By Carlos David Mogollón, Managing Editor
In addition to the latest industry news, operating ideas and technical advances in the industrial water market, attendees of the Third Annual Industrial Water Conference will find a broader category of topics to choose from at the three-day event Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in Orlando, FL.
The number of educational sessions is up – from 15 in 2003 to 40 this year, with more than 45 speakers.
Conference tracks now include Makeup & Process Water, Cooling Water, Wastewater and Fluid Control. The last was added to differentiate between non-treatment aspects of industrial water quality such as pumps, valving, piping and various instrumentation options that allow better control by consulting engineers, facilities and operations managers, onsite technicians, and others involved in assuring precise specifications are met for a particular project or application's needs.
Workshops integrated into this year's program include seminars on Principles of Water Filtration, Principles of Water Disinfection, Activated Carbon Adsorption, Fundamentals of Ion Exchange, Membrane System Design, Cooling Water Treatment, Use of Gray Water in Industrial Applications, and High Purity Water Treatment.
An opening General Session will have three speakers focusing on product verification (NSF International), industrial permitting (CDM Inc.) and the latest federal regulations (USEPA). The last will look at 316(b) Phase III rules governing cooling water intake structures, which was to be released in November with an emphasis on all manufacturing operations. It also will discuss consideration being given to revising industrial effluent guidelines under the 2004 Effluent Guidelines Plan, in which targeted industries, airport de-icing operations, and drinking water supply and treatment facilities have been identified as candidates for possible new regulations.
The Industrial Water Conference will be held at the Orange County Convention Center and will be co-located with POWER-GEN International. The largest U.S. conference and exhibition serving the electric power industry, POWER-GEN (www.power-gen.com) draws upwards of 18,000 attendees and 1,100 exhibitors.
An area of the exhibit floor is set aside as the Water Pavilion and will feature more than 40 companies specializing in a wide array of water-related equipment, technologies and services for the electric power industry. The event is supported by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Membrane Technology Association, Submersible Wastewater Pump Association, Water & Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association and the International Ultraviolet Association.