Water Quality Technology Conference® & Exposition - Nov. 11-15, 2018| Toronto, Canada

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.

WQTC 2018 Toronto, Ontario - November 11-15, 2018 

All conference events will take place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. Please note that a valid U.S. passport is required to travel between USA and Canada. 

Registration and Hotel Reservations will be open in June 2018.

Who attends WQTC?

  • Water quality specialists
  • Treatment plant managers
  • Scientists
  • Engineers
  • Lab personnel
  • Academics & Students
  • Water Utility Managers
  • Distributors & Manufacturers
  • Consultants
  • Product representatives
  • Local & Federal Government 
  • Researchers


Sample Registration Rates

2017 Member 

2017 Non member

2017 Member 
2017 Non member
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
Professor/Student Special offer
(Professors: Bring 3 paid students and receive a free full-conference registration!)
Professor/Student Offer Registration Form (PDF)

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 post-deadline will not be refunded; however, substitute registrants are welcome, if pre-approved in writing.



WQTC Program

2017 Conference Proceedings are available below. 

Registration and hotels for the 2018 Conference will be open in June 2018. Complete sessions information will be available in July 2018.

2017 Conference Proceedings - available now thru May 2018

View the 2017 Onsite Program (PDF 8MB)

2017 Best Poster Awards

1st Place: Choices Have Consequences: Water Treatment and Management Alter the Distribution System Microbiome
Michael Waak (University of Minnesota), Timothy LaPara, Raymond Hozalski

2nd Place: The Role of Water Extractable Pyrogenic Soil Organic Matter as Disinfection Byproduct Precursors After
Wildfire Events
Yun Yu, Ariel Retuta, Fernando Rosario-Ortiz

3rd Place: NDMA Mitigation - Preoxidation of NDMA Precursors Present in Potable Reuse Water
Eric Dickenson (Southern Nevada Water Authority), Erica Marti, Jacimaria Batista

2017 Student Presentation Awards

Real-Time Modeling of Cyanotoxin Oxidation in Clearwells
Alexander Gorzalski, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Advisor: Orlando Coronell

2D Surface Investigation on the Impact of pH, Orthophosphate and Alkalinity on Galvanic Corrosion
Using Microelectrodes
Xiangmeng Ma, University of Central Florida, Advisor: Woo Hyoung Lee


2017 Student Poster Awards

1st Place: Investigating Opportunities to Enhance An Aged Nanofiltration Membrane Process
Daniel Whalen (University of Central Florida), Steven Duranceau

2nd Place: Nitrogen Flows in An Anaerobic Ammonium Oxidation (Anammox) Reactor
Jennifer Lawrence (University of California-Berkeley), Lijie Zhou, Ray Keren, Edmund Antell, Ke Yu,
Lisa Alvarez Cohen

3rd Place: Disinfection Byproduct Control in A Small Non Continuously Operated Water Treatment Plant
Kodi Webb (Penn State Capital College), Yuefeng Xie


2017 Keynotes 

Opening General Session 
Monday 8:15 a.m.
"Embracing the Next Drinking Water Revolutions"
David Sedlak , Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering,  University of California-Berkeley

Over the next thirty years, two new approaches will emerge for enhancing water security: exploitation of unconventional water sources and decentralization of water systems.  By embracing new technologies and supporting research and development activities, water utilities, consulting engineers and regulators can assure that these coming water revolutions will benefit society. 

NEW! AEESP Emerging Investigator Lecturer
Monday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. 
“Assessing the Impact of Wildfires on Water Quality and Treatment Efficacy”
Fernando Rosario-Ortiz, D.Env  Shay Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering University of Colorado Boulder 

Wildfires represents an acute perturbation to watersheds, and the impacts include changes in ecosystem dynamics, sediment mobilization and overall water quality. The changes in water quality are a particular concern to drinking water utilities in forested areas. In this presentation, recent work on the effects of wildfires on water quality and treatment will be discussed, followed by a discussion regarding the specific effects that thermal alteration of soils has on the mobilization of dissolved organic matter and disinfection byproduct precursors.

Networking Events

Networking Receptions and Luncheons in the WQTC Exhibit Hall
Join us in the exhibit hall Sunday and Monday evenings for happy hour. One beverage coupon for each reception is attached to your badge. Also included in full-conference registration is lunch in the exhibit hall on Monday and Tuesday.   

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

Student and Young Professional Events

Committee Speed Networking  
Monday, 5:30 - 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. Come show your support!

Download the WQTC Mobile App

Provides updates to the printed program, session descriptions and speaker biographies. The App is searchable by speaker, keyword, or exhibitor. Download “AWWA Events” from your app store.


Conference Proceedings

Conference proceedings will be available online for six month post-conference. 


Visit the WQTC Exhibit Hall!

Interested in exhibiting or sponsoring at WQTC? Booths sales for WQTC 2018 have already begun! Please visit Exhibitor Resources for details.

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!

2018 Exhibitor List & Floor Plan

2017 Exhibitor List & Floor Plan


2017 Exhibit Hall Education Sessions

Attendees earn CEUs by attending 'Lunch N Learn' and 'Coffee & Credit Breaks'

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.

Emerging Trends in the Water Industry
Monday 12:30-12:45 p.m.
Track: Innovation & Regulations
Facilitator: WaterTrax - Booth 319
 Utility managers are experience a shift in processes as stakeholders are pushing for more data-driven decision making while the technology that exists is holding them back. This presentation will focus on the trends that are emerging in the water industry. Everything from smarter data collection methods, integration between data sources, use of mobile and the push towards electronic compliance reporting.

Beyond Carbon: More Effective PFOS/PFOA Removal
Monday 12:45-1:00 p.m.
Track: Innovation & Regulations
Facilitator: Emerging Compounds Treatment Technologies, Inc.
Booth 403
This session will provide attendees with practical information regarding the innovative and proven application of ion exchange resins to remove PFOS/PFOA and other PFAS from water more effectively and more cost-effectively than carbon. PFOS/PFOA and other PFAS are rapidly emerging as regulated contaminants in drinking water across the country.

Unidirectional Flushing: New Technology to Improve Water Quality While Saving Time and Water!
Monday 3:15-3:30 p.m.
Track: Distribution Issues & Water Quality
Facilitator: Kupferle - Booth 117
Many utilities perform unidirectional flushing strategies to clean debris and scour the water distribution system. But how long do I flush? How do I know when I have achieved the water clarity I am flushing to obtain? Now there is new technology that guarantees water quality performance while saving on labor time and the amount of water flushed. Come by booth 117 to learn more!

Getting the Most Out of Your Water Quality Data
Monday 3:30-3:45 p.m.
Track: Distribution Issues & Water Quality
Facilitator: Blue I USA - Booth 421

The challenge many water utilities face is the big data collected from the water distribution network monitoring system. Blue I Water Tech unique cost effective advance data analytic software (Smart INSIGHT), analyzes big data and creates a specific water quality “finger print” of the water distribution network, enabling it to early detect water quality events while dramatically reducing the false alarms.

Monitoring algae blooms with FlowCam to facilitate water management decisions
Tuesday 9:45-10:00 a.m.
Track: Lab Methods & Sensors
Facilitator: Fluid Imaging Technologies, Inc. - Booth 419
With the FlowCam, water quality management facilities can monitor regularly and conduct expensive toxin tests and treat blooms only when necessary. The FlowCam combines digital imaging, flow cytometry and microscopy to measure size, concentration, and shape of algae in a water sample. Methods for characterizing nuisance algae, HABs and algae productivity will be shared.

Image Based Analysis of Flocs
Tuesday 10:00-10:15 a.m.
Track: Lab Methods & Sensors
Facilitator: Durasens - Booth 501

We will present a state of the art imaging technology developed for monitoring and quantifying flocculation in real-time during a jar test or in a flocculation basin. Several parameters that characterize flocs can be extracted from these images allowing us to observe how these parameters evolve. The ways by which these data can assist operators in optimizing flocculation in their plant will be discussed.

Streamline Preparation of routine Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR) with Locus EIM
Tuesday 12:45-1:00 p.m.
Track: Innovation & Regulations
Facilitator: Locus Technologies - Booth 500
Locus Technologies will demonstrate the tools in Locus EIM environmental database to streamline preparation of routine Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs). Locus will show participants how the system is set up to provide easy calculations for the range of data used in the annual reports for single or multiple water systems.

Reducing Cyanobacteria While Controlling Zebra Mussels
Tuesday 1:00-1:15 p.m.
Track: Treatment Optimization
Facilitator: EarthTec - Booth 304

Developments in chemistry reduce harmful cyanobacteria without catastrophic rupturing of cell membranes. Dose rate for cyanotoxins is also effective for controlling zebra mussels & safe for fish. Topics include: dispersion rates, controlling cyanotoxins, zebra mussels, reducing TOCs and DBPs. Attendees will be better equipped to handle twin threats of zebra mussels and cyanobacteria.






WQTC at-a-Glance*           

Tentative 2018 Schedule - Please continue to check back for schedule updates.
All 2018 events take place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

 Sunday, November 11  
 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Registration Open
 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Sunday Workshops (additional fee)
 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
 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Student Poster Session in Exhibit Hall
 Monday, November 12  
 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
 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.  Poster Session 1
 10:15 - 11:45 a.m.  Technical Sessions
 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.  Luncheon - with Exhibits
 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.  Lunch N' Learn sessions in Exhibit Hall
 1:15 - 3:15 p.m.  Technical Sessions
 3:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Open
 3:15 - 4:00 p.m.  Break - Exhibit Hall Time
 3:15 - 4:00 p.m.   'Credit Break' Sessions in Exhibit Hall
 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.  Poster Session 2
 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Water Quality Lecture or Technical Sessions
 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Networking Reception - Exhibit Hall
 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  Students & YP Committee Speed Networking
 Tuesday, November 13  
 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.  'Coffee & Credit' Session in Exhibit Hall
 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.  Poster Session 3
 noon - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch with Exhibits
 12:45 - 1:15 p.m.  Lunch N' Learn sessions in Exhibit Hall
 noon - 1:30 p.m.  Student & YP 'Lunch with the Boss'
 1:30 - 5:00 p.m.   Technical Sessions
 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.   Tuesday Night Social sponsored by Ontario Section
 Wednesday, November 14  
 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
 noon - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch Break (on your own)
 1:30 - 5:00 p.m.  Technical Sessions
 5:05 - 5:15 p.m.  Student Awards Ceremony
Thursday, November 15  
 7:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Technical Facility Tours-times vary
 *Preliminary - Subject to Change

2018 Call for Abstracts is now closed

The Water Quality Technology Conference (WQTC) is the premier conference for water quality professionals around the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to submit an abstract for next year’s conference and contribute to better practices for improving water quality and protecting public health. 

Thank you for your interest! Submissions were due March 1, 2018. Speaker notifications will be sent in July 2018.

View detailed abstract list (PDF)

Please Note: WQTC is a No Paper/No Podium event. All presenters are required to submit papers for the proceedings by the specified deadline. If a paper is not submitted, the presenter will be replaced on the program. All accepted abstracts may be published in the AWWA Journal and/or conference proceedings. 

Contact Education Services if you have questions regarding abstract submission.

All 2018 conference events take place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. 

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