Planned Webinars:

Resilience: Strong Utilities, Strong Communities, Nov. 14, 2018, 11:30 AM Pacific
Presented by PNCWA Utility Management Committee:
.1 CEUs requested
November 14, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Pacific
The webinar is no cost for PNCWA members, PNCWA section members, and WEF-UPP organization employees, and $50 for nonmembers.

Flooding, hurricanes, earthquakes and scores of other hazards can wreak system-wide and regional havoc on lifeline utilities that serve critical health, safety, and environmental roles in our everyday life. Recognizing the role that functioning infrastructure plays in the near- and long-term recovery of communities following a devastating event, utilities across the country are taking a serious look at their resiliency. This webinar delves into the efforts many utilities are making to understand their risks by identifying vulnerabilities, modeling natural hazard scenarios, and defining the critical elements of their systems.

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Past Webinars:

Energy Efficiency and Recovery Opportunities and Successful Examples in Pacific Northwest
When: Sep 26, 2018 11:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

.1 CEUs; The webinar is no cost for PNCWA members, PNCWA section members, and WEF-UPP organization employees, and $50 for nonmembers.

Nationally, the energy used by water and wastewater utilities accounts for 35 percent of typical U.S. municipal energy budgets (NYSERDA, 2008). This webinar highlights energy saving and generation opportunities and a detailed overview of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Development in the Northwest. Potential funding/grant opportunities will be provided including how their programs work. The presentations will include project examples from the Pacific Northwest.

PDFs of Presentation: https://pncwa.box.com/s/ii0tn7spmvykghsggt3424cpe32okg6j

YouTube video recording of presentations: https://youtu.be/hWeGEiWLiEU

11:30 – 11:35 Introduction, Miaomiao Zhang, Moderator
11:35 – 12:15 Successful Energy efficiency programs in the PNW, Wendy Waudby, Cascade Energy
12:15 – 12:55 Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Development in the Northwest, Gilbert McCoy, Washington State University Energy Program

Abstracts and Speaker bios

Presentation 1Wendy Waudby Successful Energy efficiency programs in the PNW

  • Energy efficiency programs in the PNW
    • How programs are set up
    • How the capital project incentive programs typically work
      • Who to talk to about a project
      • the application process
      • cost effectiveness
      • measurement and verification of savings
    • Mention SEM and O&M programs
  • Common energy saving projects (aeration diffusers, VFDs, blowers)
  • Lesser known energy saving projects (example: controls upgrades)

Presentation 2, Gilbert McCoy: Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Development in the Northwest


  • Overview of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Development in the Northwest
  • CHP at WWTF’s in the Northwest
  • Potential for Installation of Additional Generation from CHP Facilities at WWTFs
  • Biogas Production and Gas Treatment Requirements
  • CHP Prime Mover Characteristics (Reciprocating Engines, Microturbines, Gas Turbines)
  • CHP Project Costs and Cost Effectiveness
  • Northwest CHP TAP Project Assessment Services
  • Examples of Successful Projects

Wendy Waudby, P.E., LEED AP (Water and Wastewater Engineer @Cascade Energy)
Wendy Waudby has 15 years of experience in energy efficiency, wastewater treatment plant design, reuse, and wastewater service charges. She has worked as a consultant and a regulator and worked for a wastewater agency. She graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a B.S. and M.S. in Civil/Environmental Engineering.

Gilbert McCoy (Energy Systems Engineer @Washington State University Energy Program)
Worked at the Washington State Energy Office and WSU Energy Program as an Energy Systems Engineer for over 30 years. Have conducted many audits of steam, process heating, compressed air, pumping and motor and drive systems at industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities. Currently funded through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Northwest Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Technical Assistance Partnerships program to conduct Qualification Screenings and offer Technical Assistance to those interested in installing CHP projects. Client group includes industry, universities, military bases, commercial facilities, wastewater treatment plants, dairies, and government buildings.

Miaomiao Zhang (Webinar Moderator @PNCWA Sustainability Committee (Jacobs Engineering))
Senior Technologist at Jacobs Engineering. Professional Engineer (PE) with 17 years of experience in water and wastewater industry.
Areas of expertise:
• Field sampling and testing
• Process and hydraulic modeling and simulation
• Treatment technology evaluation
• Facility planning and preliminary design
• Facility process mechanical design
• Project management

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Past Webinars

Case Studies—Struvite Recovery for Phosphorus Removal and Recovery at Wastewater Treatment Plants December 6th
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm Pacific Time

Sponsored by PNCWA Emerging Technology Committee
No cost for PNCWA members, PNCWA Section members, and WEF-UPP organization employees; .1 CEUs requested; $50 for nonmembers

Struvite, or magnesium ammonium phosphate, is a crystalline material that is often formed downstream of anaerobic digestion processes, where abundant nitrogen, magnesium, and phosphorus is present and pH is raised due to CO2 stripping, which results from pumping or other turbulences. Uncontrolled struvite formation is typically viewed as a maintenance problem; until recently, as technologies have emerged that precipitate struvite in a controlled manner to recover phosphorus, allowing the plants to achieve low phosphorus limits, and simultaneously remove a fraction of the sidestream nitrogen.

This webinar highlights and provides the updates on full-scale implementations of two representative struvite recovery technologies in the Pacific Northwest, the Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technology implemented at the Clean Water Services’ wastewater treatment facilities (WWTFs) in Oregon, and the Multiform P- Recovery System implemented at the West Boise WWTF of City of Boise, Idaho.

This webinar completes the side stream webinar series started in 2015.

This webinar features the following presentations:

  • Case studies: Struvite Recovery at Durham and Rock Creek Wastewater Treatment Facilities (WWTF), OR, by Peter Schauer, Clean Water Services, OR. The presentation will discuss the history of the first struvite recovery facility in United States that was opened at the Durham WWTF in 2009, and the struvite recovery facility opened in 2012 at the Rock Creek WWTF. Updates on the recent operations will be provided.
  • Case study: Struvite Recovery at West Boise WWTF, ID, by William Benko and Ron Gearhart, City of Boise, ID. The West Boise WWTF dewaters digested sludge from the nearby Launder Street WWTF, which represents a significant phosphorus load to the West Boise WWTF. The presentation will highlight the latest operational requirements and optimization of the struvite production facility and the impacts from the 2015 startup of the enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) improvements constructed at the West Boise WWTF, as well as from Launder Street WWTF’s 2015 conversion from a chemical phosphorus removal plant to an EBPR plant.

This webinar is ideal for municipalities, utility managers, operators, and engineers who may consider or be interested in utilizing struvite recovery as a potential revenue generating vehicle to recover phosphorus, reduce sidestream phosphorus load to the plant, and allow achievement of stringent phosphorus permit limit more efficiently.


Asset Management - CMMS Aug. 11, 2016

  • Significant money is spent collecting data for utility operations, capital improvement, and customer service. But many utilities do not know what happens to data after it is collected. Do operations improve or does the data sit, under-analyzed, on utility servers? The more resources we place in collecting data, the more important it becomes to know that we are actually using that data to improve our decision making.

    • This webinar highlights the essential methods for using data effectively. Participants will learn how to optimally choose key performance indicators and run the right reports. They will take away optimized data visualization techniques and better understand how to leverage their technology to make decisions.

    • This webinar is ideal for utility managers and operators who want to better leverage utility data collection to improve processes, management, and customer service. (Presented by the PNCWA Plant Operations and Maintenance Committee) Contact David Gordon [email protected] for questions or Continue reading complete description.

  • Cyber Security for WWTP Operations and Maintenance Aug. 23, 2016 

  • Cyber-Security is an ever-increasing concern for governments, businesses, and consumers. High-profile data breaches that affect government agencies, conglomerates and millions of consumers alike indicate hackers are becoming more creative in their efforts. Historically, SCADA systems have been isolated from cyber-attacks; primarily because SCADA systems were developed in isolation of business networks. As critical infrastructures such as water systems become increasingly dependent on digital technology, those that manage these systems must be educated in the ways that computers and networks influence their operation.

    • This webinar will review the range of security technologies used to protect those systems including case studies, and will cover methods and processes that do allow for legitimate stakeholder access to data and yet provide adequate security to identify and minimize the impacts of cyber-attacks.

    • Presented by the PNCWA Plant Operations and Maintenance Committee, contact  Molly Du [email protected] for questions or Continue reading complete description.


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