CH2M HILL at 2012 Water Quality Technology Conference

We are proud to be a gold sponsor of this year’s American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) Water Quality Technology Conference (WQTC) being held in Toronto, Ontario, November 4 – 8. Our own Quirien Muylwyk was Chair of the Conference Committee that organized this year’s conference, which has become the largest specialty conference offered by AWWA. We are looking forward to enaging with old friends and new, as well as meeting the next generation of technologists. It is sure to be another great conference event of learning, networking, and sharing experiences!


We have numerous employees moderating and presenting over the next few days, so be sure to check out the full list of CH2M HILL WQTC 2012 participation below so you don’t miss out on something exciting! Download a PDF version.


RC Harris Water Treatment Plants & F.J. Horgan Water Treatment Plants – SOLD OUT

CH2M HILL has played a role on both of these facilities that will be toured on Thursday, November 8.

The F.J. Horgan is a modern, direct filtration plant that has just been expanded from 570 ML/d to 800 ML/d and upgraded to include ozonation for the entire capacity at a cost of $200M. Ozone is used for primary disinfection, biofiltration, and taste and odor control. Because of the plant location on the Scarborough bluffs, much of the building is located underground; the low lift pumps are located 10.5 stories below ground level. As such, most of the building’s infrastructure is buried and the facility has a surface footprint of only 134,000 ft².

The R.C. Harris WTP was constructed in the late 1930s. The facility exemplifies the classic Art Deco style and is designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Site. This conventional water treatment facility has a capacity of 950 ML/d. The treatment process remains essentially the same as when it was constructed, despite numerous upgrades over the years. In order to maintain the heritage status of the building, the residue management facility (RMF) was built into the hillside in 2007. The RMF also houses the state-of-the art Pilot Plant which is used to optimize treatment, examine corrosion control, and provide for operator training as part of Toronto Water’s commitment to excellence.

AWWA Golden Spigot Award Winners: Bob Bergman and Jennifer Baldwin

Bergman and Baldwin were presented with the Golden Spigot Award during AWWA WQTC 2012CH2M HILL’s Bob Bergman and Jennifer Baldwin have been named 2012 recipients of the Golden Spigot Award by AWWA. The trustees of AWWA’s Water Quality & Technology Division voted at their June 2012 meeting to bestow this award upon Bob and Jennifer for tapping their creativity, vision and motivation to further the Division’s mission and goals.

In particular, Bob is being recognized for his contributions to AWWA as Chair of the Membrane Processes Committee, which included brokering the partnership with AMTA to host a joint annual conference together (MTC) and chairing the conference planning committee for the Membrane Technologies Conference in 2012.

Jennifer’s award is for her role as Chair of the Inorganics Committee, for spearheading the highly political re-write of AWWA’s policy statement on fluoride, and for initiating the first AWWA Manual of Practice for Aeration and Air Stripping.

Employee Presentations and Workshops

Sunday, November 4, 2012

8:30 – 5:00 Jesus Garcia-Aleman(Moderator, Speaker, Guide) SUN02 – Implementation of Advanced Disinfection, Biological, and Organic Control Treatment Technologies – Workshop and Tour of Lorne Park WTP and Lake View WTP

Monday, November 5, 2012

8:30 – 5:00 Ryan Rhoades (Speaker) MON11 – Membrane Residuals Management: Brackish Wetlands For Concentrate Treatment: Overview Of Pilot Results Of The Goodyear Regulating Wetlands
10:45-11:15 Todd Elliot (Speaker) MON12 – New Research on Emerging UV Issues: Meeting LT2 Requirements With UV Disinfection, One Reservoir At A Time
1:15 – 1:45 Kelly Griffiths & Paul Wobma (Speakers) MON15 – Rethinking Treatment to Meet New Challenges: Total Water Quality Management – Beyond The Water Treatment Plant
1:15 – 1:45 Jesus Garcia-Aleman (Speaker) MON18 – Low Pressure Membrane Filtration Optimization: Treatment Optimization To Address Water Quality Challenges In A ZLD Scheme – 4 Years Of Operation Of The Twin Oaks Valley WTP
1:15 – 5:00 Lee Anne Jones (Moderator) ST01MON – Local Host Session – Innovation and Collaboration in the Ontario Water Industry
2:15 – 3:30 Natalie Paradis &
Quirien Muylwyk (Co-authors)
MON15 – Rethinking Treatment to Meet New Challenges: From Desktop Models To Full-Scale Testing: Comparing Methodologies To Assess Performance And Capacity
4:30 – 5:00 Michael Hwang (Speaker) MON18 – Low Pressure Membrane Filtration Optimization: Optimization Of A Direct Membrane Filtration Plant To Address Integrity And Fouling Challenges

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

8:15 – 8:45 Monique Waller &  Raymond Cantwel (Speakers) TUE06 –Rethinking Treatment to Meet New Challenges Pt. 2: Rethinking Coagulation Practices On The Great Lakes Using Zeta Potential
9:45 Enoch Nicholson (Poster Presentation) TUE04 – Inorganics Posters: Pilot Testing Of Ion Exchange Regeneration Chemicals For Nitrate Removal At An 80 MGD Surface Water Treatment Plant
9:45 Joseph Nattress (Co-Author, Poster Presentation) TUE05 – Treatment Posters: Seawater V. Surface Water Treatment Applying Enflo-DAF™ Technology
11:30 – 12:00 Joseph Nattress (Speaker) TUE06 – Rethinking Treatment to Meet New Challenges Pt. 2: Startup And Evaluation Of High-Rate DAF For A Dual Raw Water Supply
8:00 – 12:00 Kerry Meyer (Moderator, Co-author) TUE09 –  Application of Biological Treatment for Contamination Removal: Modeling Trace Organic Pollutant Removals In Drinking Water Biofilters
8:00 – 12:00 David Hartman (Moderator) TUE11- Affecting Lead and Copper Levels in the Distribution Systems
1:30 – 5:00 Paul Swaim (Moderator, Speaker) & Todd Elliot (Speaker) ST05TUE – Medium Pressure UV Disinfection: Updating the State of the Science: Addressing the Issues for Operating UV Systems
2:30 – 2:45 Amy Gao (Speaker) ST06TUE- Nanomaterials in Water Treatment: The Tolerance of Bacteria in Engineered Water Systems to Silver Nanoparticles in Biofilm and Planktonic Cultures
2:00 – 2:30 Raymond Cantwell & Quirien Muylwyk (Speakers) TUE15 – Impact of Corrosion Control for Lead and Copper: Role Of Ph For Phosphate-Based Lead Control In Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

11:00 -11:30 Christopher Wiggins WED06 – Detecting and Responding to Events: Using Baseline Water Quality Data To Establish Control Limits To Identify Water Contamination