American Water, a publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, announced that three of its water experts will be presenting their research to representatives from more than 500 water companies and organizations at the American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) ACE12 conference, the most comprehensive and diverse water conference in the world, held June 10-14 in Dallas.
American Water will have a strong presence at the conference with Dr. Mark LeChevallier, director of Innovation and Environmental Stewardship, delivering four industry-leading presentations on pressure management, opportunistic pathogens in premise plumbing, reuse in green buildings and risk modeling of microbial control strategies for main breaks and depressurization.
Also during the conference, American Water’s David Hughes, water distribution infrastructure lead, will give two presentations on locating lines and leaks for small systems and a utility approach to prioritizing water main renewal. Additionally, Orren Schneider, a senior environmental engineer at American Water, will present on the topic of biostability in drinking water.
In addition to presenting research, LeChevallier will receive the 2012 Abel Wolman Award of Excellence. This award is one of AWWA's highest honors and is presented annually to recognize those whose careers in the water works industry exemplify vision, creativity and excellent professional performance characteristic of Abel Wolman's long and productive career.
LeChevallier's contributions to the water industry include 20 awards, 14 AWWA positions and over 100 research papers authored or co-authored. He has also served as principal investigator or co-investigator on nearly 60 research grants totaling over $25.5 million, while being dedicated to advancing the science of water for more than 30 years through participation in national research foundations.
ACE12, the world's water event, will feature more than 550 presentations in 100 separate sessions and several in-depth workshops. Among the topics covered will be sustainability, management in tough economic times, climate change, conservation and water efficiency, residuals challenges, water resources management, infrastructure maintenance, legislative and regulatory issues and public affairs.
Source: American Water