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General Information

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.

Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been reserved for ACWA at:

Hilton Pasadena

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

availability basis.


Substitutions from the same organization are accepted.

A $25 handling fee will be applied. Substitution requests

should be submitted to 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.

Special Accommodations:

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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9 a.m. - 4 p.m. ACWA Committee Meetings

More information available at

6 - 7 p.m. Reception

Reception is sponsored by ACWA Region 8


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

environmental policy.

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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August 17, 2011 • Hilton Hotel • Pasadena, CA

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Your summit registration fee includes:

Reception 8/16, continental breakfast and lunch 8/17.

Prereg On Site Amount

ADVANTAGE * $225 $250 $

STANDARD $340 $375 $

Total (this registration only) $

* People eligible for ACWA advantage pricing include: any ACWA member organization’s

officers/directors; any employee on an ACWA public agency member, affiliate or

associate organization’s payroll; any individual or honorary life member; any ACWA

board member whose fee is paid for by a member agency; any state or federal

administrative or legislative personnel in elective, appointive or staffing positions;

staff of ACWA/JPIA, Water Education Foundation, or California Water Awareness


Your registration form and registration fee must be received by 4:30 p.m. (PST)

August 5, 2011. After August 5, you will need to register on site.

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