp.; & Allison Mann, Indiana Department of Natural Resources

12:30pm-1:30pm Brown Bag Luncheon Virtual Open Houses
Since you will be attending the conference from your computer, tablet or smart device we still want you to be able to network with other attendees and vendors. These open houses will allow you to grab your lunch and eat while talking and interacting with other attendees and vendors. This will be held on the Microsoft Teams platform, so video and audio will be available to everyone. Some exhibitors will even be providing prizes and swag in their open houses!

1:30pm-2:30pm Basic Standard Operation Procedures
The session will briefly discuss many Basic SOPs needed not only for everyday operations, but to show why they should be a part of training new operator hires. With the addition of our Apprenticeship Program, we have found the need to assist in correcting training deficiencies in this area.
Speaker: Rex Blanton, Alliance of Indiana Rural Water

2:45pm-3:45pm Field Data Collection and Project Management
Learn how new techniques can help speed up data collection and streamline workflows.
Speaker: Philip Bernard, Frontier Geospatial, LLC

2:45pm-3:45pm The Virtual Utility: Increase Office Efficiency with Cloud Technology
This session is geared to help office personnel learn about new technologies that may increase efficiencies and reduce costs associated with water management.
Speaker: Daniel Dundon, Ampstun Corporation


9:00am Annual Membership Meeting
Although this is a piece of the conference, you do NOT have to register for the conference to participate. During this meeting, three (3) members of the Alliance Board of Directors will be elected to fill three open Director seats. These positions are all At-Large seats, currently held by Dave Seacat - Ramsey Water Co., Adam Sams - LaGrange County Regional Utility District , & Nancy Harmon - South Henry Regional Waste District. 
Only registered voters will be permitted to cast a ballot. 
Board Nomination Form - Due by Friday, October 2, 2020 
Voting Registration Form - Due by Friday, October 16, 2020 at 3:00 p.m


10:15am-11:15am Hydro Excavation Methods and Applications
We will answer the following questions: Underground Utility Markings Why Are We Here? (incidents across the country, North American pipelines, root cause analysis, affected utilities), What is Hydro Excavation? (definition, truck components, advantages of air excavation), and What Can You Do With A Hydro Excavator? (Daylight / Trenching)
Speaker: Ed Fitzgerald, Jack Doheny Companies

11:30am-12:30pm Cybersecurity & AWIA Made Easy
In this webinar, Tom Kirkham, CEO of IronTech Security, will discuss recent breaches in the water industry, and who the hackers are. Common cybersecurity myths will be busted, bringing awareness to common threats and risks. AWIA requirements will be addressed, along with what makes a good resilience and response plan. Tom will discuss the orchestration of security layers to secure rural water systems following the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and WaterISAC.
Speakers: Tom Kirkham & Kindsey Haynes, Iron Tech Security

11:30am-12:30pm Easement Acquisition 101
Get a better understanding of the process and considerations for acquiring easements, including through the use of eminent domain (condemnation). Having familiarity with these requirements can help you save time and money through better management of your water and wastewater.
Speaker: Steve Unger, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

12:30pm-1:30pm Brown Bag Luncheon Virtual Open Houses
Since you will be attending the conference from your computer, tablet or smart device we still want you to be able to network with other attendees and vendors. These open houses will allow you to grab your lunch and eat while talking and interacting with other attendees and vendors. This will be held on the Microsoft Teams platform, so video and audio will be available to everyone. Some exhibitors will even be providing prizes and swag in their open houses!

1:30pm-2:30pm Advanced Aerobic Digester (Part 1 of 2)
This session will change the operations specialists' thought process about the operation of aerobic digesters.
Speaker: Pat Beamon, Brenntag North America

1:30pm-2:30pm AMI Meter Reading – Cellular, Tower Based & Mesh Network Technologies
This session will begin with an introduction of terminology and capabilities of the technology. A focus on the three main types of data back-haul; line of site antenna, cellular, & mesh network. Learn how different types of data transmission affect the ways AMI systems can be deployed and utilized.
Speaker: Matt Steinkamp, Utility Pipe Sales

1:30pm-2:30pm Community Sustainability
We will demonstrate how water utilites are a critical aspect to building a sustainable community
Speakers: Allie Terrell & Gerry Harstine, ServLine by HomeServe

2:45pm-3:45pm Advanced Aerobic Digester (Part 2 of 2)
This session will change the operations specialists' thought process about the operation of aerobic digesters.
Speaker: Pat Beamon, Brenntag North America

2:45pm-3:45pm What's in Your Filter?
The focus of this presentation is to identify both outward and hidden issues with pressure and gravity filters utilized in drinking water production. Specific details regarding types of underdrains, media characteristics, inspections, and media replacement will be discussed as well as subtle conditions that can be observed to identify problems before catastrophic failure occurs.
Speakers: Phil Bonneau, National Water Services & Dave Harvey, Water Solutions Unlimited


9am IRSDA Meeting 

10:15am-11:15am Building Water Resilience in Your Community
During this session, USEPA’s Water Security Division will discuss the American Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) which requires each community water system serving a population of greater than 3,300 persons to assess the risks to, and resilience of, its system. The participants will be informed of the tools and resources to assist utilities with developing their Risk and Resilience Assessment and Emergency Response Plan. A demonstration will be conducted on how to certify completion of each by the applicable deadlines. In addition, the participant will be introduced to the Community-Based Water Resiliency (CBWR) guide and training. The CBWR guide and training help water and wastewater utilities, and the communities they serve, prepare for water service interruptions. Finally, EPA will share how the CBWR guide, hosting a workshop, or participating in a CBWR training can help build resilience in the communities.
Speakers: Karen Edwards-Lindsey, and Charlene Kormondy, US EPA, Office of Water, Water Security Division

10:15am-11:15am How to Increase Revenues without Raising Rates
Utility managers will learn how to increase revenue without raising rates by examining what fees they charge and if they are sufficient.
Speaker: Gary Sanders, Logics, LLC

11:30am-12:30pm Bio-P Removal and Optimizing WWTP Performance
With the continued implementation of higher water quality standards, wastewater utilities are frequently faced with the need for additional levels of treatment to meet permit requirements. Phosphorus, commonly found in soaps and detergents, is known to be impactful to the environment, and many facilities will have lower limits soon in place, if not already in force. This summary of relevant considerations for biological phosphorus removal (Bio-P) is intended to aid in evaluation and implementation of a low-cost treatment option. Many wastewater treatment facilities have the potential to effectively remove phosphorus biologically and can significantly reduce or even eliminate the need for added chemicals to achieve the same result.
Speakers: James Breckler & Doug Ralston, Engineering Resources, Inc.

11:30am-12:30pm Lead Service Line Inventories
For systems that might have lead service lines to learn about the requirements for completing the lead service lines inventories under the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions.
Speakers: Stacy Jones & Hayden King, IDEM, Office of Water Quality/Drinking Water Branch

11:30am-12:30pm Indiana's Imagery for Utilities
Explore the availability and examples of Indiana's openly available imagery for use by utilities, firms and location enabled equipment
Speaker: Megan Compton, Indiana Geographic Information Office

12:30pm-1:30pm Brown Bag Luncheon Virtual Open Houses
Since you will be attending the conference from your computer, tablet or smart device we still want you to be able to network with other attendees and vendors. These open houses will allow you to grab your lunch and eat while talking and interacting with other attendees and vendors. This will be held on the Microsoft Teams platform, so video and audio will be available to everyone. Some exhibitors will even be providing prizes and swag in their open houses!

1:30pm-2:30pm Maintaining Blower Filtration for Reliability, Efficiency, and Value
Attendees will learn the benefits for efficiency enhancements and operating cost savings to be gained from a filter maintenance protocol.
Speaker: Rob Geyer, Endustra Filter Manufacturers

1:30pm-2:30pm Math Made Easy
A math class that is applicable to both the water and wastewater industry. A practical look into the tool that can solve challenges in your treatment plant. Learn the two basic tools in the tool box that is called math. These two tools can solve over 90 percent of all math challenges that you will experience in the treatment plant and distribution or collection systems.
Speaker: John Schwartz, USABluebook

2:45pm-3:45pm BOD Methodology
This session will provide attendees with proper BOD procedures per Standard Methods as well as IDEM suggested guidance in all aspects of those procedures.
Speaker: Rex Blanton, Alliance of Indiana Rural Water

2:45pm-3:45pm Commissioning a New Water Treatment Plant
Discuss & explore issues that arise putting a new water treatment plant online. How to know when a new plant is ready to go online, decommissioning the old plant, equipment start ups, lessons learned, corrosion control issues, operating training of new plant logistics, etc.
Speakers: Jake Meinerding & Gary Williams, Jones & Henry Engineers, LTD