The North Carolina Section of the American Water Works Association and the North Carolina Water Environment Association (NC AWWA-WEA) will hold its 90th Annual Conference November 14-17, 2010 at the Twin City Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem, MC Benton Convention Center, Embassy Suites and Marriott.
More than 1,100 water and wastewater professionals and 150 exhibitors, who will display their products and services, will arrive in Winston-Salem November 14 to kick off the 90th Annual Conference. Visiting national officers are Joe Mantua, National AWWA President and Chris Browning, National Water Environment Federation Treasurer.
The opening session at 8:30 a.m., November 15 will feature a Presentation of Colors by the Winston-Salem Fire Department, and the National Anthem by Logan Weber from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Mayor Allen Joines will open the festivities by welcoming conference participants to Winston-Salem. Opening session Keynote Speaker is Pat McCrory, former Mayor of Charlotte and Association Lunch Speaker is Mark McIntire, PE of Stearns & Wheler GHD.
The 90th annual conference program for Monday and Tuesday will consist of five concurrent technical sessions and forums on various topics related to water, wastewater, collection & distribution, management, and other related topics. Wednesday morning’s interactive forum provides attendees with the opportunity to participate in various interactive discussion forums on topics including the science environment and the economics of North Carolina’s water quality regulations.
In addition to the technical sessions, the NC AWWA-WEA conference will feature special events such as a Poster Contest, Operations Challenge, and the Best Tasting Water Contest – a contest between utilities across the state of North Carolina competing for the prize of best tasting tap water.
There are two facility tours this year. They will be held at the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities Archie Elledge Wastewater Treatment Plant and the R.A. Thomas Water Treatment Plant; both currently under construction. Tour of the Elledge Plant will include an influent pumping station, new plant control building, primary sludge pumping station with scum concentrator, 120 ft. primary clarifiers, and new plant power generation and distribution facilities. The R.A. Thomas Water Treatment Plant is currently under construction and the new facility is scheduled to be in service in mid 2011. Tour of the R.A. Thomas Water Treatment Plant will include new conventional sedimentation and filtration facilities, finished water clearwells, washwater treatment facilities, finished water pumping station, and new administration building.
The NC AWWA-WEA is a volunteer, non-profit association dedicated to providing water and wastewater education, training, and service in an effort to protect public health and the environment.