Water/Wastewater Roundtable Recasts

Posted by Entech Engineering on Wednesday, August 05, 2020

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We have a long history of presenting at water and wastewater conferences, sharing our knowledge and expertise not just with clients, but with everyone in the industry. It's part of our culture, and deeply ingrained in our people.

With COVID-19 canceling in-person conferences this year, we’ve developed a new way to connect: Roundtable Webinars. They feature a carefully curated panel of Entech engineers and operators, along with clients and regulators, trusted suppliers and contractors, and even other engineers! These live events draw questions and comments from viewers throughout the webinar, allowing for a dynamic interaction. It’s the closest thing you’ll find to being together at a conference, and maybe even better - since you get answers and viewpoints from half a dozen experts all at once.

But wait! There’s more! PEs receive 1 PDH for attending, and water and wastewater operators receive 1 CEH from the PA DEP for every two Roundtables in which they participate. Plus it’s FREE - yes we said free!!

No slides! No script! No sales pitches! Just frank discussion and stories, LOTS of stories, about what works and what doesn’t from industry experts.

Roundtables Coming in 2021

Here's a sneak peek at roundtables we have coming up:

  • Board Members 101: Top Tips for New Board Members
  • Clearing Up Your FOG (Fats, Oils & Grease) Program
  • Water Regulatory Update – Spring 2021
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Design: What Operators Should to Know
  • Wonder Women: Surviving AND Thriving in the Water & Wastewater Industry

Past Roundtable recordings are below, so you can keep up to date on anything you missed live all in one place. You can also access our Water & Wastewater Roundtable YouTube playlist if you’re ready to binge, or just need some “on-screen” help pretending you’re working while you daydream about vacation.

Roundtable Recasts:

12/17/2020 | Have a Beer With an Engineer: Old-Timers Share "What I’d Tell My 21-Year-Old Self" (1:18:33)

We all remember our start in the water or wastewater industry: knowing next to nothing, not knowing who to trust, feeling stupid and frustrated... it was really tough! If you were lucky, a "seasoned" engineer or operator showed you the ropes and made ALL the difference. We'll hear stories from industry legends, sharing their wisdom and what they wish THEIR 21-year-old selves knew.

Topics Covered:

  • What would you tell your younger self?
  • When is the best time to take your EIT/PE tests?
  • What's the biggest technological change you've seen over the last decades?
  • What is a slide rule?
  • What's the most interesting problem you've had to solve in your career?
  • Why do many operators dislike engineers?
  • Sewer System Survivor: What's the weirdest thing you've ever seen in a water/wastewater system?
  • Is having a mentor important?

Panelists: Danny Smith (Entech), Ed Pietroski, PE (Entech), Mike Sassaman, LO (Entech), Joe Thurwanger (Aqua America), Eric Tissue (KLH Engineers), Carol Paul (Greenville Municipal Water Authority).

12/3/2020 | More I&I: Administration of Your Program (1:14:23)

Continuing our deep-dive into Inflow & Infiltration (I&I), our panel reviews the key components of administering a successful wastewater I&I Program, such as setting up the rules and regulations, formulating a plan to run the system, how to address I&I, tracking data, etc. Plus, Sewer System Survivor! See which panelist’s I&I story gets them rescued from the sewer

Topics Covered:

  • Does every system have I&I problems?
  • What roles does a solicitor play in I&I administration?
  • How can communication and education of the residents impact I&I programs?
  • What communication mediums and tactics have been successful for I&I programs?
  • Are there grants or funding available to homeowners to repair lateral connections?
  • What strategies exist to successfully work with the PA-DEP?
  • How can your staff help with community education and relations?
  • What kinds of penalties can be enforced for non-compliance?
  • What are effective ways to encourage homeowners to allow inspections?
  • How important is documenting your I&I reduction and removal efforts and results?
  • What software systems help track and document your I&I program?

Resource: Wastewater Collection Annual Planning Diagram

Panelists: Mike Sassaman, LO(Entech), Eric Moore, PE, LO (Entech), Brian Boland (Kozloff Stoudt Attorneys).

11/19/2020 | Show Me the Money! Finding Funding for Your Projects (1:15:56)

With water and wastewater infrastructure in need of repair, replacement, or meeting new regulations, many owners are unsure how to find funding for their projects. Fortunately, there are numerous agencies who provide funds, grants, and loans... our panel will explain WHO they are, and HOW to improve your chances in getting the money.

Topics Covered:

  • Is bigger better with your grant application?
  • How does a political regime change affect your grant strategy?
  • What are the benefits of reviewing grant history?
  • Are municipal bonds good sources of funding in this low-interest rate environment?
  • What’s the difference between a grant and a loan, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
  • How can knowing your municipality’s demographics help you qualify for certain types of grants?
  • Where can I find information on available funding programs?
  • When are grant applications due for various funding sources?
  • How do I know what grants I’m eligible for?

Resource: Entech Cork (Finding Funding)

Panelists: Natalie O'Connor (Entech), Tori Morgan (Entech), Michael Angerson (Entech), Curt Fontaine (Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County), Scott Graver (Schuylkill Haven Borough), Tommy Holmes (American Water Works Association), Dave Henning (PENNVEST), & Scott Kramer (RBC Capital Markets).

11/5/2020 | Managing Non-Revenue Water (NRW): Best Practices Roundtable (1:16:31)

Non-Revenue Water (NRW) is a struggle for many water systems, particularly older ones. Our panel will share their success stories and lessons learned from decades of experience, including leak detection, using the AWWA Water Audit Methodology, meter pits, construction standards/inspection, asset management, and pressure management.

Topics Covered:

  • What is Non-Revenue Water (NRW)?
  • What are the optimal conditions for leak detection?
  • What technologies are available to identify and reduce Non-Revenue Water?
  • Can water modeling be used to detect leaks?
  • What are the largest sources of NRW?
  • How can theft be effectively curtailed?
  • What is the Metered Ratio?
  • How can meter size affect NRW?
  • What does a water leak sound like?
  • What is an acceptable percentage of NRW?
  • What is a better unit of measure for NRW?
  • What is AWWA M36 and how can it be best used?

Panelists: Pat Burke (Entech), Rob Horvat (Entech), Kim Mazur (Entech), Dave Bonkovich (Bonkovich Leak Detection), Brennan Kelly (Aqua PA), Randy Simmons (Aqua PA).

10/22/2020 | Trusted Advisor or Hired Gun: How Boards can Best Work with Their Engineer (1:14:47)

A Board Member, the Manager of Operations, and their Engineer walk into a bar… Now this could be the start of a bad joke, or indicative of the team effort that successfully gets things done at this utility. We’ll share stories about the best ways Boards and Councils, Owners and Managers, Operations Staff, and Engineers can work together, based on the inherent skill sets of each.

Our panelists debate and geek out about:

  • What are the roles of boards and councils?
  • How can Engineers bridge communication gaps between boards and operations staff?
  • Why are personal connections so important?
  • What's the key to success when you're asked to be a hired gun?
  • Should you use a hired gun or trusted advisor when working with regulators?
  • LIGHTNING ROUND: What quality is most important for an engineer to have in order to succeed with a board/authority?
  • How can young Engineers be prepared to work with a board/authority?

Panelists include: Ed Pietroski, PE (Entech), Tori Morgan, LO (Entech), Eric Moore, PE (Entech), H. David Miller, LO (Entech), Jeff Ott, PE (Ott Consulting Inc.), Mike Bisignani, PE (GHD).

10/07/2020 | Wastewater Tank Rehabs: What We WISH We Knew BEFORE (1:13:45)

Rehabbing a steel or concrete wastewater tank isn't easy - you can run into surprises hidden below the crud and corrosion. How do you keep these projects on schedule while keeping an entire plant running smoothly without that tank in service? It is a true challenge. Understanding the big picture and your options ahead of time is critical to success. Our panelists share what they WISH they had known before they started. Crystal balls not included.

Our panelists cover:

  • How can you keep a WWTP tank rehab project on schedule?
  • How and when do you know what metal repairs will be required?
  • How does weather affect a WWTP tank rehab?
  • Should you build your WWTP with tank redundancy?
  • How important are regular inspections of wastewater tanks and covers?
  • What is Alkali-Silica Reactivity (ASR)?
  • How can you avoid ASR in WWTP tanks?

Panelists include: Christine "The Tank Queen” Gunsaullus (Entech), Matt Boggs, PE (Entech), H. David Miller, LO (Entech), Dale Miller, LO (Entech), Mark Bubel, PE, LO (Aqua PA Wastewater), Dan Goldhahn (IK Stoltzfus Service Corp), Joe Pappo (DN Tanks).

9/24/2020 | Aerobic Digestion: Getting 5lbs. of Biosolids from 10lbs. of Sh*t! (1:10:43)

In the last 20 years, there have been significant changes in aerobic digestion in terms of design, equipment, construction and operations. Has your plant kept up?

Our panelists debate and geek out about:

  • What is the definition of Aerobic Digestion?
  • Where does Aerobic Digestion occur in a treatment plant?
  • What’s BNR?
  • Aerobic or Anaerobic?
  • What are the changes in instrumentation?
  • Is thicker sludge better? Just HOW thick? And what does 4% solids actually mean?
  • What savings result from making the process more energy efficient?
  • What is the best diffuser?
  • Should concrete tanks be lined?
  • What are the biggest advancements in aerobic digestion?

Panelists include: Ed Pietroski, PE, LO (Entech), Chris Hannum, PE (Entech), Dale Miller, LO (Entech), Bryen Woo, PE (Ovivo), and Douglas Muller (Eastern Environmental Contractors, Inc.).

9/10/2020 | Emerging Water Contaminants (1:21:23)

As if running your water system wasn’t hard enough with COVID-19, you also need to keep up to date with legislative and regulatory changes. Our panel will review what is required now and what’s on the horizon, and how utilities are preparing for the following:

  • Lead & Copper Rule: updates to the rule, getting an accurate system survey of lead service lines, finding funding, and how water authorities can get public buy-in and trust
  • PFOA and PFAS: regulations in various states, ITRC website, and top solutions
  • Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey & Assessment: What it is, when will it be released, can utilities do the survey themselves, and the value of the survey
  • America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA): update, deadline for medium and small systems for the risk & resiliency assessment and emergency response plan, and resources available thru EPA and AWWA
  • Start-up of schools and businesses after COVID shutdown: AWWA and CDC help
  • UCMR-4: what data is showing us so far, what to do when your data doesn’t look right

Panelists include: Tori Morgan (Entech), Rob Horvat, PE (Entech), Kim Mazur (Entech), Kevin Morley, PhD (Federal Relations for AWWA), Ron Milke (Eurofins Eaton Analytical, LLC).

8/27/2020 | Water Storage Tank Mixing (1:14:58)

Tank mixing is still in its infancy. To help water tank owners, our panel answered questions from our audience like:

How do I know if I need a mixer? What % of water tanks have mixers? What type of permits are needed?
How do you choose between passive or active mixing? Is there a handy-dandy guide to tank mixers? Are there special NSF, AWWA or PA DEP requirements that must be followed? How do you verify your mixer is working? How can temperature probes be used to confirm mixing in a tank? What’s the worse mixer failure you’ve ever heard about? How can mixers be used to help with stricter water quality regulations? How effective is the PHi bubbler system? Why are submittal approvals so important in tank mixing projects?

6/25/2020 | Inflow & Infiltration (I&I): Repairs & Construction (1:12:16)

How do you know whether to repair or replace sewer infrastructure experiencing I&I? When is the best time for a post CCTV inspection? Can I install a CIP liner myself? All this and more discussed and debated by seven industry pros.

6/20/2020 | Roundtable Series Preview (2:24)

What is a Roundtable? Why is Entech hosting them? Who killed Jimmy Hoffa? These questions and more are answered. (Ok maybe not the Hoffa one)

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