Roundtables

Our Roundtable webinars were a HUGE success, a lot of fun, and kept us connected and from going stir crazy while COVID had us all mostly on house arrest in 2020. We are keeping the roundtables rolling, and we welcome you to join us live or catch up on a previous roundtable RECast.

About Entech Roundtables:
They featured a carefully curated panel of our engineers, operators, and specialists, along with owners, officials, and regulators, trusted suppliers and contractors, and even other engineers! The live events draw questions and comments from viewers throughout, allowing for a dynamic interaction. It’s the closest thing we found to being together at a conference, and maybe even better - since you got answers and viewpoints from half a dozen experts all at once. 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.

Scheduled Roundtables:

Register now and participate in the upcoming Roundtable(s) live:

Coming Soon:

  • How an Environmental Regulatory Audit Will Improve Your Whole Life
  • Help! My Supply Chain is Broken!
  • Have A Beer With an Engineer: Nobody's Perfcet

Roundtable RECasts:

Below is our library of previous roundtables for your viewing pleasure. They are also available via our YouTube playlist. Roundtable recordings are posted as soon as they are available.

7/01/2021 | Water Regulatory Update: Summer 2021 - Entech Roundtable (1:17:00)

As if running your water system wasn’t hard enough, you also need to keep up to date with regulatory and legislative changes. Our panel will discuss what is required now and what’s on the horizon, how utilities are preparing for these changes, plus respond to your questions and concerns.

Some topics covered:

  • What is the current status of the Lead and Copper Rule?
  • Should you start working on your lead service line inventory and replacement plan?
  • Have there been any developments with regards to PFAS?
  • What do I do if I cannot purchase chlorine due to a supplier shortage?
  • Where can you get free cybersecurity tools?
  • Is there funding available for water system cybersecurity upgrades?
  • Are Manganese (Mn) regulations going to be coming from regulators? Will they affect water or wastewater?
  • What are the specifics of the Legionnaires' Disease Prevention and Reporting Act?
  • Are there revisions or improvements coming to the Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR) that water systems publish 2x a year?

Panelists: Rob Horvat (Entech), Tori Morgan (Entech), Kevin Morely (AWWA), Patti Kay Wisniewski (EPA Region 3), & Serena DiMagno (Spotts, Stevens and McCoy)

6/02/2021 | What Wastewater Operators WISH Their Engineers KNEW (1:18:22)

Some parts of wastewater treatment are easy: just do what you did the day before. But when readings change, something breaks, or upgrades occur, THEN what do you do? Ideally, operators and engineers put their heads together, share expertise and experiences, call in other experts, and work as a team to craft a solution. Our panel will share their O&M stories and take your questions on how to keep these plants running when the SH*T hits the fan!

Some topics covered:

  • What's the key to keeping an old plant running and things from breaking?
  • What are successful wastewater rate strategies?
  • What's the dumbest thing you've seen an engineer do at a WWTP?
  • What are the keys to getting the new technology engineers design to work at a WWTP?
  • How can I combat limited staffing issues?
  • What do MOST wastewater operators do on vacation?
  • What are head-bangers and ball-busters, and how can they be avoided?

Panelists: Ed Pietroski (Entech), Dale Miller (Entech), Eric Moore (Entech), Mark Bubel (Aqua Wastewater), Eric Usbeck (Arrowhead Sewer Company), Joe Rehm (Arrowhead Sewer Company)

5/16/2021 | Show Me MORE Money - Finding Funding for Your Water & Wastewater Projects (1:15:10)

Our last Roundtable on Finding Funding (https://youtu.be/dNVD11xPBzU) explored ways for municipalities, authorities, and water and wastewater companies to fund their projects. Our new panel will reveal WHO has money, and HOW to improve your chance of getting it.

The panel delves into:

  • Where can I find information on available funding programs?
  • When are grant applications due for various funding sources?
  • How does a political regime change affect your grant strategy?
  • How can you improve your funding application for your best odds of receiving a grant?
  • Where can I find grant and funding opportunities?
  • What is a "Shovel-Ready" project, and why are there grant/funding advantages to them?
  • What types of projects are available to receive grants?
  • Are there industrial pretreatment grants available?
  • How do you decide which grant/funding avenue (grants/loans/bonds) to pursue for a project?
  • Can you re-apply for funding with basically the same application form that was previously unawarded?
  • What are the common application mistakes and how can you avoid them?
  • How can you minimize the impacts of raising rates?
  • What options do Authorities have to apply for grant funding if it's only open to townships or boroughs?
  • Are there grand/funding programs for water/wastewater system residents?

Panel: Natalie O'Connor (Entech), Mary Beth Peters (Entech), Michael Angerson (Entech), Robert Boos (PennVest), Scott Kramer (RBC Capital), Sean McElroy (RUS), Christine Gunsaullus (Entech)

4/22/2021 | Wonder Women: Surviving & Thriving in the Water & Wastewater Industry (1:25:20)

15%. That’s the percentage of the water and wastewater workforce that is women.

How many times have you been the only woman at a meeting… at a jobsite… on a project team? What’s that feel like? And is it a disadvantage, or can you spin it into a super power? The women on this panel have risen through the ranks, and discuss their struggles and pet-peeves, their successes, and encourage other women. By the end, it’s clear that so many of these “women’s” issues are just as applicable to the men in the audience, so the tips benefit everyone.

The panel delves into:

  • What is passive sexism? What are productive responses to it?
  • Tips to achieve a better work/life balance
  • Handshake, hug, or kiss - how do you greet a woman at a business meeting? (hint: it's never a kiss!)
  • Should you offer to get people in your meeting coffee, or does this purvey gender biases?
  • Where are good places to network with other women?
  • What is imposter syndrome, and how do you combat it?
  • How can you ensure you're being paid equally with your male counterparts?
  • How to “kill them with kindness”

Panel: Christine Gunsaullus (Entech Engineering), Natalie O’Conner (Entech Engineering), Tori Morgan (Entech Engineering), Liesel Gross (Lehigh County Authority), Carol Paul (Greenville Water Authority), Wendy Walter (Williamsport Municipal Water Authority & Sanitary Authority)

3/11/2021 | Pump Station Design: What Operators Need to Know (1:14:49)

We have a long tradition of being “operator-centric” here at Entech. By knowing the wastewater pump station terminology, understanding the options available, and where they can have input, operators can effectively collaborate in the design process, resulting in a better end product. Our roundtable panel discusses what aspects of pump station design are most important to the end-user, and how operators can best contribute.

A Few of the Topics Covered:

  • How do you fight corrosion in a wet well?
  • What's better: grinders, screens, or both? Which is best for a wet well?
  • What's something overlooked by engineers in pump station design?
  • What are the pros and cons of a VFD pump?
  • How do you control odor in a pump station?
  • What's a great design feature you've seen in recent pump stations?
  • Pump station floats or level transducers?
  • Why does Dale answer "It depends" to so many questions? Are there really that many pros, cons, and variables to pump station design?
  • How can you avoid "buyers (or operators) remorse" when the pump station is done?

Panelists: Chris Hannum, PE (Entech Engineering), Rich Harrison, PE (Entech Engineering). Dale Miller, LO (Entech Engineering), Art Auchenbach (Riorden Materials), Bob Kunzelman (J.T. Seeley)

2/16/2021 | Water Tank Rehabs - What Owners Need to Know (1:31:01)

When you only do a water tank rehabilitation every decade or so, it’s hard to know the step-by-step process to get it done efficiently, cost-effectively, and with no effects on your distribution system. Our panel of tank experts will review the best way to rehab, plus the struggles they’ve had, so YOU don’t have to struggle.

A Few of the Topics Covered:

  • When is the right time in a tank's life cycle to rehab it?
  • What permits are required when rehabbing a water tank?
  • How long will the tank's coatings last?
  • How often should a tank inspection be done?
  • What details and components are important in a tank inspection report?
  • How long, from conception to completion, does it take to do a tank rehab?
  • What do we do with lead paint?
  • What can be done to plan for cell antennas?
  • What important items should a cell antenna contract contain to protect your tank?
  • Where does cathodic protection work best in a tank?
  • Who can you go to for help?

Panelists: Christine "The Tank Queen” Gunsaullus (Entech Engineering), Rob Horvat (Entech Engineering), Ralph Wawrzyniakowski (Pennsylvania American Water), Jamie Stoltzfus (IK Stoltzfus), Nick Bressler (World International Testing – WIT), Joe Pappo (DN Tanks)

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 (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)

Did you know?
Our roundtables are FREE and participants can receive credits too:

Participant Credit
Professional Engineers (PE) 1.25 PDH
Water / Wastewater Operators (LO) 0.5 PADEP CEH (w/ participation)

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