Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition - March 12-16, 2018| West Palm Beach, Florida

Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition

For 2018, AWWA and AMTA are excited to partner with Water Environment Federation and WateReuse Association to create an enhanced technical program. Join us to explore how the latest developments in membrane technology can enhance water reliability and quality. Each year the conference reveals new directions in water and wastewater treatment technologies, desalting and membrane bioreactor applications.

2018 Sponsors

2018 Technical Program

View the 2018 Technical Program

Onsite Program DigiMag

Proceedings Available Now!

2018 Conference Announcement (PDF)

Online Registration is still open! 

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For all registration questions, please contact AMTA at or phone 772.463.0820. Online registration encouraged. If necessary, a printed Registration Form may be submitted to AMTA, followed with payment via phone.

The MTC also features facility tours, pre-conference workshops and a comprehensive exhibit hallJoin us to explore how the latest developments in technology can enhance water reliability and quality through membrane filtration, reuse, desalting, RO/NF/MF/UF and MBR for water treatment.

Abstract submission was open March thru July 20, 2017, and presenter notifications will be sent in mid-October. Contact Education Services if you have questions regarding abstract submission.

2018 MTC Presenter Resources

Who attends MTC?

  • Consultants and contractors
  • Designers
  • Professors and students
  • Federal, state, and municipal management and executives
  • Local, state, and federal regulators
  • International audience 
  • Manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors
  • Operators
  • Scientists and researchers
  • Water and wastewater engineers
  • Water utility plant management and executives

MTC Awards

Congratulations Winners!

Water Quality Person of the Year Award
Robert O. Vernon Award - Membrane Plant Operator Award
Membrane Facility Award

Please visit the Awards Nomination Form for a description of each award, and to plan your entry for next year. Deadline to submit for 2018 was September 30, 2017.

Congratulations to all winners! See the 2017 Awardee Information and the MTC17 Best Paper and Best Poster

Get to know AMTA and AWWA


Members enjoy registration discounts. Join us!

AMTA Membership Information  |  AWWA Membership Information  | WEF  |  WateReuse

Pre-Conference Workshops and Technical Facility Tours

MTC Workshops and Facility Tours offer additional opportunities for in-depth, hands-on learning. Registration and fee is required, these items are not included in the full conference registration.


PC1 - Back to Basics
March 12, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Back to Basics Workshop provides a full day of membrane immersion (no pun intended) to the attendees with the goal of introducing industry terminology and a basic understanding of the three primary membrane technologies used in municipal applications: MF/UF; NF/RO; and MBR.

PC2 - Closing the Loop on Water Cycle: Integrating Systems Using Membranes
March 12, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – noon
Presented by Water Environment Federation
As the drivers such as tightening regulatory requirements on effluent discharge and water recycling, need for more energy and space efficient technologies increase, and the water cycle loop closes, engineering community is finding ways to develop better engineered systems. One of these is integrating the treatment systems using membranes at resource recovery (water reclamation) facilities. This workshop will present these drivers, means to integrate membrane technologies for energy and space efficiency, higher quality effluent, and nonpotable and potable water reuse. The participants will also hear about case studies as well as design and operations lessons learned from industry leaders.

PC3 - Membranes in Action with Reuse
March 12, 2018, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Presented by WateReuse Association

The WateReuse workshop will provide all insight into how Reuse can benefit Utilities for direct and indirect potable Reuse. This combined with how membranes are part of the research for reusing our water. 

PC4 - Membranes Offer Real-World Solutions
March 12, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – noon
Presented by Southeast Desalting Association

This pre-conference workshop has been designed for operators with utility case studies highlighting source water challenges, membrane treatment process challenges. It will also address pretreatment, post-treatment, and concentrate disposal. Attendees will have an overview of membrane plant operations and maintenance.

PC5 - Membrane Treatment Systems for Operations & Operators
March 12, 2018, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Presented by Florida Section AWWA

This workshop focuses on the application of membranes to solve difficult water treatment challenges; including changing source water qualities, challenging source waters, and challenges in staffing and operating a non-24/7 manned treatment facility. The speakers are experts in their fields and offer real case study examples on addressing each of these challenges. The varied background of the speakers will give attendees different perspectives and approaches in addressing challenges.

Workshop Pricing:
Full Day Workshop: $280 member/$380 nonmember on or before 2/10/2018.
Half Day Workshop*: $160 member/$230 nonmember on or before 2/10/2018.
*Sign up for any two (2) half-day workshops (A.M. and P.M.) for the same price as Full Day. 

Technical Facility Tours

T1 - City of Lake Worth Water Treatment Plant & City of Boca Raton Water Treatment Plant
Friday, March 16, 2018, 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$45 member/$55 nonmember if registered by February 10, 2018

The City of Lake Worth Water Treatment Plant currently utilizes a combination of lime softening (permitted 12.9 MGD capacity) and reverse osmosis (permitted 4.5 MGD capacity) treatment. The lime treatment process consists of conventional lime softening and filtration of surficial aquifer supply wells from the Biscayne aquifer. The reverse osmosis treatment process, built in 2011, utilizes brackish water from the Floridan aquifer. The plant was first built in 1959 as an alum plant, but has since morphed into a lime softening plant. Disinfection is provided by a sodium hypochlorite feed system and combined chlorine is provided by an ammonia feed system.

The tour then travels to Boca Raton. In the late 1990’s, city leaders began a project to dramatically improve the aesthetic quality of the drinking water supplied to customers. The Boca Raton City Council authorized final design and construction of a 40 million-gallon-per-day (mgd), state-of-the-art membrane softening process at the Glades Road Utility Services complex. The water supply is also supplemented with the city's lime softening treatment process which is typically the primary means of treatment for many of the other water treatment facilities in South Florida and the nation. Today, residents can rely on the modern, 70 mgd water treatment plant located at the Utility Services complex for high quality drinking water.


T2 - Town of Jupiter Water Treatment Plant & Seacoast Utility Authority Hood Road Water Treatment Plant
Friday, March 16, 2018, 8:00 a.m. - noon
$45 member/$55 nonmember if registered by February 10, 2018

The Town of Jupiter Utilities is a drinking water facility located in Southeast Coastal Florida. The Utility employs advanced water treatment technologies, reverse osmosis and nanofiltration, from a dual aquifer source, and is Internationally recognized for excellence in treatment. The combined water from both the Surficial and the Floridan Aquifers are capable of producing 30 million gallons per day of drinking water serving more than 90,000 customers.

The second stop on the tour, Seacoast Utility Authority’s Hood Road Water Treatment Facility is a 30.5 MGD membrane treatment facility with 28 MGD Nano and 3.5 MGD LPRO production.

T3 - City of Boynton Beach West Water Treatment Plant & Palm Beach County WTP #3
Friday, March 16, 2018, 8:00 a.m. - noon
$45 member/$55 nonmember if registered by February 10, 2018

The Boynton Beach West Water Treatment Plant is a nanofiltration membrane treatment facility with a total capacity of 8.68 MGD. The plant was built in 1993 and expanded to six membrane trains in 1999. Eleven raw water wells supply water to the plant. The plant’s membrane trains have 36 vessels in a 26-10 array for a total of 216 membranes with a capacity of 1.45 MGD per train. Treatment process components include cartridge filters, membrane feed pumps, membrane trains, degasifier, clearwell, ammonia and hypochlorite addition, high service pumps, ground storage tank, deep injection well, and auxiliary diesel generators.

Palm Beach County Water Utilities' Water Treatment Plant No. 3 is a state of the art 30 MGD nanofiltration membrane water treatment plant with Florida architecture in a campus style setting and native landscaping. Pretreatment includes sand strainers, sulfuric acid, antiscalent and cartridge filters. There are 10 membrane trains followed by degasification with odor control. Post treatment includes fluoridation, caustic, sodium hypochlorite and ammonia. Concentrate disposal is deep well injection.

West Palm Beach, Florida

Hotel blocks closed on February 16 

A limited number of rooms available per property - book early for best selection. 

Spring baseball, scuba, sea fishing, air boats, museums and golf - there’s lots to do in Palm Beach County in March, come early or stay late! See below to learn more about visiting. 



MTC blocks are now closed. You may contact hotels directly to inquire for availability & current rates. 
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel West Palm Beach Airport - $249 per night plus taxes (1.5 miles, transportation on-own)
Hyatt Place West Palm Beach/Downtown $249 per night plus taxes (0.7 mile)
Hilton West Palm Beach - $265 per night plus taxes
West Palm Beach Marriott - $259 per night plus taxes (0.4 mile)

Note the new schedule for 2018 MTC: No exhibit hours on Monday; Exhibit Hall first opens on Tuesday morning, March 13 following the Opening General Session. Pre-conference workshops on Monday for an additional fee.

A note of Caution: We do not phone to solicit hotel reservations. Any calls you receive are fraudulent and may result in unexpected fees and/or ruined travel plans. 

West Palm Beach, home to palm-lined streets, breathtaking waterfront, entertainment districts, and scenic neighborhoods. 

It all starts downtown, along historic Clematis Street. Retail, dining, and nightlife are the highlights. With picturesque Lake Worth Lagoon serving as a magnificent backdrop. Just a free trolley away is the Downtown Convention District, and of course there's the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. 

The Downtown Convention Arts & Entertainment District is centered around the Palm Beach County Convention Center and connected Hilton West Palm Beach. With premiere shopping and cultural attractions nearby, there's plenty within walking distance for attendees to explore.

Visit West Palm Beach



March is the perfect time to catch Spring Training baseball - and Palm Beach County hosts four teams! The Houston Astros & Washington Nationals in West Palm Beach’s brand-new Ballpark of the Beaches, while the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins train in nearby Jupiter. 

BASEBALL SPRING TRAINING – 2018 Tickets now on sale! 
See World Series Champion Houston Astros or National League East Division Champion Washington Nationals (or both!) at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Seven miles from the Convention Center, view the schedule and catch a spring game during the conference! 


15% Discount at Jupiter Dive Center - Just mention MTC2018 when calling! 


Jupiter Dive Center has you covered. The ocean off Jupiter, Florida offers divers a bit of everything. Coral reefs? Check. Diverse marine life ? Yes--and then some! In fact, some of the best opportunities for divers to encounter large aquatic animals happens right off our coast. So join the fun. Dive today!




Learn More about The Palm Beaches Florida

Conference Registration opens in September 2017

Hotel reservations available now! See above to book your room. 



Palm Beach International Airport 

A state-of-the-art user-friendly, congestion-free, comfortable yet modern airport. PBI has enjoyed many awards over the last 25 years, and was most recently voted a 2016 Traveler's Choice award winner from TripAdvisor. Our concessions have been recognized over the years by Airport Revenue News as having superior shops and restaurants. Located just 3 miles from the Palm Beach County Convention Center!

West Palm Beach Marriott - Most nights are now full. $259 per night plus taxes (0.4 mile)

Join us in the MTC Exhibit Hall!

The MTC exhibit hall showcases the latest in membrane technology and services with more than 70 companies and dedicated exhibit hall hours.

View the current exhibitor list & floor plan

Reserve your 2018 sponsorship & exhibit booth today!

Attendees and exhibitors alike will enjoy extensive networking opportunities, poster sessions, refreshment breaks, attendee luncheon and networking receptions—all taking place inside the MTC exhibit hall!

Interested in exhibiting or sponsoring at 2018 MTC? Over 70% of exhibiting companies renewed their exhibit space for 2018, and we invite you to join us! Package your booth with a sponsorship for even greater value! Ample sponsorship opportunities exist for non-exhibiting companies as well. Get recognized! Learn more

Note for 2018: No open exhibit hours on Monday; Exhibit Hall first opens on Tuesday morning, March 13 following the Opening General Session.

2018 MTC at-a-Glance* 

All events take place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, Florida 

Note the new schedule for 2018! Exhibit Hall will open on Tuesday instead of Monday.

 Monday, March 12, 2018  
 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Registration Open
 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Pre-Conference Workshops (times vary, additional fee)
Tuesday, March 13  
 7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Registration Open
 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.  Opening General Session
 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Open (Note new hours for 2018!)
 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.  Coffee Break in Exhibit Hall
 10:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.  Technical Sessions
 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.  Luncheon in Exhibit Hall
 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.  Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Poster Session & Networking Reception
 Wednesday, March 14  
 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Registration Open
 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Technical Sessions
 10:00 a.m.-noon & 1:30-6:00 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Open (closed during Awards Luncheon)
 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.  Coffee Break in Exhibit Hall
 noon - 1:30 p.m.  Awards Luncheon
 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.  Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.  Experts in the Round
 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Poster Session & Social Hour in Exhibit Hall
 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.  AMTA Member Meeting
 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.  Student & Young Professionals Reception
 Thursday, March 15  
 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Registration Open
 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.  Exhibit Hall Open
 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.  Networking Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Technical Sessions
 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.  Coffee Break in Exhibit Hall
 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.  Conference Luncheon
 3:15 - 3:45 p.m.  Closing Session & Best Paper/Poster Presentation Awards
Friday, March 16  
 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Technical Facility Tours (add'l fee, times vary)
 *Preliminary - Subject to Change