IOWWA Annual Conference

IOWWA 23rd ANNUAL CONFERENCE, January 6-7, 2021
Pre-Conference, Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Hy-Vee Hall | Iowa Events Center | 730 3rd Street | Des Moines IA

Plans are underway for the IOWWA annual conference to be held in Des Moines.  There will once again be a very extension selection of great sessions over the two day conference as well as a large exhibit hall with many activities.

Below are highlights from the IOWWA 22nd Conference held in Cedar Rapids IA, January 7-8, 2020.
Attendees to the conference enjoyed two days of informative presentations by leaders in the onsite industry.   The Exhibit Hall had extended hours and  was a great way for exhibitors to showcase their products and services.    The grand prize winner for the Roe-D-Hoe competition was Tim Rozendaal, Norm Rozendaal Tiling. 

Cory Frank, Environmental Specialist Senior, Onsite Wastewater Coordinator with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources had a packed house of more than 200 wastewater professionals attending the "IDNR UPDATE" session held on the 1st day of the 22nd Annual IOWWA Conference!
IOWWA Annual Conference January 8 - 9, 2020
Session Presenters
 -  Several sessions have the PowerPoint presentations linked for review. 

KEYNOTE PRESENTER, 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, 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, NAWC Environmental
TitleLand 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 - Cory Frank, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Title:  IDNR Updates
Topics included in this update will include TOT inspection related information.  Emphasis will be on proper inspection techniques and reporting.  Reminders of what is included in the administrative code related to "required" vs other allowable processes will be discussed. Other updates will include the creation of a new IDNR TOT database and updates will also include Septic pumper licensing as well as NPDES GP4.
** Session Presenter - Tom Fritts, 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, 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
This discussion will identify the different types of technology the industry can apply to systems to create a better treatment environment for the wastewater.  With the choices identified the problems that are common in these additional technologies will be evaluated

Title:  Groundwater Protection Through Management of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems
 This discussion will connect the proper care and service of Onsite treatment systems to the protection of groundwater. Identifying the importance of the steps to be sure that our groundwater resources are available into the future.
(A question card will be provided in Registration Packet to be turned in in at the Registration Desk before 11:00 AM Thursday)
** Session Presenter - Dr. Sara Heger, 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, 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. Neil Suckow, 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, US EPA, Office of Wastewater Management
TitleEPA'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, 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 Presenters - Katie Resor, R & R Septic Solutions and Jeff Sherman, Floyd County Public Health
Title:   Investing a small amount of time upfront during the installation can save wasted time and money down the road. It will also eliminate the headaches that you and the service provider will have to deal with. This session will cover small, quick, inexpensive changes to plumbing, electrical and hardware used at the time of installation that will make your life easier later on.  Sampling issues for alternative systems will also be discussed.
Session Presenter - Travis Scott, 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,  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 greywater 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.
** PresentersWayne Vanden Berge, Advance Pump & Equipment and Mike Rost, National Vacuum Equipment
Title:  Vacuum Truck Training: Understanding Air Machines 
Basic vacuum truck fundamentals working with vacuum and pressure with special emphasis on the differences between air movers (blowers) vs rotary vane vacuum pumps.  A very open forum with lots of Q&A to answer questions and allow other attendees to learn from others experience and challenges.
** Presenter - Dan Wheeler, University of Minnesota
Title:  Critical Soil and Site Conditions
Are you a site estimator or a site evaluator? In this talk we will discuss the important soil and site conditions to consider when properly evaluating suitability for septic systems. We will also present some of the scientific understanding that justifies these properties and conditions as “must evaluate.”
Title: Soils Evaluation
This talk will walk through the soils evaluation process from beginning to end with emphasis on reporting/documenting of this entire process for septic system design. Preliminary, field and tertiary evaluations will be discussed.
** Session Presenters - Mike Birmingham, State of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory at Univ. of Iowa; Aimee Devereaux, Emmet and Palo Alto County Public Health and Margaret Jaynes, Story County Environmental Health Dept. (pictured)
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.    Attendees will need to sign-in with complete contact information for the DNR Qualified NPDES Sampler certification.  

2020 Conference Sponsors - many opportunities to showcase your company!   View the sponsors on the IOWWA web site sponsor page, Sponsors!
Advance Pump & EquipmentPeosta IA - Opening Welcome and Keynote Sponsor
Cam Spray
Iowa Falls IA - Lanyard Sponsor
Des Moines Winsupply, Des Moines IA - Conference Program Printing Sponsor
Cedar Rapids Winpump, Cedar Rapids IA - Annual Business Meeting Luncheon Sponsor
Imperial Industries, Inc
., Rothschild WI - Refreshment Breaks Sponsor

Infiltrator Water Technologies, Old Saybrook CT - Gold Sponsor
Municipal Supply, Des Moines IA - Full Scholarship Donor
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

2020 Conference Exhibitors - sign-up now to add your  name to this list!
Advance Pump & Equipment, Peosta IA
Advanced Drainage Systems,
Hillard OH
Allied Systems, Inc
., Des Moines IA
Cam Spray, Iowa Falls IA
Cedar Rapids Winpump, Cedar Rapids IA
CompanyCam, Lincoln NE
Concrete Sealants, Inc., Tipp City OH
Contractor Solutions
, Des Moines IA
Crust Busters, Monticello MN
Deep Trekker, Inc., Kitchener Ontario Canada
Des Moines Winsupply, Des Moines IA
Imperial Industries, Inc., Rothschild WI
Infiltrator Water Technologies, Old Saybrook CT
Interstate Power Systems, Cedar Rapids IA
Iowa Pump Works, Ankeny IA
Iowa Step and Tank, Toledo IA
Mid-Tech Services, Inc., New Hampton IA
Municipal Supply/Midwest Pipe Supply, Des Moines IA - Auction Donation
Norwesco / Big Rivers Marketing LLC - Lincoln NE - Auction Donation
NSF International, Ann Arbor MI
Orenco Systems, Inc., Sutherlin OR
Polylok, Wallingford CT
Premier Tech Aqua, Quebec Canada
Quinn Equipment Inc., Marion IA
Rexco Equipment, Inc., Cedar Rapids IA
Roth, Syracuse NY
Septic Tank, Union MO
Swales Precast Inc., Strawberry Point IA
T. G. Rankin Company, Chesterfield MO
Tuf-Tite, Inc., Lake Zurich IL
Wastewater Supply, Riverside IA
Waterloo Biofilter Systems Inc., Rockwood, Ontario, Canada
Wieser Concrete, Maiden Rock WI
Wieser Precast Steps, Stewartville MN - Auction Donation
Wisconsin Surplus Online Auction, Mt. Horeb WI

1500 IA Gallon Tank, 90 pieces infiltrator chambers, 7-hole distribution box, PL525 filter

1500 Gallon AK Ind. AIO Tank. Includes 80 – 3608BD Low Pro Ads Panels; 8 - 3624 CPLP End Caps; 1 - 9 Hole D Box; 4 - SL4 Speed Levelers; 1 - PL122 Polylok Filter; 100’ - 4” SCH-40 PVC

1250 Gallon Norwesco Tank
Norwesco / Big Rivers Marketing LLC

1500 Gallon Roth Tank, 2-24" Tuf-Tite Adapter Rings W/ Butyl Rope, 2- 24" Tuf-Tite Lids,  1- PL-122 EFF Filter
Des Moines Winsupply

BJM Pumps Model LWA2200, 3” submersible agitator dewater pump, 3 horsepower, 230 volt single phase Max flow 175 gpm
Cam Spray

Notice:  The Annual Business Meeting of the Iowa Onsite Waste Water Association (IOWWA) will be held at 12:15 pm on January 9, 2020 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Complex, Cedar Rapids IA.  Prior Annual Business Meeting minutes can be downloaded in the below  "Documents & Files" section.