Web Seminar Archive

2019 Web Seminars

January 2019: Customer Messaging on Opportunistic Pathogens in Plumbing Systems
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, January 17, 2019)
In 2015, WRF initiated a focus area on waterborne pathogens in distribution and plumbing systems to advance understanding of opportunistic pathogens in these distribution and plumbing systems. As the first project of this focus area, project #4664, Customer Messaging on Opportunistic Pathogens in Plumbing Systems, developed and tested a series of messages for the water community to use when communicating with different audiences about Legionella in building water systems. This webcast presents a comprehensive overview of the project objective, results, and recommendations for utilities on how to reach various audience segments and communicate with their customers.

February 2019: Use of Flushing as a Corrective Action Under the Revised Total Coliform Rules
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday February 14, 2019)
A WRF tailored collaboration research project (#4653), Use of Flushing as a Corrective Action Under the Revised Total Coliform Rule, was conducted with two large Pacific Northwest utilities – Portland Water Bureau and Seattle Public Utilities – to field-evaluate the effectiveness of unidirectional flushing (UDF) to remove microbially active sediment/biofilm from pipe walls and to reduce disinfectant demand associated with legacy deposits; as well as to characterize the benefits, limitations, and risks of conventional flushing. This webcast focuses on key findings from the project field trials and provides industry guidance for utility operations, including a framework and protocols on how and when to optimally conduct flushing as it relates to addressing microbial water quality upsets.

February 2019: Strategic Workforce Plan/Employee Value Proposition
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, February 21, 2019)
Note: Employees of WRF subscribing organizations can view this recording free of charge. For assistance, contact webcasts@wef.org.
Participants in the highly successful Workforce Skills of the Future workshops held in Melbourne, Australia and Alexandria VA, identified Strategic Workforce Plan (SWP) and Employee Value Proposition (EVP) development as foundation activities to be prioritized for subsequent initiatives to guide and provide direction. In other words, how does the sector plan for the workforce of the Future Digital Utility recognizing tomorrow’s employees will need additional and different skills for the changing work environment. This webcast will summarize the recent workshops held in Washington D.C. and San Francisco, CA and present results and recommendations for the water sector.

March 2019: Rolling Out “Community‐enabled Lifecycle Analysis of Stormwater Infrastructure Costs” (CLASIC) Toolos
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, March 7, 2019) 
The web-based “Community‐enabled Lifecycle Analysis of Stormwater Infrastructure Costs” (CLASIC) tool is intended to support stormwater infrastructure planning and decisions using lifecycle costs to compare green, hybrid green‐gray, and gray infrastructure practices. There are three main components to the CLASIC tool outputs: 1) life cycle costs; 2) assessed value of co‐benefits (environmental, social, financial); and 3) performance. This webcast presents a rigorous framework of life cycle cost analysis for green and gray infrastructure, along with a live demo of CLASIC tool features and user interface. In addition, the webcast provides an overview of beta testing process for community engagement.

March 2019: Guidance on Implementing an Effective Water Loss Control Plan 20
View Presentation (Recorded Tuesday, March 12, 2019)
Speakers discuss WRF project #4695, Guidance on Implementing an Effective Water Loss Control Plan, which will help water utilities assess their current water loss situation, develop targets for water loss control programs, identify various intervention approaches, estimate costs and benefits of potential interventions, and develop a “roadmap” for preparing a water loss control program. Our speakers will discuss the project's tools and methods that can be used to select financial or economic valuation approaches for estimating the costs and benefits of alternative water loss control activities which can be used to assemble financially attractive activities into a multi-faceted, plan that is actionable and cost effective. The resulting plan, based on the experience of leading North American water utilities – large and small, can then be aligned with the water utility’s strategic goals, water resource management needs and financial objectives, while reflecting local circumstances.

March 2019: Advancing the Seawater Desalination Knowledge Base
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, March 14, 2019)
This partnership webcast with WateReuse will discuss two recently completed WRF projects that feature advancements in  seawater desalination by reverse osmosis. As part of Carlsbad Desalinated Seawater Integration Study (#Desal-15-06/4773), researchers investigated the integration of desalinated seawater into the San Diego area distribution network following the 2015 completion of the Carlsbad Seawater Desalination plant. This research is a valuable resource for understanding the challenges associated with the introduction of desalinated seawater that can be used to guide the water treatment community in the design and implementation of future SWRO projects.

The successful operation of seawater reverse osmosis plants often depends on the ability of the pretreatment system to consistently produce high-quality water for the RO process. Pretreatment for Seawater Reverse Osmosis: Existing Plant Performance and Selection Guidance (#Desal-14-07/4763) developed a knowledge base that provides water utilities with a set of key criteria for the evaluation of conventional versus membrane-based pretreatment technologies and a tool to assist water utilities in selection of pretreatment systems based on the water quality of the seawater and other selected information.

March 2019: Phosphorus Recovery and Management
View Presentation (Recorded Tuesday, March 19, 2019)
Phosphorus is a limited and essential resource, but it has been demonstrated that it can be extracted from wastewater, proving that water resource recovery facilities are important parts of the global circular bio-economy. This webcast highlights what the Global Water Research Coalition, Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance, U.S. EPA, and The Water Research Foundation are doing to further the science, collaboration, and recovery practices of phosphorus.

March 2019: Managing Intracellular Cyanotoxin Release During Oxidation Processes in Drinking Water Treatment Plants
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, March 21, 2019)
Utilities have been seeking guidance to effectively control cyanobacteria cells and eliminate cyanotoxins using holistic management and treatment strategies. Current guidance suggests that switching water sources or removing intact cells can minimize the risk of releasing intracellular (or cell-bound) cyanotoxins. Presenters discuss options to use when this operational flexibility is unavailable, including the deliberate release and treatment of intracellular cyanotoxins using oxidation processes and the incorporation of intracellular cyanotoxin release into the upcoming CyanoTOX Tool (Version 3). The webcast includes information WRF's project, Release of Intracellular Cyanotoxins During Oxidation of Naturally Occurring and Lab Cultured Cyanobacteria (#4692), which highlights ways to improve available guidance to utilities regarding the release of intracellular cyanotoxins during oxidation of naturally occurring and lab-cultured cyanobacteria.

March 2019: WRF Subscriber Quarterly Briefing
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, March 28, 2019)
This briefing highlights WRF activities from the past quarter and discusses upcoming activities, including:
•  Introduction from WRF Chief Executive Officer Peter Grevatt.
•  Projects recently approved for funding.
•  Key announcements from the first quarter of 2019.
•  Engaging with your Regional Liaison.
•  Opportunities for your involvement.

April 2019: Evaluation of Data Needs to Support Water Quality Models for Setting Nutrient Targets
View Presentation (Recorded Tuesday, April 2, 2019)
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This presentation discusses the amount of data required to develop a mechanistic water quality model that can support water quality management actions for nutrients. Topics to be covered include:
•  The relationship between the amount of data available to support model application and resulting model error. 
•  The applicability of different model uncertainty analysis techniques for use with mechanistic nutrient models. 
•  Summary of interviews with State regulatory staff regarding data requirements, model uncertainty, and other factors.

April 2019: Guidance Manual for Monitoring Biological Filtration of Drinking Water
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, April 11, 2019)
Operators have a pressing need for practical drinking water biological filtration monitoring tools that provide rapid feedback. To address these needs, WRF’s project, Guidance Manual for Monitoring Biological Filtration of Drinking Water (#4620), evaluated these six biological process monitoring tools: biofilm formation rate, dissolved oxygen consumption, adenosine triphosphate, adenosine monophosphate, extracellular polymeric substances, and microbial community analysis. Presenters provide an overview of the monitoring tools, provide guidance on sampling and analysis methodologies, demonstrate the responsiveness of each tool to controlled pilot-scale experiments to enhance or attenuate bioactivity, and summarize results from an extensive evaluation of water quality and performance data at 12 full-scale facilities.

April 2019: California's In-Conduit Hydropower Implementation Guidebook: A Compendium of Resources, Best Practices, and Tools
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, April 18, 2019)
Water systems in California have large untapped potential to recapture energy with in-conduit hydroelectric generation and, over the past decade, several important positive updates have changed the landscape related to small hydropower in the state. The technological renaissance of turbine technologies, offering improvement in performance, modularity, portability, and scalability, has created new opportunities to revisit sites previously considered to be infeasible for energy harvesting. In addition, federal and state regulation and permitting processes have been simplified, and with the availability of incentives, in-conduit hydropower projects are now often considered to be technically and financially feasible. A WRF study developed a guidebook and a business case assessment tool to assist cost-effective implementation of in-conduit hydropower projects, and provided a comprehensive and updated assessment of the in-conduit hydropower generation potential in California. Speakers discuss the project’s findings, which provide an invaluable knowledge base for municipal water, agricultural and industrial agencies that are considering capturing hydrokinetic/hydrostatic energy; avoiding energy wastage in water supply networks, and integrating in-conduit hydropower into the existing energy mix.

April 2019: Challenges and Practical Approaches to Water Reuse Pricing
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, April 25, 2019)
Pricing reuse water poses challenges that must be navigated in order to develop and sustain a reuse program. There are also a variety of benefits that can be realized throughout the progression of a reuse program. WRF's recently completed project, Challenges and Practical Approaches to Water Reuse Pricing (#4662), sought to better understand the obstacles and opportunities associated with reuse pricing.This webcast presents a comprehensive overview of the project objectives, results, utility case studies, and recommendations for utilities.

May 2019: Unintended Consequences of Implementing Nitrosamine Control Strategies
View Presentation (Recorded Tuesday, May 14, 2019)
EPA continues to consider the impact of nitrosamines formation during disinfection at drinking water treatment plants, as indicated in its third Six-Year Review of the Safe Drinking Water Act (82 FR 3518). If EPA decides to regulate NDMA, affected water systems will need to explore strategies to reduce concentrations in their finished water and distribution systems. While numerous NDMA control strategies have been identified, most options carry simultaneous compliance, operational, and/or cost implications. This webcast presents findings from WRF’s project Unintended Consequences of Implementing Nitrosamine Control Strategies (4491) which focuses on 1) evaluating the unintended consequences of implementing nitrosamine control strategies, and 2) developing practical guidelines for water systems to identify control strategies, while considering those consequences.

May 2019: Forging Powerful and Sustainable Relationships Between Clean Water Agencies and the Community
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, May 16, 2019)
This partner Water Research Foundation and Water Environment Federation webcast highlights findings from a recent WRF research project, Forging Powerful and Sustainable Relationships Between Clean Water Agencies and the Community (4678), that looked at how clean water agencies (CWAs) can leverage emotional motivators in public engagement programs to create long-standing relationships with the community. Between 2017-2018, the research team drew from multi-disciplinary research, interviews with leading clean water agencies and global marketing experts, and a statistical analysis of customer opinions, and found that an emotional connection matters. Using these findings, CWAs can transform industry perceptions and connect with customers in new and meaningful ways.

May 2019: Pepper Mild Mottle Virus: A Plant Pathogen with a Greater Purpose in Microbial Water Quality Analyses
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, May 30, 2019)
​Viruses in domestic wastewater present a significant threat to public health, but are poorly represented by traditional fecal indicator bacteria used to measure pathogen removal in (waste)water treatment and fecal pollution in surface waters. In this webcast, we will discuss the use of the plant pathogen pepper mild mottle virus as an enteric virus surrogate. Our speakers will focus on the research development of pepper mild mottle virus to measure virus removal in (waste)water treatment and the presence of enteric viruses in potentially contaminated surface waters. In addition, we will discuss the outlook on potential applications of pepper mild mottle virus in (waste)water treatment and water quality monitoring.

July 2019: Reform EBPR Design for Sustainable Nutrient Removal with Carbon and Energy Recovery
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, July 11, 2019)
This partner webcast with WRF and WEF examines a new side-stream enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) process (S2EBPR) that involves a side-stream anaerobic biological sludge hydrolysis and fermentation reactor to address the common challenge in EBPR related to weak wastewater influent and to improve EBPR process stability. Presenters discuss how the research team achieved the objectives and conducted a survey of data from full-scale S2EBPR facilities, simulated side-stream reactor batch testing, performed full-scale pilot testing with side-by-side S2EBPR and conventional EBPR processes, and developed an improved biological process model for S2EBPR.

July 2019: Integrating Management of Sensor Data for a Real Time Decision Making and Response System
View Presentation (Recorded Wednesday, July 24, 2019)
Presenters discuss a new Water Research Foundation research project (Reuse-14-01) that developed a Decision Support Tool to help utility operators and managers take appropriate real-time actions based on anomalies and events at critical control points. The research identified available online sensor technologies that have potential for direct potable reuse (DPR) and conducted risk analysis to determine the necessary sensor platforms and sensitivity required to ensure compliance, safety and identify process anomalies. The Decision Support Tool aggregates information from the group of detectors into an easy to use dashboard for operators. While the research focused on DPR, the concepts developed can be applied to many drinking water, water reclamation, or recycled water facilities or systems.

2018 Web Seminars

February 2018: User’s Guide for Integrated Stormwater and Wastewater Planning
View Presentation (Recorded Tuesday, February 20, 2018)
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This web seminar is designed for utilities and municipalities that may be considering or conducting integrated stormwater and wastewater planning. Speakers discuss the Integrated Planning Considerations Tool, which provides an indication as to how prepared the community is to undertake an integrated plan and provide a concise summary of the outcomes of the Community Insights Survey and the associated case studies, organized by six elements for integrated planning.

March 2018: The Water Research Foundation Integration: An Update for Subscribers
View Presentation (Recorded Tuesday, March 13, 2018)
Note: This web seminar is open only to employees of WRF subscribing organizations. For assistance, contact msuazo@waterrf.org.
The Water Research Foundation leadership provides an update on the progress being made to unify two research foundations into one foundation with a more powerful mission, sense of direction, and a more unified voice.

March 2018: Implementing Innovation: An Orientation to the LIFT Program and its New Features
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, March 29, 2018)
Presentation highlights LIFT's tools, resources, and opportunities to engage in LIFT.

May 2018: Big Data/Data Analytics in Urban Sewershed Sensor Networks
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, May 3, 2018)
Note: Employees of WRF subscribing organizations can view this recording free of charge. For assistance, contact webcasts@wef.org.
Utilities must comply with water quality control and overflow reduction requirements and sensor-based networks on a sewershed scale for real-time decision making and operation can optimize collection system performance, before investing in major, capitally intensive projects. New and larger data streams will require big data analytic engines to process the data into actionable information, which can be integrated into visualization tools to allow users to rapidly create knowledge that can be quickly acted upon. Speakers present the findings from two WRF projects address sensor network deployment in the water sector and big data/data analytics within and outside the sector.

May 2018: Leveraging Data from Non-Destructive Examinations to Help Select Ferrous Water Mains for Renewal
View Presentation (Recorded Tuesday, May 22, 2018)
This web seminar focuses WRF research report, Leveraging Data from Non-Destructive Examinations to Help Select Ferrous Water Mains for Renewal (#4471) which examined ways to economically assess small, low-value water mains. Based on the research findings, utilities can: 1) extend the service lives of some mains, 2) prevent unnecessary main breaks from occurring on other mains, 3) tailor renewal methods to match main condition, and 4) decrease the chances of erroneous decisions. Just as video inspections are now routine for sewers, electromagnetic scanning could become commonplace for water mains.

May 2018: Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Water: Background, Treatment, and Utility Perspective
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, May 31, 2018)
In May 2016, the EPA released lifetime health advisories for PFOA and PFOS recommending that drinking water containing PFOA or PFOS individually or in combination at concentrations greater than 0.070 μg/L (70 ng/L) should undergo further testing and efforts to limit exposure. This web seminar presents current knowledge on PFAS including occurrence, analytical methods, regulations, and treatment, and will provide a utility perspective on the issue.

June 2018: Biofilm Enhanced Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors for More Sustainable Domestic Wastewater Treatment
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, June 7, 2018)
Note: Employees of WRF subscribing organizations can view this recording free of charge. For assistance, contact webcasts@wef.org.
Anaerobic treatment produces a renewable energy source and does not require energy intensive aeration. It also produces a fraction of the residuals produced in aerobic treatment, eliminating the need for biosolids stabilization that in turn results in expense savings. Membrane bioreactors (MBR), on the other hand, provide superior effluent quality, playing a crucial role in water reuse. Anaerobic membrane bioreactors (AnMBR) combine the benefits of the two treatment technologies.Speakers showcase findings on two current WRF projects: the first on an AnMBR pilot study (U2R15), and the second on a novel AnMBR – Biofilm Enhanced AnMBR (BfE-AnMBR) (TIRR5C15).

August 2018: Evaluation of Flushing to Reduce Lead Levels
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, August 9, 2018)
Lead sources in contact with drinking water have the potential to release lead to the tap. A variety of techniques can be employed to reduce lead levels, including removing sources of lead (e.g., lead service line replacement), adjusting the water chemistry, and manipulating water velocity and usage patterns. WRF project, Evaluation of Flushing to Reduce Lead Levels (#4584), evaluated the impact of high velocity flushing (HVF) inside households on lead levels in water samples collected from household water taps. The impact of HVF on lead levels was evaluated for homes that had a partial lead service line replacement, full lead service line replacement, and in homes containing lead service lines but without any intentional disturbance. This webcast presents a comprehensive overview of the project objectives, results, and recommendations for utilities.

August 2018: Integrating Water Efficiency into Long-Term Demand Forecasting
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, August 23, 2018)
An increase in water-efficient appliances and fixtures is a key driver in reducing per capita demand; however, many water demand forecasts do not adequately account for these improvements, and the resulting changes in per capita water usage. This webcast explores the findings of WRF's project, Integrating Water Efficiency into Long-Term Demand Forecasting (#4495) which provides guidance for water demand forecasters to increase the reliability of their passive conservation forecasts by more accurately accounting for future sectoral water savings from new overlay building codes and requirements (e.g., green codes and regulations), changes in manufactured product standards and technologies, and third party certification programs.

August 2018: Renewing the Water Workforce: Improving Water Infrastructure and Creating a Pipeline to Opportunity
View Presentation (Recorded Tuesday, August 28, 2018)
This webcast explores the findings of Renewing the Water Workforce: Improving Water Infrastructure and Creating a Pipeline to Opportunity, published by the Metropolitan Policy Program at The Brookings Institute. This research provides insight on the nation’s 1.7 million water workers, including data on wages, skills, and demographics. Speakers will also present actionable strategies — a new water workforce playbook — that leaders can use in future hiring, training, and retention efforts.

September 2018: Understanding Analytical and Monitoring Methods for Legionella in Building Water Systems
View Presentation (Recorded Tuesday, September 18, 2018)
The presence of Legionella in building water systems has continued to grow in significance as a public health concern, but the ability to provide reliable, sensitive, and quantitative detection and differentiation of live and infectious pathogens remains a significant challenge. This is the first in a series of three webcasts that will to provide valuable practical information on Legionella technology and management in building water systems. In cooperation with NSF International, this series was derived from the conference Managing Legionella in Building Water Systems, held May 9-11, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland.

October 2018: Management Technologies for Prevention and Mitigation of Legionella
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, October 25, 2018)
There are several management technologies that can help control Legionella in building water systems and many technical and practical considerations are necessary to choose the appropriate mitigation strategy for a particular site. This webcast focuses on the current understanding of prevention and mitigation technologies for Legionella management. This is the second in WRF's series of three webcasts focused on Legionella technology and management in building water systems. In cooperation with NSF International, this series was derived from the conference Managing Legionella in Building Water Systems, held May 9-11, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland.

October 2018: Incentives for Green Infrastructure Implementation on Private Property: Lessons Learned
View Presentation (Recorded Tuesday, October 30, 2018)
The benefit of green infrastructure (GI) to both combined and separate storm sewer systems is reduced water quantity in conveyance systems, reduced peak flow, and improved water quality. WRF's recently completed project, Incentives for Green Infrastructure Implementation on Private Property: Lessons Learned (#4684), classified incentive programs for GI on private property into six program models and developed nine strategies to enhance program success. This webcast presents a comprehensive overview of the project objectives, results, utility case studies, and recommendations for utilities.

November 2018: You Have GAS! Sewer Methane GHG Accounting
View Presentation (Recorded Wednesday, November 7, 2018)
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This webcast provides an overview of a new Water Research Foundation-developed methodology to estimate sewer methane emissions for utilities. The methodology, its development, and verification is described by the developers Keshab Sharma (University of Queensland) and John Willis (Brown and Caldwell). Asbjørn Haaning-Nielsen summarizes the Aalborg University’s related sewer-methane research and his assessment of the methodology. Wendy Barrott (Great Lakes Water Authority) summarizes her utility’s use of the method, their objectives, and results.

November 2018: Retrofit and Management of Metallic Pipe with Cathodic Protection
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, November 15, 2018)
This webcast presents findings from WRF project, Retrofit and Management of Metallic Pipe with Cathodic Protection which investigated the technical and economic considerations of cathodic protection (CP) retrofits. It analyzed the value of existing CP systems and studied related troubleshooting and management techniques currently utilized by water utilities. Case studies demonstrate the economic value of CP, and cover retrofit alternatives for pipes of various lengths and diameters. The project includes a utility-focused design manual, which outlines standard specifications, drawings, and a financial template/methodology to help utilities measure the financial benefit of an anode retrofit program.

December 2018: Legionella – Water Safety Plans, Management Systems, and Guidelines
View Presentation (Recorded Tuesday, December 4, 2018)
The risk of Legionella growth and transmission in building water systems can be reduced through the implementation of water management programs. This webcast focuses on current guidance for prevention of Legionnaires’ disease through effective water management.This is the third in WRF's series of three webcasts  focused on Legionella technology and management in building water systems. In cooperation with NSF International, this series was derived from the conference Managing Legionella in Building Water Systems, held May 9-11, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland.

December 2018: Treatment Intensification for Resource Recovery: Advances in Granules and Membrane Bioreactor Technologies
View Presentation (Recorded Wednesday, December 5, 2018)
Note: Employees of WRF subscribing organizations can view this recording free of charge. For assistance, contact webcasts@wef.org.
In June 2015, legacy Water Environment Research Foundation (now The Water Research Foundation) and the National Science Foundation entered into a Memorandum of Understanding for their complementary interests in the pursuit and continuing support of basic research and advancement of new technologies to efficiently recover valuable resources from wastewater and stormwater. As a result of this MOU, three projects were funded: 1) Bioaugmentation of Activated Sludge with High Activity Nitrifying Granules/Flocs; 2) Oxygenic Photogranule Process for Energy Positive Wastewater Treatment; and 3) Biofilm-Enhanced Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor for Low Temperature Domestic Wastewater Treatment. This webinar provides an update on the three projects as they enter into their final year of research. 

December 2018: Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) for Prioritization of Emerging Contaminant Research Needs
View Presentation (Recorded Tuesday, December 11, 2018)
This webcast describes a tool-based technique for Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) to the assist in the prioritization of emerging contaminant research needs. Participants will learn about the fundamental concepts that underpin the MCDA process, as well as the practical application of the tool. This was a Global Water Research Coalition project with partners Veolia, WSAA, Water Research Australia, PUB Singapore, Water Research Commission (Singapore), TZW (German Water Technology Centre), and KWR Water Cycle Research Institute.

December 2018: Occurrence of Microplastics in Water. . . Size Does Matter!
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, December 13, 2018)
Many believe that microplastics may cause significant water quality problems and injure aquatic and terrestrial wildlife. This webcast discusses the occurrence, exposure, fate, transport, and toxicological relevance of microplastics and provides current insights on the topic, knowledge gaps based on peer-reviewed literature, and presents late-breaking information. Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the difference between microplastics and macroplastics, the state of the science of measurement methods, and current removal technologies.

Featured Partner Web Seminars

Water Reuse Association Web Seminar Series

Recent Findings on Developing Public Health Guidance for Decentralized Non-Potable Water Systems
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, April 13, 2017)

California and Beyond – Next Steps in Advancing Potable Reuse
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, June 8, 2017)

Multi-Purpose Water Reuse in the Power Sector: An Investigation at an Electric Utility and Wetland in Florida 
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, August 10, 2017)

Recycled Water Use in Agriculture: Overcoming the Challenges
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, December 14, 2017)

Direct Potable Reuse Confidence Through Risk Analysis
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, January 25, 2018)

Triple Bottom Line Water Supply Planning at Your Fingertips: A Framework and Tool for Comprehensive Comparisons
View Presentation (Recorded Wednesday, March 21, 2018)

Unconventional Oil and Gas Exploration: Outlook for Water Reuse and Potential Impacts on Distribution Pipes
View Presentation (Recorded Wednesday, May 9, 2018)

From Collection System to Tap: Designing Direct Potable Reuse Systems for Resilience
View Presentation (Recorded Wednesday, July 11, 2018)

Potable Reuse Using Ozone-Biofiltration
View Presentation (Recorded Wednesday, September 26, 2018)

Water Research Foundation Web Seminars

Public-Private Partnership Opportunities for Water and Water Resource Recovery Utility Energy Projects
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, September 28, 2017)

Removal of Nutrients and Trace Organic Contaminants in Stormwater Treatment Systems 
View Presentation (Recorded Tuesday, October 24, 2017)

Condition Assessment and Pipe Failure Prediction Project: Key Outcomes and Sydney Water Case Study
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, January 11, 2018)

Optimizing Phosphorus-Based Chemicals for Lead and Copper Control and the Impact on Wastewater Plants
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, January 18, 2018)

Water Use in the Multi-Family Housing Sector
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, February 1, 2018)

Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN)

Boosting Adoption of Smart Water Networks through Policy: Data-driven Technologies Creating New Growth Opportunities
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, June 8, 2017)


Integrated Stormwater Management for Highway and Transportation Sector: Database and Modeling Tool

Part 1: International Stormwater BMP Database: What’s In It for DOTs?
View Presentation (Recorded Tuesday, April 18, 2017)
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Part 2: Overview of Stochastic Empirical Loading and Dilution Model (SELDM) and Linkage with Stormwater BMP Database
View Presentation (Recorded Tuesday, May 16, 2017)
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Part 3: Application of Stochastic Empirical Loading and Dilution Model (SELDM) in the Transportation and Highway Stormwater Projects
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, June 22, 2017)
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Enabling the Water Resources Utility of the Future Series

A New Look at Wastewater: A Valued Resource
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, January 21, 2016)
The Utility of the Future Today: Recognition Program
(Wednesday, May 4, 2016)
It’s All About the People: Building the Workforce of the Future
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, May 19, 2016)
Building a Resilient Utility of the Future
View Presentation (Recorded Wednesday, September 14, 2016)
Utility of the Future: Organizational Culture as the Backbone
View Presentation (Recorded Monday, March 27, 2017)
Better and Smarter: Technology Innovation for the Utility of the Future
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, June 22, 2017)
Achieving and Maintaining Economic and Social Health for the Community
View Presentation (Recorded Tuesday, January 23, 2018)


Understanding and Use of Climate and Hydrological Data on the Water Resources Dashboard Series

To better plan for the future, the American Planning Association, American Water Works Association, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Water Environment Federation, Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, and the Water Resource Foundation collaborated to create a water resources dashboard – a one-stop location for water-relevant data sets. (http://toolkit.climate.gov/topics/water-resources/water-resources-dashboard). 
Part 1: Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts
View Presentation (Recorded Wednesday, May 11, 2016)
Part 2: U.S. Precipitation Outlooks and U.S. Hazard Outlooks
View Presentation (Recorded Wednesday, August 10, 2016)
Part 3: River Observations, Daily Stream Flow, and Flood Hazards
View Presentation (Recorded Wednesday, September 21, 2016)
Part 4: Tropical Weather Outlooks - Hurricanes
View Presentation (Recorded Wednesday, November 16, 2016)
Part 5: Snow Cover and One-Day Snowfall
View Presentation (Recorded Wednesday, January 11, 2017)
Part 6: Drought and Soil Moisture
View Presentation (Recorded Wednesday, January 18, 2017)
Part 7: Model Analysis and Guidance
View Presentation (Recorded Wednesday, March 29, 2017)
Part 8: Monthly Extremes
View Presentation (Recorded Wednesday, April 12, 2017)

2017 Web Seminars

January 2017: Reuse and Desalination
The More Water – Less Concentrate Grand Challenge Prize Competition
View Presentation (Recorded Monday, January 9, 2017)
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January 2017: Reuse and Desalination
Potable Reuse Research Compilation: Synthesis of Findings
View Presentation (Recorded Monday, January 23, 2017)
Note: Employees of WRF subscribing organizations can view this recording free of charge. For assistance, contact webcasts@wef.org.

February 2017: Biosolids 
Assessment of High Quality Biosolids-Derived Products
View Presentation (Recorded Wednesday, February 22, 2017)

February 2017: LIFT
Engage in Water Innovation: LIFT Overview and Opportunities
View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, February 9, 2017)

March 2017: Disinfection
Emerging Trends in Wastewater Disinfection
View Presentation (Recorded Wednesday, March 22, 2017)
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April 2017: Biosolids
Effective Marketing and Communication Strategies for High Quality Biosolids: Lessons Learned
View Presentation (Recorded Wednesday, April 26, 2017)
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May 2017: Biosolids
Environmental Fate and Leaching from Biosolids of PFAS: Regulatory Concerns Focus on Leaching
View Presentation (Recorded Wednesday, May 10, 2017)
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May 2017: Innovation
FAST Water Facilities: Piloting Technologies to De-Risk Innovation
View Presentation (Recorded Wednesday, May 17, 2017)
Note: Employees of WRF subscribing organizations can view this recording free of charge. For assistance, contact webcasts@wef.org.

October 2017: LIFT
LIFT for Management

View Presentation (Recorded Tuesday, October 31, 2017)
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November 2017: Reuse

Water Reuse in Agriculture: Update on Current WE&RF Research

View Presentation (Recorded Wednesday, November 8, 2017)
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December 2017: Integrated Water Management
Coordinating Water Management and Urban Planning Efforts: What Do We Know and What’s Needed?

View Presentation (Recorded Thursday, December 7, 2017)
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December 2017: Reuse
Ozone Applications at Inland Locations for Potable Reuse
View Presentation (Recorded Wednesday, December 13, 2017)
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2016 Web Seminars

April 2016: Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology

LIFT: Getting Involved 101 – Featuring a Biosolids to Energy Project Exampled 
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May 2016: Resource Recovery 
Creative Solutions for the Recovery of Commodities from Wastewater
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June 2016: Water Reuse
Evaluation of Source Water Control Options and the Impact of Selected Strategies on DPR
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June 2016: Pathogens

Antibiotic Resistance – The Global Status of Research
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August 2016: Water Reuse
Journey from Indirect Potable Reuse to Direct Potable Reuse: Technologies & Regulations
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A Framework for the Successful Implementation of Onsite Industrial Water Reuse
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August 2016: Pathogens and Human Health
Protecting Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators from High-Consequence Pathogens
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October 2016: Integrated Water
Water Quality Crediting for Stream Restoration Projects 
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November 2016: Water Reuse
Demonstrating Redundancy and Monitoring to Achieve Reliable Potable Reuse
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December 2016: LIFT
LIFT 101: Orientation and Training Session
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LIFT Link Training Session
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High Quality Biosolids and the Power of Social Media
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