Water Quality Technology Conference® & Exposition

The premier conference for water quality professionals around the world!


2016 Water Quality Technology Conference

Nov. 13-17, 2016 
Indianapolis, Indiana

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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.

WQTC 2016 Registration is now open! 

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2016 Registration Rates

Registration Type

thru Oct 14

Non member 
thru Oct 14

after Oct 14
Non member
after Oct 14
Full-Conference Registration (Best Value!)
Includes technical sessions, exposition; meals; does not include workshops
$645 $825  $825  $925
(includes Monday lunch and Monday reception)

$575  $575  $675
Tuesday-Only (includes Tuesday lunch)
$350 $530   $530  $630
Wednesday-Only  $320 $500  $500  $600
Student (ID required - Same as Full-Conference) $60 $90  $90  $90
Speaker (40% discount off of the Full-Conference rate) $390 $390  $390  $390
Exhibits-Only $60 $90
 $90  $90
Spouse/Guest Registration
(non-industry guest access to exhibit hall)
$35 $35  $35  $35

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations or substitutions must be received in writing, on company letterhead, and faxed or mailed to AWWA. Phone cancellations are not accepted. All cancellations postmarked/fax-dated by 10/14/16 will receive a refund, minus a 25% administrative fee. Beginning on 10/15/16, cancellations will not be refunded; however, substitute registrants are welcome, if pre-approved in writing. Fax requests for substitutions or cancellations to 303.347.0804 or email service@awwa.org

The 2016 WQTC program is now available!

Technical Program

The 2016 program comprises of 9 technical session tracks, plus pre-conference workshops and technical facility Tours. 

WorkshopsFacility Tours • Networking Events •  Proceedings • Mobile App 

Presenter Responsibilities & Deadlines

Pre-Conference Workshops

WQTC workshops provide in-depth, hands-on comprehensive learning opportunities.
Separate fee applies - register before October 14 for early rates. 

SUN01 Identification, Testing, and Treatment: Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins in Water Supply Systems
Sunday, November 13 | 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Off-site, meet at 7:45 a.m. to board bus
$295 early member / $395 early nonmember (student rate not available)
NOTE: Limited attendance. Register to secure your spot today!

This hands-on, practical workshop will focus on cyanotoxins with emphasis on laboratory identification, testing and strategies for large-scale treatment processes.  The workshop will be divided into three sessions: 1) a microscope-based cyanobacteria identification laboratory; 2) jar testing and ELISA, and 3) a computer-based laboratory on control of cyanotoxins in water treatment with a focus on oxidation, which is modeled with the Hazen and Sawyer CyanoTOX tool.  Each session will include lecture presentations which are relevant to the practical experience provided by the specific laboratory sessions.  All participants will have the opportunity to take part in each of the three sections during a rotation.  

Optional Materials may be purchased at time of registration at a discounted price:
AWWA M57 Algae: Source to Treatment  -  $166 discounted price

SUN02 Biological Groundwater Treatment - Best Practices
Sunday, November 13 | 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
$110 early member / $210 early nonmember 

Biological filtration or biofiltration has served as a reliable process for drinking water purification for hundreds of years. While widely used for surface water treatment, the implementation and comprehensive understanding of best practices for design, operation, and maintenance for groundwater treatment is needed. To address this knowledge gap, this workshop will focus on providing attendees with an understanding of best practices regarding the planning, evaluation, design and operation of biofiltration facilities for groundwater treatment.

Optional Materials may be purchased at time of registration at a discounted price: 
AWWA M21 Groundwater -  $81 discounted price

SUN03 Understanding Optimal Corrosion Control Treatment for Your Utility 
Sunday, November 13 | 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
$110 early member / $210 early nonmember

EPA recently released guidance on optimal corrosion control treatment to provide direction to regulators and utilities as to when an evaluation of treatment is needed, whether it be a new system, a current utility that exceeds the LCR or a change in water treatment that could impact corrosion. AWWA plans to release the latest version of M58 “Internal Corrosion Control Treatment in Drinking Water Distribution Systems”, in early 2017. This manual compliments EPA’s guidance and provides direction as to how to investigate corrosion issues, develop monitoring plans to ensure optimal corrosion control treatment in the distribution system and how to avoid unintended consequences. This workshop will discuss how the plethora of information contained in these documents can be used to guide operators and regulators from the start of investigating corrosion, choosing proper treatment and identifying when corrosion control is optimal system wide or when localized corrosion is accelerating. This workshop will also discuss lead service line replacement, focusing on how to develop a capital improvement program, methods to encourage customers to replace their portion of the service line and when construction does occur how to minimize customer exposure to lead during and after construction.

Release date for new edition M58 is 2017. Registrants of this workshop may pre-order at a special discounted price of $90.

Technical Facility Tours

T1 Indianapolis Zoo “Behind the Scenes” Water Management Tour and Experience

Sunday, November 13 | 12:15 – 4:30 p.m.
$55 per person, Limited to 30 attendees

Located in White River State Park, the Indianapolis Zoo is a 64-acre zoological park, aquarium, and botanical garden, where animals, plants, and people connect through education, exhibition, conservation, and research.  The Zoo takes pride in providing lifelong recreational learning experiences for visitors and instilling a sense of stewardship for the Earth’s plants and animals. With the zoo’s many water features, from the Dolphin Pavilion to the Aquarium with sharks, rays and eels, to marine mammal habitats for polar bears and walruses, water management is a critical part of maintaining a healthy environment for many of the zoo’s inhabitants.  Explore the zoo's treatment processes including water softening, ozonation, chlorine generation and dechlorination, as well as chemical feed processes used to create saline waters for marine.  While there, take in a dolphin show and visit the different zoo biomes to connect with animals and plants. Note this is a Sunday tour.  

Photo courtesy of Michael Crowther; from 

T2 Future Quarry Water Storage, Surface Water and GWUDI Treatment Plant Tour
Thursday, November 17 | 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$55 per person, Limited to 30 attendees.
Waiver to be completed at boarding location and closed-toe shoes required. Please bring ID.

Start the tour with a visit the IMI Quarry at Geist Reservoir, which is the expected home of a future 3.5 billion gallon raw water storage reservoir.  Travel to the bottom of the 230 foot deep limestone quarry to gain a perspective of the potential as a future water supply and learn about feasibility study evaluations and challenges in making this potential a reality.  

Then, travel to the White River North surface water treatment plant, a 30 MGD conventional treatment facility serving a highly suburban area in the north eastern portion of the Citizens Water service territory.  The facility was originally constructed in 1992 and upgraded with the addition of UV disinfection in 2012.  

Finally, travel to the City of Carmel, Plant 1 for a tour and discussion on plant operating modifications made after groundwater supply wells were designated as groundwater under the direct influence of surface water.  Plant 1 was put into operation in June 2012 to assist in serving the southwest corridor of Carmel and the additional customers that were purchased from another utility.  Less than 1 year later in 2013, four groundwater wells providing water to this treatment plant were determined to be under the direct influence of surface water.  In the summer of 2014, an expansion was completed, utilizing a portion of the treatment plant designed for future expansion to accommodate growing demands and increasing capacity.


T3 Utility Customers with Critical Water Needs:  Eli Lilly High Purity Water System and Sun King Brewery tours
Thursday, November 17 | 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$55 per person, Limited to 40 attendees
Note: Registration Deadline for T3 is Friday, October 14. List of participants will be submitted in advance, and official ID is required to board the bus. Safety eye glasses will be provided and must be worn when instructed. 

Start the tour with a visit to the Eli Lilly and Company Technology Center.  Eli Lilly, a leading global pharmaceutical company is headquartered in Indianapolis, with roots going back 140 years to its founding in 1876.  The Lilly Technology Center includes pharmaceutical manufacturing operations that require a high purity water generation and distribution system capable of meeting quality requirements for levels of total microbial count, endotoxin, total organic carbon, conductivity, and nitrate so that the drug products can be sold around the world.  The high purity water system further treats municipal drinking water using a number of unit processes including: chlorination, multimedia filtration, ion exchange softening, dechlorination, reverse osmosis, mixed media ion exchange, and ultrafiltration. 

Following the tour of the Eli Lilly facility, the group will travel to the Sun King Brewery to tour another industry with a high sensitivity to water quality.  Sun King, located in downtown Indianapolis, has grown to be the second-largest beer brewer in Indiana.  Learn about water quality impacts to the beer brewing process and about the brewing process itself, followed by a visit to the tasting room for those so inclined.

T4 Perry K Steam Plant, West Street Chilled Water Plant, and Lucas Oil Stadium Walking Tour

Thursday, November 17 | 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  WALKING TOUR
$25 per person, Limited to 50 attendees
Waiver to be completed at boarding location, long pants and closed-toe shoes required. Please bring ID. 

In 1893, Thomas Edison finished construction of the world’s first motion picture studio in West Orange, New Jersey. That same year Indianapolis Power & Light’s Kentucky Avenue Station (Perry K Steam Plant) in downtown Indianapolis began producing electricity from coal for the new electric lights recently pioneered by Thomas Edison. In 1905, the Perry K Plant began conversion to a steam production facility that would provide heat to large buildings and industries in the downtown area. Today Perry K utilizes clean-burning natural gas and some oil in its 7 boilers to generate superheated steam (440°-600°F) steam to generate electricity, heat buildings, heat water, and provides process steam throughout the downtown area.  Customers include notable Indianapolis facilities such as Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, IUPUI Campus, the Indianapolis Convention Center, hotels, hospitals, and industries.  Citizens Thermal is the second largest district steam system in the U.S. with regards to sales. The Perry K plant has its own water intake on the White River. Water is treated through a hot-lime softening process then passed through sodium zeolite softeners before being converted to steam to meet steam purity standards required by several industrial customers. 

 Citizens’ chilled water system began operations in 1991 as rapid growth in the downtown area made centralized cooling a more efficient and effective way to cool buildings than maintaining many separate onsite cooling units. The chilled water system provides 40°F water to approximately 100 buildings including Lucas Oil Stadium, Indiana Convention Center, IUPUI Campus, hospitals, and hotels in the downtown area. On a peak summer day, the chilled water system can deliver 63,800 tons of cooling capacity across 14 miles of pipeline.

Finally, walk 2 blocks to Lucas Oil Stadium to tour a key customer of the Steam and Chilled Water systems.  Visit the playing field, NFL locker room and press box.

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.

WQTC Networking Events

Networking Receptions in the WQTC Exhibit Hall

Join us in the exhibit hall Sunday and Monday evenings at 5:00 p.m!

First-Time Attendee Program

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

WQTC Tuesday Networking Social

Tuesday social sponsored by Indiana Section
5:30-8:00 pm
Scotty’s Brewhouse (4 blocks walk from Convention Center)
1 Virginia Avenue
Indianapolis, IN  46204

Food and drinks all complimentary! Everyone is welcome. 

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. The two top papers win cash prizes of $1,500. Be sure to attend to learn if your paper was selected as the Best Student Paper. 

Download the WQTC Mobile App - available in October 2016

Before you Arrive! 

- 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. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the hotel lobby, restaurants, and sleeping rooms.


Visit the WQTC Exhibit Hall!

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. As an attendee, you will enjoy extensive networking opportunities, poster sessions, attendee luncheons, refreshment breaks, and receptions—all taking place inside the exhibit hall!

View the Current Exhibitor List & Floor Plan

Interested in exhibiting or sponsoring at WQTC?

Please visit our Exhibitor Resources page for complete information. Sign up today - booths are filling fast! 


Indianapolis, Indiana 





Conference Hotel Information 

Connected via Skywalk to the Indiana Convention Center, you will enjoy a peaceful night in the Westin Indianapolis Hotel, featuring the signature Westin Heavenly Bed®. Each spacious guest room offers modern décor while the downtown location puts you in the middle of the action, with countless restaurants, shops and clubs just outside the hotel doors. 

Book your room at the special conference rate of $169.00 plus taxes per night, available until October 14 or until the block fills, whichever occurs first. Complimentary WiFi for casual internet use is included. 

The Westin Indianapolis
50 South Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana 46204


All conference events take place within:

The Indiana Convention Center
100 South Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana 46225

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.

Indianapolis Visitor Info

Prepare to be surprised by Indianapolis. On a trip to Indianapolis today, you can drink mead, entertain the kids at world-class museums, eat food grown on local micro-farms, tap out some witty prose on Kurt Vonnegut’s typewriter at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library (careful what you type – it live tweets), and then dash off to play computer games with curious apes at the Indy Zoo’s new International Orangutan Center.

Indianapolis has a long-running love affair with cars. The recently opened Dallara IndyCar Factory lets you take the wheel in realistic driving simulators. For the real deal, head to the nearby Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Bringing family? T
he ginormous Children's Museum of Indianapolis  is the world’s largest museum just for kiddos, complete with a vintage carousel and a massive dinosaur collection. 

Finally, when the conference day is over and the clock reads 6 pm, Indianapolis comes alive with hundreds of places for good times, good drinks, and good conversation. Indianapolis offers over 250 diverse dining options for all palates and price points. With its rich soil and surrounding agriculture, Indy has been supporting farm-to-table restaurants for decades, with local farmers providing the freshest in produce and protein to menus. International fare, world-famous steakhouses, and sports bars with plenty of televisions for viewing the big game are also just around the corner. From happy hour hotspots to late night live music venues, attendees will find themselves in an activated downtown with endless entertainment and networking options conveniently close by.

Indianapolis has even more up its sleeve – see Indianapolis: America's most surprising city.

Learn more about things to do while at WQTC in Indy!

Transportation Options

The Westin Indianapolis is located just 20 minutes or 13 miles from Indianapolis International Airport (IND), making travel from the airport incredibly easy. Transportation options from the airport include taxis, share-a-ride services and shuttle buses. Additionally, Amtrak provides rail service from Chicago to Indianapolis' Union Station, just four blocks from the hotel.

Indianapolis is an extremely walkable city. We do not recommend a rental car unless you are planning to travel outside of the downtown area. The majority of Indianapolis' downtown restaurants and nightlife can be reached on foot from the hotel’s front doors.

Taxi Cabs are $25-35 plus gratuity for 1-2 persons, available curbside at the airport. 

Go Express Travel Shuttle is $10 each way plus gratuity. Departs approximately every 20 minutes, the Go Green Airport Shuttle makes stops at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indiana Convention Center, and several downtown hotels.



WQTC at-a-Glance*           

All events take place at the Indiana Convention Center

 Sunday, November 13, 2016  
 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Registration Open
 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Sunday Workshops (additional fee)
 12:15 - 4:30 p.m.  Technical Facility Tour - Indiana Zoo
 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 14  
 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
 10:15 - 11:45 a.m.  Technical Sessions
 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.  Luncheon - with Exhibits
 1:15 - 5:00 p.m.  Technical Sessions
 2:45 - 3:30 p.m.  Break - Exhibit Hall Time
 2:45 - 3:30 p.m.   Exhibit Hall Education Sessions
 2:45 - 6:30 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Open
 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Networking Reception - Exhibit Hall
 Tuesday, November 15  
 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.  Exhibit Hall Education Sessions
 noon - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch with Exhibits
 1:30 - 5:00 p.m.   Technical Sessions
 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.  Break
 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.  WQTC Social hosted by Indiana Section
 Wednesday, November 16  
 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
 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.  Break with Poster Viewing
 noon - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch Break (on your own)
 1:30 - 5:00 p.m.  Technical Sessions
Thursday, November 17  
 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.  Technical Facility Tours-times vary
 *Preliminary - Subject to Change  

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

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