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Rochester to Host New Hampshire Water Works Association Meeting

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ROCHESTER, N.H. — Director of City Services John Storer is pleased to announce that the City of Rochester will host the Spring Technical Meeting for the New Hampshire Water Works Association (NHWWA) next week.

A nonprofit organization, NHWWA consists of municipal and community water systems whose members work to improve the water supply service in New Hampshire through discussions on issues and problems, training programs and seminars, and legislative action.

NHWWA holds three technical meetings per year. They are designed to provide a hands-on experience of the technical components of plant operations, and to present on current topics of interest and concern in the industry to water professionals, including managers, supervisors, commissioners, engineers and support and regulatory members.

This will be the first NHWWA meeting hosted by Rochester since the commissioning and groundbreaking tour of the original facility in 1987, and marks 30 years of technological improvements and commitment to providing safe drinking water to the community.

WHEN:

Thursday, April 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

WHERE:

First Session: Rochester Drinking Water Treatment Facility, 64 Stafford Road – Route 202A.
Second Session: Governor’s Inn, 78 Wakefield St.

WHAT:

At 9 a.m., Richard Davee, Chris Berg and Jeff Normandin will lead a presentation on Rochester’s recent investments in water infrastructure. Davee is the vice president of Wright-Pierce, a leading engineering firm that provides solutions for water systems across the east coast. Berg is a project manager at Wright-Pierce and Normandin is a geographic information system manager for Wright-Pierce.

Ian Rohrbacher, the chief operator of Rochester’s water system and president of NHWWA, will give a tour of the Rochester Drinking Water Treatment Facility at 9:45 a.m. Highlights will include a basic history of the water system, an explanation of the treatment process from watershed to tap and recent innovations and improvements throughout the facility.

After a break and relocation to the Governor’s Inn, Rohrbacher will be joined by Brendan Kernan, a hydrogeologist for the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, for a presentation on the drought of 2016 and what the department plans to do for the summer of 2017.

The meeting will wrap up with a legislative update at noon covering pending regulations at the state and national level.

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