September 30 – October 4

BC is on the threshold of tomorrow at WEFTEC 2023, the premiere conference for the water community. Join us Sept. 30 – Oct. 4 at the McCormick Place to learn about the latest solutions, technologies, and opportunities for the water industry. See the lineup of BC’s speakers during workshops and technical sessions ranging from process intensification solutions that do more with less, to adapting to what’s emerging in water regulations and emerging contaminants, to securing the future of water availability.


Saturday, September 30

W03 Fate of PFAS Through Thermal Processes at Water Resources Recovery Facilities | 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Lloyd Winchell, Workshop Chair

Welcome and Introductions
Lloyd Winchell, Workshop Speaker
8:30 AM -8:40 AM

SVCW Pyrolysis Experience
Lloyd Winchell, Workshop Speaker
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

WRF 5111 Update
Lloyd Winchell, Workshop Speaker
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Sunday, October 1

W04 Refinery and Petrochemical Wastewater Treatment: Operations, Control, and Troubleshooting | 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Everett Gill, Workshop Chair

Welcome and Introductions
Everett Gill, Workshop Speaker
8:30 AM -8:40 AM

Challenges with Refinery Oil/Water Seperators and Impacts on Performance
Thomas Shultz, Workshop Speaker
9:10 AM – 9:35 AM

Alleviating Overloaded Conditions in Secondary Clarifiers
Everett Gill, Workshop Speaker
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

W06 Game-Based Modeling | 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Mark Miller, Workshop Chair

Welcome & Introductions
Mark Miller, Workshop Speaker
8:30 AM -8:40 AM

Overview of Process Simulation Software, Description of Gaming Station, and Prep for Teamwork
Mark Miller, Workshop Speaker
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

W10 Inflow and Infiltration Program Management: Strategic Approaches for Meaningful Reduction | 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Paths to Success Under Various Governance Models
Mike Condran, Co-Chair, Speaker
8:30 AM -5:00 PM

W10 Inflow and Infiltration Program Management: Strategic Approaches for Meaningful Reduction | 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Paths to Success Under Various Governance Models
Andy Lukas, Workshop Speaker
8:45 AM -9:15 AM

W16 Measuring and Reducing Water Resource Recovery Facility Greenhouse Gas Emissions | 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Efforts to Standardize Wastewater GHG Accounting (ICLEI, WRF)
John Willis, Workshop Speaker
9:05 AM -9:25 AM

W17 WEF/WRF Energy Project Savings: Did it Turn Out Like You Thought?  | 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Techniques for Estimating Energy Savings in Aeration Systems
Nancy Andrews, Speaker
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM


Presentations and Sessions

Monday, October 2

Why Private Sector Companies are Funding Water Utilities to Accomplish their ESG Goals
Carla De Las Casas, Speaker
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

WEF/AEESP Master Lecture: Belinda Sturn
Pusker Regmi, Speaker
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Advances in Anaerobic Digestion and Sidestream Treatment | 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Intensifying Anaerobic Digestion with a Side-Stream Vacuum-Based Biosolids Treatment Technology: Process Validation Exceeding Expectations
Ahmed Al-Omari, Speaker
1:30 PM – 1:50 PM

Arrested Anaerobic Digestion and Recovery of Value-Added Products Through Vacuum-Intensified Alkaline Fermentation
Ahmed Al-Omari, Speaker
2:00 PM – 2:20 PM

Understanding and Addressing PFAS in Biosolids | 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
A Surveillance Study: Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Biosolids
Shubhashini Oza, Speaker
1:30 PM – 1:55 PM

Optimizing Energy Investments Part II: Energy Use is in the Details | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Designing Cogeneration for the Real-World: A Comprehensive Approach
Tracy Chouinard, Speaker
3:30 PM – 3:50 PM

Extracting Carbon for Nutrient Removal | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Fermentation Intensification with Vacuum-Assisted Technology: An Evaluation of Full-Scale eBPR Alternatives Using a Calibrated Process Model Analysis
Maxwell Armenta, Speaker
4:10 PM – 4:30 PM

Tuesday, October 3

Low Carbon BNR Fundamentals and Controls | 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Evaluating Nitrogen Oxides Transformations at Low Dissolved Oxygen Concentrations
Jose Jimenez, Speaker
8:30 AM – 8:50 AM

Operation and Troubleshooting of Flotation Technologies in Petroleum Refinery Wastewater Treatment | 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Introduction to the Flotation Process in Petroleum Refinery Wastewater Treatment
Thomas Schultz, Speaker
8:30 AM – 8:35 AM

Trouble Shooting the Floatation Process
Thomas Schultz, Speaker
8:55 AM – 9:15 AM

Updates on Microplastics Occurrence, Regulation, and Removal | 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Regulatory Overview and Control Strategies to Prevent Migration of Microplastics to the Environment from Production Facilities
Ron Ballard, Samir Dave, Speakers
9:00 AM – 9:20 AM

The Future of Datacenters: From Water Users to Water Stewards | 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Reclaimed Water for Data Center Direct Evaporative Cooling Systems
Shannon Cavanaugh, Speaker
1:30 PM – 1:50 PM

Advancing Low-energy Biological Nitrogen and Phosphorus Removal Through Low DO Operation | 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Critical Discussion
Jose Jimenez, Speaker
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Reconsidering Biological Treatment for Water Purification: Reuse-nutrient Removal-nexus | 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Secondary Effluent is Not All Created Equal: Design Considerations for Potable Reuse Facilities
Linda Sawyer, Speaker
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Perspectives on InFlow and Infiltration Reduction Cost Effectiveness | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Cost-Effective at the 50,000 Foot Level – How do Utilities Determine Cost-Effective I/I Removal?
Andy Lukas, Speaker
3:30 PM – 3:50 PM

The A to Z’s of Refinery Wastewater Treatment | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Dissolved Air Flotation for Secondary Clarification of Refinery Wastewater: Technology Selection Through Full-Scale Performance
Jeffrey Allen, Speaker
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Stormwater Capture and Release: Emerging Regulatory Paradigms | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Managing Stormwater Within the Functional Equivalent Framework
Kelly Collins, Speaker
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Creating Renewable Revenue Streams with RNG | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Pursuing Bioenergy Projects in a Dynamic Funding Environment
Alexis Valenti, Speaker
4:00 PM – 4:10 PM

Full-scale Continuous Flow Densification Systems
Pusker Regmi, Speaker
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Wednesday, October 4


Using Modeling to Improve Industrial Wastewater Treatment | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Use of Modeling to Maintain Performance During Plant Turnaround at an Industrial Wastewater Treatment Facility
Everett Gill, Houston Flippin, Speakers
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Pushing the Boundaries of Our Biological Models | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Model-Based Investigation of the Fate and Transport of Internal and External Carbon Sources to Drive Partial deNitrification (PdN)- Based Nitrogen Removal Processes
Ahmed Al-Omari, Speaker
11:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Creating Resilience with Stormwater Projects | 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Making a Positive Difference: Planning for Climate-Resilient One Infrastructure Projects in Vulnerable LA Communities
Rosey Jencks, Tess Sprague, Speakers
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM