43rd Annual Conference
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43rd Annual Conference - February 12 - 14, 2018

Program Schedule - Tuesday, February 13th


7:00 – 8:00 AM Registration/Continental Breakfast and Exhibit Hall Open
7:30 – 8:00 AM  First Timers Meet and Greet - Room 301
8:00 – 8:30 AM Daily Announcement Session - Room 302/303
Rod Glosser, IRWA Board President
Greg Huff, IRWA CEO

General Conference Information
8:30 – 9:30 AM Main Line Flushing (WD) - Room 302/303
Don Van Veldhuizen, USA Bluebook

Biotta; Don’t Discharge Nitrates, Destroy Them! (WT) - Room 301
Darin Schriever, DGR Engineering
Faced with rising source water nitrates and more strict discharge limits, many Iowa water systems face difficult water treatment choices.  A biological approach to nitrate treatment offers the advantage of destroying the nitrate, thereby removing it from the environment and eliminating the problem of discharging it.  A successful pilot study will be discussed along with regulatory considerations.

NPDES Updates (WW) - Room 312/313
Ben Hucka, IDNR

Mistakes Employers Make That Create Risks for Lawsuits (No CEUs) - Room 311
Michele Brott, Davis Brown Law Firm
An overview of common management mistakes and discussion of “lessons learned” and suggestions to avoid missteps.

Understanding and Appreciating a Multi-generational Workforce (No CEUs) - Room 321
Courtney DeRonde, T D & T CPAs and Advisors, P.C.
Each generation assumes there’s “one right way” – their own!  This session will open your eyes to the formative events that have shaped the characteristics and behaviors of each generation.  Instead of waiting for the next generation to “see it your way”, you will learn practical ways to leverage these differences within your organization.

9:30 – 10:00 AM Break/Exhibit Hall Open
10:00 – 11:00 AM Math; Honing Your Skills (WT/WD/WW) - Room 302/303
Don Van Veldhuizen

Reality and Dangers of Arc Flash Incident (WT/WD/WW) - Room 301
Jeff Bennett, Thompson Automation and Specialty Services

Supported by OSHA, the current NFPA 70E changes bring a new level of regulations that employers must understand when it comes to Arc Flash, PPE, and training.  This program will cover some of the important changes in the 2015 NFPA 70E regulations.  This will give attendees a better understanding and help employers to protect their employees. 

Communication Between City and Industry (WW) - Room 312/313
Desiree McCaslen, Big Ox Energy
Desiree will discuss the information necessary to understand the impact an industry will have on your community and the requirements an industry must meet based on state and federal code.

Increasing Economic Opportunities in Rural Iowa (No CEUs) - Room 311
Bill Menner, Bill Menner Group
Bill Menner will discuss the impact rural water systems can have on their local and regional economic development efforts, from business development to housing.  Similar efforts by other rural utilities have had a tremendous impact on rural economies.

Off Duty Employee Speech
Ann Smisek & Aaron Hilligas, Ahlers Law
This presentation will discuss off-duty employee speech and its impact on the work place.  In addition this presentation will detail a variety of real-world scenarios and address the impact federal and state law has on an employer’s ability to hold employees accountable for off-duty speech.

11:00 - 11:30 AM  IRWA Awards Announcements - Ballroom B
** $500.00 Cash Giveaway **
11:30 – 12:30 PM Awards Luncheon - Ballroom B
12:30 – 1:30 PM Math; Honing Your Skills-Cont’d (WT/WD/WW) - Room 302/303
Don Van Veldhuizen

Media and Social Media Training (WT/WD/WW) - Room 301
Tyler Campbell, LS2group
This session will discuss best practices for utilities during media interviews and interacting with customers via social media. Session will provide tips and ideas to best utilize social media as an additional tool to reach customers.

Low Energy Algae Based Wastewater Treatment (WW) - Room 312/313
Dan Johnson, One Water Inc.
The presentation focuses on the use of mixed algal and bacterial biofilms for the removal of CBOD and nutrients for small decentralized low energy wastewater treatment.

2018 Forecast (No CEUs) - Room 311
Julia McCusker, CoBank

What Now and What's Next: Smart Strategies Groups are Considering for Their Health Insurance Plan (No CEUs) - Room 321
Brian Gillette, Group Benefits
Group health insurance costs continue to rise and create challenges for Iowa businesses and their employees.  However, newly available funding strategies, technologies and product options may provide strategies for Iowa businesses to lower costs and improve quality.  In addition, members of the IRWA qualify for exclusive discounts on an important new approach. 

1:30 – 2:30 PM  Setting Water Rates (WT/WD/WW) - Room 302/303
Don Van Veldhuizen, USA Bluebook

Neofit System – So Long To Lead (WD) - Room 301
Paul Pasko, Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc.
Paul will focus on 2 recent demonstration installations completed during October 2017; 1 each in Van Meter Iowa and Milwaukee Wisconsin.  Van Meter and Milwaukee featured installations of Neofit+ into a 48-foot long 1” diameter copper and 30-foot 1” diameter lead service pipe respectively.  Neofit+ can rehabilitate ½” to 2” diameter water service pipes for lengths of up to 300 feet.  Additionally, Neofit+ allows the pipe to be immediately returned to service.

Lagoon Nitrofication: Case Study Keota & Newhall (WW) - Room 312/313
Nick Janous, Nexom

Why Utilities Need Public Relations and Marketing (No CEUs) - Room 311
Chad Coburn, Poweshiek Water Association
Why would a water system with their own territory need public relations and marketing?  Isn’t it a waste of money?  Find out what it can do for your system, your industry and what a committee formed by IRWA is looking to do.

RSAS Round Table Discussion (No CEUs) - Room 321
Jean Hargens, West Central Iowa Rural Water Association

2:30 – 3:00 PM Break – Exhibit Hall
3:00 – 4:00 PM Setting Water Rates; Cont’d (WT/WD/WW) - Room 302-303
Don Van Veldhuizen, USA Bluebook

Benefits of Water Tank Mixing (WD) - Room 301
Dan Richards, Red Valve Company 
Your water tank is more than pressure, volume and emergency reserves.  In fact, it could be contributing to poor water quality.  Selecting and implementing a comprehensive tank mixing system will not only improve tank chemistry, but alleviate stratification and even prevent ice formation.

Attached Growth VS Suspended Growth (WW) - Room 312/313
Jason Bradley, Bradley Innovation Group
In this session, we will discuss the pros and cons of attached growth vs suspended growth treatment.  We will also discuss how recent innovations allow the two types of treatment to work together for both mechanical and lagoon treatment.

Board/Management Round Table (No CEUs) - Room 311
Dorman Otte, Otte Consulting

RSAS Round Table Discussions (No CEUs) - Room 321
Jean Hargens, West Central Iowa Rural Water

4:00 – 5:00 PM Sportsman Raffle Social/Drawings – Exhibit Hall
5:30 – 7:00 PM   IRWA Social – Holiday Inn Mercy - 1st Floor
"Blue Drop Lounge"
Sponsored by Murphy Tractor and Equipment
* Topics subject to change.