Water quality leaders to explore latest treatment methods at WQTC

More than 1,200 of the top minds in the water quality field will gather Nov. 6-10 in the Quebec City Convention Centre to examine the latest technology and practices for keeping drinking water safe at the American Water Works Association's Water Quality Technology Conference & Exposition (WQTC)...

DENVER, CO, Oct. 4, 2005 -- More than 1,200 of the top minds in the water quality field will gather Nov. 6-10 in the Quebec City Convention Centre to examine the latest technology and practices for keeping drinking water safe at the American Water Works Association's Water Quality Technology ConferenceSM & Exposition (WQTC).

The conference includes more than 30 technical sessions and 75 exhibits showcasing innovations in water treatment, testing and protection. Attendees will include water quality specialists, water utility management, treatment plant managers, scientists, engineers, laboratory personnel and distributors.

"The quality of our drinking water is increasingly on the minds of the North American public," said AWWA executive director Jack W. Hoffbuhr. "The work accomplished during WQTC will help guide water professionals in their critical task of assuring safe and sustainable water supplies."

Highlights will include:
• Seven sessions on the timely topics such as early implementation issues for the new disinfection byproduct rule in the United States, taste and odor solutions, Canadian and U.S. border source water protection, pathogen-based treatment requirements, membranes for non-organic matter removal, microbial source tracking, and a review of US EPA's Total Coliform Rule White Papers.
• Nine in-depth and interactive workshops covering topics such as chloramination control and monitoring, UV disinfection, source water protection, recent developments in biofilm microbiology, data mining for water quality planning and contaminant warning systems.
• Three technical facility tours that include the Quebec City Water Treatment Plant, a tour of the historic water reservoir under Les Plaines d'Abraham, and a Source Water Protection tour.

For other details, see: www.awwa.org/conferences/wqtc/.

AWWA (www.awwa.org) is one of the most authoritative resources for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. It's the largest organization of water professionals in the world. The association advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the water community.

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