What’s on Tap for Day 1 of the Virtual Emerging Water Technology Symposium?

2021 Virtual Emerging Water Technology Symposium (EWTS)You won’t want to miss the 2021 Virtual Emerging Water Technology Symposium (EWTS) on May 11 and 12. Registration is open at ewts.org.

While we’re not able to be together this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the EWTS will convene a two-day, interactive, virtual program to continue the event’s mission of providing critical insight into the future of our water-related industries. Nowhere else is such focused attention provided for professionals on all facets of optimizing the safe and efficient use of water. Join with your colleagues on May 11 and 12 to participate at this must-attend event.

In addition to participating in the great program, you can earn up to six hours of continuing education credit from IAPMO and ASPE between the two days.

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Hear from Mary Ann Dickinson, recently retired CEO from the Alliance for Water Efficiency, on the Drama of the U.S. Water Efficiency Standards. Mary Ann’s discussion will focus on the fallout from the Department of Energy’s 2020 rule on the water-efficiency requirements for showerheads, clothes washers, and dishwashers, cite the great strides made in the United States and Canada as a result of effective water-efficiency standards, and what’s on the horizon for change going forward.

Dr. Janet E. Stout, President and Director of the Special Pathogens Laboratory, will provide a discussion on Environmental Monitoring for Assessing Risk from Legionella and Waterborne Pathogens in Building Water Systems. Dr. Stout’s presentation will provide up-to-date information on how to assess the risk from Legionella and other pathogens in building water systems through routine monitoring and how to cut through the hype surrounding new test methods and treatment approaches.

Learn from Dr. Andrew J. Whelton, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Purdue University, regarding the progress made to date on the plumbing safety research initiative catalyzed in 2016 by a $2 million federal grant and partnerships with the health, technology, and government sectors. His presentation, Moving Toward Building Water Safety: Plumbing Design, Use, and Disasters, will reference no fewer than 20 studies, including those from Purdue University, Michigan State University, Tulane University, and the University of Memphis, that are focused on plumbing safety in school, office, and residential buildings. Pathogen detection and contaminant exposures for Legionella, Mycobacteria, lead, and copper, among other contaminants, are also being investigated coupled with water use.

If you are concerned about building water safety, you will not want to miss hearing from Dr. Stout and Dr. Whelton.

Day 1 will wrap up with a timely panel discussion led by IAPMO’s Christoph Lohr, PE, CPD, LEED AP, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. Joining Christoph will be Jonathan Leung, Assistant Director of the Water Quality Division at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and Edwin Gonzalez, CPD, Piping System Specialist at GF Piping Systems, to provide a discussion on Designing More Resilient Plumbing Systems and how resiliency is directly related to the concepts of sustainability and water safety. You will learn how emerging automated technologies will play a role in making our building water systems more resilient.

To learn more about the program and presenters and to register for the EWTS, please visit ewts.org.


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