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From February 20-22, 2017, the 42nd annual Iowa Rural Water Association Annual Conference will take place at the Veterans Memorial Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines, Iowa. With over 300 attendees expected to attend and more than 100 vendors, it is one of the largest water and wastewater conferences in Iowa.

First-time conference attendees are encouraged to attend a First Timer Meet & Greet on Monday, February 20 at 8:30 AM or Tuesday, February 21 at 8 AM. During the short meeting, guests will receive a brief overview of the conference from IRWA staff, have the opportunity to meet conference veterans, and pose questions.

Event highlights on Monday include a Best Tasting Water Luncheon at 11:30 AM and a Welcome Reception from 3:30 to 6:00 PM, which provides guests and vendors an opportunity to connect. On Tuesday, the IRWA Awards Luncheon will take place to honor key system and community leaders for their commitment to the water/wastewater industry. The fun continues Tuesday evening at the Holiday Inn Downtown during a social night with IRWA Staff and Board Members featuring an Italian buffet dinner and a comedy performance by Tim Bedore. On Wednesday, chairmen of the House and Senate Ways and Means Committees, Senator Randy Feenstra and Representative Guy Vander Linden, will speak to attendees during the IRWA PAC breakfast to kick off the last day of events.

Over the course of the three-day event, more than 30 informative presentations are slated to take place on a breadth of water-related topics. Among those presenting is Darin Jacobs, PE, of Snyder & Associates. With more than 20 years of civil engineering water resources experience, Darin’s presentation will focus on the history of activated sludge and the applications of sequencing batch reactors.

“I will discuss the history of wastewater treatment and development of the activated sludge process, with a focus on its real-world applications,” explains Jacobs. “Due to new NPDES permit limits, more communities will need to transition from lagoon based treatment systems to activated sludge. Understanding the basics and application of activated sludge is very important to success.”

For additional information on activated sludge basics and application, along with other water treatment alternatives, please contact Darin Jacobs.

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