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COMMITTEE SPOTLIGHT 28 | ROCKY MOUNTAIN WATER JANUARY 2017 Parker WSD operations training session. treatment and deammonification. This is not a coincidence. Historically, innova-tions have been driven by equipment suppliers and a few consultants. These concepts were “pitched” to utilities, often on a trust basis, which sometimes worked and sometimes did not (unfortunately). In the past few years utilities have been taking on research and innovation for their facilities. By fully understanding the issues involved, they better manage risk and benefits. Rather than perceiving risk, responsible use of innovation is now an opportunity to maximize the benefits to rate payers. —Bruce Johnson, CH2M I wish I’d had a skateboard to get around the exhibition hall! I was struck that there was so much to learn when I first arrived, and I ended up having many more ques-tions than answers when I left. —Dennis Schump, City of Greeley WEFTEC 2016 reminded me again just how long the exhibit hall in New Orleans really is! The topic that continued to come up in conversations was the trend of ever-increasing nutrient limits and technologies required to meet these limits. A focal point is using side-stream treatment and main-stream treatment to expand capacity in a smaller footprint. I am excited about aero-bic granular sludge (AGS) because it can shrink plant footprints, remove nutrients, and lower energy consumption and main-tenance costs. Seeing these types of tech-nology in our industry is what will make the next 10–15 years so exciting. —Josh Queen, Goble Sampson I had a “refreshing moment” when I was served up the FAT Californian DPR IPA as part of the Potent Potables Smackdown at the Innovation Pavilion. Direct potable reuse water was carted in from Leo J. Vander Lans Advanced Water Purifica-tion Facility in Long Beach, California, for the CDM Smith team to brew the beer here in Denver! —Tim Rynders, CDM Smith I had the opportunity to meet and talk with Leanne Miller from the Water Research Foundation (WRF). There are a number of key things that WRF is doing that can benefit our Rocky Mountain community of owners. They announced a new wastewater subscription for 2017 and are expanding existing wastewa-ter related research. People seem to be asking how that objective might clash with the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation’s research efforts. Leanne


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