IOWWA Annual Conference

IOWWA 22nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE, January 8 - 9, 2020
Pre-Conference, Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Doubletree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Complex
350 First Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA

Plans for the 2020 IOWWA Conference are underway!    Two days of presentations by leaders in the onsite industry will be the highlight of the conference.    The Exhibit Hall will showcase products and services as well as many special events.    Test your skills at the Roe-D-Hoe; have your exhibitor Bingo card punched for a chance to win a cash prize; check out the great auction items and raffle.
Continuing Education:  Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 - 5.0 CE hours approved for CIOWTS credential and IDNR Time of Transfer; Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 - 4.0 CE hours approved for CIOWTS credential and IDNR Time of Transfer 
Location:  DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Complex, 350 First Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA.   Phone: 319-731-4444.  Room Rate: $109.00, plus tax and fees, block cut-off  December 15, 2019.     Use the hotel link to make your room reservation.   

IOWWA Pre-Conference, January 7, 2020
Certified Installer of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (CIOWTS) Credential Test
Submit the CIOWTS Test Application to IOWWA prior to December 15, 2019.    The test application can be downloaded at or email to request the CIOWTS test application.
Schedule:  Check-in 1:00 PM; Instructions 1:15 PM; Testing will start promptly at 1:30 PM
Proctor: Trevor Dickerson, Ground N Down LLC
Basic Level Test:  75 multiple choice questions, 2 hour completion time.
Advanced Level Test: 125 multiple choice questions, 3 hour completion time.  
Sessions approved by the IA Dept. of Public Health for Plumbing Licensing.
Lee Maier, CEU Authority, will present the sessions.
Safety Discipline, 2.0 hours: Check-in 7:30 AM, session 8:00 - 10:00 AM
"Personal Protective Equipment and Fall Protection"    
Plumbing Code Discipline, 2.0 hours and Plumbing Discipline, 4.0 hours
Check-in 10:15 AM; Session 1, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM; light lunch; Session 2, 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Session 1: What's Practical for Me in the Plumbing Code
Session 2: Water Softeners: Unlocking the Mystery and Definitions; Understanding the Plumbing Code. 
Note: The Plumbing Code and Plumbing discipline hours (6.0) are also approved for the CIOWTS installer credential.
IOWWA Annual Conference January 8-9, 2020 - Session Presenters
Updated as session presenters are confirmed
Kent Stock, Marion IA - "Defying the Odds"
A teacher, coach, middle school principal, and powerful speaker, Kent Stock is also the man who coached the Norway baseball team during their now-famous final season. As depicted in the 2007 film, The Final Season, the nationally recognized Norway baseball team came together under then first-year head baseball coach Kent Stock to defy the odds and win Norway’s 20th state title in what would become the team’s final season before merging with a bigger, neighboring school district.     Kent's varied background and experience provides a unique perspective on life's lessons.
Session Presenter - Ben Booth, Director of Public Relations and Communications
Iowa One Call
Title: Iowa One Call
Overview of the legal requirements mandated under Iowa Code chapter 480; How to maximize efficiency and minimize construction delays by understanding and utilizing the electronic online ticketing system (ITIC); How to properly utilize the ITIC mapping tools in order to provide a clear, precise, and accurate description of the proposed excavation area.
Session Presenter - Tom Ferrero, Managing Partner
NAWC Environmental
Title: Land Application – The Right Way, Not the ‘Old’ Way
This session will cover some of the options and considerations they will have to dispose of septage; the EPA 503 Requirements will be addressed; as well as understanding land application loading rates for wastewater.
Title: Dedicated Septage Treatment Facility
This session will introduce the concepts of how to get creative and think outside the box for the purposes of building and siting their own septage treatment processing plant.
Session Presenter - Tom Fritts, Vice President
Residential Sewage Treatment Company
Title: Choosing the Correct System for the Site
Our industry has grown rapidly in the past 10 years and with that growth the development of a variety of onsite wastewater treatment systems. These systems range from basic gravity flow to advanced pressurized systems. It is important to know which of these systems would best fit the site. This session will review many of these systems with information on how to choose the correct one.
Session Presenter - Claude Goguen, P.E., LEED, Director of Outreach and Technical Education
National Precast Concrete Association
Title: Watertightness and Durability of Precast Concrete Septic Tanks
The wastewater tank is a key component to the system.  Among other things, it must be durable and watertight.  During this session, we will examine the process of precast concrete tank manufacturing.  We will also discuss key best practices during manufacturing and installation that will enhance durability and maintain watertightness of these structures to help extend the service life of the system.
Title: Proper Installation and Inspection of Precast Concrete Tanks
A precast concrete tank made of the best materials and with the finest craftsmanship can still be compromised with poor installation.  Over the years, we have been able to identify the most common mistakes committed during poor tank installations.  Shortcuts taken during installation can result in significant issues.  We will discuss some tips for ensuring the tank is installed correctly as well as proper inspection and testing of the tank.
Session Presenter - Dave Gustafson, P.E.,
University of Minnesota
Title:  Advanced Systems, Plus & Minuses;  Cause for Failures in Some of the Advanced Systems
Title:  Groundwater Protection Through Management of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems
(Question card  provided in Registration Packet to be turned in in at the Registration Desk before 12:15 PM Thursday)
Session Presenter - Dr. Sara Heger, Onsite Sewage Treatment Program, Research Engineer and Instructor
University of Minnesota
Title: Mound System Design                              
Mound systems are a valid treatment system to be utilized on sites with high water tables and when heavy soils exist.  This presentation will cover the key aspects of design and show examples of how to design them using the free University of Minnesota Excel spreadsheet tool.  This will include sizing the mound, pressure distribution system and pump.
Title: Aerobic or Anaerobic - Which one is better?                          
Within most septic systems, both anaerobic and aerobic processes are used to treat the wastewater. We will start with defining septic, trash traps and processing tanks where the primary form of treatment is anaerobic.  We will discuss how capacity, compartments, baffle and screens influence tank performance and how use patterns in the home can affect treatment patterns.  The aerobic portion will focus on the treatment in pretreatment products such as ATUs and media filters along with soil treatment systems. This presentation will describe each oxygen state, discuss where each method is dominate and present a methodology to evaluate systems to determine if both processes are working properly.
Title: Septic System Emerging Issue: Microplastics
New studies indicate that the fibers in our clothes could be poisoning our waterways and food chain on a massive scale.  These tiny particles also have the potential to impact septic systems since most washing machines do not filter out particles and the current available add-on filters designed to keep lint out of septic tanks, still do not catch the tiniest fibers.   Since the particles are so small they may be resistant to settling in the septic tank and will pass through effluent screens.  It is likely that most of these fibers are captured in the soil treatment system creating concern for plugging of soil pores over time.   This presentation will discuss options for reduce their potential impact.
Session Presenter - Sam Lines, MBA, Engineering Manager
Concrete Sealants, Inc.
Title: Microbial Induced Corrosion in Concrete Tanks
The conversion of hydrogen sulfide gas into acid is a biologic process that is found in some wastewater systems such as septic tanks. At this session, you will learn the cause of and the remedies for microbially induced corrosion of concrete. MIC does not affect all onsite wastewater systems; knowing the signs to look for is beneficial to the stakeholders.
Session Presenters - Sgt. Jeff Jones, Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement and Rick Miene, Miene Septic Service
Title:  CDL and Pre-Trip
Overview of CDL and vehicle equipment
Session Presenter - Zach Lowenstein, Environmental Scientist
US EPA, Office of Wastewater Management
Title: EPA's Decentralized Wastewater Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Decentralized Wastewater Program, within the Office of Wastewater Management, helps to provide resources, education, and outreach at a national level for managing and maintaining decentralized wastewater systems, from single home onsite septic systems, to community cluster systems. This presentation will highlight the major updates and achievements of the Decentralized Program throughout the past year, including SepticSmart Week, and the Decentralized Wastewater MOU Partnership.
Session Presenter - Cory Lyon, East Region Sales Manager
Orenco Systems Inc. - Platinum Plus Sponsor
Title: AdvanTex and Difficult Sites
Do you have a difficult property that needs an I/A system that can fit in a small space? The AdvanTex Treatment System Application seminar will show you how the AX20, AX25RT, and AX100 treatment systems can be applied to residential and small commercial systems, including difficult sites with limiting factors. Additionally, this seminar will also cover the current approval and sizing criteria for residential and small commercial applications.
Session Presenter - Travis Scott, Regional Manager Waterloo Biofilter Products
Waterloo Biofilter Systems Inc. - Platinum Plus Sponsor
Title: Waterloo Biofilter - Nutrient Removal and Difficult Sites
During this session, team members of Waterloo Biofilter will discuss how they can help all IOWWA members.  Travis Scott will discuss installations in Iowa and the local support network for installers, designers and sanitarians.  Geanine Zuliani, Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Waterloo Biofilter head office, will introduce herself as a critical support member for all installers across North America.  Kyle Wetherall, Waterloo Biofilter Engineering Department, will conclude the discussion with options for nutrient removal and large systems.
Session Presenter - Sharon Steiner,  Business Unit Manager
NSF International
Title: NSF Standard 50 Certification Overview
Overview of the NSF Wastewater Certification program, including Standards NSF/ANSI 40, 245 and 350. These Standards include testing criteria for residential wastewater treatment systems and non-potable reuse of graywater and/or wastewater. Overview of the Certification process, testing, ongoing maintenance, test sites, and how NSF standards can be used to reduce water consumption in their area.  Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how wastewater & greywater treatment systems become certified and how these standards can be used by the regulatory community.
Session Panel Presenters - TBD, State of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory; Aimee Devereaux, Emmet and Palo Alto County Public Health and Margaret Jaynes, Story County Environmental Health Dept.
Effluent Sampling – Becoming a DNR Qualified NPDES Sampler
This session will train contractors or homeowners on the proper technique on how to collect effluent samples for the DNR's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit #4 sampling requirements. The attendee will also learn how to properly ship samples so they are not rejected when received at the lab.  Upon completion of this training, the attendee will receive certification to conduct General Permit #4 sampling.

Sponsor Opportunities: Get maximum visibility by sponsoring a conference event!   This is a great way to promote your company.   Great benefits for these sponsorship options are included with each package.   Refer to the Sponsor Contract.    Exhibit space is not included with sponsorship.   NOTE:  If you plan to have exhibit space, the Exhibit Contract also needs to be completed.   

2020 Conference Sponsors - many opportunities to showcase your company!
Cam Spray, Iowa Falls IA - Lanyard Sponsor
Des Moines Winsupply, Des Moines IA - Conference Program Printing
Imperial Industries, Inc
., Rothschild WI - Refreshment Breaks Sponsor

Infiltrator Water Technologies, Old Saybrook CT - Gold Sponsor
Orenco Systems, Inc., Sutherlin OR - Platinum Plus Sponsor
Premier Tech Aqua
, Quebec Canada - President's Reception Sponsor
Waterloo Biofilter Systems Inc., Rockwood, Ontario, Canada - Platinum Plus Sponsor

Exhibit Options: Activities in the Exhibit Hall include the Wednesday President’s Reception; an exhibit/sponsor slide show runs continually during the conference; “Black-out Bingo” punch card given to each registrant to encourage them to stop by your booth plus extended time in the exhibit hall!    Indicate on the Exhibitor Contact if you would like to be included in the exhibitor “Welcome” on Wednesday morning (3 minute time slot). 

2020 Conference Exhibitors - sign-up now to add your  name to this list!
Advanced Drainage Systems, Hillard OH
Allied Systems, Inc
., Des Moines IA
Cam Spray, Iowa Falls IA
Concrete Sealants, Inc., Tipp City OH
CompanyCam, Lincoln NE
Contractor Solutions
, Des Moines IA
Des Moines Winsupply, Des Moines IA
Imperial Industries, Inc., Rothschild WI
Infiltrator Water Technologies, Old Saybrook CT
NSF International, Ann Arbor MI
Orenco Systems, Inc., Sutherlin OR
Polylok, Wallingford CT
Premier Tech Aqua, Quebec Canada
Quinn Equipment Inc., Marion IA
Roth, Syracuse NY
T. G. Rankin Company, Chesterfield MO
Tuf-Tite, Inc., Lake Zurich IL
Waterloo Biofilter Systems Inc., Rockwood, Ontario, Canada
Wieser Concrete, Maiden Rock WI
Wisconsin Surplus Online Auction, Mt. Horeb WI

Exhibit Information
Booth space
: 10-ft wide x 10-ft deep booth with 8-ft. draped backdrop, 30-in. draped side rails, 1 table, 2 chairs, wastebasket.   One-line ID sign available at set-up.
Floor space:  Includes 2 tables, 2 chairs and wastebasket.
Set-up:             Tuesday, Jan. 7 – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
*Loading dock doors #6 and #7 are located on the A Avenue side of the Convention Center. *Vehicles/Large Equipment - Drive-in door #1 is located on the A Avenue side of the US Cellular Arena.  Loading in through the drive-in door will be scheduled in advance.   You will be contacted for your assigned move-in time.
Tear Down:     Thursday, Jan. 9 after 12:30 PM until 5:00 PM *Loading out through the drive-in door will be scheduled in advance. 
Counters, Freight Storage, etc.  are not included.   Items can be ordered from Spielman’s Event Services – the exhibitor services company for the DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar Rapids.   Call Spielman's Event Services at 800-260-5250 for questions.
Power, Internet and other Event Technology are not included.  Items can be ordered from PSAV – the event technology company for the DoubleTree by HIlton Cedar Rapids.  Utility Order form can be downloaded from the below "Documents and Files" section.  Call PSAV at 319-731-4519 for questions.

Notice:  The Annual Business Meeting of the Iowa Onsite Waste Water Association (IOWWA) will be held on January 9, 2020 at the Cedar Rapids Hilton Hotel and Conference Center, Cedar Rapids IA.  Prior Annual Business Meeting minutes can be downloaded in the below  "Documents & Files" section.

file 2020 IOWWA Conference Registration.doc 0.08 MB           
file 2020 Contract SPONSOR.doc 0.07 MB           
file 2020 Contract EXHIBIT.doc 0.08 MB           
file DoubleTree Exhibitor Order Form.pdf 0.44 MB           
file 2019 Annual Business Meeting Minutes.pdf 0.43 MB           
file 2018 Annual Business Meeting Minutes.pdf 0.35 MB           
file 2017 Annual Business Meeting Minutes.pdf 0.34 MB