A Message from the IUVA President
Winter 2017Winter is upon us, and there has been a lot of work on great IUVA activities since the last IUVA News. Our president- elect, Oliver Lawal, and his team organized a special UV workshop in conjunction with Confluence, one of the most successful EPA Water Cluster programs, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The workshop, “UV Disinfection, Innovation and Operation Symposium,” was held Nov. 9 and featured speakers from the EPA, the Confluence Water Cluster, Ohio and Kentucky water districts, plus industry and academia experts with the latest on UV technology and regulatory trends. The workshop ended with a tour of the Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) Richard Miller Treatment Plant, which hosts one of the largest drinking water UV disinfection systems in the country. Thanks to all of the staff at GCWW for participating and hosting the tour.
Looking ahead, the 2017 IUVA Americas Conference will be held Feb. 5-7 in Austin, Texas. This meeting will host two special workshops, one on UV-LED technologies and one on UV-AOP. With a strong technical program, including a special session on how to use UV for preventing hospital-acquired infections, we anticipate great attendance, so book your reservation before the IUVA room block is sold out. In the EU, IUVA will hold a drinking water workshop being planned by our EMEA co-chairs in the UK in conjunction with CIWEM. These events lead up the IUVA World Congress 2017 to be held at the Valamar Hotel in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on Sept. 17-20. We look forward to a big crowd in a beautiful location where we will welcome Oliver Lawal as our next IUVA president. A call for abstracts for the 2017 World Congress will be released following the Americas Conference.
With the success of an Asia workshop held in Japan earlier this year, another Asia event is planned for Singapore on Nov. 6, 2017. These and other IUVA events continue to be opportunities for education and networking. There are always technical issues and regulatory challenges, and our organization is critically important for providing an opportunity to address issues that potentially have significant impact on the application of UV. Both the education committee and the technical committee are active in collaborations to address these issues. These kinds of activities are excellent ways for IUVA to increase its visibility, so if you are interested in volunteering a few hours to increase IUVA’s visibility in the wastewater industry, please contact Gary Cohen (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your contact information, and we can look for the best opportunity to connect you with IUVA.
We are excited about 2017 being another great year of UV with events across the globe that support a meaningful, scientific approach to providing UV solutions. So, get out your boots and cowboy hats, and I’ll look forward to seeing y’all in Austin, Texas, in February!
Happy holidays to all, and please remember to thank our support staff, in particular Jim Bolton, Gary Cohen, Mickey Fortune and James Kerich, who help IUVA deliver some really terrific benefits to our members.
Kati Bell, IUVA President