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Raleigh to Host Statewide Water Conference

News posted Nov. 07, 2017 - 5:30 pm

The North Carolina Section of the American Water Works Association (NC AWWA) and the North Carolina Water Environment Association (NC WEA) will hold its 97th Annual Conference Nov. 12 through Nov. 15, at the Raleigh Convention Center.

More than 1,100 water and wastewater professionals from across North Carolina and 163 exhibitors displaying the latest in products and services will gather in Raleigh, Sunday, Nov. 12, to kick off four days of more than 120 technical sessions, forums, contests, award presentations, and meetings. NC AWWA-WEA is excited to welcome industry leaders, Kevin Bergschneider, National American Water Works Association (AWWA) Vice President and Joan Hawley, National Water Environment Federation (WEF) Board of Trustees member to Raleigh to celebrate their largest annual event.

The opening session keynote speaker is Britt Sheinbaum, who will discuss “Building Community Ownership of Water for Value and Resiliency”. Sheinbaum works as an Environmental Peacebuilding Researcher and Writer for a global initiative led by the Environmental Law Institute and the United Nations Environment Programme, and is a graduate fellow with the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Cape Fear River project.

In addition to the technical sessions, the NC AWWA-WEA conference will feature several special events. University students have the opportunity to present their research to peers in the Student Poster Contest. The fast-paced Operations Challenge and Pipe Tapping contests allow utilities to compete against each other as they perform industry-related skills. The annual Best Tasting Water Contest will judge water samples submitted by North Carolina utilities.

This year’s facility tour is at the Western Wake Regional Water Reclamation Facility, which was completed in 2014. Rated at 18 million gallons per day, the plant utilizes state-of-the-art technology used to minimize noise and odor impacts on neighbors. Effluent from the treatment process is pumped through an 11-mile pipeline to the discharge location, downstream of Buckhorn Dam on the Cape Fear River.

NC AWWA-WEA operates jointly as the North Carolina Section of the American Water Works Association, and the NC Member Association of the Water Environment Association, and is dedicated to providing water and wastewater education, training, and service to protect North Carolina public health and the environment.

For more information, contact

  • Michele Burton, Communications Specialist, Public Utilities Department, 919-996-3501
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