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 IA  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.   Our primary hotel is the Hilton Des Moines Downtown, 433 Park Street.  Make your reservation now by calling 515-241-1456.  One king bed or two queen beds, $143.00/night plus taxes. Room block drops after December 15th so act fast! The Hilton is part of the Des Moines Skywalk system and the only hotel directly connected to the Iowa Events Center.

Certified Installer of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (CIOWTS) Credential Test -  The CIOWTS test will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 prior to the IOWWA conference.
Check-in at 1:00 PM; Instructions at 1;15 PM; Testing will start promptly at 1:30 PM
Exam Proctor: Trevor Dickerson, Ground N Down LLC
Submit the CIOWTS Test Application to IOWWA prior to December 10, 2021.  The test application can be downloaded at or email to request the CIOWTS test application.

IDPH Plumbing Approved SessionsThe Safety and Plumbing/Plumbing Code are the only sessions that quality for Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) plumbing licensing continuing education (CE) hours.   The instructor will sign and give you a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.  It is your responsibility to provide the IDPH with the information on this certificate to renew your plumbing license through the Iowa Department of Public Health. IOWWA cannot provide the IDPH with your CE information and we are not able to duplicate this certificate if it is lost.

Discipline: Safety, 2.0 CE Hours; Check-in 7:30 AM; Session 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Discipline: Plumbing Code, 2.0 CE Hours;  Check-in 10:15 AM, Session 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Light lunch will be provided
Discipline: Plumbing: 4.0 CE Hours; Session 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
You must attend both the Plumbing Code and Plumbing discipline sessions to earn CE hours.
Safety is not approved for the CIOWTS credential.  Plumbing Code and Plumbing disciplines provide 6.0 hours for the CIOWTS credential.  The IDPH sessions are NOT approved for the IDNR Time of Transfer. 
Instructor, Jack Cooper, The CEU Authority

Great topics and speakers!   Come celebrate 23 years of moving the industry forward to share information and learn together! 

Continuing Education:  Each conference attendee receives a punch card listing all presentations and the number of CE hours that can be earned by attending various sessions on Wednesday and Thursday.  There are 5.0 hours available for Wednesday and 4.5 hours for Thursday.   These can be used for CIOWTS credential renewal and Time of Transfer inspector CE requirements (Time of Transfer hours are ONLY given when indicated on the punch card.) Your attendance is indicated on the card as you exit each session attended. NOTE: Continuing education hours are based on actual class time only.

KEYNOTER - Dr. Sara Heger, University of Minnesota
Title:  Impacts of COVID-19 on the Decentralized Industry
The current global coronavirus crisis caused by SARS-CoV2, or COVID-19 has highlighted the interconnectedness of our planet in ways that were under-appreciated by the average American until recently.   There are numerous issues that have arisen related to septic systems in relation to COVID-19. The first relates to worker safety.  As the epidemic began there was concern for those working around wastewater and access to appropriate personal protective equipment.  Question arose to the treatment of COVID-19 through large to small wastewater treatment systems.  Another large issue that arose related to the financial impact to small business across our industry. Then there was the shifting of wastewater production as sheltering in place spread across the United States many people shifted towards using home offices, home schooling and generally spent mush more time at home and increased their load to their system.  At the same time the use of sanitary wipes and other sanitizing products increased due to heightened safety concerns.  This presentation will discuss the short- and long-term potential impacts of these issues.
Session Presenters - As session details are confirmed this section will be updated to include the presentation speaker, title and brief summary.  Check back often!
** Session Presenter - Paul Albritton, Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)
Title:  Trenching and Excavation Safety
This session will focus on the applicable OSHA Standards to work safely in trenches and excavations as they relate to common hazards and tasks that are faced in the field. We will explore the factors that determine when to use a protective system and other factors that infuence working safely in trenches. 
** Session Presenters - Trevor Dickerson, MMS Consultants; Pending - Dan Kramer, Johnson Co. Public Health; and Jason Laing, Lynch’s Excavating / Laing Wastewater Maintenance
Title: Shared Septic Systems: The Design, Regulatory and Maintenance Requirements
Description:  Whether it is site limitations, zoning ordinances, or whatever other challenges may limit the installation of individual private on-site wastewater treatment systems, shared systems may provide viable solutions.  This session will provide an overview from different perspectives of dealing with shared systems. Design considerations will include preliminary planning, design alternatives, and management considerations.  Local Public Health will discuss the permitting, tracking, as well as, how to deal with time of transfer inspections and maintenance requirements.  Contractor and service provider will discuss installation challenges, time of transfer inspections, as well as annual maintenance and management for shared systems.
** Session Presenter - Cory Frank, Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Pending
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: Troubleshooting Pumps and Panels
With the development of more advanced systems in the onsite industry many designs specify the use of a pump. What happens when a pump fails and what is the cause of the failure? Troubleshooting pump failure requires a basic understanding of panels, electricity, hydraulics, application…and pumps. This class will cover basic troubleshooting for all of the above.
** Session Presenter - Dr. Sara Heger, University of Minnesota
Three Sessions
: Analysis of CEC Removal in Septic Systems
Contaminants of emerging concern (CEC), including pharmaceuticals and personal care products are being found in increasing concentrations throughout the environment. This study seeks to understand the preponderance of CEC distribution surrounding five rest area septic systems owned and operated by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and one domestic septage land application site. A broad list of CECs was chosen based on current literature.  Septic tanks had the most detections and highest concentrations.  Groundwater had fewer detections but similar concentration levels to that of the septic tanks.  Soil had few detections and very low concentrations.  It seems likely that on-site treatment systems are able to break down CECs but, when they get through, they can enter the environment along hydraulic flows paths at concentrations similar to their waste source.
Title:  Challenging Wastewater
Onsite systems used for non-residential or non-typical applications can encounter significantly different usage patterns, waste strength and waste stream characteristics. An overview of key design parameters will be discussed as well as potential design solutions.  Case studies of three recent University of Minnesota research projects focused on RV dump stations, kidney dialysis, and rest areas.
TitleDesign – Hydraulics vs Organics 
Historically septic systems have been designed to handle so many gallons of wastewater per day.  In every gallon of wastewater there is certain about of organic material that a secondary treatment unit or soil treatment must treat.  This presentation will discuss how both hydraulics and organics must be considered when designing septic systems for both residential and commercial systems.
Learning Objectives:
· Explain the difference between hydraulic and organic loading
· Discuss how design can vary when organic loading is considered
** Session Presenter - Sam Lines, MBA, Concrete Sealants, Inc.
TitleMicrobial Induced Corrosion in Concrete Tanks
Hydrogen sulfide gas in a septic tank is a nuisance and a health hazard. Bacteria above the liquid converts the gas into acid, causing spotty corrosion of concrete. Research over the past decade has provided information that is leading to modifications that reduce the gas in tanks. After attending this presentation, you will know how to mitigate the exposure to the gas and stop the acid that damages the tank.
Title:  Watertight Concrete Tanks
From joints to walls, the need for holding water in an assembled concrete structure is an increasingly necessary task. Infiltration can overload the system, and exfiltration may cause contamination of soils. In this presentation you will learn about the differences between watertight and dampproof. Joints are often thought of as a concern for water passage; concrete is a porous material and can contribute to seepage as well.
** Session Presenters - Sgt. Robert Wittkowski, Iowa Department of Transportation and Rick Miene, Miene Septic Service
Title:  Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement, CDL’s and Pre-trip Inspections 
This session will cover the information on the Iowa Department of Transportation's enforcement on CDL's and pre trip inspections.
** Session Presenter - Larry Oxenham, American Society for Asset Protection (ASAP)
Title:  Protect Your Business and Assets
This session teaches proven and effective strategies to achieving financial peace of mind by learning how to properly structure your assets so you become invincible to lawsuits, save thousands in taxes, and eliminate all estate taxes. 
** Session Presenters - Katie Resor, R & R Septic Solutions, Troy Resor, R & R Construction & Excavation 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.
** Presenter - Dan Wheeler, University of Minnesota - Pending
Two Sessions
Session Presenter - Travis ScottWaterloo Biofilter Systems, Inc. Platinum Plus Sponsor
Title: Waterloo Biofilter Systems | High Strength Restaurant Wastewater
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. The discussion will conclude with commercial options such as High Strength Restaurant Wastewater Treatment. 
Session Presenter - Platinum Plus Sponsor
Title: Pending

2021 Conference Sponsors - many opportunities to showcase your company!   View last year's sponsors on the IOWWA web site sponsor page, Sponsors!  Select Sponsor Contract to open.  This is a form field contract.  Or Email and request the sponsor contract. 

Advance Pump & Equipment, Inc., Peosta IA - PRESIDENT'S RECEPTION SPONSOR
Cam Spray, Iowa Falls IA - LANYARD SPONSOR
Waterloo Biofilter Systems, Inc. - PLATINUM PLUS SPONSOR

2021 Conference Exhibitors - sign-up now to add your  company name to this list!  
Select Exhibit Contract to open.  This is a form field contract.  Or Email and request the exhibit contract.

Advance Pump & Equipment, Inc., Peosta IA - PRESIDENT'S RECEIPTION
Brown Bear Corp.,  Corning, IA  -
Cam Spray, Iowa Falls, IA - LANYARD SPONSOR
Concrete Sealants, Tipp City, OH -
Indianola Precast, Indianola IA - AUCTION
Infiltrator Water Technologies, Old Saybrook CT -
Municipal Supply, Des Moines IA - AUCTION
Polylok, Wallingford, CT -
Roth North America, Syracuse NY -
T. G. Rankin Company, Chesterfield MO -
Waterloo Biofilter Systems, Inc. - PLATINUM PLUS SPONSOR
Wieser Precast Steps, Stewartville MN - AUCTION

If you are interested in donating items for the 2021 IOWWA Conference Raffle, please contact Amanda Winters, Winters Septic Service or Will Boston, Wastewater Supply.    We so appreciate your support of IOWWA and the onsite wastewater industry!

Notice:  The Annual Business Meeting of the Iowa Onsite Waste Water Association (IOWWA) will be held at 12:15 pm on January 7, 2021 at the Hy-Vee Hall | Iowa Events Center | 730 Third Ave., Des Moines IA.  Prior Annual Business Meeting minutes can be downloaded in the below  "Documents & Files" section.