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Tours and Outings

Note: Advanced Pricing (ADV) is October 1, 2021 – May 4, 2022 / Onsite Pricing (ONS) is May 5, 2022 – June 8, 2022.

Technical Tour: The Water Tower Innovation Center

Sunday, June 5, 2022 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

$40 ADV / $50 ONS
1.5 PDHs

Ready to see the latest water technologies in action?  Then visit this new innovation center in Buford dedicated to the water industry.  By bringing together the public and private sectors of the water industry, side by side with academia and nonprofits, The Water Tower’s mission is to tackle the industry’s greatest challenges. What sets The Water Tower apart from existing innovation efforts is the integration of applied research, technology R&D, workforce training and engagement to enhance positive impacts for utilities, researchers, technology providers, trainees, school groups, and the public. The Water Tower campus provides research and lab space for water R&D and demonstration, alongside workforce development programming to attract and train water professionals.  Key campus components include advanced rainwater rooftop collection with backup reuse water for water features, a Field Training Center dedicated to hands-on training that can supplement traditional classroom instruction for water, wastewater, and maintenance technician students, an R&D space with access to multiple water quality flows from F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center, and a master control room to highlight The Water Tower’s ongoing demonstrations on AMI Acoustic Leak Detection, Edge Computing Technology for meters, Smart Analytics to drive process and time efficiencies, and our smart alternative septic system with online real-time monitoring, and more.

Inside The Water Tower headquarters building, attendees will tour three state-of-the-art research labs (experimental, analytical, and microbiology), hybrid classrooms, a 250-seat conference space, master control room, and lobby which includes interactive educational displays to demonstrate the value of water. The second floor features the H2Co-Working space where individuals or teams can rent workspace to be part of TWT’s ecosystem of innovation. The Water Cooler, the shared hub on the second floor, provides a casual space for dining and receptions. The third floor is home to water-related companies who support TWT’s mission of innovation and collaboration.

Adjacent to The Water Tower, participants will also tour the F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center, an award-winning advanced wastewater treatment facility. Because the F. Wayne Hill WRC returns water to Lake Lanier, it meets or exceeds some of the most stringent effluent quality limits in the nation. The ozone, granular activated carbon, and membrane treatment processes at the F. Wayne Hill WRC go beyond typical wastewater treatment and are on the cutting edge of wastewater purification technology that returns water to nature in many ways cleaner than when it was first drawn into our supply. Two other parts of the treatment process—nutrient recovery and energy recovery—make the F. Wayne Hill WRC an innovative, forward-looking community asset that will pay dividends to Gwinnett County for generations to come.  The F. Wayne Hill WRC was granted a Platinum 15 Peak Performance Award in recognition of 15 years of complete and consistent National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit compliance by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.

Make sure to take advantage of this opportunity to be one of the first to tour the new TWT Campus!

Transportation is included in the ticket price.

Technical Tour: Chattahoochee River Kayaking Adventure

Sunday, June 5, 2022 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

$55 ADV / $65 ONS
2.5 PDHs

Explore the beauty and serenity of the Chattahoochee River with a paddle down the Chattahoochee River in Metro Atlanta. Home to over 240 bird species and an abundance of plant life, the Chattahoochee is an Atlanta treasure. We will enjoy a leisurely kayak trip while learning about the history of the river, the grassroots movement that succeeded in protecting the river and creating the National Recreation Area, and the recently commenced Chattahoochee RiverLands Project.

The RiverLands proposes a 125-mile uninterrupted multimodal trail running from Buford Dam to Chattahoochee Bend State Park. But, more than a trail, the RiverLands is a linear network of Greenways, Blueways, parks, and the destinations they create, that will bring people to the water’s edge, promote stewardship and conservation of the river, and reveal the subtle magic of the Chattahoochee to all.

Ticket price includes kayak rentals [kayak, paddle, and a personal flotation device (PFD)], and transportation to the site. This tour is appropriate for all skill levels, but come prepared to get wet.

Technical Tour: Kendeda Building

Monday, June 6, 2022 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm

$35 ADV / $40 ONS
1.5 PDHs

Tour of Georgia Tech’s Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, which is the first building in Georgia, the first building of its size and scale in the Southeast, and 28th in the world to earn Living Building Challenge certification – the world’s most ambitious green building achievement. The Kendeda Building is regenerative. Over the course of a year, it collects and infiltrates into the ground 15 times the amount of water needed for operations. Its solar panels supply over 200% of the building's energy needs. It gives back more than it takes from the environment and focuses on the health and happiness of occupants.

The Kendeda Building provides a unique opportunity to physically demonstrate how Georgia Tech practices thoughtful stewardship of all of its resources and how its innovative thinking can transform future generations.

See Key Living Building Details

Transportation is included in the ticket price.

Technical Tour: Clayton County Constructed Treatment Wetlands

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 | 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm

$50 ADV / $60 ONS
3.0 PDHs

The constructed treatment tours begin at Newman Wetlands Center, which is the focal point of the Clayton County Water Authority's community education efforts. Participants will get a quick history of Clayton County Water Authority (CCWA) water reuse systems. The tour will stop at the Hammock Overlook to get an idea of the size of the wetlands before heading to individual pond. Leaders will discuss the rationale and technical aspects of our wetland cells. They will also introduce guests to the incredible wildlife that lives on the treatment wetlands.

CCWA is one of the few metropolitan water utilities in the country utilizing constructed treatment wetlands as a final treatment stage of water reclamation. By using constructed treatment wetlands to recharge our water supply, CCWA has developed a truly sustainable water supply. This innovative approach garners industry attention throughout the U.S., and the world, as peers look to Clayton County to learn more about our sustainability practices.

View map of Newman Wetlands Center (PDF)

Transportation is included in the ticket price.

Off-Premise Meet-up: Hosted by the Georgia Chapter of EWRI

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 | 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm


The Georgia Chapter of EWRI welcomes you to Atlanta!  Join us for a casual meet-up at Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery, located one block north of the Hyatt Regency. We look forward to meeting you!

Location:  Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery, 320 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

ADA Accessible

*limited quantities of appetizers and drinks will be provided

Technical Tour: Atlanta Water Supply Project at Westside Park

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 | 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

$40 ADV / $50 ONS
2.0 PDHs

Join us for a tour of the City of Atlanta’s Water Supply Project (WSP) located at Westside Park. Learn about the conversion of the former Bellwood Quarry into a 2.4 billion-gallon raw water storage facility. See the one of the newly constructed pump stations and learn about some of the engineering and construction challenges associated with this project. Not only will the WSP secure the city’s water supply for the next 100 years but will also serve as the focal point for the new Westside Park, Atlanta’s newest and largest park, and connecting to the Atlanta BeltLine. The $320 million project extends the City’s emergency raw water supply from 3 days to a minimum of 30 days.

The WSP consists of 5 miles of 10-foot inside diameter tunnel that connects the Chattahoochee River to the treatment system and Westside Park, tunneled through hard and abrasive Gneiss bedrock, a 2.4-billion-gallon quarry for raw water storage (one of the largest in the world), 10 shafts, raw water intake, pump station retrofit, and three new pump stations. The tunnel varies in depth from 250 feet to over 500 feet. The project was delivered via a [email protected] contract, making it the longest such tunnel ever built in North America and was awarded Silver Envision Certification.

Transportation is included in the ticket price.

Technical Tour: The Georgia Aquarium, Behind the Scenes Tour - SOLD OUT

Thursday, June 9, 2022 | 10:30 am – 2:00 pm

$50 ADV / $60 ONS
1.0 PDHs

Don't leave Atlanta without experiencing the Georgia Aquarium!

The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere and is home to hundreds of species and thousands of animals across its seven major galleries, all of which reside in more than 11 million US gallons (42,000 m3) of fresh and saltwater.

The Georgia Aquarium offers exclusive Behind the Seas tours which concentrates on the back of the house operations of the Aquarium. The tour is 45 min long and about 10 minutes of the tour focuses on Water Treatments, Water Labs and Sustainability. This tour will provide access to the behind the scenes tour as well as general admission access to the aquarium.

This location is a short walk from the hotel. We will meet in the Hyatt hotel lobby at 10:30 AM, and walk over together.  The group will be divided into two tours (one at starting at 10:45 AM and one starting at 11:15 AM).

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