Florida Water Environment Association

Calendar of Events

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South Chapter Annual Sponsorship 2023
6/22/2023 - 2/29/2024
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WR3 2023-2024 Sponsorship
7/14/2023 - 4/30/2024
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FWEA Student and Young Professional Sponsorship
11/15/2023 - 5/30/2024
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Air Quality Seminar

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CFC Ops Challenge Happy Hour Featuring Polk County Utilities Bio-Wizards
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FWEA West Coast Chapter 9th Annual Sporting Clays Tournament
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Southwest Chapter 9th Annual Sporting Clays Charity Tournament

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FWEA Central Florida Chapter - Walk In Their Shoes
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2024 FSAWWA Region II & FWEA First Coast Spring Luncheon
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FWEA Treasure Coast 2nd Annual Clay Shooting Fundraiser
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FWEA Collections Committee Sponsorship
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Events in the month of April 2022
Hello West Coast Chapter FWEA members,
Our 2022 spring quarterly luncheon is coming up in a few weeks! Don't forget to sign up and join us on Thursday, 4/07/22. This event will be an in-person as we continue our quarterly meetings into 2022 to promote networking and facilitate good technical discussions during the Q&A component of the presentations. Please register soon as space is limited! Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you all at this event!

Date:        Thursday, April 7th
Time:        11:30am - 1:00pm
Location:   Columbia Restaurant, 2117 East 7th Avenue, Tampa, FL

Topic: Get Rid of PFAS in your Water

Speaker: Viraj deSilva, PhD, PE, BCEE, Freese and Nichols Senior Treatment Process Leader
PFAS are stable chemicals that do not naturally degrade. When released into the environment, PFAS can contaminate groundwater and surface water, and these impacts may pose a risk to public health and the environment. The recently released EPA PFAS Strategic Roadmap sets timelines to safeguard public health and protect the environment. This means all utilities must follow guidelines to produce PFAS-free water. To achieve this, new PFAS MCLs, modifications to NPDES permits, and restrictions on biosolids management could be expected in the next few years.

Topics presented will include the
  • EPA’s latest PFAS Roadmap
  • The Fifth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCRM 5)
  • Potential sources of PFAS and ways to eliminate them from entering waters
  • Available options for PFAS treatment and waste disposal
  • Costs for PFAS sampling and treatment
  • PFAS Workshop information at 2022 FWRC (1:30 PM, Monday April 25,2022) 
Viraj deSilva is a Senior Treatment Process Leader in FNI's Water/Wastewater Treatment group. He has a Civil Engineering BS from Ukraine, MS in Water Treatment from Japan, and PhD in Wastewater Treatment from Northwestern University.  His 29 years of experience on water and wastewater treatment projects across the U.S. and 12 other countries, includes PFAS management and treatment projects in 5 states working on airports, landfills, municipalities, and other contaminated sites. He has published in or presented at over 180 industry journals and conferences, and authored EPA, WEF, ASCE and AWWA manuals of practice. Viraj currently serves on the WEF’s PFAS Task Force and works closely with the national EPA PFAS Council, several EPA Regions PFAS groups, along with several state agencies for the development of the new PFAS regulations. His PFAS presentations and publications are in WEF, AWWA, AMTA, SWANA, GWPC, PFAS Forum, APWA, SAME and NACWA. He teaches PFAS courses at Forester University, CA, and FL Environmental Permitting School.
In March 2022 at AMTA/AWWA conference Viraj was awarded the 2021 AWWA’s Best Paper in Membrane Treatment for his work on “Managing and Treating PFAS in Membrane Concentrates.”

Registration: Florida Water Environment Association - Event Information (fwea.org)

****Note – This is an in-person event only; no virtual option is being provided.****

  Early Registration Cost At the Door Cost
Member $25 $30
Non-Member $35 $40
Student $10 $15

Annual Regional Sponsors will receive 1 free ticket to this event.
Join us as we celebrate the close of another successful year with CFC FWEA! We'll kick of the event with a short chapter meeting of old and new business. This event is open to all whether you've been involved as a leader already or just enjoy FWEA! Attendees will also enjoy snacks, one beverage, 1-hour ping pong, and a 30-minute arcade card included with registration. Register today!
  Early Registration before April 12      Late Registration
Member $18 $23
Non-Member $22 $27
Student/Kids                $10 $15


We’ll be touring the Southwest Water Treatment Plant and Southwest Wastewater Reclamation Facility in North Port.

Tours will be followed by a late lunch at the Tomahawk Tiki Bar at the Braves Spring Training Facility. Drink tickets will be provided

West Coast FL FWEA Members,

Please join our FWEA Student Chapter in a networking opportunity with professionals within the industry. This event will serve as a great opportunity to connect students and young engineers interested in the water and wastewater profession. With summer internship opportunities and graduations fast approaching, this is the perfect time to network with these students and young professionals. Please note that registration is required for this event, and it will be a limited capacity event. Registration includes shareable appetizers and two free drink tickets. The event details are below:

Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2022
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: World of Beer (2815 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612)
Cost: FREE

For questions, please reach out to Carlee Chaffin (carlee.chaffin@hdrinc.com)

Don't forget your business cards!

-Kris Samples
West FL FWEA Chair

This is a regular meeting of the FWEA Board of Directors. 
The FWEA Utility Council will have a meeting on this date. For further meeting information, please contact ucadmin@fweauc.org.