AC18: The Call for Speaker Proposals is Now Open

Your AC18 session room awaits! Now is the time to gather your best ideas and turn them into an outstanding educational session you can share with fellow California water professionals.

To find the most important clean water & resource recovery challenges we surveyed agency leaders and CWEA members. We formatted their challenges into two types: Team Challenge Areas (involving a wide range of professionals) or Professional Challenge areas (topics related to one profession).

Under each Challenge Area we’ve listed sub-topics members specifically requested. Choose the challenge area and sub-topic closest to your proposal or choose “Other” to propose a new topic.

Proposals are due September 22nd
See the challenge areas and sub-topics below or download a pdf of those topics here.

Submit your AC18 proposal today >

Annual Conference 2018
Sacramento Convention Center
April 17-20, 2018

Let’s help one another succeed, we are stronger together. Have a solution, case study, technology, lesson learned or workshop idea? Please share it! Good luck and see you in Sacramento!


  1. Water Reuse Operations & Technology
    1. Microfiltration/Reverse Osmosis membrane operations and maintenance
    2. Advances in membrane technologies
    3. Indirect Potable Reuse/Direct Potable Reuse technologies
    4. Disinfection operations
    5. Ozone/biologically active filtration
    6. Advanced oxidation processes
  2. Managing Assets for Longer Life Cycles
    1. Condition assessment best practices
    2. Asset databases and hierarchy development challenges
    3. Risk evaluation tools and financial models
    4. Predictive & preventive maintenance (reliability centered maintenance, vibration or thermal analysis, six sigma)
    5. Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) management
    6. CMMS software selection and best practices
  3. The Big Shift to Co-digestion
    1. Organics, FOG and food waste co-digestion, a big opportunity
    2.  Regulatory challenges for co-digestion of organics and food waste
    3. Receiving and pre-conditioning of food waste and organic waste
    4. How to handle odor control for food waste and organics waste receiving and processing
    5. Biogas management and use (gas treatment, gas storage, co-gen, vehicle fuel, energy storage/batteries)
  4. Workforce Development & Succession Planning
    1. Workforce development
    2. Staff development, succession planning and training program success stories
    3. Understanding the generations – Boomers, X and Millennials
    4. SOP and training material development
    5. Internship and apprenticeship program success stories
    6. Developing/assessing trainee programs
  5. Regulators & the Regulated Succeeding Together
    1. SSS-WDR regulations today and future
    2. Nutrient control requirements (SF Bay, Delta)
    3. Toxicity policy and toxicity control
    4. Reuse/IPR/DPR regulations
    5. Preparing for the biosolids landfill ban and new food waste recycling requirements
    6. Air quality regulations
    7. Water/wastewater/AWT operator regulations
    8. OSHA and worker safety regulations
  6. Nutrient Management and Removal
    1. Emerging technologies in mainstream nitrogen removal
    2. Side stream nutrient removal
    3. Phosphorus removal/recovery
    4. Operational tactics for nutrient removal
    5. Creative ideas in nutrient management


  1. Plant Operations – Challenges and Opportunities
    1. Preliminary (fine screening)
    2. Primary Treatment
    3. Secondary Treatment
    4. Tertiary Treatment
    5. Energy management
    6. UV disinfection operation issues and solutions
    7. Instrumentation & controls systems
  2. Plant Maintenance – Best Practices
    1. Pumps, pump stations and valves
    2. Reliability centered maintenance
    3. Cathodic protection
    4. Vibration/thermal analysis
    5. CMMS success stories
  3. Collection Systems
    1. Sewer lateral management
    2. Managing inflow and infiltration (I/I)
    3. Lessons learned from 2016-17 winter storms
    4. Gravity sewers, force mains and pump station design and maintenance
    5. SSO management success stories, spill estimating
    6. Pipe assessment technologies (cameras, lasers, sonar)
    7. Optimizing cleaning frequencies
  4. Pretreatment & Stormwater
    1. Pretreatment program case studies
    2. Stormwater as a resource/LID/green design
    3. Central waste treatment facilities
    4. Emerging contaminants
    5. Pretreatment standards for water reuse
    6. Stormwater inspections
    7. Collection system crews involved in stormwater maintenance
  5. Project Delivery Through Design-Build
    1. Retrofitting aging facilities while keeping the plant running
    2. Innovative project delivery methods
    3. Public private partnership stories
    4. How to choose best project delivery method for your project
    5. Successful design-build projects
    6. Lesson learned from design-build projects
  6. Safety
    1. confined space entry/rescue
    2. commercial truck safety/regulations
    3. fall protection
    4. trenching & shoring
    5. Lock-out tag-out procedures
    6.  Electrical safety for non-electricians
  7. Biosolids
    1. Advances in digestion
    2. Dewatering optimization, polymers and technologies
    3. Obtaining Class A
    4. Land application and disposal alternatives
    5. New technologies in biosolids management
    6. Regulatory updates for biosolids
  8. Laboratory
  9. Other

Download a pdf list of challenge areas here 

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