Water Quality Technology Conference® & Exposition

The premier conference for water quality professionals around the world!

Nov. 15-19, 2015 
Salt Lake City, Utah

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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 2015 Registration is now open! 

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2015 Registration Rates

Registration Type
Member Early Rate
by Oct. 16
Rate/Standard Rate after Oct. 16
Full-Conference Registration (Best Value!)
Includes technical sessions, exposition; meals; does not include workshops
$645 $820
Student (ID required - Same as Full-Conference)
Monday-Only (includes Monday lunch and Monday reception)  $395 $560
Tuesday-Only (includes Tuesday lunch) $350 $500
Wednesday-Only (lunch on-own)
$320 $470
Speaker (40% discount off of the Full-Conference rate) $390 $390
$60 $90
Sunday full-day Offsite Workshop (includes bus & lunch) $295  $395
Sunday full-day Workshop $150  $250
Spouse/Guest (includes exhibit hall access) $35  $35

Cancellation Policy
: Please send cancellations in writing, on company letterhead, via fax or email to AWWA. Phone cancellations are not accepted. All cancellations emailed/fax-dated by 10/16/15 will receive a refund, minus a 25% administrative fee. Beginning on 10/17/15, cancellations will not be refunded; however, substitute registrants are always welcome. Fax requests for substitutions or cancellations to 303.347.0804 or email Customer Service

Hotel Information

Salt Lake City, Utah offers one-of-a-kind combination of metro and mountain—an urban oasis with a breathtaking alpine backyard. You'll enjoy a convenient airport access, world-class dining, and a city known as the crossroads of the west with access to 11 National Parks in Utah and neighboring states.

As equally remarkable as the grand peaks visible from downtown, the Grand America Hotel’s impressive white-stone building is a landmark in downtown Salt Lake City. The hotel’s famous Italian décor, stunning courtyards and gardens enhance an environment finely suited to getting business done. 

All conference events take place within:

The Grand America Hotel
555 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

WQTC Rate: $199.00 per night plus taxes, available thru Friday, October 16 or until block if full. Please make your hotel reservations today! 


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 Brynn Findlay.

The 2015 WQTC program is now available.

View the 2015 technical program by day or track! 

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Conference Announcement (PDF)

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 Social

The Intermountain Section welcomes you to Salt Lake City! 
Please join us for a reception from
5:30 to 7:30 Tuesday evening, November 17, at Squatters Pub & Brewery, a local favorite gathering place located only four blocks from the conference.
Door prizes, food, cash bar and fun for everyone! 

This event is sponsored by the following Utah consultants and manufacturers: AECOM, Carollo Engineers, CH2M, HDR, Intuitech, MWH, Stantec, Thatcher Company, Water Works Engineers, and WesTech Engineering


Pre-Conference Workshops

WQTC workshops provide in-depth, hands-on comprehensive learning opportunities. Separate fee applies.

SUN01 Cyanobacteria Identification, Toxin Detection Methods and Treatment
Sunday, November 15 | 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Off-site, meet at 7:45 a.m. to board bus
$295 member rate/$395 non-member/student rate not available

This hands-on workshop takes place in a combination laboratory/classroom setting and will apply both microscopic and wet lab techniques to identify cyanobacteria and the toxins they produce. Classification, identification, analytical methods, including ELISA and HPLC-MS, jar testing and treatment strategies will be explored. Limited attendance, this workshop fills quickly. 

SUN02 Beyond Fear: Communicating Risk Related to Drinking Water Contaminants
Sunday, November 15 | 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
$150 member rate/$250 non-member/$75 student rate

Communicating risk is challenging, especially for water professionals trained in science and engineering, and more so when it focuses on drinking water contaminants for which science is unclear. This workshop will cover: the basic principles of risk communication, public fear & emotion, how to tailor communication, and tools available to aid communication.

Technical Facility Tours 

The 2015 WQTC tours offer a unique opportunity to pair technical on-site education with breathtaking mountain scenery. All tours are limited capacity, and some tours are weather dependent

T1 Snowbird & Alta Water Treatment Plants with aerial tram ride - Little Cottonwood Canyon
Sunday, November 15 | 1:00 – 5:15 p.m.
$75 – register by October 16

Little Cottonwood Canyon,  home of the world famous ski resorts of Snowbird and Alta, is located just southeast of Salt Lake City in the Wasatch Mountains.  Each ski resort has its own water treatment plant.  Water sources for both ski resorts come from old mines in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Snowbird Water Treatment Plant is located underground in the Wasatch Drain Tunnel. It stores and treats 35 million gallons all within the confines of the tunnel:  Unique features of this plant include: 
  • Plant removes 8 metals from mine water to drinking water standards.               
  • First approved direct filtration plant in Utah.
  • Located 500 ft. below ground, accessed by 900 ft. tunnel.
  • Tunnel drains 50 miles of old mine workings.
  • The tunnel provides heating and cooling for administration building


Alta Water Treatment Plant (Alta) source water comes from the Bay City mine which exceeded the MCL for antimony. Alta has been successfully removing antimony since 2009.  Unique features of this plant include:
Mine water contaminants removed with Granular Titanium Oxide.
Treatment facility in major snow avalanche path.

Other interesting features include:
Take the aerial tram ride to 11,000 feet and visit another water treatment plant located at the top of the mountain
Learn about the canyon’s history, geology, and distinctive personality.

Important Note: Please bring layers of clothing and be prepared for winter conditions, as temperatures vary dramatically with elevation. Sunscreen recommended, and participants should be aware of the signs of altitude sickness. A waiver will be required. Sturdy shoes, a snack and water are suggested. Drive time is approximately 45-60 minutes each way. 

T2 Provo Canyon, Sundance Resort, and Central Utah Water Conservancy District’s Utah Valley Water Treatment Plant
Thursday, November 19 | 8:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
$75 – register by October 16

The tour will begin with a glimpse of the pristine watershed beginning on the North Fork of the Provo River, starting at the Sundance Resort, at the base of 12,000 ft Mt. Timpanogos. From there Bridal Veil Waterfall, Provo River awaits within Provo Canyon, and spilling beneath Deer Creek reservoir flows some of the most prolific, wild trout water in the world. Spectacularly scenic, this hallowed section of river winds and bends its way through breathtaking Provo Canyon. Running through a deep gorge of absolute splendor, these amiable waters are graced by four seasons of visual masterpiece. A truly unique watershed protection program and an advanced early warning system will be discussed during the bus ride. 

At the mouth of Provo Canyon, the tour will pass by a piece of hydroelectric history – the Nunn Plant (1897) and the Olmsted Power Plant (1904), which is still in operation today, is home to the first commercial alternating current power plant which carried 40,000 volts 35 miles (the longest transmission of any voltage in the world at that time). 

The bus will arrive at the 100 MGD Central Utah Water Conservancy District’s Utah Valley Plant, a Partnership for Safe Water phase IV plant, which is a conventional treatment plant that was recently converted from direct filtration (completion in the summer of 2015). The plant treats water from the Provo River, a source that comes from an extensive (District operated) collection system of mountain reservoirs, large conveyance pipelines and tunnels, into lower level mountain valley reservoirs,  through a river system, and finally diverted into pipelines that delivers water to treatment plants that supply drinking water to over half of the State’s population. The tour will include all plant processes including pre-ozone and three separate solids dewatering strategies, and a discussion of keys to plant optimization success, including “hands on” use of optimization tools including floc particle monitoring and zeta potential.  

Utah Valley WTP

Important Note: The drive thru Sundance and the Canyon is up to 90 minutes before arrival at the plant. Snack and water recommended. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring layered clothing. 

T3 Rio Tinto Kennecott Utah Copper Open Pit Mine and Southwest Groundwater Treatment Plant
Thursday, November 19 | 8:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
$55 – register by October 16

SW Project RO

The Rio Tinto Kennecott Utah Copper Mine has been a major fixture of the Salt Lake Valley for over 100 years. It is the second-largest copper producer in the United States, provides nearly a quarter of the country’s copper needs, and has produced more copper than any other mine. In addition to producing about 300,000 tons of copper a year, the Bingham Canyon Mine also produces approximately 400,000 ounces of gold; 
4 million ounces of silver; 30 million pounds of molybdenum; and 1 million tons of sulfuric acid annually. This mine is the largest man-made excavation on Earth. It measures two and three-quarter miles across at the top and three-quarters of a mile deep.

The Southwest Groundwater Project is the final step in a multi-phase remediation project stemming from an innovative collaboration process between Kennecott Utah Copper, Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, the US EPA and the State of Utah. The plant is one of the largest in-land reverse osmosis plants in the country at 7 MGD. This plant receives contaminated groundwater and treats it to drinking water standards. Thus remediating the plume while creating a public drinking water source. The plant utilizes UV primary disinfection, a 2-stage cartridge filtration bypass system, an air tower stripper, fluoridation, and sodium hydroxide as a secondary disinfectant. This plant was commissioned in 2013 and is beautifully constructed.

The Jordan Valley Conservation Garden is located within walking distance of the treatment plant. This is a 5 acre demonstration garden of water-wise plants and conservation strategies. Lunch will be served in the LEED certified Education Center and participants will be allowed to wander the garden at will during lunch.

Important Note: One-hour drive to the first tour location. Then, a 45 minute drive to the second. Safety waiver will be required, and there are accessibility limitations on this tour. Sturdy, closed toe shoes must be worn. Additional safety equipment will be provided and must be worn. This tour is weather-dependent.  

T4 Dry tour of the Point of the Mountain Water Treatment Plant (POMWTP)  

Thursday, November 19 | 8:30 a.m. – noon
$55 – register by October 16

The Metropolitan Water District’s Point of the Mountain Water Treatment Plant is a peaking plant that traditionally operates in the summer, creating a unique opportunity to do a dry tour and to learn the operational techniques that the plant staff employs to shut down, maintain off-line status, and restart this large water treatment plant.

POMWTP is a 70 MGD conventional water treatment plant with advanced processes of intermediate-ozone and post UV disinfection. Commissioned in 2007, this plant is the newest conventional treatment plant constructed in Utah and is Utah’s fourth largest plant. POMWTP treats Provo River water that is transmitted thirty miles to the plant via a transmission pipeline and recently enclosed canal. Unique features of this plant include:

A combination serpentine/parallel flow configuration through the flocculation basins
The first large plate-settler installation in Utah
Dual-media filters with a maximum filtration rate of 8 gpm/ft2
950 PPD ozone generators with sidestream injection
900 PPD sodium hypochlorite generators
40 MGD low pressure high output UV reactors

Other interesting features include:
An open, lined raw water reservoir
Large (2,000 Hp) high service pumps (9,250 total installed Hp)
An emergency landing zone for a world class hangliding facility. 


Thank you to our 2015 Sponsors & Exhibitors!

The WQTC exhibit hall will showcase the latest in water quality technology and services with more than 70 booths and dedicated exhibit hall hours. 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 2015 Exhibitor List 


Interested in exhibiting or sponsoring at the 2015 WQTC?

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


WQTC at-a-Glance*           

All events take place at The Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah

 Sunday, November 15, 2015  
 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Registration Open
 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Sunday Workshops (additional fee)
 1:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.  Tour-Snowbird/Alta Water Tr. Plants
 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 16  
 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 17  
 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 - 7:30 p.m.  WQTC Social - all are welcome!
 Wednesday, November 18  
 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 19  
 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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