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7:30am - 8:00am - Registration & Refreshements

7:30am - 12:00pm - Trade Show

8:00am - 9:00am - Concurrent Session #1
How Technology is Changing the Water Meter and Meter Reading Industry (1.0 W TCH)

Technology change is part of our everyday lives and cannot be avoided. However, water utilities typically have been slow to adapt to new technology. With the rapid changes in technology - how will thiw affect youru water utilities' operation specific to metering. This class will cover tips, trends, and solutions regarding water meters, meter reading systems, and software and customer engagement.

Instructor: Ian Kasowtiz, Stiles Co.
Mr. Kasowitz is the Vice President at Stiles Co., and has been with the company for over 12 years as a territory manager and AMR/AMI specialist. He is passionate about knowing all of the ins and outs of the metering industry and travels to the American Water Works Association ACE conference annually. he is an active member of several water works associations throughout New England and passionate aobut educating people on all things meters.

How to Develop Your Service Line Inventory (1.0 W TCH)
With the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) approaching soon, this class will focus on the LCRR requirements to develop service line inventories and the tools that can be used to achieve this goal.

Instructor: Jessica Sibriski, MassDEP
Ms. Sibriski has been working for MassDEP for over 6 years in the Boston office doing regulatroy work. At the present, Jessica is the Lead and Copper Rule, Sanitary Survey, and Total Coliform Rule coordinator for the Drinking Water Program. Some of her experiences include work with the Lead Contamination Control Act (LCCA) Program, the lead in schools Assistance Program, amoung others.

9:00am - 9:30am - B R E A K

9:30am - 10:30am - Concurrent Session #2

SCADA Master Planning for Reliable Operations (1.0 W TCH)

Why do SCADA Master Pannning in the first place? What's the rationale? Wouldn't it make more sense to put the money you would spend on a study into acutally fixing the problem? This course in SCADA Master Planning will help municipalities identify various technical, business, and prcedural issues which may place a municipalities goals and objectives at risk. Municipall goals and objectives of compliance, operationall efficiency, cost minimization, public health and safety, public perception, and annual budgets can be impacted to varying degress from minor to catastrophic. Elements of SCADA Master Planning are discussed, which include identification of key stakeholders, alighment of techincal and business goals, stages of SCADA Master Planning development, and key benefits. The ultimate goal of the SCADA Master Planning is the provision of a road map that identifies coordinated areas of upgrade. The SCADA Master Plan typically provides an executive summary, existing conditions, stakholder requirements, alternatives in a cost-benefit analysis, recommendations, project identification, phasing, budgeting, and summary. Most importantly, the SCADA Master Plan provides a carefully structured and planned solution with prioritized and phased upgrades within the municipalities overall budget.

Instructor: James Papadimitriou, PE, Wright-Pierce Engineering
Mr. Papadimitriou has more than 31 years of experience in the design, application, implementation, and startup of instrumentation and process control systems for the water/wastewater, industrial process, and machine control markets His experience is applied to manufacturing, design-bid-construction, and design-build business models. Mr. Papadimitriou's experience includes the design of electrical systems, instrumentation sysetms, process control systems, telemetry systems (Radio, leased-line, dial-up, cellular), Supervisory Controls and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, as well as machine control systems. He has been involved in teh development of detiled process and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID), process flow diagrams (PFDs), sysetem archtecture diagrams, electrical schematics, controls/instrument layout diagrams, interconnedtion diagrams, bill of materials, control panel layout diagrams, sequence of operations and control descriptions, as well as numberous I&C specifications. Experience also includes telecommunication studies and SCADA Obsolescence and Master Planning.

MassDEP & US EPA Regulartory Roundtable Discussion (1.0 W TCH)
Michael and Andrea will be available to discuss regulatory updates & priorities for 2022/2023.

Instructor: Michael Celona, MassDEP
Mr. Celona is an Environmental Analyst within the Drinking Water Program. His areas of focus include lead in school drinking water, supporting small public water systems, and water operator education and outreach.

Instructor: Andrea Traviglia, PE, US EPA - Region 1
Ms. Traviglia is an Environmental Engineer in the Drinking Water Quality and Protection Unit with the US EPA - Region 1 office, based from Boston, MA. She has been with US EPA for 11 years. She works with teh State of Massachusetts in Region 1 and is the coordinator for a number of drinking eater rules and programs in the Region. Prior to joining EPA, she worked at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and at Malcolm Pirnie (new Arcadis) as a Poject Manager on the Drinking Water Planning and Process Team. Andrea is a registered Professional Engineer with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Engineering form Tufts University and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

10:30am - 11:00am - B R E A K

11:00am - 12:00pm - Concurrent Session #3
Everyday Applications of GIS in Small Systems (1.0 W & WW TCH)
This presentation starts with several small case studies showing how water and sewer systms use GIS/Mapping to do things like locating, tracking valve exercising, hydrant flushing, sewer cleaning, smoke testing, and general knowledge archiving. We will suggest several GIS software options including a few that are free. We will talk about how to choose a GPS and demonstrate how to start mapping your own system from scratch using both a GPS method and an even simpler non-GPS method. Lastly, we will show how you can use GIS to record your Lead Service Line Inventory and generate an EPA LSLI spreadsheet.

Instructor: Ben Hill, Diamond Maps
Mr. Hill has worked in the GIS indusry for 25 years and is teh founder of Diamond Maps. Diamond Maps is a provider of GIS/Mapping software and specializes in helping small communities with zero GIS experience map their own systems, track maintenance, and preserve knowledge. In teh last 7 years, Ben and his team have helped a thousand communities get started using GIS.

Funding Options: MassDEP SRF & USDA WEP (1.0 W & WW TCH)
MassDEP and the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust will provide an overview of the State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan applicaiton process and the benefits of financing water infrastructure projects through the SRF programs. Topics will include, but are not limited to, project eligibility, the added subsidies available for disadvantaged communities, and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law supplemental funding for the SRF program. The USDA RD will also present on their programs as well.

Instructor: Gregory Devine, PE, MassDEP
Mr. Devinehas worked in teh municipal water and wastewater infrastructure industry for 20 years; with nearly equal tie in the private sector as an engineering consultant and in goverment as an environmental engineer with MassDEP. As a design engineer, Mr. Devine engaged in a variety of planning, design, and scontruction projects for municipal lclients across New England. In his time with MassDEP, Gregory has served as project engineer within the State Revolving Fund program, including his current role as Section Chief, responsible for oversight of all SRF financed projects in the Western Region and the Northeast Region. He also manages the State's Community Septic Management Program and supports other Agency grant and loan programs. Greg earned a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from Tufts University and a Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering from UMass Amherst. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts and is also a licensed Soils Evaluator in the Commonwealth.

Instructor: Henry Nguyen - USDA RD

12:00pm - 1:00pm - L U N C H B R E A K

1:00pm - 3:00pm - Sesion #4
Measuring Chlorine Residual (2.0 W & WW TCH)

This session is inteded to serve as a review on how to measure chlorine residuals. It is geared with tartgeted presentations and discussions specific to the needs of the water & wastewater industry. We will take a closer look into chlorine for disinfection, measurement, and training. We will also discuss the overview of continuous monitoring, measurement methods, testing, and general good practices.

Instructor: Janice Markey, Maltz Sales Company
Ms. Markey is an Applications Engineer with the Maltz Sales Company. She has been in the wastewater industry for more than 20 years and holds a Massachusetts Grade 6C Wastewater Operator license. She has extensive experience with submersible and AODD pumps, chemical feed systems, multiparameter controllers, regulatory and permitting issues, as well as system upgrades and installations. She also has an OSHA 30-Hour general industry certificate. Janice has worked at Maltz Sales Company for 5 years and ran the 180,000 GPD wastewater system at Blount Fine Foods for 6 years.




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