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October 7, 2022

The International Water Conference® (IWC)

The International Water Conference (IWC) is a strong educational conference, founded with an emphasis on commercial-free discussions on technology.

The IWC presents the latest in scientific advances and practical applications in this field, cutting across a wide range of industries, technologies, and functional areas. As the preeminent international technical forum in the field, the IWC brings together end users, researchers, practicing engineers, managers, educators, suppliers, and contractors. It is dedicated to advancing new developments in the treatment, use and reuse of water for industrial and other engineering purposes. Attendees come to learn unbiased details about the latest applications available in the industry, get educated on current technology and hold wide ranging discussions with their peers active in water treatment.

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Dates: November 6-10, 2022
Website: The International Water Conference
Location: Hilton Orlando – Disney Springs Area, Orlando, FL


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Technical Sessions

Tom Imbornone will be moderating the following sessions:

Monday, November 7th – 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Tuesday, November 8th  – 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Location: H2O Theatre


Monday, November 7th – PM Sessions (between 1:15 pm – 5:00 pm)

M5: Advanced Membrane Treatment

IWC Rep: Dennis McBride, Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, MO

Session Chair: Tom Imbornone, Avista Membrane Treatment Solutions

Discussion Leader: H G Sanjay, Bechtel Infrastructure and Power Corp., Reston, VA

As we continue to move into more challenging water treatment applications, membrane technology has advanced and there have been improvements to the pre-treatment and operational techniques. This section focuses on challenging membrane applications and how new technologies and membrane materials allow systems to sustain reliable operation. The four papers in this session will present a new membrane chemistry and its performance on wastewater, the use of online turbidity measurement for RO feed water in place of SDI, the operation of EDR and EDI systems for pre and post RO treatment, and the use of ceramic microfilters on “flowback” water from the fracking industry in addition to their use on secondary and tertiary wastewater effluent.


Wednesday, November 9th –AM Sessions (between 8:00 am -12:00 pm)

IWC 22-64: A High-Level Guide for Designing High Recovery SWRO and Ultra-high Pressure RO Systems

Eli Oklejas, MLitt, Rory Weaver, MLitt, and Juan de Beristain Ruiz, FEDCO, Monroe, MI; Craig Bartels, Ph.D., and Rich Franks, P.E., NITTO, Oceanside, CA

Discusser: Ken Robinson, Avista Technologies, San Marcos CA

This paper demonstrates the use of turbochargers for pressure management in a pilot facility extracting minerals from seawater in Saudi Arabia. Located in Jubail, this facility uses a two-stage RO array incorporating multiple turbochargers to concentrate pretreated seawater from 47,000 ppm to 120,000 ppm. Effective pressure management is key to enhancing the RO membrane performance in this multi-stage, high pressure, high recovery operating environment.


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The International Water Conference

November 6-10, 2022
Orlando, FL