ACWA’s 2011 Regulatory Summit
This workshop is designed to provide attendees with real,
relevant and timely information that can be taken back to the
attendee’s agency and put to use.
A block of rooms has been reserved for ACWA at:
168 South Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
For reservations call: (626) 577-1000
Please identify yourself as an ACWA Regulatory
Summit attendee to receive this special rate.
Single / Double Rate: $119
The cut-off date to receive this special rate is 5 p.m. (PST), July
24. Reservations made after that will be on a space and rate
Substitutions from the same organization are accepted.
A $25 handling fee will be applied. Substitution requests
should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4:30 p.m. (PST),
August 5, 2011. If you need to cancel, refund requests may
be made by phone, but must be confirmed in writing to the
ACWA office. A $50 handling fee will be charged on all
registration refunds and credit vouchers. No refunds will
be granted after 4:30 p.m. (PST), August 5.
If you have a disability that may require accommodation to
assure your full participation, please contact Ellie Meek of the
ACWA staff at (916) 441-4545, or toll free at (888) 666-
2292 to discuss your needs.
910 K Street, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95814-3577
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TUESDAY • AUGUST 16, 2011
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. ACWA Committee Meetings
More information available at www.acwa.com.
6 - 7 p.m. Reception
Reception is sponsored by ACWA Region 8
WEDNESDAY • AUGUST 17, 2011
8 - 9 a.m. Registration
9 - 9:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Sessions 1 & 2
Session 1: “Water & Energy Integrated Smart-
Meter Program: Is It Right For Your Agency”
This program will explore two case studies of agencies
that have or are in the process of deploying integrated
water-and-energy smart-meters. The panel will discuss the
details of implementing a smart-meter program, including
the technical aspects, public safety, public relations and
the outreach that is necessary to make each program a success.
The panel will also explore what should be taken into
consideration when deciding whether or not it’s right for the
agency, how to develop the right implementation strategy,
and finally the benefits of real-time water-and-energy
information for water management.
Session 2: “How Low Can We Go Detection
Limits and their Role in Water Quality
Since the passage of the Safe Drinking Water Act nearly
40 years ago, the ability to detect contaminants in drinking
water has dramatically improved, with many detection
limits and drinking water standards now in the part per billion
or even part per trillion levels. However, as the industry
continues to explore the idea of regulating contaminants
at trace levels, many issues arise. What is the interaction
between instrumentation and methods improvements
versus detection limits Should something be regulated just
because it can be newly measured What is the role of the
consumer and their perception of what level constitutes a
public health hazard How should the scientific variability
of results at such low levels be incorporated into the setting
of detection limits Allison Mackenzie, CEO of E.S. Babcock
& Sons, Inc. Environmental Laboratories, will answer
these questions and more in a thought provoking session
about the future of detection limits in California water quality
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Sessions 3 & 4
Session 3: “Innovative Rate Designs: Balancing
Conservation Objectives with Revenue Stability
As water agencies and communities embrace water conservation
measures that are intended to enhance local supplies
and improve water supply reliability, many water agencies
are waking up to cold economic truth: the less water they
provide to their ratepayers, the less revenues for their agency.
Worse still, the less revenues water agencies receive, the
less money they will have to invest in critical infrastructure
necessary to continue to deliver clean water to the homes
and businesses they serve. In order to address this problem,
many agencies have implemented a wholesale redesign of
their rate structures. This program will feature water agency
case studies that are addressing this delicate balancing act
with innovative rate design methods.
Session 4: “What’s in the Beaker The Increasing
Importance of your Water Quality Laboratory to
Water System Management”
Water agencies have long relied on laboratory services to
assess the quality of their water supplies. However, the relationship
between today’s water quality laboratory and the
successful operations of a California water system is more
important, and complex, than ever. During this session staff
from an in-house lab and a contract laboratory will discuss
the critical role a laboratory plays in water system management,
the challenges that arise with increasingly sophisticated
infrastructure and regulatory requirements, and how
a water agency can maximize laboratory resources to help
fulfill its mission of protecting public health and providing a
safe and reliable water supply.
11:30 a.m. - Noon Networking with Exhibitors
Noon - 1:15 p.m.
William Ascher, Donald C. McKenna Professor of
Government and Economics at Claremont McKenna
College will discuss his book Knowledge and
Environmental Policy, which addresses the systemic
problems in connecting scientific discovery to sciencebased
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Sessions 5 & 6
Session 5: “Toxicity Testing: It’s Role In Water
Quality Regulation and Emerging Compliance
Challenges of a new Statewide Policy”
Although toxicity testing has been a widely used tool for
water quality assessment, the State is currently proposing a
new “Policy for Toxicity Assessment and Control” that would
include statewide numeric toxicity objectives, a new statistical
method of data analysis, standardized monitoring and
reporting requirements, and provisions for anti-degradation
analysis and compliance determination. This Policy will supersede
current provisions in the State Implementation Plan
and be used in permits in all regions of the state.
Philip J. Markle, Environmental Scientist with Sanitation
Districts of Los Angeles County, will give the technical and
regulatory background for toxicity testing and highlight
some of the significant technical and policy challenges
posed by proposed new Toxicity Policy.
Session 6: “Hexavalent Chromium Mode of Action
Research Program: Results are In…”
Deborah Proctor, Principal Health Scientist with ToxStrategies,
will present results of the recently completed Hexavalent
Chromium (Cr(VI)) Mode of Action (MOA) Research
Studies project, designed to investigate the carcinogenicity
and toxicokinetics of Cr(VI) from drinking water exposure.
This research project has been on-going for the past two
years and will ultimately result in twelve peer-reviewed
scientific publications. This cutting-edge research project
includes target tissue biochemistry, histopathology, and
highly advanced genomic investigations to understand why
Cr(VI) causes cancer in rodents and the dose-response for
key events leading to tumor formation. Importantly, these
studies address whether carcinogenicity at high doses in
rodents is relevant to humans exposures at environmentallyrelevant
levels. Stomach reduction rate and capacity
studies have been used to develop pharmacokinetic models
of mice, rats and humans which allow risk assessors to
extrapolate across dose and between species without the
need to rely on default assumptions. The finding from these
studies are being used to inform the quantitative cancer risk
assessment for Cr(VI) at relevant human exposures.
2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
“Taking Control of the Water Quality Message”
Your agency has a top notch water quality program...state of
the art treatment and highly trained staff. Without notice, one
story or a third party “study” denouncing the safety of your
water supplies can overshadow all of your efforts. Sound
familiar Unfortunately, this is all too common the scenario.
While water agencies should be THE source on questions
related to the safety of water supplies in their communities,
they are often not the source that media and community
leaders turn to first. How does an agency change this
scenario This program will provide tips for technical staff
when responding to media or consumer questions and focus
on how to PROACTIVELY manage communications related to
the real risks surrounding water quality issues.
3:45 - 4 p.m. Closing Remarks
The technical sessions have been accepted for California Department of Public Health water treatment/distribution contact hours in the amount of 3 contact hours.
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