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Save the date! Our 2020 Fall Tradeshow & Conference will take place on Weds., November 4, at the DoubleTree Hotel & Conference Center, in South Burlington, Vt.

Photos by Charlie Taylor.

Fall Trade Show & Training Conference

Our 26th annual Fall Tradeshow took place on October 30th, 2019,at the DoubleTree.  It was a full house and, as always, exhibitors told us "This the best show in the state!" 

GMWEA thanks all attendees, our exhibitors, our sponsors, and our speakers.  Special thanks are due Janine Burke-Wells, executive director of NEBRA, who provided timely updates and advice about PFAS and biosolids. 

Each fall, over 400 water, wastewater, and stormwater professionals, water quality technology and service providers, DPW administrators, staff from nonprofit organizations, and State agency administrators convene to attend six (seven this year!) training sessions, tour an incredible array of over 90 vendor exhibits, eat a delicious lunch, and hear speakers from Vermont and throughout New England.  See below for technical training schedule.

GMWEA thanks our 2019 GOLD SPONSORS!


Our sponsors don't just help support the Tradeshow -- they allow GMWEA to conduct its full range of activities, from trainings to facility tours, public education to Statehouse advisory, school programs to member social events.  Many thanks!

2019 Tradeshow Trainings

Early Start – Morning Technical Session, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
A) WET Testing

Presenter: John Williams, Director, Aquatec Environmental
This session will cover the hows and whys of proper sampling procedures, preservation, and hold times.  Attendees will learn about the procedures used in the laboratory, how to interpret the final results, and what steps to take if the results fail.

Morning Technical Sessions, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

B) Fire Hydrant Basics and Their Relationship with ISO
Presenters: Jay Nadeau and Nathan Pion, Champlain Water District
Fire hydrants are often the only visible component of a water distribution system -- like an iceberg, only one part of it is visible, but the part that can cause the most trouble is out of sight.  This session will provide a general overview and nomenclature of fire hydrant assemblies, and introduce operators to the important relationship of hydrants and the distribution system to insurance carrier ratings. 

 C) Green and Gray Climate Change Adaptation and Resilient Stormwater Designs
  Steven Roy, Weston & Sampson Engineers
This presentation will focus on stormwater management and drainage improvements using a combination of grey and green approaches. The case study project in Hyattsville, Maryland, encompasses 2.7-square miles in an urban suburb that has experienced tremendous redevelopment over the past decade.

Afternoon Technical Sessions, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

D) Uniform Water and Sewer Disconnects
Jay Nadeau, Champlain Water District; John Choate, Winooski City; Kevin Newton, Morrisville Village
One of the most difficult customer situations water and wastewater operators need to deal with is the disconnection of water service for delinquent bills.  This roundtable discussion will provide operators with examples on how a variety of different water systems comply with Title 24, Chapter 129: Uniform Water and Sewer Disconnects. 

E) Affordable SCADA for Small Systems
  Ron Gehl, EOS Research
SCADA is not just for large utilities – it can be a valuable tool to help streamline operations for even the smallest system. This session will cover the basics of the technology, and discuss concepts that result in a successful, affordable SCADA application for your operations. Following an overview of some of the hardware required to make it work, examples of straightforward SCADA implementation will be presented. Most importantly, the focus will be on operator-friendly technology that can reduce the time spent on mundane tasks, and leave you with time (and budget) available for dealing with more critical issues.

F) Continuously Monitor to Reduce Non-Revenue Water
Brett Johnson, Clow Valve Company 
Put your fire hydrants to work! There are new technologies that can be retrofitted to fit existing fire hydrants, or you can buy a new fire hydrant with the technologies already installed. The intelligent hydrants constantly monitor pressures and temperatures and sends alerts via text message or email via cellular technology. A dedicated website and customer support are provided to the end user to maximize the comprehension of the data. Let the intelligent hydrants assist in running your water system while helping with the following initiatives: optimize pressure, identify transients, reduce energy costs, identify actual water temperature, reduce non-revenue water, and assist in leak detection.

G) Brewery Discharges and Wastewater Treatment Facilities
Randy Bean, Vt. Agency of Natural Resource (retired), Consultant.
Discharges from breweries and specialty food industries have been rapidly increasing in Vermont, and the process wastewater discharged by these industries is very different from domestic sewage. The discharges from these industries into your municipal WWTF can have significant impacts on the ability to properly treat wastewater, operational costs, and the connection of future projects to your system. This session will provide an overview of the pollutants discharged from these industries, the impacts on your WWTF, and how to work with these industries to control and reduce their impacts on your facility.