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.

2019 Call for Abstracts is now open!

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. 

Learn more & submit and abstract

All submissions are due Thursday, February 28, 2019.

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 2019 conference events take place at the Sheraton Dallas Downtown Hotel.

Thank you for joining us in Toronto!

The 2019 Water Quality Technology Conference & Exposition will take place November 3-7, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. Please check back in December 2018 for additional information. 

2018 WQTC Program

Online Program & Proceedings

View the Onsite Program - Digital Magazine

Conference Announcement (PDF)

Congratulations to our 2018 Award Winners:

Golden Spigot Award: Kira Smith & Richard Giani 
Emerald Erlenmeyer Award: Michelle De Haan 

WQTC Student Paper Award: Husein Almuhtaram and Evelyne Dore

WQTC Poster Awards:
1st place – Life Cycle Environmental and Economic Assessment of Disinfection Byproduct Reduction Techniques in Small Drinking Water Systems
Weiwei Mo, Pablo Cornejo, Tyler Kane, James Malley 

2nd place –  Investigating Biological and Water Quality Impacts of Inline-POU Filters
Katherine Alfredo, Jie Lin

3rd place – Hydraulic Efficiency Analysis of Contact Basins Using Computational Fluid Dynamics 
Hallie Thornburrow, Jordan Wilson, Carrie Knatz

2018 Keynotes 

Opening General Session 
Monday 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. 
The Opening General Session sets the stage for the learning and fellowship to come! Get inspired and make new connections as you are welcomed by our opening speakers.

Keynote: Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

AEESP Emerging Investigator Lecturer
Monday, 4:00-5:00 p.m.  

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.

WQTC Social Presented by the Ontario Water Works Association
Tuesday 6:00 – 9:00 at The Citizen Bar, 522 King Street West
The Ontario Section would like to thank the following sponsors for your support of the Tuesday Night Social: C3 Water, AECOM, Associated Engineering, Intuitech, Arcadis, R.V. Anderson and Calgon Carbon
Everyone is welcome to the social at the 1930’s Toronto heritage styled Citizen Restaurant and Bar. We will be raising money for Water For People which exists to promote the development of high-quality drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments. Test your water knowledge by joining in our jeopardy style trivia game, partake in a ping pong game or just hang out with your water industry peers. Light appetizers prepared using local ingredients will be provided, with additional beverages available for purchase. Transportation options include a 13 min walk, King St Streetcar, or taxi/ride service. The Local Host Booth has detailed information, including maps and directions. Please join us and our sponsors for this fun evening! 

Student and Young Professional Events

Find a WQTC Mentor
The mentor program matches student and young professional first-time attendees with a mentor. These volunteer mentors are experienced professionals who will help guide you through the conference maze by suggesting technical sessions, events and by providing advice and support. 

Interested in a mentor for WQTC18? Email us by Monday, October 22 and include the following:
1.) Where you go to school and what you are studying.
2.) The type of person you’d like to meet (consultant, utility, education/research, government, etc.)

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

Search for 'AWWA Events' in your App Store.


Conference Proceedings

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


2018 Workshops and Technical Facility Tours

WQTC workshops provide in-depth comprehensive learning opportunities. Technical facility tours offer a behind the scenes glimpse into water quality at work. 

Separate fee applies - register before October 12 for best rates. 

Pre-Conference Workshops

Additional workshop details are available in the Online Program.

PCW01 Probing Algae Blooms: Advanced Techniques in Monitoring and Treating Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins
Sunday, November 11 | 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (meet at 7:45 a.m. for bus)
$275 early member / $375 early nonmember
This workshop is located at an offsite laboratory setting. Price includes lunch, transportation and class supplies.
Thank you to Ryerson Urban Water at Ryerson University for providing location, resources and support for WQTC PCW01 Workshop!

PCW02 Implementing Drinking Water Biofiltration in Cold Weather Conditions
Sunday, November 11 | 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$195 early member / $295 early nonmember 

PCW03 Building Water Safety Plans & Why They’re Needed: the Role of Public Water Suppliers (Classroom portion only)
Sunday, November 11 | 8:00 a.m. - noon
$110 early member / $210 early nonmember

Additional details and agenda for all workshops above are available in the Online Program.


2018 Facility Tours

Each participant must fill out a release form prior to boarding bus. Photo-ID required for each participant.

T1 - DeCew Falls Water Treatment Plant & Niagara Falls (Sunday Tour - Including "Journey Behind the Falls" and lunch) SOLD OUT
Sunday, November 11 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (meet at 8:45 a.m. for bus)
$95 per person, Limited to 45 attendees - Please note that T1 has reached capacity and is sold out. 

Journey Behind  the Falls - Take a journey below the heart of Niagara, where the mighty Horseshoe Falls tumble from above! You’ll descend 125 feet and explore 130-year-old tunnels through the bedrock, but you’ll feel the Falls long before you see them. The observation deck at the foot of this wonder will leave you breathless.

The DeCew Falls WTP is the largest plant in the Niagara Region. Built in 1925, it has a rated capacity of 227 MLD. Due to the location of the plant on the Niagara Escarpment, approximately 65% of the treated water flow leaves the facility by gravity.

T2 - R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant and Western Beaches CSO Facility

Thursday, November 15 | 8:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
$55 per person, Limited to 20 attendees  Please note that T2 has reached capacity and is sold out. 

The R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant is Toronto's largest water treatment facility. The plant produces up to 950 millionlitres per day for Toronto and the York Region. Built in the 1930s with a capacity of 100 million gallons daily, the plant capacity was doubled in the 1950s. In 2013, they received the AWWA Water Landmark Award.

The Western Beaches storage tunnel prevents sewer overflows from going directly in Lake Ontario. Four kilometres long with three large holding tanks, the tunnel helps clean up pollution of waters in the western beaches area of the city. 

T3 - Island Water Treatment Plant, John Street Pumping Station and Enwave (includes ferry ticket) REGISTRATION CLOSED

Thursday, November 15 | 8:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
$60 per person, Limited to 35 people

The Island WTP was retrofitted in 1977 as a direct filtration facility having the ability to treat 22% of Toronto’s drinking water. Treated water flows from the plant by gravity through a tunnel under the Toronto harbour to the mainland where it is pumped to different pressure districts.

In 2002, Toronto entered into a partnership with Enwave Energy Corporation in an initiative known as Deep Lake Water Cooling (DLWC). The DLWC operation produces cold, treated water, which passes through a heat exchanger system, providing a heat sink for Enwave’s district energy cooling system, which air conditions commercial buildings downtown. 

T4 - Peel Region Lakeview Water Treatment Plant and Gravity Membranes REGISTRATION CLOSED

Thursday, November 15 | 8:30 a.m. - noon
$55 per person, Limited to 20 people

The Lakeview Water Treatment Plant draws its water from Lake Ontario and is one of two treatment plants supplying drinking water to the residents and businesses in the Region of Peel.  The plant is rated at 1160 ML/d and has three distinct treatment trains: one conventional and two membrane trains.  Portions of the plant are also treated with ozone for primary disinfection and taste and odour control.

As part of a collaborative initiative the Region is currently pilot testing a gravity membrane system in a former conventional filter.  A review of this innovative approach will be discussed during the tour.  


Download the WQTC Mobile App - available in October

Before you Arrive! 

- Search your App Store for ‘AWWA Events’
- Download and create a User Login to customize your WQTC schedule. 


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!

Interested in 2019? Check back in January 2019 for details, or contact Exhibitor Services.

2018 Exhibitor List & Floor Plan


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. Exhibitors - watch your emails for instructions on how to get your chance to participate! 


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.  Pre-Conference 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 PST01
 10:15 - 11:45 a.m.  Technical Sessions
 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.  Luncheon
 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Education Sessions
 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.   Exhibit Hall Education Sessions
 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.  Poster Session PST02
 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.  AEESP Emerging Investigator Lecture
 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  Students & YP Event in Exhibit Hall
 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.  Exhibit Hall Education Sessions
 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.  Poster Session PST03
 noon - 1:30 p.m.  Luncheon
 12:45 - 1:15 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Education Sessions
 noon - 1:30 p.m.  Student & YP 'Lunch with the Boss'
 1:30 - 5:00 p.m.   Technical Sessions
 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.  TUEW Getting Your Paper Accepted (AWWA Water Science and Wiley)
 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
For questions regarding registration, lodging or general conference questions, please contact the Conferences and Events Group.