2016 Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition

February 1-5, 2016
San Antonio, Texas

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Interested in Sponsoring & Exhibiting?

Join AWWA and AMTA in 2016 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.


2016 Membrane Technology Conference Registration is now open!

Register Online

Online registration is encouraged! Alternatively, a printed Registration Form (PDF) may be submitted to AMTA. 

All members enjoy registration discounts, and dual-members receive special pricing thru December 31. Join us today! 
AMTA Membership Information
AWWA Membership Information 

For registration questions, please contact AMTA's Florida office at CustSrv@amtaorg.com or phone 772.463.0820. 

Hotel Information

All conference events will take place at San Antonio's Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Discounted conference hotel rooms have been arranged at Grand Hyatt San Antonio. 

Grand Hyatt San Antonio
600 East Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205, US

MTC Rate: $214 plus taxes per night.
Rates available until Dec. 31 or until block is full. Please book early!

Located directly adjacent to the San Antonio Convention Center, and on the banks of the famous Riverwalk, the Grand Hyatt San Antonio hotel presents contemporary style, comfort, and convenience.   

Reserve your Room Today

Hotel AlertAMTA & 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 lodging@awwa.org

For Hyatt reservations via phone, please call 1-888-421-1442. Refer to AWWA/AMTA MTC16 when calling.

The 2016 technical program is now available! 

Technical presentations spanning three days of professional sessions, four in-depth pre-conference workshops, membrane facility tour and a comprehensive exhibit hall await you in San Antonio! 

MTC Technical Program

Presenter notifications were emailed August 31.
Presenter Responsibilities and Deadlines


Now accepting nominations! The following awards will be presented during the 2016 Annual Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Please submit your nominations by December 15, 2015.

Water Quality Person of the Year Award

Robert O. Vernon Award- Membrane Plant Operator Award

Membrane Facility Award

2015 Award Winners - Press Release

In addition, the following will also be awarded during the 2016 Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition:
Conference Paper Presentation Award
Conference Poster Award
Conference Student Paper Presentation Award
Conference Student Poster Award
Best Membrane Treatment of Water Exhibit Award

New! Post-Event 2016 Conference proceedings will be available online for all 2016 full conference registrants. Approximately six weeks after the conference a URL will be emailed to all eligible attendees to access the proceedings. Be sure to add CustSvc@awwa.org to your safe sender list!

For questions regarding proceedings, email CustSvc@awwa.org. Past conference proceedings may also be purchased through the AWWA Store or by calling Customer Service at 800.926.7337.

Thank you to our 2016 exhibitors!

Current Exhibitor List & Floor Plan

Is your company interested in exhibiting or sponsoring in 2016? Booths are filling up fast! Package your booth with a sponsorship for even greater value! Learn more.

Attendees - don't miss the 2016 MTC Exhibit Hall! 

The MTC exhibit hall will showcase the latest in membrane technology and services with more than 90 booths and dedicated exhibit hall hours. As an attendee, you will enjoy extensive networking opportunities, poster sessions, refreshment breaks, attendee luncheon & breakfast, and 3 networking receptions—all taking place inside the exhibit hall!

"Experts in the Round"

Tuesday, February 2, 5:15- 5:45 p.m.

Special Feature! The MTC's- "Experts in the Round" is not to be missed. Our experts will open discussions with the latest information on the top issues in the membrane industry. Topics will include Plant Design to Experiences in Troubleshooting Problems in an Operating Plant. There will be two 15-minute rounds, with participants selecting their table and topic of choice each round. This informal event will be held in the banquet area of the exhibit hall. Arrive early to get a seat at your top selections!

Techniques for Membrane Cleaning
Greg Madden, Professional Water Technologies
Using Autopsies to Troubleshoot Membrane Systems
Dave Walker, Avista Technologies, Inc. 
Concepts in Membrane Plant Design
Ben Movahed, WATEK Engineering Corporation
 Pilot Testing for Membrane Systems
Tom Knoell, Orange County Water District
Problem Solved in Operations
Eric Owens, West Basin Municipal Water District
Ceramic Membranes
Brian Wise, Nanostone Water
Lessons Learned in Start-up of Membrane Plants
Chip Harris, WaterGuru LLC
Julia Nemeth-Harn, Harn R/O Systems, Inc.
Proper Selection of Pre-Treatment Chemicals
Mo Malki, Alkema Solutions, Inc. 
TCEQ Activity
Forward Osmosis Technology Development
Important Parameters for MBR design and operations


Exhibitor Hotel Alert: We are aware of non-authorized organizations contacting exhibitors to solicit hotel reservations. Reservations made through any solicitor cannot be guaranteed by AMTA/AWWA and may result in hidden charges, unusual restrictions, incorrect hotel placement, or unauthorized credit card use. Please use only the official housing link for hotel reservations. If you are solicited, please forward the information to lodging@awwa.org

2016 MTC at-a-Glance* 

All events take place at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas

 Monday, February 1, 2016  
 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Registration Open
 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Pre-Conference Workshops (additional fee)
 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Open
 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall
Tuesday, February 2  
 7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Registration Open
 8:30 - 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
 10:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.  Technical Sessions
 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Networking & Poster Reception in Exhibit Hall
 5:15 - 5:45 p.m.  Experts in the Round Networking Session
 Wednesday, February 3  
 7:00 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 in Exhibit Hall
 5:15 - 5:45 p.m.  AMTA Membership Meeting
 Thursday, February 4  
 7:00 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. - 4:30 p.m.  Technical & Closing Sessions
 noon - 1:30 p.m.  Luncheon
Friday, February 5  
 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Technical Facility Tour(s)
 *Preliminary - Subject to Change  

Pre-Conference Workshops and Technical Facility Tour

The 2015 Workshops and Facility Tour offer additional opportunities for in-depth, hands-on learning. Registration and fee is required, these items are not included in the full conference registration. 

MON01  Back to Basics
February 1, 2016   8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Members: $210 on or before 12/31/2015. $260 after 12/31/2015.
Non-members: $310 on or before 12/31/2015. $360 after 12/31/2015.
Providing a comprehensive overview of membrane fundamentals, this workshop begins with an introduction to membrane technologies and applications including the basics of element, system and process design.  Both pilot and full-scale operations will be reviewed, and multiple case studies emphasizing both design and operational optimization will be presented.  

MON02  Trouble Free and Cost Effective Operation of RO Plants 
February 1, 2016   8:30 a.m. – noon
Members: $160 on or before 12/31/2015. $210 after 12/31/2015.
Non-members: $260 on or before 12/31/2015. $310 after 12/31/2015.
This workshop will provide useful information and guidance on reverse osmosis systems including pretreatment and RO membrane element issues.  Workshop instructors will discuss the importance of chemical and membrane compatibility as well as review cleaning strategies and RO system troubleshooting.  A user friendly normalization tool will be provided for hands-on demonstration and discussion. 

MON03 Inland Desalting
February 1, 2016   1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Members: $160 on or before 12/31/2015. $210 after 12/31/2015.
Non-members: $260 on or before 12/31/2015. $310 after 12/31/2015.
The use of desalination technologies for inland applications has increased recently as communities look for additional supplies.  Workshop attendees will gain an understanding of the challenges and potential solutions associated with inland desalination as instructors share their knowledge of system implementation and operation by reviewing past and on-going case studies.

MON04 South Central Membrane Association: Membrane Operators Share their World with the World
February 1, 2016   1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Members: $160 on or before 12/31/2015. $210 after 12/31/2015.
Non-members: $260 on or before 12/31/2015. $310 after 12/31/2015.
This workshop provides the firsthand accounts and approaches of membrane system operators.  These experienced professionals will describe their experiences at municipal water treatment facilities that use membrane filtration, reverse osmosis, or a combination of the two.  Unique aspects of membrane operation for direct potable reuse will also be presented. 

Technical Facility Tour

SAWS Brackish Groundwater Desalination Plant Construction Site
and Aquifer Storage and Recovery Plant Tour

Friday, February 5, 2016  
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (bus will load at 7:45 a.m.)

Tour availability is limited.

This tour will explore the following two major components of the San Antonio Water System’s comprehensive water management plan. 

San Antonio Water System is currently developing a brackish groundwater desalination program in southern Bexar County. Brackish groundwater is a plentiful, previously untapped local source of water that will help diversify supplies to meet future needs. The tour will include a presentation on the desalination project and status of construction, as well as offering MTC attendees a unique opportunity to view a major facility “in progress”. When Phase 1 is completed later in 2016, this desalination facility will generate about 12mgd from the brackish Wilcox Aquifer.
The Twin Oaks Aquifer Storage and Recovery Facility (ASR) is the third largest ASR facility in the nation. Water stored during rainy times is collected and stored in a large-scale underground water storage facility to be used later be used during Texas’s dry, hot months. Funded by SAWS customers through the Water Supply Fee, SAWS opened the Twin Oaks ASR in June 2004. At the end of 2014 there was 73,527 acre-feet in storage.

Both facilities are located at the same site and will be included in the tour. 
Additional details on the desalination project:

Facility will operate 3 water sources when complete– Brackish Wilcox Aquifer water, local fresh Carrizo water, and stored Edwards’s aquifer water (ASR)

Facility will house research space for local universities to conduct pilot testing 

Facility is designed for public tours with a water cycle themed design

12 MGD desalination plant for Phase 1

Building sized for two additional future phases for total build-out of 30 MGD 
12 MGD Treatment Process Capacity:

4 primary RO trains

2 RO concentrator trains

 216 pressure vessels for primary RO trains (144 pressure vessels for first stage, and 72 pressure vessels for second stage)

14 pressure vessels for RO concentrator trains

1,610 membrane elements in total (1,512 for primary RO trains, and 98 membrane elements for RO concentrator trains)


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