Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition - February 13-17, 2017 | Long Beach, California

Join AWWA and AMTA to explore how the latest developments in membrane technology can enhance water reliability and quality. Each year the conference reveals new directions in water and wastewater treatment technologies, desalting and membrane bioreactor applications.



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All members enjoy registration discounts. Join us! 

AMTA Membership Information AWWA Membership Information 

For all registration questions, please contact AMTA's Florida office at or phone 772.463.0820. 

Online registration is preferred. If necessary, a printed Registration Form (PDF) may be submitted to AMTA, followed with payment via phone. 

Hotel & Venue Information

Three hotels are arranged for the 2017 MTC. Please book early as there are a limited number of rooms available at each property.

Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
111 E Ocean Blvd 
Long Beach, CA 90802 
Rate: $239 plus tax
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  Hyatt Regency Long Beach
200 South Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA, 90802 
Rate: $239 plus tax
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Tuesday night sold out

Courtyard Long Beach Downtown
500 E 1st St
Long Beach, CA 90802
Rate: $199 plus tax
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Hotel deadline is January 19, 2017 or until block fills - whichever happens first. Please book early for best selection

Hotels are conveniently located within walking distance of the Long Beach Convention Center. 

All conference events will take place at Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, 300 E Ocean Blvd., 90802

Hotel AlertAMTA and AWWA are aware of non-authorized organizations contacting attendees to solicit hotel rooms. For your protection, never reserve hotel accommodations thru a phone or email solicitation. Please use only the official link above to book your room. Reservations made through any solicitor cannot be guaranteed by AMTA/AWWA and could result in hidden charges, unusual restrictions, incorrect hotel placement, or unauthorized credit card transactions.  If you are solicited, please forward the information to

Technical Program  

The MTC 2017 technical program consists of three days of technical sessions, plus pre-conference workshops, facility tours, and a comprehensive exhibit hall.

Online Technical Program

Onsite Conference Program (PDF) - coming soon!

Conference Announcement Brochure (PDF)

Presenter Resources

Post-event conference proceedings will be available online for all full conference registrants. Approximately eight weeks after the conference a URL will be emailed to eligible attendees to access the proceedings. Be sure to add to your safe sender list!


MTC Awards

Thank you for your nominations!

Water Quality Person of the Year Award
Robert O. Vernon Award- Membrane Plant Operator Award
Membrane Facility Award

Please visit the 2017 Awards Nomination Form for a description of each award, and to plan your entry for next year. Deadline to submit was November 15, 2016.

Congratulations to all winners! See the 2016 Press Release for Awardee information.


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Pre-Conference Workshops and Technical Facility Tours

MTC Workshops and Facility Tours offer additional opportunities for in-depth, hands-on learning. Registration and fee is required, these items are not included in the full conference registration. 


PC1 - Back to Basics 
February 13, 2017   8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Offering an introduction to membrane technologies and applications, this workshop introduces the basics of membranes and process design.  Case studies which are targeted to systems currently in operation will include comparison of pilot-scale and full-scale results.  Workshop presenters have extensive experience in their specific fields allowing the participants to freely engage in discussions either during the individual presentations and/or during the round table discussion. 

PC2 - Membranes for Industrial Water Applications
February 13, 2017   1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
This workshop provides an overview of how membrane technologies can fit into industrial applications. Attendees will leave with a well-rounded understanding of how membrane technologies are  applied in industry (e.g., CEDI, ceramic membranes) along with a summary of more broadly applied membrane systems like MF/UF and NF/RO. Presenters will discuss industrial process streams where membrane technologies are included such as boiler feed make-up water in power generation.

PC3 - Emerging Membrane-Based Technologies for Seawater Desalination: Present Status and Future Opportunities
February 13, 2017   8:30 a.m. - noon

This workshop will provide the latest developments in membrane-based technologies for seawater desalination from both academic and practical perspectives.  Presentations will discuss current and future development of membrane-based technologies for reduction in footprint, energy demand, and overall sustainability.   The workshop will also review the potential advances in materials (e.g. ceramic, graphene) and configurations to improve performance.    Specific aspects involving  design and operation of these innovative technologies will inform decision-makers of the important aspects they must consider in their own applications.

PC4 - Some Things Operators Oughta Know! (presented by SWMOA)
February 13, 2017  1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
The workshop will allow operators to learn about membrane plants from the design phase to daily operations.  Topics include questions operators should be asking before a plant is built and operational, membrane procurement, replacement and disposal, and helpful strategies to tackle real-world issues.   Attendees will interact with practicing treatment plant operators, support staff, and design engineers. 

PC5 - Advanced Water Treatment Certification Program Development
February 13, 2017    8:30 a.m. - noon
As implementation of reuse grows, a key hurdle to overcome is operator training and certification. Aimed at operators and utility managers, this workshop will provide useful information regarding ongoing efforts on program development and industry guidance for advanced water treatment operator certification.  This workshop does not provide operator certification but does review the efforts of CA/NV AWWA, AMTA, and other organizations to develop certification criteria and implement programs across the United States.  

Workshop Pricing:
Full Day Workshop: $260 member/$360 nonmember on or before 1/13/2017.
Half Day Workshop: $160 member/$260 nonmember on or before 1/13/2017.
Prices increase $50 on January 14

Technical Facility Tours

T1 - Carlsbad Desalination Project - TOUR IS FULL
Monday, February 13, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (load at 9:45 a.m.)
2 hour drive each way. Please see important requirements below. 

T1 is now sold out. A stand-by list will be available for a limited time; register today to be placed on stand-by. 

We invite you to visit the largest, most technically advanced and environmentally sound desalination plant in the western hemisphere! You will have the opportunity to observe the state of the art process of turning water from the Pacific Ocean into high quality drinking water that is now serving nearly a half a million San Diegans. You will also be one of the first individuals to sample this new water supply right from source.

The Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant is the largest seawater desalination facility in the Western Hemisphere with a maximum capacity of 54 MGD, more than doubling the combined capacity of municipal desalinated seawater in the United States.  The plant was commissioned in late 2015 and provides a high quality, drought-proof supply for purchase by the San Diego County Water Authority, the regional wholesaler with 24 local member agencies. Attendees will be provided with an extensive tour of this landmark desalination facility.

Important T1 Requirements: Able to walk 1+ mile on uneven surfaces; there are no opportunities to sit on 90 minute tour. Long pants/closed toed shoes with no heel required, and you must show photo ID to board bus. Drive time each way is 1.5-2 hours. Box lunch provided on trip to Carlsbad; please bring water bottle and snack for return. Registration deadline is January 13 or until full - we expect to sell out much earlier. A list of names is provided to security in advance, thus there will be NO onsite ticket exchange or waitlist for this tour. $95 members/$105 non-members. This is a Monday tour. 

T2 - Overview of Water Replenishment District of Southern California Reuse Program and Tour of Leo J. Vander Lans AWTF MF/RO Facility
Friday, February 17 | 8:30 a.m. - noon
$45 member/$55 nonmember if registered by January 13, 2017

The Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) has two advanced water treatment facilities (AWTFs) where membranes are used to turn tertiary effluent into high-quality recycled water for groundwater replenishment via injection and spreading.

This tour will consist of an overview presentation at WRD’s Lakewood headquarters of the three reuse projects followed by a tour of the nearby Leo J. Vander Lans AWTF that has unique high-recovery (92%) MF/RO treatment process trains and was expanded from 3 to 8 MGD in 2015. The WRD also has a groundwater desalter that removes salts from saline groundwater caused by seawater intrusion and produces potable water for domestic use. 


T3 - Terminal Island Water Reclamation Plant Advanced Water Purification Facility
Friday, February 17 | 8:30 a.m. - noon
$45 early member/$55 early nonmember 
Note: Registration Deadline for T3 is Friday, January 13. List of participants will be submitted in advance, and official ID is required to board the bus. 

TIWRP’s Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF) has produced highly purified recycled water using MF and RO systems since 2002 for injection into the Dominguez Gap Barrier (DGB) to  protect groundwater reservoirs from seawater intrusion.

The capacity of the AWPF is currently being expanded from 6 to 12 MGD with the new process equipment including additional MF and RO systems and an Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP). Completion of this expansion in December 2016 will allow continued recharging of the DGB with 100% recycled water, supply of water to the Machado Lake to replenish evaporation losses and providing a replacement to potable water for various Harbor-area industrial users for non-drinking purposes. The AWPF is owned and operated by Los Angeles Sanitation  and partners in the project include Los Angeles Department  of Water and Power, LA County and Water Replenishment District of Southern California. Attendees on this tour will see the expanded MF and RO systems and the new AOP system.

TIWRP is located approximately 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.


Don't Miss the 2017 Exhibit Hall! 


2017 Floor Plan & Exhibitor List

The MTC exhibit hall showcases the latest in membrane technology and services with more than 70 companies and dedicated exhibit hall hours. As an attendee, you will enjoy extensive networking opportunities, poster sessions, refreshment breaks, attendee luncheon and networking receptions—all taking place inside the MTC exhibit hall!

Interested in exhibiting or sponsoring in 2017? Over 70% of exhibiting companies renewed their exhibit space for 2017, and we invite you to join us! Package your booth with a sponsorship for even greater value! Ample sponsorship opportunities exist for non-exhibiting companies as well. Get recognized!  Learn more


2017 MTC at-a-glance* 

All events take place at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, California.
Subject to change, please check back for event updates.

 Monday, February 13  
 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Registration Open
 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Pre-Conference Workshops (additional fee)
 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  T1 Technical Facility Tour (additional fee - sold out)
 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Open
 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall
Tuesday, February 14  
 7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Registration Open
 8:15 - 10:00 a.m.  Opening General Session
 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Open
 noon - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch with Exhibits
 12:45 - 1:15 p.m.  Experts in the Round Networking Session
 10:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.  Technical Sessions
 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Networking & Poster Reception in Exhibit Hall
 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.  YP Committee carnival games to benefit Thirst charity
 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.  Student & Young Professional Reception - Hyatt 
 Wednesday, February 15  
 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Registration Open
 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Technical Sessions
 10:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Open
 noon - 1:30 p.m.  Awards Luncheon
 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Social Hour & Poster Session in Exhibit Hall
 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.  AMTA Membership Meeting - Exhibit Hall
 Thursday, February 16  
 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Registration Open
 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.  Networking Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.  Exhibit Hall Open
 9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.  Technical & Closing Sessions
 noon - 1:30 p.m.  Luncheon
Friday, February 17  
 8:30 a.m. - noon  T2 & T3 Technical Facility Tours (Add'l Fee)
 *Preliminary - Subject to Change