Water professionals meet in Knoxville to share practices

Communications Deputy Director

Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Water professionals meet in Knoxville to share practices

Posted: 07/16/2008
Ever wonder what it takes to deliver high-quality drinking water to your faucet? Well, water and wastewater industry professionals will study just that and more at the 2008 Kentucky/Tennessee Water Professionals Conference (WPC) at the Knoxville Convention Center on July 20-23. Attendees will have the opportunity to gather, network and attend educational sessions on drinking water and wastewater issues, among other activities.

The WPC is the largest annual conference for water professionals in Kentucky and Tennessee. Attendees include engineers, utility managers, utility operators, manufacturers, scientists, laboratory technicians, customer service specialists and students.

The event will kick off on Sun., July 20 at 5:30 p.m. during a welcome reception at the Tennessee Theatre, complete with food, drinks and entertainment provided by long-time Knoxville humorist, Sam Venable. Treasurer of the Water Environment Federation, Charles V. Weir, and the Vice President of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Director of the Puerto Rico section, Juan Carlos Perez Bofill, will also be in attendance on Monday morning for an educational session.

Then, on Tues., July 22 from 6-9:30 p.m., a "Member Celebration" and the first-ever "Taste of WPC Cook-Off" will take place at World's Fair Park. Trophies will be awarded for the company with the "Best Taste" and "Best Booth Theme." Food samples from the cook-off and a full buffet from Southern Graces Catering & Events will be available for attendees.

The conference will wrap up in "green." Attendees may choose to participate in one of the two "green" events, which include a special half-day session on "green" infrastructure or taking it to the "greens" at the Three Ridges Golf Course for the WPC Charity Golf Tournament, which will raise money to benefit specific water industry charities approved by the KY/TN AWWA and KY/TN WEA boards.

Local hosts for the WPC are Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) and the City of Maryville Water Quality Control. The conference is co-sponsored by the Kentucky/Tennessee section of the AWWA and the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association (WEA). The KY/TN AWWA is one of 43 AWWA sections and KY/TN WEA is one of 80 member associations of the Water Environment Federation (WEF). Both organizations provide water quality professionals around the world with education, training, and business opportunities.

For more information visit www.kytnwpc.org