• June 9, 2019 - June 12, 2019
  • Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado

AWWA Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE19)

When: June 9, 2019 - June 12, 2019
Where: Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado

At Arcadis, improving quality of life is why we exist and innovating the future of water is how we do it. Whether we are helping water utilities reimagine resilience to build a fit-for-future utility, spark transformation with digitally enabled innovation or demystify Intelligent Water for a human-centric future, our work is never done, and we like it that way. The bigger the question and the more complex the challenge, the more curious and creative we are. This year at ACE19, we invite the industry to be courageous with us, to listen, share and act for an intelligent and sustainable water future. Scroll down for an overview of Arcadis at ACE19. We look forward to connecting.



9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Workshop: Aging Infrastructure Management – Hydraulic Analysis of Water Distribution System Criticality and Resiliency | Presenter: Ben Chenevey & Kevin Slaven

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Workshop: Applying the Concept of Design Thinking to Solve Asset Management Implementation Challenges | Presenters: Celine Hyer & Esteban Azagra


2:00 - 5:00 PM | Capital Financing Success Stories | Moderator: Robert Ryall

2:00 - 5:00 PM | Using Models for Improving Plant Design, Operation and Energy Reduction | Moderator: Jim Cooper

PST01 - Water Quality Challenges/Advances in Water Treatment/Membranes

2:00 PM | Poster Presentation | Challenges with Chemical Dosing in a Large Water Treatment Plant | Presenter: Chetan Soni

MON23 - Transforming your Utility through your Employees

2:30 PM | H2Opportunity! - How the GA Water Industry Came Together to Save the Workforce! | Presenter: Donnell Duncan

MON08 - Using Models for Improving Plant Design, Operation, and Energy Reduction

3:00 PM | Benefits of Physical Modeling - Pump Intake Design and Chemical Mixing Applications | Presenter: Chetan Soni

MON10 - Indirect Potable Reuse Technologies and Projects

4:30 PM | High Recovery RO - Challenges to Meet Stringent Nitrogen Limits in Reservoir Augmentation Indirect Potable Reuse Projects | Presenter: Ufuk Erdal

MON12 - Data Management Systems Improve Managing Data

4:30 PM | Smart Field Data Collection Practices in Water Distribution Systems | Presenter: Benjamin Chenevy


8:30 - 11:45 AM | AMI and the Smart Utility | Moderator: Jim Cooper

1:30 - 4:30 PM | Improved Planning for a Future with Great Uncertainty | Moderator: Esteban Azagra

TUE01 - Research and Operation Strategies for Manganese Removal

8:30 AM | The Impact of Media Type, pH, and ORP on Manganese Removal Across Biofilters Operated at Varying Temperatures | Presenters: Ashley Evans, Jason Carter

TUE10 - Managing Affordability

8:30 AM | Addressing Customer Affordability Through Integrated Asset and Financial Management Planning Tools | Presenter: Robert Ryall

TUE27 - The Future is Here - Deal With It!

8:30 AM | Innovation for a Sustainable Utility of the Future | Speakers: Keith Tyson (Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission), Jason Carter

TUE11 - Hydraulic Modeling: Development, Calibration, and Analysis

9:00 AM | Development and Calibration of Large-Scale All-Pipes Water Distribution Models for City of Los Angeles | Presenter: Ben Chenevey

TUE23 - Stormwater Projects Benefit from Regional Partnerships

10:15 AM | A Holistic Approach to Stormwater Management: How a Desktop Tool and a Demonstration Project can (Un)pave the Way for Los Angeles | Presenter: Sarina Sriboonlue

TUE03 - Advanced Treatment of Contaminated Groundwater

11:15 AM | Innovative Groundwater Treatment of 1,4-Dioxane and VOCs in Los Angeles | Presenters: Christine Cotton, Nicole Blute | Co-Authors: Michael Maxwell, Phil Clark, Kurt Wells, Lynn Grijalva, Mark Trudell

PST03 - Pipes, Asset Management, Design/Construction/ O&M

1:30 PM | Poster Presentation  | Overcoming Hyradulic Challenges - Integration of New Treatment Facilities within Existing Raw Water Conveyance Infrastructure | Presenter: Michael Maxwell

TUE50 - Improved Planning for a Future with Great Uncertainty

1:30 PM | Resilience Reimagined: Building a Fit-For-Future Utility | Presenter: Esteban Azagra

2:00 PM | Hotter, Wetter, Wilder - Global Best Practices in Urban Coastal Resilience | Presenter: Edgar Westerhof

2:30 PM | Can Your Plant Handle What is Coming?... Treatment Planning for Future Uncertainties | Presenter: Rebecca Slabaugh

3:00 PM | Using Regional Economic Impact Analysis to Determine the Real Cost of Service Interruptions | Presenters: Edward Fernandez, Dustin Lowndes (DC Water)

4:00 PM | Panel Discussion | Panelists: Esteban Azagra, Edgar Westerhof, Rebecca Slabaugh, Edward Fernandez, Laurna Kaatz (Denver Water), Dusti Lowndes (DC Water)

TUE52 - Spotlight on PFAs

1:30 PM | Breaking Down PFAS as an Emerging Contaminant | Presenter: Brent Alspach

TUE39 - Water System Planning and Design

4:05 PM | Using Asset Management Principles to Enhance Traditional Water Master Plans | Presenter: Ludwing Perez


WED22 - Creating a Culture of Innovation Within Your Utility

8:30 AM | Building an Innovation Strategy: Engaging Your Employees | Presenter: Jason Carter

10:30 AM | Panel Discussion | John Norton, Jason Carter, Edward Means (Means Consulting), Keith Tyson (Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission)

WED07 - Project Implementation of Large-Scale Water Resource Project

10:00 AM | Advancing Construction Projects through Legal, Technical & Scheduling Challenges, DWU's Residuals Projects at the Elm Fork WTP | Presenter: Gabriel Terjo


Congratulations to the recipients of the notable Kenneth J. Miller Founders Award (Miller Award), especially, Shelly Baxter, project assistant based out of our Indianapolis, IN office. The Miller Award was established in 2001 by the Water For People Board of Directors to honor outstanding volunteer service to this international humanitarian effort. This prestigious accolade recognizes those who dedicate time to help bring an end to the global water crisis. Shelly will receive her award during ACE19 at the Kenneth J. Miller Founders’ Award Luncheon, which takes place at 11:45 a.m. MT on Monday, June 10 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, Centennial Ballroom E + Corridor. The luncheon is open to the general public. Click here to purchase your ticket.

As a workplace giving partner and Pint Sponsor we also encourage you to attend ThirstyFest 2019, taking place Saturday, June 8, from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. MT at the Improper City. ThirstyFest is open to the general public. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $30  and at the door for $40. Use discount code tf19-thankyou-25 for 25% off tickets purchased prior to the advance. We hope to see you there!


Since 2010, Arcadis has awarded this scholarship to a student pursuing a graduate or doctoral degree in water science or engineering, and that possessing the greatest potential to be a future leader. This year’s scholarship recipient is Alma Beciragic from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health. On behalf of Arcadis, John McCarthy, president of the water business, will be presenting our scholarship at the Water Industry Luncheon*, which takes place at 12:00 noon MT on Tuesday, June 11. Congratulations Alma, and thank you to everyone who applied.

“Words cannot express how honored and grateful I am be the Arcadis scholarship recipient this year,” expressed Alma. “This scholarship gives me the ability to run several additional membrane leachate experiments and have extended access to mass spectrometry facilities on campus. Minimal work has been published on reverse osmosis or nanofiltration membrane leaching and byproduct formation upon disinfection, which means, this research could have implications for the current use of chemical disinfectants in membrane systems while also informing future membrane synthesis improvements. I would like to share this research with membrane utilities and work towards adjusting start up procedures to minimize—or eliminate—leaching and byproduct formation.”

On behalf of Arcadis, John McCarthy, president of the water business, will be presenting our scholarship at the Water Industry Luncheon*, which takes place at 12:00 noon MT on Tuesday, June 11. Congratulations Alma and thank you to everyone who applied.

*The luncheon is a ticketed event.


Diversity and inclusion are cornerstones of innovation. As the water sector unites to navigate the uncharted waters ahead, it’s critical that every person be invited to the table, be heard by their peers and, most importantly, be respected for who they are. Donnell Duncan, structural engineer and client account lead based in Atlanta, considers it an honor to help move the water industry forward by volunteering with AWWA’s Diversity and Member Inclusion Committee (DMIC).

“We've come a long way, however, there's an even longer way to go and much more work to be done,” said Donnell. “Thankfully, through the DMIC, there is a team of dedicated professionals across the country leading the charge, and who will not give up until the culture of our industry allows every contributing member to feel like they belong.”

Donnell is a member of the DMIC’s "Communications/ Outreach" project team. During ACE19, he will assume the role of "Event Planning and Programming" team lead and will be responsible for planning and executing all committee events including ACE20 programing.

On behalf of the DMIC, and in support of cultural transformation, Donnell invites you to attend the following events during ACE19:

Inclusion Lounge | Exhibit Hall – Booth #4039 | Open Exhibit Hall Hours
New this year, this lounge space is located in the Exhibit Hall. Stop by to meet members of AWWA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, learn how you can be engaged in Diversity and Inclusion projects, at your office, your Section, and AWWA.

10:00 – 11:00 AM | Diversify your Network Coffee | Exhibit Hall – Booth 4039
Come for the coffee, stay for the networking with diverse members of the AWWA Community. We’ll be at the Inclusion Lounge in the Exhibit Hall (Booth 4039) This meet and greet is presented by the Diversity & Member Inclusion Committee.
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | Women in Water Meetup | Expo Café in the Exhibit Hall
Join your female peers at this casual, lunch meetup in the Expo Café. This is your opportunity to catch up with colleagues, meet new friends and share your work experiences. Full ACE Registration includes a free lunch ticket – be sure to have it with you. Look for the greeters and signs.
3:00 – 4:30 PM | Hard questions about diversity and inclusion | Room: 103/105
For the water industry to move the needle on diversity and inclusion, we need the courage to have difficult conversations. In this panel, we will pose different scenarios that will require some tough conversations and allow the panel to present their perspective based on their extensive experience in the industry. Attendees will also have an opportunity to network with the panelists and other attendees.
Panelists are: Kishia Powell, City of Atlanta Commissioner; Gail Cagle, Chief of Human Resources, Denver Water; Mary Gugliuzza, Media Relations and Communications Coordinator, City of Ft. Worth Water Utility and AWWA Public Affairs Council Chair; Bob Davis, Cleveland Director of Public Utilities; Moderator is Jacqueline Torbert, Chair, AWWA DMIC.

1:30 – 4:30 PM | Hidden figures: a model of effective leadership and workforce inclusion | Room: Mile High Ballroom 4E
In this session, we discuss ways you can develop an inclusive team that is empowered to positively impact your utility and encourage your staff to strive for their Moon Shot.

9:00 – 11:00 AM | Diversity and member inclusion committee meeting | Room: 104
Join AWWA’s Diversity and Member Inclusion Committee at their official meeting. Guests are welcome.


We know how important it is to stay connected with the people and things that keep you moving forward. Arcadis is upping the convenience factor by sponsoring the Wi-Fi, which will be available in all meeting rooms, lobby spaces and the exhibit hall at The Colorado Convention Center during ACE19. Look for "AWWA_ACE19" in your WiFi options.


We invite you to be a part of our story and would like to be a part of yours. Connect with us on social media before, during and after #AWWAACE and share your #IntelligentWater moments with us!

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