American Water Works Association (AWWA)

2018 Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition


For 2018, AWWA and AMTA are excited to partner with Water Environment Federation and WateReuse Association to create an enhanced technical program. Join us to explore how the latest developments in membrane technology can enhance water reliability and quality. Each year the conference reveals new directions in water and wastewater treatment technologies, desalting and membrane bioreactor applications.

Event Type:
Mar. 12-16, 2018
Palm Beach County Convention Center
West Palm Beach , FL , USA

The Premier Event for Membrane Technology
The Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition explores research, development and implementation of emerging and advanced membrane technologies in water, wastewater, reuse, and industrial applications as well as operation and maintenance of membrane equipment and facilities. This year’s conference explores a variety of cutting edge topics including tailored process designs, alternative project delivery, and lessons learned from start up and commissioning facilities. Innovative membrane processes and materials will showcase the possibilities for select contaminant removal, improved membrane O&M, while meeting water quality goals.

2018 MTC attendees will enjoy three full days of cutting edge presentations, with numerous networking opportunities to learn and share. The conference also offers technical facility tours, pre-conference workshops, and a comprehensive exhibit hall. Join us to stay current and prepare for the future.

  • Water utility plant management and executives
  • Water and wastewater engineers
  • Manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors
  • Membrane facility operators
  • Consultants and contractors
  • Designers
  • Professors and students
  • Federal, state, and municipal management and executives
  • Local, state, and federal regulators
  • Operators
  • Scientists and researchers


Programming dedicated to advancing the understanding, application and operations of membrane technology.

The MTC also features facility tours, pre-conference workshops and a comprehensive exhibit hallJoin us to explore how the latest developments in technology can enhance water reliability and quality through membrane filtration, reuse, desalting, RO/NF/MF/UF and MBR for water treatment.

Abstract submission was open March thru July 20, 2017, and presenter notifications will be sent in mid-October. Contact Education Services if you have questions regarding abstract submission.

Pre-Conference Workshops and Technical Facility Tours

MTC Workshops and Facility Tours offer additional opportunities for in-depth, hands-on learning. Registration and fee is required, these items are not included in the full conference registration.


PC1 - Back to Basics
March 12, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Back to Basics Workshop provides a full day of membrane immersion (no pun intended) to the attendees with the goal of introducing industry terminology and a basic understanding of the three primary membrane technologies used in municipal applications: MF/UF; NF/RO; and MBR.

PC2 - Closing the Loop on Water Cycle: Integrating Systems Using Membranes
March 12, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – noon
Presented by Water Environment Federation
As the drivers such as tightening regulatory requirements on effluent discharge and water recycling, need for more energy and space efficient technologies increase, and the water cycle loop closes, engineering community is finding ways to develop better engineered systems. One of these is integrating the treatment systems using membranes at resource recovery (water reclamation) facilities. This workshop will present these drivers, means to integrate membrane technologies for energy and space efficiency, higher quality effluent, and nonpotable and potable water reuse. The participants will also hear about case studies as well as design and operations lessons learned from industry leaders.

PC3 - Membranes in Action with Reuse
March 12, 2018, 1:00 - 4:15 p.m.
Presented by WateReuse Association

The WateReuse workshop will provide all insight into how Reuse can benefit Utilities for direct and indirect potable Reuse. This combined with how membranes are part of the research for reusing our water. 

PC4 - Membranes Offer Real-World Solutions
March 12, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – noon
Presented by Southeast Desalting Association

This pre-conference workshop has been designed for operators with utility case studies highlighting source water challenges, membrane treatment process challenges. It will also address pretreatment, post-treatment, and concentrate disposal. Attendees will have an overview of membrane plant operations and maintenance.

PC5 - Membrane Treatment Systems for Operations & Operators
March 12, 2018, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Presented by Florida Section AWWA

This workshop focuses on the application of membranes to solve difficult water treatment challenges; including changing source water qualities, challenging source waters, and challenges in staffing and operating a non-24/7 manned treatment facility. The speakers are experts in their fields and offer real case study examples on addressing each of these challenges. The varied background of the speakers will give attendees different perspectives and approaches in addressing challenges.

Workshop Pricing:
Full Day Workshop: $280 member/$380 nonmember on or before 2/10/2018. 
Half Day Workshop*: $160 member/$230 nonmember on or before 2/10/2018. 
*Sign up for any two (2) half-day workshops (A.M. and P.M.) for the same price as Full Day.

T1 - City of Lake Worth Water Treatment Plant & City of Boca Raton Water Treatment Plant
Friday, March 16, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$45 member/$55 nonmember if registered by February 10, 2018

The City of Lake Worth Water Treatment Plant currently utilizes a combination of lime softening (permitted 12.9 MGD capacity) and reverse osmosis (permitted 4.5 MGD capacity) treatment. The lime treatment process consists of conventional lime softening and filtration of surficial aquifer supply wells from the Biscayne aquifer. The reverse osmosis treatment process, built in 2011, utilizes brackish water from the Floridan aquifer. The plant was first built in 1959 as an alum plant, but has since morphed into a lime softening plant. Disinfection is provided by a sodium hypochlorite feed system and combined chlorine is provided by an ammonia feed system.

The tour then travels to Boca Raton. In the late 1990’s, city leaders began a project to dramatically improve the aesthetic quality of the drinking water supplied to customers. The Boca Raton City Council authorized final design and construction of a 40 million-gallon-per-day (mgd), state-of-the-art membrane softening process at the Glades Road Utility Services complex. The water supply is also supplemented with the city's lime softening treatment process which is typically the primary means of treatment for many of the other water treatment facilities in South Florida and the nation. Today, residents can rely on the modern, 70 mgd water treatment plant located at the Utility Services complex for high quality drinking water.

T2 - Town of Jupiter Water Treatment Plant & Seacoast Utility Authority Hood Road Water Treatment Plant
Friday, March 16, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - noon
$45 member/$55 nonmember if registered by February 10, 2018

The Town of Jupiter Utilities is a drinking water facility located in Southeast Coastal Florida. The Utility employs advanced water treatment technologies, reverse osmosis and nanofiltration, from a dual aquifer source, and is Internationally recognized for excellence in treatment. The combined water from both the Surficial and the Floridan Aquifers are capable of producing 30 million gallons per day of drinking water serving more than 90,000 customers.

The second stop on the tour, Seacoast Utility Authority’s Hood Road Water Treatment Facility is a 30.5 MGD membrane treatment facility with 28 MGD Nano and 3.5 MGD LPRO production.

T3 - City of Boynton Beach West Water Treatment Plant & Palm Beach County WTP #3

Friday, March 16, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - noon
$45 member/$55 nonmember if registered by February 10, 2018

The Boynton Beach West Water Treatment Plant is a nanofiltration membrane treatment facility with a total capacity of 8.68 MGD. The plant was built in 1993 and expanded to six membrane trains in 1999. Eleven raw water wells supply water to the plant. The plant’s membrane trains have 36 vessels in a 26-10 array for a total of 216 membranes with a capacity of 1.45 MGD per train. Treatment process components include cartridge filters, membrane feed pumps, membrane trains, degasifier, clearwell, ammonia and hypochlorite addition, high service pumps, ground storage tank, deep injection well, and auxiliary diesel generators.

Palm Beach County Water Utilities' Water Treatment Plant No. 3 is a state of the art 30 MGD nanofiltration membrane water treatment plant with Florida architecture in a campus style setting and native landscaping. Pretreatment includes sand strainers, sulfuric acid, antiscalent and cartridge filters. There are 10 membrane trains followed by degasification with odor control. Post treatment includes fluoridation, caustic, sodium hypochlorite and ammonia. Concentrate disposal is deep well injection.

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