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The VA AWWA Plant Operations Committee proudly announces the 23rd Annual Plant Operators Conference to be held May 3rd -5th in Virginia Beach, VA. This conference is dedicated to promoting education and training, increasing performance and fostering communication among waterworks operators, maintenance and management personnel. Attendance is recommended for waterworks operators of both small and large groundwater and surface water systems. Come match wits against fellow operators in the Top Ops Competition or cheer for your favorites.

NEW! Click here for Program Brochure. 
Program subject to change. 10 Engineering/ Water Operator credits expected.


Training Program
Wednesday, May 3
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Registration Opens
  • Roundtable Discussion
Thursday, May 4
7:30 am- 2:00 pm
  • Seminar Registration & Continental Breakfast
  • Opening Remarks, Michele Maclauchlan, VA AWWA Plant Operations Committee Chair
  • Morning Sessions
    • Regulatory Update, Dan Horne, Virginia Department of Health
    • Practical Considerations of Applying UV Technology for Drinking Water Disinfection, John Faber, Trojan Technologies
    • On-Site Hypochlorite Generation: A Safe and Reliable Disinfection Alternative, Pete Kyrkos, UGSI Solutions 
  • Lunch/ Top Ops Preliminary Round
  • Afternoon Session
    • Improving the Sedimentation Process Using Plate Settlers- Operational Considerations and One WTP's Story, Brad Weiss, Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc.

      Thursday- Join Us for FREE Member Appreciation Happy Hour at The Shack
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Friday, May 5
8:15 am - 2:00 pm
  • Seminar Registration & Continental Breakfast
  • Opening Remarks
  • Morning Sessions
    • Exploring the Ecology Behind Phytoplankton Toxins: Production, Occurrence, and Prediction of Toxins in Drinking Water Reservoirs, Mary Lofton and Dexter Howard, Virginia Tech
    • PFAS Investigation and Treatment at the Spring Hollow WTF, Roger Arnold, Hazen and Sawyer
    • Water Treatment Plant Lime Slurry Conversion and Troubleshooting, Konrad Zeller, Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority
  • Lunch/ Top Ops Final Competition
  • Afternoon Session
    • Safety for Supervisors, David Burpeau
Top Ops Competition
During the Plant Operations Conference, a competition is conducted to find the Top Operators in Virginia to represent the Virginia Section at the AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE).  Teams will continue to consist of 1 -3 licensed operators who will compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies.
So, get your team together and match wits with your fellow operators! 
  • Team members do not have to be from the same utility. 
  • Individuals are welcome to compete solo.
  • Let us know on the registration form if you would like help getting matched up to another team.
Hotel: Holiday Inn and Suites North Beach 
Please register by April 9, 2023 to take advantage of our special group rate of $117.  Reserve your room by calling the hotel directly at 1-757-428-1711 and use code AWW to receive the group rate or use this link to make reservations online: American Water Works Association - 2023 Booking Link
"Early Bird" Registration Fees
Prices will increase after April 21, 2023
Full Conference
  • AWWA Member Rate - Early Bird- $250
  • Non-Member Rate - Early Bird- $333
  • Retiree - Early Bird- $75
  • Student - Early Bird- $Free!
  • Event Sponsorship- $200
Single Day
  • AWWA Member Rate - Early Bird- $140
  • Non-Member Rate - Early Bird- $223
  • Retiree - Early Bird- $45
  • Roundtable Discussion only - Early Bird- $40
Please view our Cancellation and Refund policy.   
COVID Considerations: 
This event will follow any local or facility policies for social distancing and masking. 


Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach
3900 Atlantic Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
United States of America
Cynthia Barnes


Michele Maclauchlan