Collection Systems 2018 Conference: Collections on the Coast - Investing in a Sustainable Future

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This conference is held by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) in cooperation with the Virginia Water Environment Association (VWEA) and the Water Research Foundation.


VWEA Kickoff Social Event

Sunday, April 8, 2018
6:00-10:00 PM
Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

Registration for VWEA Kickoff Social Event is now closed, onsite tickets are unavailable.


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Sunday, 4/8/2018

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 

Workshop A: Infiltration and Inflow Modeling for Collection System Utilities

Workshop B: Findings from the Field – How to Evaluate Your I/I Reduction Program's Performance and Report the Results to Your Board

Separate registration fees apply for pre-conference workshops


Monday, 4/9/2018

Opening General Session

Session 01: Odor Control 

Session 02: Trenchless 

Session 03: System Analysis 

Session 04: Local I 


Tuesday 4/10/2018

Session 05: Planning 

Session 06: SSO/CSO

Session 07: Potpourri

Session 08: Pump Stations

Session 09: Lessons Learned

Session 10: O&M


Wednesday, 4/11/2018

Session 11: Asset Management

Session 12: Project Delivery

Session 13: Local II


Tour 1

Separate registration fees apply 

Location: Nansemond Treatment Plant, Suffolk, Virginia

Date: Tuesday, April 10, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

SWIFT Research Center

HRSD, the regional wastewater collection and treatment utility, has recently embarked on a transformational program that affects all aspects of the region’s water supply and quality.  Currently, HRSD meets all of its permitted effluent discharge parameters for nutrients and sediment to the Chesapeake Bay; however, this still includes discharges of nearly 4 million pounds per year of nutrients and 15 million pounds of sediment. The area also is home to significant water users, like two large paper plants, which have lowered the subsurface aquifer levels and created a ground subsidence effect.  Norfolk and the surrounding cities are literally sinking a little each year.  In addition, the Hampton Roads area has been identified as the second most vulnerable region in the country for sea level rise and higher levels of recurring flooding.

The Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow (SWIFT) Program was conceived as an idea to assist with many of these challenges.  Rather than discharging more than 120 MGD each day into the Chesapeake Bay, HRSD is proposing to implement an advanced water treatment system on the tail end of the treatment process at several of its plants and then inject the treat water back into the aquifer.  There are many technical challenges involving consistency of treatment to drinking water standards, installation of the injection wells, and addressing water chemistry for the wells.  HRSD will be completing an innovating demonstration pilot facility and research center in early 2018 at its Nansemond Treatment Plant in Suffolk, Virginia.  This tour will provide a complete background on the issues the region is facing and how HRSD is working to help with the SWIFT Program. HRSD staff, operators, and consultants will be on hand to discuss the two facilities and answer questions.


Tour 2

Separate registration fees apply 

Location:  Bridge Street Pump Station, Hampton, VA, and Coliseum Storage Facility, Hampton, VA

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 1 PM to 5 PM

Coliseum Wet Weather Storage Facility and Bridge Street Pump Station

For the past several years, HRSD, the regional wastewater collection and treatment utility in Hampton Roads, has been implementing projects as part of a federal Consent Decree to reduce the occurrence of sanitary sewer overflows.  A variety of projects have been already constructed in addition to the recently-developed Integrated Plan/Regional Wet Weather Management Plan with more than $2 billion in proposed projects.  This tour will visit two facilities in Hampton, Virginia, which typify the projects included in the plan.  The Coliseum Wet Weather Storage Facility and Pressure Reducing Station includes a 2.4 million gallon above ground storage tank, odor control facility, and pumping station that is responsible for shaving peak wet weather sewer flows off the downstream system and reducing upstream pressures.  This is currently the only wet weather storage facility of its kind in the Hampton Roads region.

The second stop on this tour will be a newly constructed regional wet well pumping station at Bridge Street near downtown Hampton.  This station features a self-cleaning, trench-style wet well and is capable of pumping peak flows in excess of 14 million gallons per day.  HRSD staff, operators, and consultants will be on hand to discuss the two facilities and answer questions.



Exhibit Hall Mobile Sessions

Included with conference registration


Mobile Session I

Monday, April 9



These participating exhibitor presenters will host concurrent presentations during each of the following times within their exhibit booth:  10:35am, 11:00am, and 11:25am.


Utilizing Focused Electrode Leak Locating (FELL) to Certify CIPP Liner Watertightness

Mark Grabowski, Electro Scan


Flow Monitoring Fundamentals -- an Overview of Technologies and Their Applications

Kevin Enfinger, ADS


Trenchless, Mechanical Point Repair for Cost-Effective Rehabilitation

Nick Sebastian, Environment One


Geospray Geopolymer Mortar System for Structural Rehabilitation of Storm and Sewer Pipe Infrastructure

Scott Naiva, Miliken


Mobile Session II: Emerging Technologies and Topics

Tuesday, April 10



These participating exhibitor presenters will host concurrent presentations during each of the following times within their exhibit booth:  12:45pm, 1:05pm, and 1:25pm


FloWav Solutions Let You Monitor Top To Bottom - Learn How RADAR and The Raven Eye Can Help

Kraig Moodie, FloWav


Transient Technology for Non-Invasive Pipe Condition Assessment

Jeffrey Griffiths, Hydromax


Utilizing Acoustic Inspection to Prioritize Sewer Cleaning

Alex Churchill, Infosense


The Value of Manhole Inspection as Part of Regular Sewer Inspection

Andrew Wicker, Envirosight


Advanced Liquid Phase Odor Control and Monitoring

Calvin Horst, Evoqua 



If you have any questions, please contact:

Diana Prado
Education and Training
Water Environment Federation
(703) 684-2400 x7450


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WEF Members (Before 3/2/2018 | After 3/2/2018)

  • Full Conference: $690 | $890
  • One Day (either Monday or Tuesday): $400 | $520
  • Expo Only: $130 | $130 
  • Student Full Conference: No Charge
  • Pre Conference Workshop: $179 | $199 (free to Student Members)
  • Facility Tour: $40 | $40 

 Non-Members (Before 3/2/2018 | After 3/2/2018)

  • Full Conference: $995 | $1295
  • One Day (either Monday or Tuesday): $535 | $660
  • Expo Only: $160 | $160
  • Student Full Conference: $225 | $290
  • Pre Conference Workshop: $209 | $229
  • Facility Tour: $45 | $45 


Registration questions?

Registration Coordinator
Phone: 703-684-2441


*Cancellation Policy: All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing with a detailed explanation by 3/23/2018. A 25% administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds. Registrants who fail to notify WEF of cancellations by March 23 will be liable for the full registration fee.




Registration Fee Includes:

  • Full conference fee includes: Opening General Session, admission to all Technical Sessions, Exhibition Hall, and Online access to proceedings
  • One-Day conference fee includes: Admission to the Technical Sessions and the Exhibition on the specific day that was chosen
  • Exhibition Only fee includes: Access to the Exhibition

Workshops, Facility Tours, and Networking Events are optional and require a fee (they are not included with the conference registration fees).




Hotel   Name:

DoubleTree   by Hilton Hotel Virginia Beach 

Hotel   Address:

1900   Pavilion Drive


Virginia   Beach, Virginia



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Group Rate: $149.00

Group Cutoff date: Thursday, March 15, 2018

*Reservations are on a first come first service basis and may sell out before the cutoff date.

Reservation Phone Number: 800-222-8733

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Download Exhibit Space Reservation & Contract 
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Service Manual and Exhibitions Page

Exhibitors are required to review the License for Exhibiting prior to signing the Exhibit Space Reservation & Contract. Additionally, the exhibitor agrees to all the terms and conditions of this License.

Exhibit Space Rates per 10’ x 10’ Booth
WEF Exhibitor Member: $2,200
Nonmember: $2,800
Corner Fee: $75
Please note: WEF has multiple types of memberships.
Only WEF Exhibitor Members are eligible for the discount on exhibit space.

Become an Exhibitor Member to receive discounted booth space fees.

Space Rates Include:

  • Complimentary booth personnel badges, two per 100 sq ft contracted
  • Listing in the onsite conference program exhibitor directory
  • Complete mobile app listing, including description, categories, and PDF upload capability  
  • Free access to registrant data via the internet once space is fully paid
  • Access conference proceedings
  • Exclusive sponsorship opportunities

Questions about Reserving Space?
Sarah Evans Moretti
Manager, Exhibition Sales
phone: 703-684-2466

Already an Exhibitor?
Jessica LaFever
Manager, Exhibition Operations  
phone: 703-684-2400 x7052


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Overall Sponsor Benefits*
• Enhanced visibility to conference attendees
• Company logo in sponsorship directory in the conference program
• Company logo on the conference sponsorship page
• Complete mobile app listing, including logo, description, and PDF upload capability
• Company logo-enhanced exhibitor directory listing on mobile app, only for conference exhibitors
• Branding on signage recognizing all sponsors on display for the duration of the conference
• Company logo recognition on corresponding sponsor slide at the Opening General Session
• One-time pull of pre-registered or final attendee lists in Excel format
• Sponsor badge ribbons
* Overall sponsor benefits are included with all opportunities, except hotel sponsorships, meterboards, exhibit hall carpet clings, and tote bag inserts.

Sponsors are required to review the License for Sponsoring prior to signing the Sponsor Reservation & Contract. Additionally, the sponsor agrees to all the terms and conditions of this License.

Questions about Sponsoring?  
      Sarah Evans Moretti  
      Manager, Exhibition Sales       
      phone: 703-684-2466
Already a Sponsor? 
     Ronnetta Zack-Williams 
     Sponsorship Coordinator 
     phone: 703-684-2468 

Your Event Experience

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WEF Policies
WEF respects and takes the broadest view of human diversity and inclusion, and is committed to providing a professional, safe, and welcoming environment at its meetings and events for all water professionals and their guests. WEF expects all sponsors, speakers, attendees, media, exhibitors and other participants to uphold our commitment to diversity and inclusion by helping us provide a positive environment for everyone. Download WEF's official policies to learn more:

Non-Discrimination and Harassment

Diversity and Inclusivity


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