Contaminants of Concern


The supply and maintenance of safe water remain key requirements for public health. Please join AWWA for this event focused on both organic and inorganic Contaminants of Concern.

This Virtual Symposium will discuss the current research on inorganic contaminants such as manganese, arsenic, hexavalent chromium, chloride. Timely information will be offered on lead and copper ahead of the upcoming Lead and Copper Rule Revision (LCRR) deadline in October 2024. Presentations will also delve into the latest research on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and microplastics. The event will also include strategies for communication and public outreach, monitoring, and treatment of contaminants.

Register Today!

AWWA wants to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to join this Virtual Symposium on this pressing topic. For 10 days only, we are dropping the member and non-member registration price by $100.00 so YOU can learn the latest ways to protect drinking water and public health.

Discover which contaminants water utilities should be monitoring and treating today. Covers PFAS, arsenic, microplastics, emerging contaminants, communication with customers, and much more. 
Don’t miss this temporary lower rate!
Flash sale ENDS Feb. 10

Plan to join us Virtually March 14 - 16, 2023!

Who should attend the Symposium?

• Water Treatment Professionals
• Microbiologists
• Local, state, and federal government agencies
• Academics & Students
• Scientists & Researchers
• Industry Consultants

 2023 Registration Rates Member Non-member
Symposium Registration $395 $595
Student (will be verified) $125 $145

Members enjoy registration discounts. Join us! AWWA Membership Information

Cancellation Policy: AWWA must receive cancellations in writing. Phone cancellations are not accepted. All cancellations dated on or before March 1, 2023 will receive a refund, minus a 25% administrative fee. After March 1, 2023 cancellations will not be refunded; however, substitute registrants are welcome until March 10, 2023. Email requests for substitutions or cancellations to
Information Release: By registering for this event, you submit your personal contact data such as name, address, and email address to the sponsors who will use it to communicate with you regarding this event and their services. If you do not wish to receive any emails from our event sponsors, you may follow the sponsors opt out or unsubscribe instructions following receipt of an email from them. You will not be able to opt out prior to receiving an initial email from our sponsors.


Technical Program

The Contaminants of Concern Virtual Symposium will host programing focused on both organic and inorganic contaminants. The event will also include strategies for communication and public outreach, monitoring, and treatment of contaminants. 

We recognize the importance of this topic to water professionals so AWWA will present all sessions unopposed.  Participate in all sessions live without fear of missing relevant materials. 

Schedule at a Glance

All times are Mountain Time Zone. Events take place virtually from the convenience of your own computer!

Tuesday, March 14, 2023  
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. MT Opening General Session
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. MT Technical Sessions
Wednesday, March 15, 2023  
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m MT Opening Wednesday Session
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. MT Technical Sessions
Thursday, March 16, 2023  
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m MT Opening Thursday Session
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. MT Technical Sessions


Sponsorship Opportunities

We offer a wide variety of sponsorship packages and exhibitor opportunities to enhance your company's exposure and visibility throughout the conference.


Connect your company to a qualified and high-profile audience! 

For sponsor inquiries please contact AWWA Sales.

Presenter deadlines and resources

Congratulations on being selected to present!

Access the Speaker Portal

  • Presenter Agreements are accessible through your speaker portal
  • Create your presentation with the Powerpoint template

Please visit Presentation Responsibilities & Guidelines for additional guidelines, responsibilities and best practices to aid in preparing your presentation. 

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact Education Services.

Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors!


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Technology Assistance

OpShow Technology FAQs

Which internet browser will provide me with the best experience?
Listed in order of preference: Google Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge.

Can I turn on my webcam during the event?
No, attendees will not be able to use webcams.

Can I call in and listen to the technical sessions?
No, all technical sessions utilize PC and Smart Phone audio only.

Can I view the virtual event on a mobile device?
Yes, all mobile devices are supported within the platform.

Can I test my system prior to the the event?
Yes, test your system now.

The sound of my session and/or sponsor video is not working or very faint, what do I do?
Please make sure you have an up to date modern browser, that your speakers are connected, and the volume is turned on by clicking over to an alternate website (like YouTube).

Verify that your speakers are plugged into the power outlet, turned on and up, and connected to the audio port of the computer. Your speakers or headphones must be plugged into the sound card not into the sound out jack of the CD-ROM drive. If you still cannot hear any audio, check your system volume settings and the volume on the media player. If your system is properly set-up, then try adjusting the system volume settings:

  • Click Start, Settings, and then Control Panel.
  • Double-click on the Multimedia Icon.
  • On the audio tab, turn up the volume.

If it is grayed out, this is indication that the system is not configured for sound. 

The video I am watching stops, or it continually stops and buffers, what do I do?
Network congestion can occur at any time due to the following problems:

  • If you are connecting to the Internet through a slow connection, or over a congested wi-fi or cellular (mobile) network.
  • You are trying to access an event during peak Internet traffic hours.
  • If you are connecting to the Internet from a mobile device.
  • There is heavy traffic on your company network.

To alleviate network congestion, you may want to consider the following:

  • Upgrading to a faster connection
  • Minimize the amount of applications you are running while accessing the event
  • Try accessing the event during an off-peak Internet traffic period.
  • To alleviate these problems, consider reducing the amount of applications you have running. If you are accessing an on-demand event, try accessing the presentation later when network congestion may have lessened.

The sound is working, but the video freezes, what do I do?
This is usually because of network congestion. Network congestion manifests itself in different ways:

  • The sound works continuously, but the video freezes.
  • The program continually stops and rebuffers.
  • The player automatically stops, requiring you to click play again to resume.

Please refer to FAQ "The media player automatically stops or it continually stops and rebuffers" for reference on network congestion.

Pressing the “access session and/or sponsor” button doesn’t do anything, what do I do?
If you have a pop-up blocking software installed and it is active, it may be blocking the presentation console from opening. You many need to temporarily disable the pop-up blocking software in order to participate in the event.

When accessing the session and/or sponsor page, I cannot view the slides or the slides are not changing, what do I do?
Try refreshing the presentation by either hitting F5 on your keyboard or closing out and relaunching the presentation.

If you have joined a event, which has already started, please wait a few moments. The slides are either synchronized with the event and will flip with the next timed marker in the presentation or are user-controlled and can be flipped using controls located below the slides.

Code of Conduct

Virtual Summit Code of Conduct

AWWA is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all meeting participants and AWWA staff. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, AWWA staff members, service providers and all others are expected to abide by this Virtual Program's Code of Conduct.

This Policy applies to all AWWA meeting-related events, including those sponsored by organizations other than AWWA but held in conjunction with AWWA events, on public or private platforms.

AWWA has zero-tolerance for any form of discrimination or harassment, including but not limited to sexual harassment by participants or our staff at our meetings. If you experience harassment or hear of any incidents of unacceptable behavior, AWWA asks that you inform us by contacting so that we can take the appropriate action.

Unacceptable Behavior is defined as:

  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form.
  • Verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, AWWA staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.
  • Examples of verbal abuse include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, or threatening or stalking any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, AWWA staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.
  • Disruption of presentations during sessions, in the exhibit hall, or at other events organized by AWWA throughout the virtual meeting. All participants must comply with the instructions of the moderator and any AWWA virtual event staff.
  • Presentations, postings, and messages should not contain promotional materials, special offers, job offers, product announcements, or solicitation for services. AWWA reserves the right to remove such messages and potentially ban sources of those solicitations.
  • Participants should not copy or take screen shots of Q&A or any chat room activity that takes place in the virtual space. AWWA reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior, and AWWA reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting, virtually or in person.