Water Quality Technology Conference® & Exposition - Nov. 12-16, 2017 | Portland, Oregon

Water Quality Technology Conference & Exposition

The premier conference for water quality professionals around the world!

This established and highly regarded conference provides a practical forum for a wide range of water technology professionals to exchange the latest research and information.


2017 Call for Papers is open!

The Call for Abstracts for the 2017 Water Quality Technology Conference® & Exposition taking place in Portland, Oregon, November 12 - 16, 2017,  is open. All accepted abstracts may be published in the AWWA Journal and/or conference proceedings. 

Submit an Abstract

Please Note: WQTC is a No Paper/No Podium event. All presenters are required to submit papers for the proceedings by the specified deadline. If a paper is not submitted, the presenter will be replaced on the program. 

Contact Education Services or call 303.347.6226 if you have questions regarding abstract submission.

Sample Topics for 2017 WQTC Abstracts:

Biological Treatment 
Capital Planning 
Chemical Treatment 
Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation 
Corrosion Control 
Concentrate Management 
Disinfection By-Products 
Disinfection Practices 
Distribution System Issues 
Drought and Water Shortages 
EDCs/Emerging Contaminants Issues 
Energy Use & Management 
Groundwater Management 
Inorganic Contaminants 
Lab Methods & Analysis 
Membrane Technology 
Microbiology/Organisms in Water 
Modeling, Optimization & Decision Support 
Non-Municipal Treatment Applications 
Optimizing Treatment and Operations 
Organic Contaminants 
Physical Treatment 
Potable & Nonpotable Reuse 
Public Health 
Regulatory Issues & Policy Issues 
Residuals Management & Disposal 
Sensors, Monitoring & Measurement 
Small Systems Research 
Source Water Protection 
Stakeholder Engagement 
Taste & Odor Issues 
UV, AOP, Ozone 
Wastewater Impact on Source Water 
Water Security/Emergency Response 
Other Water Quality Topics


2016 WQTC Program

Thank you for attending the 2016 WQTC! Participants in Indianapolis explored sessions in nine technical tracks, plus pre-conference workshops and technical facility tours. Join us in Portland, Oregon November 12-16 2017! 

 Complete Technical Program

2016 WQTC Onsite Program (PDF)

Conference Proceedings

Full-conference attendees will receive an email with access to the proceedings URL. Past conference proceedings can be purchased through the AWWA store or by contacting Customer Service at 800.926.7337.

Congratulations to our 2016 WQTC award winners! 

Poster Awards:

1st Place - Methylene Blue Degradation by Engineered TiO2 Nanomaterials as an Indicator of Their Ability to Reduce DBP Formation Potential, Stephanie Gora, University of Toronto, Susan Andrews
2nd Place - Pre-Oxidation Strategies for Biofiltration Performance Improvement, Balsher Sidhu, University of Toronto, Michael McKie, Liz Taylor-Edmonds, Robert Andrews
3rd Place - Local Reservoirs and Treatment Design Affect Biopolymer Concentration in Drinking Water, Wim Hijnen, KWR Watercycle Research Institute, Jan Bahlman, Rinnert Schurer, Henk Ketelaars, Bert Van Der Wal, Paul Van Der Wielen

Student Awards: 

Dual Polyacrylamide-Starch Polymer System for Improved Flocculation, Mathieu Lapointe, Polytechnic Montreal, Benoit Barbeau

Assessing Population-Weighted Risk Reduction Implications for Centralized Vs. Distribution System-Based DBP Control Strategies, John Meyer, University of Colorado-Boulder, Scott R. Summers, Chad Seidel


WQTC Networking Events

Networking Receptions & Luncheons in the WQTC Exhibit Hall

Join us in the exhibit hall Sunday and Monday evenings at 5:00 p.m for happy hour. One beverage coupon is attached to each badge. Also included in full conference registration is lunch in the exhibit hall on Monday & Tuesday. 

First-Time Attendee Program

Learn how to get the most out of your conference experience! Join us Sunday 4:30-5:00 p.m.


Student and Young Professional Events

Committee Speed Networking 
Monday, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Join us at Monday’s Exhibit Hall Reception (look for the signs!) for this fast-paced networking session. Attendees will have a chance to hear about AWWA Committee Volunteer opportunities. AWWA Committees are the lifeblood of our organization. Each committee will do a brief introduction and will identify their current projects. After that you’ll have an opportunity to sit at the table of the committee that you are most interested in. After 10 minutes, we’ll blow the whistle and ask you to move to another table. This is a great way to learn about AWWA, meet a lot of industry people, and get involved in AWWA.  Be sure to bring your business cards. 

Meet the Boss Lunch
Tuesday noon–1:30 p.m.

Ever wanted the chance to talk to a general manager of a water utility? A principal in a consulting engineering firm? The head of a manufacturing company? An EPA regulator? Join us for this low-key lunch meet-up. We will be incorporating some Q & A into the conversations as you eat lunch. This is a great opportunity for you to get some face time with some of the leaders of the water industry. This is a great way to learn about careers in the water industry and meet a lot of influential AWWA members.  Be sure to bring your business cards. Reservations not required –just show up! 

Student Awards Celebration
Wednesday, 5:05–5:15 p.m.

Throughout the conference AWWA volunteers will be judging student presentations and posters. Winners will be recognized at a special award ceremony. Come show your support!


Download the WQTC Mobile App 

- Search your App Store for ‘AWWA Events’
- Download and create a User Login to customize your WQTC schedule. 

Using the mobile app you can:

- Filter by track, day, key word, presenter and more
- Search for networking opportunities
- Locate exhibitors by name or product
- Network with other attendees
- Easily map a session or exhibit booth location

Once downloaded, internet access is not required to use the app. 




WQTC at-a-Glance*           

2017 events take place at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland 

 Sunday, November 12, 2017  
 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Registration Open
 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Sunday Workshops (additional fee)
 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Open
 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.  New Member/New Attendee Program
 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall
 Monday, November 13, 2017  
 7:15 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Registration Open
 8:15 - 9:30 a.m.  Opening General Session
 9:30 a.m. -1:15 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Open
 9:30 -10:15 a.m.  Coffee Break - Exhibit Hall Time
 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.  Poster Sessions
 10:15 - 11:45 a.m.  Technical Sessions
 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.  Luncheon - with Exhibits
 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.  Lunch N' Learn sessions in Exhibit Hall
 1:15 - 5:00 p.m.  Technical Sessions
 2:45 - 3:30 p.m.  Break - Exhibit Hall Time
 2:45 - 3:30 p.m.   'Credit Break' Sessions in Exhibit Hall
 2:45 - 6:30 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Open
 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Poster Sessions
 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Networking Reception - Exhibit Hall
 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Students & YP Committee Speed Networking
 Tuesday, November 14, 2017  
 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Registration Open
 7:15 - 8:00 a.m.  Early Bird Session
 8:15 a.m. - noon  Technical Sessions
 9:45 a.m. -1:30 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Open
 9:45 -10:30 a.m.  Break - Exhibit Hall Time
 9:45 -10:30 a.m.  'Coffee & Credit' Session in Exhibit Hall
 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.  Poster Sessions
 noon - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch with Exhibits
 12:45 - 1:15 p.m.  Lunch N' Learn sessions in Exhibit Hall
 noon - 1:30 p.m.  Student & YP 'Lunch with the Boss'
 1:30 - 5:00 p.m.   Technical Sessions
 Wednesday, November 15, 2017  
 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Registration Open
 7:15 - 8:15 a.m.  Early Bird Session
 8:30 a.m. - noon  Technical Sessions
 noon - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch Break (on your own)
 1:30 - 5:00 p.m.  Technical Sessions
 5:05 - 5:15 p.m.  Student Awards Ceremony
Thursday, November 16, 2017  
 7:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Technical Facility Tours-times vary
 *Preliminary - Subject to Change  

Visit the WQTC Exhibit Hall!

Interested in exhibiting or sponsoring at WQTC? We have already begun booths sales for WQTC 2017. Please visit Exhibitor Resources for details. 

The WQTC exhibit hall will showcase the latest in water quality technology and services with more than 60 targeted exhibitors and dedicated exhibit hall time. Attendees will enjoy extensive networking opportunities, poster sessions, attendee luncheons, refreshment breaks, and receptions—all taking place inside the exhibit hall!

2017 Exhibitor List & Floor Plan

2016 Exhibitor List & Floor Plan


Exhibit Hall Education Sessions

Earn CEUs by attending the following 'Lunch N Learn' and 'Coffee & Credit Breaks'

On-line Zeta Potential for Water Treatment
Track: Treatment Technologies
Zeta potential, the measurement and case studies in water treatment optimization will be discussed. The use of zeta potential to optimize coagulant dosage particularly with an on-line instrument provides a predictive tool for understanding plant conditions and can identify a plant upset or issue in production.
Monday Lunch N Learn 12:30-12:45 p.m.
Malvern Instruments Booth 311

Going Mobile with WaterTrax
Track: Research &Innovation

Water utilities in North America are actively searching for ways to add mobile technology to their everyday activities to improve their processes. It can be difficult to balance the novelty of modern technology with actual benefits to the organization. This session will detail the mobile solutions that are out there for field data collection and how going mobile will save time and improve data integrity.
Monday Lunch N Learn 12:45-1:00 p.m.
WaterTrax Booth 313

Streamlining Field Sample Collection with Locus
Track: Lab Methods

Locus will present an overview of how field sample collection can be streamlined with Locus' integrated mobile app - Plan and schedule samples in our database, send instructions to sampler's mobile devices, send data at the end of the day directly to the database. After sync, samplers will be ready for the next day with only the remaining samples listed. Works for routine, ad hoc and periodic sampling. Improves data quality, GPS locating, and built in validation.
Monday Credit Break 2:45-3:00 p.m.
Locus Technologies Booth 419
Pilot Plants - Why, What and How
Track: Treatment Technologies

Find out how a pilot plant can help you optimize your treatment process, meet regulations, and train your operations staff. Learn about equipment and how to get started.
Monday Credit Break 3:00-3:15 p.m.
Intuitech, Inc. Booth 406

Dead-End Danger Zone - How Aging Water Can Pose a Threat to Consumers 
Track: Distribution 

Session will focus on the threats that aging potable water can pose for consumers. The session will categorize the threats, provide tools and solutions to identify hazardous dead-ends in the distribution system and provide technology tools to address the threats.
Tuesday Coffee & Credit 9:45-10:00 a.m.
Kupferle Booth 617
Upgraded Hydro-Guard Smart Monitoring and Flushing System 
Track: Distribution 

Hydro-Guard® Monitoring and Flushing Systems monitor a variety of water quality conditions including free and total chlorine, pH, temperature, turbidity, flow, and system pressures from a single installation point.  Furthermore, the device is designed initiate a flush event when chlorine, temperature, or a time based schedule requires such action to mitigate poor water quality conditions.
Tuesday Coffee & Credit 10:00-10:15 a.m.
Mueller Co. Booth 317
Using Image Analysis to Quantify FLOC Development During a Jar Test
Track: Research & Innovation 

We will demonstrate a new non-invasive technology that monitors and quantifies floc development in real-time during a jar test and discuss the advantages offered by monitoring floc development both in the lab and during full-scale plant operation. We will point out the ways by which the collected data can assist operators in identifying the optimal coagulant dose for their plant.
Tuesday Lunch N Learn 12:45-1:00 p.m.
Durasens Booth 511

Real-time TOC Analysis Helps Optimize Drinking Water Process
Track: Source Water & Reuse

Using US EPA methods, online TOC monitoring provides an accurate, real-time view of NOM levels in source water and finished drinking water. With timely, accurate data, plant operators can optimize their process and minimize the formation of disinfection by-products, staying in compliance while reducing chemical costs.
Tuesday Lunch N Learn  1:00-1:15 p.m.
OI Analytical - A Xylem brand Booth 519

Join us in Portland, Oregon in 2017! 

Welcome to Portland, Oregon 

You want a unique destination, with affordable accommodations to match. You want great culture, memorable meals and delicious microbrews with no side order of sales tax. You want to be zipped easily from the airport to the convention center while being easy on the environment, too.

You’re not asking for too much. You just want a place like Portland.

Visit Travel Portland's website today to see what's in store for you at WQTC 2017! 

Conference Hotel Information 

Housing will open in June 2017.  

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland
1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland, OR 97232
$174 per night plus taxes

All conference events take place within:

The Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232

Alert: AWWA is aware of multiple organizations contacting attendees to solicit hotel rooms. For your protection, reserve hotel accommodations using only the  phone number above. Reservations made through any other housing services company cannot be guaranteed by AWWA and could result in hidden charges, unusual restrictions, or incorrect hotel placement. If you are contacted by an agency other than Par Avion , the official AWWA Housing Bureau, please email AWWA Conferences.

For questions regarding registration, lodging or general conference questions, please contact the Conferences and Events Group.