Workshops & Tours

June 9 - 12 | Exposition: June 10 - 12 | Colorado Convention Center | Denver, CO | USA

Workshops | Sunday, June 9

Workshops offer fresh perspectives on relevant topics. Sign-up early before seats fill up. Additional fee is required.

PCW01: Treatment Process Pilot Testing: Planning: Design, and Hands-on Operations

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This workshop will be held at Aurora Water’s state-of-the-art Binney Water Purification Facility. Pilot treatability testing is an important tool in the design and optimization of water treatment facilities. Owners, operators and engineers can all benefit from pilot testing. Pilot testing offers unparalleled insights into how treatment trains will perform in changing water quality. This workshop will focus on the design, management, and operations of a pilot study.

Transportation will be provided. The bus will depart from the Colorado Convention Center at 8:15 a.m.

PCW02: Optimizing Filter Performance—Surveillance, Data Analysis and Maintenance - SOLD OUT

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This workshop will be held at the Denver Water Marston Water Treatment Plant. Granular media filters are the final physical barrier to pathogens in water treatment. Filters must perform optimally under all flow and source water conditions to ensure public safety. Attendees will be introduced to the background and practical experience to understand the filtration process, design, and operational considerations. This workshop will focus on how to conduct a filter surveillance program to determine filter performance over time and on analyzing ways to optimize treatment.

Transportation will be provided and the bus will depart the Colorado Convention Center at 8:15 a.m.

PCW03: Applying the Concept of Design Thinking to Solve Asset Management Implementation Challenges

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This workshop will introduce proven concepts of a design methodology, Design Thinking, that provides a solution-based approach to solving problems.  This workshop will explore how to apply the methodology, address challenging problems faced by asset management programs and explore creative and analytical thinking for innovative solutions. How can we better utilize asset data? How can we effectively engage our resources? What are the optimal processes required to maintain the program? Outcomes will be applicable solutions crafted through an interactive learning experience.

PCW04: Aging Infrastructure Management—Hydraulic Analysis of Water Distribution System Criticality and Resiliency

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Traditionally, utilities invested capital resources to support growth. While it could be simple to determine where new pipes are needed to remedy capacity bottlenecks, it might be difficult to prioritize the pipe replacement. Pipe condition assessment can forecast the likelihood of a pipe failure. To prioritize the pipe replacement based on the risk of failure, one also needs to determine the pipe consequences of the failure. This workshop will show how hydraulic models can be used to determine the pipe criticality by evaluating the impacts of a pipe failure and how hydraulic criticality can be integrated with pipe likelihood of failure data to prioritize aging main replacement. It will also discuss how the same tools used for the pipe criticality analysis can be used for system resiliency assessment.

PCW05: AWWA Manual M5, Water Utility Management—What You Don’t Know That You Probably Should!

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Utility leaders of today are faced with increasing demands and must optimize operations and manage activities of their utility to effectively serve customers and other stakeholders.

The new AWWA Manual M5—Water Utility Management—delivers deep experience, strength and context for each of these concerns. Designed for both new and seasoned utility managers, M5 will address multiple utility issues and will build upon prior knowledge and help broaden managers’ perspectives.

The presentations are from public and private utility executives, senior water and wastewater engineers, and principal management and financial consultants who have captured the water industry’s best practices, methods, approaches and overall strategies to help participating utility managers remain heroes in today’s complex and ever-changing world.

PCW06: AWWA Manual 77 Condition Assessment of Water Mains - SOLD OUT

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

In this interactive workshop, attendees will review the use and application of condition assessment technologies and principles. This workshop is built around the new AWWA Manual M77, Water Main Condition Assessment. This workshop will help utilities understand the range of approaches and technologies that are available for condition assessment, and some of the key issues that should drive the selection and use of condition assessment technologies and techniques.

PCW07: ISO55000 Management Systems: What Are They and How to Use Them

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This workshop will provide an understanding of the ISO 55000 standard and how it applies to asset management practice. All sized organizations, including those new to asset management or those looking to revise their asset management documentation to international practice, will learn scalable, robust principles that will serve as a foundation for improving performance with asset management. Hear from experts on applying ISO 55000 principles to asset management policy, strategic asset management planning and individual asset management planning efforts

PCW08: Beyond the Spec Book: Learn What, How & When to Use Various Equipment in the Water Treatment Process

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Eight manufacturers will set up their equipment at a station in the room. In groups of 3-5, attendees will visit each station and become familiar with the piece(s) of equipment, touch it, learn how to operate it, understand when to use it, and learn what each part of the equipment specification means in simple terms. Each group will visit every station during the workshop.

Facility Tours

All tours: An additional fee is required. Must be registered for the full conference or exhibits only; pre-registration is required. Capacity is limited. Name changes are not permitted after the cutoff date. Photo ID is required to board the bus, and a waiver must be completed during the bus ride.

Please keep Colorado’s high altitude in mind and bring water and wear sunscreen. Most tours include significant time outdoors and involve plenty of walking; please be prepared for the weather conditions.


Tuesday 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This tour is sold out. 

Note: Closed shoes and long pants required.

This system illustrates an innovative use of natural and technical treatment methods to recapture water from the South Platte River to enhance a supply through indirect potable reuse. Tour attendees will gain an understanding of the system’s processes, such as biological filtration, ultraviolet advanced oxidation, adsorption and finished water blending to make this urban source water indistinguishable from the mountain supply. This tour will begin at the alluvial wells (riverbank filtration) along the South Platte, will visit a pump station along the 34-mile pipeline and end at the 80-acre Binney Water Purification Facility.

Tuesday 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

This tour is sold out. 

Note: Signed advance waiver due by May 18, 2019. Closed shoes and long pants required.

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Denver Water’s newly redeveloped main campus! The Chief of Operations & Maintenance and other employees will discuss how using lean tools and continuous improvement methodologies have advanced processes and efficiencies helped reshape facilities and have transformed Denver Water’s culture. We’ll guide you through several new facilities, such as the Trades Building, Fleet Building, Warehouse and Meter Shop, and the brand-new Administration Building. Additionally, you’ll learn about the “ecosystem machine”, which will treat gray and black water generated in the Administration Building to eventually be used throughout the redeveloped campus. You’ll get to hear about future projects in the works, see innovations that have been implemented, and visit with employees who have played a role in this transformation.

Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This tour is sold out. 

Note: Closed shoes required.

Reuter-Hess Water Purification Facility (RHWPF) is a state-of-the-art facility with three primary treatment technologies involving a high-rate clarification system, a powder activated carbon treatment system and ceramic membrane filtration technology. RHWPF is fed from the Reuter-Hess Reservoir, which is filled using Cherry Creek surface water and treated reclaimed flows from the District’s two reclamation facilities. Please note that this tour includes several stair climbs/descents, with no elevator access.

Tuesday 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

This tour is sold out. 

Water consumption and conservation is a big topic in the beer industry. A tour of the Great Divide Brewery, the only regional craft brewery in Denver that distributes its beer both nationally and internationally, will showcase the culture of producing high-quality beer through environmentally responsible practices while measuring and presenting metrics of sustainability. Tour includes transportation, guided tour and 3 samples per person. Ages 21 and over.

Wednesday 8:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m.

This tour is sold out. 

Attendees will tour the Denver Zoo to learn about recycled water use inside the exhibit areas and participate in think-tank discussions concerning water-focused challenges. On this tour, you’ll hear from zoo employees about how they’ve incorporated recycled water into The Edge—their new tiger exhibit—and their Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit. Additionally, through your direct feedback and ideas, you’ll help the Denver Zoo enhance its water usage design and plans for the sea lion exhibit and help them with what a water resiliency plan for the zoo could look like. Ages 18 and over.

Wednesday 8:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m.

This tour is sold out. 

Note: Signed advance waiver due by May 18, 2019. Closed shoes and long pants required. A few areas of Marston WTP tour are accessed via stairs without elevator.

Come to south Denver to see the offices of AWWA and meet some of the people that bring you training, tours and more! Attendees will head next door to the Marston Water Treatment Plant, and the Marston reservoir. In operation since the early 1900s, Marston is integral to maintaining the reliability of Denver Water’s system and can treat up to 240 million gallons of water per day. While visiting the plant, you can talk with operators about the onsite reservoir, wildlife that call the area home—including a pair of nesting bald eagles—and learn more about Denver Water.

Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – noon 

This tour is sold out. 

Note: Closed shoes and long pants required.

The Metro Wastewater Reclamation District’s Northern Treatment Plant (NTP) is a new infrastructure that began operating in Brighton, Colorado, in late 2016. As one of the most advanced systems in the country, the NTP’s phased design provides flexibility to expand as the region grows and currently has the capacity to treat 24 million gallons of wastewater per day. Attendees will learn about the advanced requirements for discharge to the South Platte River—the biological treatment process at the NTP is followed by flocculation/sedimentation and filtration treatment steps.

Wednesday, noon – 5:00 p.m. 

This tour is sold out. 

Note: Participants will be provided steel toe boot covers and additional PPE that must be worn on this tour. Closed shoes and long pants strictly required.

Tour the water treatment and wastewater treatment facilities at Coors Brewery in Golden, Colorado, the largest single brewery in the world! See the inner workings of how water is treated in the beer-brewing process and how wastewater comes out of the process. Participants will also be able to see how the beer is made and try a sample fresh off the distribution line. Ages 21 and over.

Wednesday, 12:30 – 5:00 p.m. 

Denver Water’s Gross Reservoir Expansion Project is upgrading and modernizing the northern water system using a long-term, multi-pronged approach. The Project will raise dam height by 131 feet and increase reservoir by 77,000 acre-feet. A new water treatment plant, pipeline and redevelopment of Moffat Treatment Plant site are also included. Projects of this magnitude take more than equipment and materials. They require environmental stewardship, alignment of vision, ethics and values among stakeholders, collaboration and a tremendous amount of patience. Come learn how Denver Water engages with government, interest groups and the communities to help ensure these projects’ visions become a reality.



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