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The Iowa section of the American Water Works Association will host the 101st IA-AWWA Annual Conference in Altoona, Iowa October 4-6, 2016. The agenda for this year’s event includes a full day of educational sessions on Wednesday, October 5.

Among those presenting are Darin Jacobs, PE, and Matt Mahler, PE, of Snyder & Associates.

With over 25 years of combined water/wastewater engineering experience, Jacobs and Mahler’s presentations will cover significant investments made by the City of Panora in surface water source and treatment infrastructure over the last decade. Areas of particular emphasis include improvements to Panora’s low head dam and existing treatment facilities as well as a treatment plant expansion that added a membrane process for nitrate removal.

“We overcame a number of challenges on this project and the improvements that were made increased the City’s capacity to provide safe, reliable drinking water to its customers,” shares Jacobs.

On the heels of the Flint, Michigan water crisis, Mahler will also present the following on water stability:

  • An explanation and overview
  • Issues related to water stability
  • How to measure and control it

From the cost of pumping to compliance with toxic metal MCLs, taste and odor complaints, water stability can impact many aspects of a water system owner’s daily life.

“There’s no hard and fast rule for managing water stability,” explains Mahler. “There are many different factors that can cause a water to be aggressive and corrosive, and each utility needs to approach controlling stability in a way that is purposeful and specific to them.”

Approximately 150 people are expected to attend this year’s conference from numerous water utilities throughout Iowa. Bill Northey, Secretary of Agriculture, will provide the Keynote Address with a focus on Iowa’s nutrient reduction strategy. In addition to informational sessions, a Water for People Charity Golf Outing and Raffle are among the conference offerings. All proceeds raised benefit Water for People, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing and promoting basic water supply, sanitation, and education to underdeveloped areas of the world.