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.  
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 - 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 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 - 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.

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!
Premier Tech Aqua, Quebec Canada - President's Reception

Exhibit Options: Return the Exhibit Contact by August 30, 2019 to receive priority placement!  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/sponsor “Welcome” on Wednesday morning (3 minute time slot). 

2020 Conference Exhibitors - sign-up now to add your  name to this list!
CompanyCam, Lincoln NE
Contractor Solutions
, Des Moines IA
Premier Tech Aqua, Quebec Canada
Quinn Equipment Inc., Marion IA
Roth, Syracuse NY
T. G. Rankin Company, Chesterfield MO
Wieser Concrete, Maiden Rock WI
Wisconsin Surplus Online Auction, Mt. Horeb WI

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 Contract EXHIBIT.doc 0.08 MB           
file 2020 Contract SPONSOR.doc 0.07 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