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Serving the Greater Bay Area Since 1956

The Bay Area Water Works Association is a non-profit association comprised of persons in the water works and related industries in the north, east and south San Francisco Bay areas.

March 6, 2014

The March 6th event included a tour of the South Bay Pumping Plant, which supplies 330 ft3/s to the South Bay Aqueduct (SBA). The evening continued at Campo di Bocce, the site of our general membership dinner and presentation by Alex Revchuk, a senior associate at Exponent Inc. 

The Tour

A special thanks to the following companies for their support in providing transport to the tour:

Advance Products & Systems Inc:
APS is a leading manufacturer of pipeline, corrosion and cathodic 
protection materials for the water, waste water, oil & gas and industrial industries
Matthew Starnes: Western Regional Sales Manager: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
R&B Company:
Your solution for quality pipes, valves & fittings
Chris Jacobsen: Sales Manager: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Corrpro:
Corrpro is a leading provider of cathodic protection for corrosion control
Linda Rodrigues: Senior Outside Sales: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

General Membership Dinner

Following the tour, the general membership dinner and social hour was held at Campo di Bocce – 175 E. Vineyard Ave, Livermore, CA.

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Presentation

Wildfire-Induced Physicochemical Changes in Dissolved Organic Matter (DOM): Watershed Dynamics and Water Treatment

Synopsis

Wildfires are natural phenomena that occur sporadically in the western United States. Climate change models predict an increase of wildfire
frequency, duration, and severity in the western US during the 21st century.

Wildfire events cause sudden drastic changes to water quality of affected watersheds. Wildfires generate large quantities of substantially different dissolved organic matter (DOM) compared to the DOM found in the same watershed prior to the fire. In turn, the large quantities of released DOM may overwhelm drinking water treatment processes, as well as act as the substrate for the formation of disinfection byproducts (DBP), such as trihalomethanes (THM) and haloacetic acids (HAA).

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Understanding the dynamics of the physicochemical characteristics of DOM after a fire is vital to maintaining effective water treatment and reliable drinking water supply. Also, understanding the duration of the impacts and expected rates of recoveries after the fire are important in strategic planning and response to such disasters.

Speaker Info

Dr. Revchuk, a senior associate at Exponent Inc., specializes in drinking-water treatment processes. He focuses on bench- and pilot-scale studies, costing, preliminary design, and optimization of conventional, ion exchange, reverse osmosis, ozone, biological, and proprietary water treatment systems. He provides professional technical environmental science and engineering consulting services to public agencies and private entities.

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