Water Quality Technology



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.

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 WQTC in Dallas. 

Join us next year as water professionals from around the world meet to exchange the latest research, information and technology for improving water quality. Participate in an unparalleled technical program, build professional relationships, and discover the latest innovations in water quality technology and services.

2020 Hotel & Travel Information

Future Years

Who attends WQTC?

Water Quality specialists Treatment plant managers Local & Federal Government
Scientists Engineers Academics & Students
Lab personnel Researchers Water Utility Managers
Distributors & Manufacturers Consultants Regulators

Welcome to Northwest Chicago! 

Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
1551 N, Thoreau Dr N, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Upon arrival WQTC attendees will enjoy the following:

  • Fast access from O’Hare Airport (only two exits away!)
  • Beautiful hotel seamlessly connected to Convention Center
  • Over 225 restaurants in a 3-mile radius! 
  • Under 3/4 mile walk to 15+ restaurants 
  • Super low room rates! 
  • Affordable cab & ride-share to dining or O’Hare
  • Complimentary evening event with live musician, hosted by the hotel for WQTC attendees 
  • Complimentary hotel shuttle within 3-mile radius 
  • Complimentary WiFi in WQTC sleeping rooms, meeting space and exhibit hall 
  • Complimentary hotel shuttle to nearby Metra Station for downtown Chicago access
  • Free Parking and more… 
Watch a Video about the 2020 WQTC location - a great place to Meet! 


Sample WQTC Registration Rates (subject to change)
Non member 
Non member 
Full-Conference Registration (Best Value!) 
Includes technical sessions, exposition; meals; does not include workshops
$665 $845  $845  $945
(includes Monday lunch and Monday reception)
$590  $590  $695
Tuesday-Only (includes Tuesday lunch) $360 $545  $545  $645
Wednesday-Only  $330 $515  $515  $615
Student (ID required - Same as Full-Conference) $35 $35  $35  $35
Speaker (40% discount off of the Full-Conference rate) $400 $400  $400  $400
Exhibits-Only $60 $90  $90  $90
Spouse/Guest Registration
(non-industry guest access to exhibit hall)
$35 $35  $35  $35
Pre-Conference Workshops & Tours Costs vary

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received in writing and faxed or mailed to AWWA. Phone cancellations are not accepted. All cancellations postmarked/fax-dated by early deadline will receive a refund, minus a 25% administrative fee. Cancellations after deadline will not be refunded; however, substitute registrants are welcome, if pre-approved in writing.

Photo and Information Release: By registering for this event, you agree to allow AWWA to use your photo in any AWWA-related publication or website. Registrants may receive show-related and promotional emails from exhibitors. AWWA uses a third party for this service, and at no time was your email disclosed to exhibitors. 


Future Years

WQTC 2020 - November 15-19, Schaumburg, Illinois (Northwest Chicago suburbs)
WQTC 2021 - November 7-11, Tacoma, Washington
WQTC 2022 - November 13-17, Cincinnati, Ohio

International attendees: Do you need a letter of invitation from AWWA? Submit the request formRequests will be honored for attendees and presenters with the intent to register.


2019 Technical Program

WQTC features technical oral & poster sessions, pre-conference workshops, educational facility tours and a comprehensive exhibit hall dedicated to water quality professionals. Join us in 2020 as we address pressing issues in water quality.

2020 Call for Abstracts is open now!

Onsite Conference Program


Abstracts Due: Thursday, March 5, 2020
Acceptance Notifications: June 2020
Creative Commons Form Due: Wednesday, July 29, 2020

2019 Pre-Conference Workshops & Tours

Additional fee and registration required 

Pre-Conference Workshops - Sunday, November 3, 2019

PCW01 - Algae and Cyanobacteria Blooms: Track, Identify and Predict Treatment
Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Offsite workshop; lunch and transportation included
Cyanobacteria have the potential to produce harmful toxins which can cause adverse health effects in humans and animals. Skills are needed to assess a bloom situation. Participants will gain practical skills in the use of online multi-probe systems, microscopic identification, and CyanoTox., a predictive treatment model. These tools are needed to assess the risk of a toxic cyanobacteria bloom.
PCW02 - Is My Biofilter Healthy and Happy? 
Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Offsite workshop; lunch, transportation and site tour included
While biofiltration is widely used across North America, filter health assessment and biofilter monitoring is conducted in an ad-hoc fashion. Thus, the AWWA Biological Drinking Water Treatment Committee has developed a preconference workshop focused on providing attendees an understanding of best practices and tools/equipment utilized for filter health assessment and biofilter monitoring.
PCW03 - Building Water Quality: Issues, Research and the way Forward for Public Health Protection
Sunday 8:00 a.m. - noon
Building water quality (WQ) is a public health concern. WQ within a building can decline rapidly due to stagnation, residual loss, temperature, etc. Legionnaires’ disease, the #1 cause of WBDOs in the US, results from poor WQ management in buildings. This workshop will cover these issues and provide evidence-based control strategies to maintain the building WQ at the level supplied by the utility.

Technical Facility Tours -  Sunday, November 3 and Thursday, November 7, 2019

T1 Westside Water Treatment Plant (Sunday tour)
Sunday 7:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  

T2 Fort Worth Zoo Behind the scenes - includes admission and tour (Thursday tour)
Thursday Full Day

T3 Dallas World Aquarium Tour - includes admission and tour (Thursday tour)
Thursday 8:30 a.m. - noon
T4 North Texas Municipal Water District Wetlands Project (Thursday tour)
Thursday 7:30 a.m. - noon
Water Equation Event
Larson 30th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser! - $10
Monday, November 4, 2019 | 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Larson Scholarship with AWWA's Water Equation! Participate in games, food and music. 


Visit the WQTC Exhibit Hall!

The WQTC exhibit hall showcases 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!

2019 Exhibitor List & Floor Plan

Exhibit Hall Education Sessions

Attendees earn CEUs by attending! These Exhibit Hall Education Sessions encourage attendees to visit participating exhibitors in a coordinated program to learn and earn CEUs/PDHs. Attendees will gather at participating booths at designated times for the sessions, and exhibitor representatives will each have 15 minutes to give their presentation. Here is a list of the Exhibit Hall Education Sessions that took place in 2019:




EHES01—Online Method for Predictive Lead Monitoring
12:15-12:30 p.m.
Track: Lead Occurrence, Control and Regulation
Facilitator: Aqua Metrology Systems, Booth 416
Learn about MetalGuard™ Lead Alert!™, a new online predictive method to detect in real-time changes in water conditions that increase the risk of lead corrosion occurring in residential zones, individual homes and buildings before water is consumed, thereby permitting consumers and utilities to take remedial actions.


EHES02—10 Advantages to Mobile Technology in the Water Quality Industry
12:30-12:45 p.m.
Track: UV, Biofiltration & Water Quality Monitoring
Facilitator: Aquatic Informatics, Booth 406
We will explore the top ten advantages that mobile technology brings to the water industry by showing you how a mobile solution allows field data collectors to seamlessly and securely collect data. Once data have been collected, it’s automatically sent to your centralized data management system back at your office or plant.


EHES03—Doing Your Part to Reduce Legionnaires’ Disease Risk: Practical Tips for Distribution Systems
12:45-1:00 p.m.
Track: Distribution Systems: The Final Barrier
Facilitator: IDEXX Laboratories, Booth 201
Legionnaires’ disease is making headlines; Legionella pneumophila is the most dangerous waterborne pathogen in the US. Hear 3 practical ways distribution systems can help protect their systems and their communities. Session will cover recent distribution water studies and talking with building owners about maintaining water quality “past the meter”.


EHES04— Treatment Avenues Using UV for Primary Disinfection and AOP
1:00-1:15 p.m.
Track: UV, Biofiltration & Water Quality Monitoring
Facilitator: Aquionics, Booth 212
We will cover the recent use of UV for primary log removal credit to disrupt pathogens and avoid DBP formation. Due to ever increasing mixtures of microconstituents in our waterways, we will also focus on AOP basics to give attendees a basis for considering this tool on their next project.


EHES05—Cost-Effective, Rapid Monitoring for Taste & Odor Organisms and Cyanotoxin Producers
3:15-3:30 p.m.
Track: UV, Biofiltration & Water Quality Monitoring
Facilitator: Fluid Imaging Technologies, Booth 206
The new FlowCam 5000 is an affordable flow imaging microscope for high volume, routine monitoring. Specifically designed to meet the needs of water utilities, the FlowCam 5000 can help quickly monitor cyanobacteria and algae populations in your source water. The simplified design ensures that it is straightforward to implement into any lab setting. Visit booth 206 for a demonstration!


EHES06— Intricacies of Water Disinfection—Main Approaches to Efficient Process Control for Compliance with DBPR
3:30-3:45 p.m.
Track: PFAS & DBP’S
Facilitator: Hach, Booth 301
Pre- and post-chlorination: major disinfectants and DBP formation potential, monitoring methods and practices, main approaches to control chloramination vs. free chlorination.


EHES07— Monitoring Organic Contamination with Supercritical Water Oxidation Technology
3:45 - 4:00 p.m.
Track: UV, Biofiltration & Water Quality Monitoring
Facilitator: Suez, Booth 317
Sievers InnovOx TOC analyzer utilizes a patented Supercritical Water Oxidation (SCWO) technology to measure organic carbon in challenging water samples. This novel technology brings water to a supercritical state where organic molecules become soluble for infrared detection, allowing the InnovOx to effectively handle challenging water sample matrices for process control and compliance.




EHES08—Distribution Flushing Without Wasting Water
9:45-10:00 a.m.
Track: Distribution Systems: The Final Barrier
Facilitator: NO-DES, Inc., Booth 113
Water Professionals will be able to compare current water main flushing/cleaning techniques with new a new water conservation-oriented technology; and learn how they can conserve water, improve water quality in the distribution system plus save money all while leading by example in water conservation.


EHES09—PFAS Removal with Activated Carbon
10:00-10:15 a.m.
Track: PFAS & DBP’S
Facilitator: Jacobi Carbons, Inc., Booth 410
This presentation will provide an overview of PFAS, current industry regulations, treatment challenges and highlight some of the laboratory and pilot scale data obtained for the PFAS reduction using activated carbon.


EHES10—Capture Water Quality Data Throughout Your Distribution System Easily!
10:15-10:30 a.m.
Track: Distribution Systems: The Final Barrier
Facilitator: Kupferle, Booth 501
Kupferle’s new Eclipse #9700i-Solar Portable Intelligent Monitoring and Flushing Station attaches easily to any existing fire hydrant. It can house up to 8 separate water quality sensors and monitors and flushes the exact amount of water needed to maintain desired levels. Water quality data can be downloaded manually or transmitted directly from the site. Powers itself using a 24-volt lithium ion battery and solar powered recharger.


EHES11— See How AI can Transform IoT/SCADA Data into Meaningful Insights
12:30-12:45 p.m.
Track: From Sources to Solids: Protecting Assets and Investments
Facilitator: Locus Technologies, Booth 111
Digital transformation is happening at a rapid pace in the water industry with new systems being purchased and business processes being modernized. Locus will take a look at getting data into a cloud based system and using new Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms to look at the data in meaningful ways to help predict facility issues such as maintenance needs and failure states


EHES12— Managing Chemical Dosage with OnLine Zetapotential
12:45-1:00 p.m.
Track: Innovative Treatment Approaches
Facilitator: Malvern Panalytical, Booth 305
With chemical coagulants being one of the most significant items on the treatment plant budget, the effort to optimize coagulant use is driving utilities to look into new ways of measuring their performance. Analysis of Zeta Potential is a proven method for understanding in relative real-time what the dosage should be and how to manage it during challenging events that effect the incoming raw water. The Z-WT automated system is the result of over two decades of helping the drinking water industry effectively manage raw water changes. Measuring ZetaPotential on-line with Malvern’s automated Z-WT is providing users with continuous ZP data, enabling accurate chemical dosing with quantitative information. Data is communicated to the plant SCADA via our Malvern Link II software, via OPC and Ethernet connections. Accurate chemical dosing ensures continuous compliance, extends filter runs, reduces chemical costs and reduces overdosing. The session can share some details on the system, the data it generates, and the value other utilities are getting from its use.


EHES13— Rapid Concentration of Pathogens in Source Waters
1:00-1:15 p.m.
Track: Pathogens and Nuisance Microbes
Facilitator: InnovaPrep, Booth 412
InnovaPrep will perform a demonstration of rapid concentration of pathogens - including bacterial and viral - from source water samples using the Concentrating Pipette Select. The system is capable of concentrating samples up to 3 liters down to ~250 microliters in minutes; this replaces laborious centrifugation, TFF, and enrichment steps for faster, easier and better sample preparation to improve your limit of detection exponentially with virtually any analysis method.


Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities

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

Connect your company to a qualified and high-profile audience entirely interested in the industry of water quality. 

2020 Resources:

Exhibit Booth Application
Floor Plan & Current Exhibitor List
Exhibitor & Sponsor Prospectus (coming soon)
Sponsorship Application (coming soon)



The 2020 Call For Abstracts is Closed

The 2020 Water Quality Technology Conference Call for Abstracts is now closed.

2020 Hotel & Travel Information

Speaking at a conference offers increased networking opportunities, additional company exposure, and the chance to expand your individual influence. Please note that submissions provided after the call closes will not be accepted.


If you have any questions or concerns, please email Education Services or call 800.926.7337.


2020 Sponsors



Image Alt Text

For questions regarding registration, lodging or general conference questions, please contact the Conference and Education Group.