You won’t want to miss the 2018 EWTS program. This biennial event continues to provide critical insight into the future of our water-related industries. Nowhere else is such focused attention provided for professionals on all facets of optimizing the safe and efficient use of water. Join with your colleagues May 15-16 in Ontario, California, at this must-attend event.

The featured topics are:

▪ Want to hear the latest info in research into Legionella and pathogen mitigation strategies?

Make sure to see Dr. Juneseok Lee from San Jose State University and Dr. Andrew J. Whelton of Purdue University, the primary researchers on the premise plumbing aspect research on Legionella. Drss Lee and Whelton will present on the ‘Development of Premise Plumbing Hydraulic-Water Quality Models’. Their presentation will detail part of the ongoing project titled ‘Right Sizing Tomorrow's Water Systems for Efficiency, Sustainability, and Public Health (EPA Grant R836890)’ under the U.S. EPA’s National Priorities: Impacts of Water Conservation on Water Quality in Premise Plumbing and Water Distribution Systems.

Dr. Thomas Kistemann, a professor from the Institute for Hygiene & Public Health, Bonn University in Germany will present on ‘Drinking Water Quality – Pathogen Prevention by Controlling Conditions Inherent to the Plumbing System.’ The growth of pathogens in plumbing systems can be impacted by chemical treatment and by controlling other parameters relevant to the system such as temperature, water flow, water exchange and nutrient concentration as they are identified as important factors (so-called ‘tetrahedron of effects’). In Germany, as in many other countries, comprehensive regulations concerning these parameters are being put into place.

▪ The ‘Unintended Consequences of Water Efficiency’ will be an important topic at the symposium. Jocelyn Liu, a senior staff engineer at Brown and Caldwell, will present on behalf of the California Urban Water Agencies on the release of its recent white paper titled ‘Adapting to Change – Declining Flows and Utility Systems.’ This presentation will provide an overview of the research into the effects of declining flows, highlighting the importance of considering the entire interconnected urban water cycle when establishing local and statewide goals for conservation and water use efficiency.

▪ Learn about the recently announced new International Standard for Water Efficient Products. 

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced its intentions to go forward with the development of a new international standard and labeling scheme for water efficient consumer products. Presentations will be provided by Dr. Carol Grossman, Director, Water Efficiency Labeling and Standards, Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources; Yvonne Orgill, chief executive, Bathroom Manufacturers Association; and Stephanie Tanner, lead engineer for the U.S. EPA’s WaterSense Program on the history and market penetrations of the three most successful labeling programs from around the globe. Their presentations will be followed with a discussion on how the new international standard will coexist with these well-established national programs.

There’s so much more to come. Keep an eye out for the final installment of What’s on Tap at the EWTS coming up soon. Be there!