Winter Conference

FEBRUARY 21-22, 2024

Showcasing the heart of the show, you.

ASSIST . PROMOTE . ENCOURAGE . SUPPORT

Our annual conference and exhibition is right around the corner and we are looking forward to celebrating our 75th Anniversary! Since 1949, the Virginia Water Well Association has brought together all sectors of the industry to advance the profession through education, trade and science.

Join us this anniversary year and be a part of our history!

Contractor Database Update – Survey

Help us update our information about you to better serve our communities.

REGISTRATION

Exhibitor RegistrationAttendee Registration
Download the registration information. Early bird registration expires January 26th, 2024.Download the registration information. Early bird registration expires February 9th, 2024.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21
7:00 AM – 4:00 PMRegistration Open
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM Exhibitor Setup
8:00 AM – 2:00 PMEducation Sessions
2:00 PM – 5:30 PM Exhibition Hall Open
6:00 PM – 10:00 PMDinner Banquet + Live Auction
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22
7:00 AM – 8:30 AMBreakfast & General Membership Meeting
8:30 AM – 11:00 AMExhibition Hall Open
11:00 AM – 5:00 PMEducation Sessions & Exhibitor Tear Down

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

DPOR CONTRACTS & LICENSING BASICS
Marjorie King, DPOR
2/21 – 8:00 AM & 9:15 AM Bon Air Suite
This two-part course will cover licensing requirements for a Water Well Systems Provider. The contractors course will go into depth of the verbiage required on contracts as well as protecting the client and contractor.
State of the Water Well Industry
Margaret Martens, Water Systems Council
2/21 – 8:00 AM PARLOR A | 2/22 – 1:15 PM PARLOR A
This presentation is based on 886 responses to the State of teh U.S. Water Well Industry survey conducted December 2022 – January 2023. The report gathers contractors and supplier perspectives on the current challenges, opportunities, and trends within the water well industry.
VDH WELL REGULATIONS UPDATE
Anthony Creech, Scott Vogel, VDH
2/21 – 10:30 AM BON AIR SUITE | 2/22 – 11:00 AM BON AIR SUITE
This course will cover the latest of the regulation changes.
EMERGING CONTAMINANTS
Richard Mest, A.O. SMITH
2/21 – 10:30 AM Parlor A | 2/22 – 11:00 AM Parlor B
This presentation is designed to address contaminants such as Lead, PFOS, and other emerging contaminants from their origins to treatment. We will travel the EPA process that identifies contaminants of concern and their journey to becoming regulated as an MCL; the technologies to treat them and what you need to know to successfully provide safe drinking water.
UNDERSTANDING STRAY VOLTAGE
David Bumbalough, FRANKLIN ELECTRIC
2/21 – 9:15 AM PARLOR A | 2/22 – 2:30 PM PARLOR A
This course will provide testing and verifying unsafe stray voltages on water systems, we will look at how they identify leakage voltages, what is the minimum that is accessible and what steps are needed to correct the issue. Checking grounding at the well versus the incoming power company grounds.
WWSP EXAM PREPARATION
Jesse Royall III (Jay)
2/22 – 2:30 PM PARLOR C
DOES NOT REPEAT
This course will provide an opportunity to work through questions that one may have as they prepare to sit for any the three Water Well Systems Provider exams. Candidate Bulletin will be available.
GEOPHYSICS IN THE WATER WELL INDUSTRY
Brent Waters & Mac Morrow, WSP
2/21 – 8:00 AM PARLOR B | 2/22 – 1:15 PM PARLOR B
This course will provide an overview of locating wells and determining subsurface conditions before the well is drilled using surface geophysics to identify and characterize water zones intersected by a well.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR BUSINESS – A BREAK-DOWN BY THE NUMBERS
David Baker, APEX DRILLING
2/21 – 12:45 PM Parlor A | 2/22 – 11:00 AM Parlor A (Part B)
This course is to help contractors understand the numbers of their business. for better decisions, business practices, and profitability. We will look at how inventory can improve profits and control costs as well as lowering overhead.
WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE
Brock Yordy
2/22 – 3:45 PM PARLOR A
This course is a dynamic and interactive course following a safety program and the latest in industry standards. This course provides a fun way to engage with other attendees with a little competition.
HISTORY OF DRILLING
Brock Yordy, NATIONAL DRILLER
2/21 – 9:15 AM Parlor B
This course will walk through evolution of the drilling machine, processes, and safety protocols. Various types of drilling methods and machinery will be presented providing the attendee the ability to grow in their fundamentals.
VA MINERALS & MEDIA
Mike Heatwole, WATER-RIGHT
2/21 – 10:30 AM PARLOR B | 2/22 – 1:15 PM BON AIR SUITE
This presentation will provide an overview of the Virginia physiographic provinces and the varying mineral levels in each province. Further, the course will walk through the available water treatment options, media and products.
VA HOUSEHOLD WATER QUALITY PROGRAM
Erin Ling, VA Tech Cooperative Extension
2/22 – 2:30 PM BON AIR SUITE
This course will provide an update on the Virginia Household Water Quality Program and the Well Check program in Virginia.

VENUE INFORMATION

We are heading back to the DoubleTree (Koger Center) in Richmond – Midlothian area.

Location: 1021 Koger Center Blvd Richmond, VA 23235

$135+ tax

Ashley Tigue (804) 897-1403

eMail: Ashley.Tigue@shaminhotels.com

When calling in the reservation, tell the agent you are with the Virginia Water Well Association.

Link code: VWA – For online.

Block rates expire January 30th, 2024. If you are attempting to reserve a room past the cutoff, you will need to phone Ashley Tigue direct to reserve your stay. The block rate will not be accessible through the front desk, online, or booking services.

There have been a few updates regarding the Hilton reservations system and pricing structure.  On December 7th, the fee-inclusive pricing display was updated on all Hilton platforms. This means that the prices you see on the Hilton websites will include all associated fees, providing you with a more transparent and straightforward view of the total cost. When you visit the Hilton reservation link, you will see the total cost displayed. This included the base price along with any applicable taxes, fees, or additional charges.  When you proceed with your booking, you will then make a selection on the room type. Once you select your room type you will then proceed to the next steps, here you will add in all the necessary information to finish the booking process. On this page you will see a section “TOTAL FOR STAY”, click the little blue link under it  “Show Price Details”. Here you will see the official rate contracted and will be what is billed at the end of every stay. 


EVENT SURVEY

We are dedicated to serving our industry’s needs and improving our services through feedback. Please take the time to inform us where we are serving you well or need to dig deeper.

2023 Feedback 2022 Feedback 2021 Feedback 2020 Feedback 2019 Feedback

As you review past feedback from the surveys and the last course of the conference, we hope you will see your comments are considered and most change occurs from addressing the feedback. We value what you say and appreciate the time in completing the anonymous surveys to better our events and programs.

REPORTING EDUCATION + PROOF OF ATTENDANCE FORMS

The association does automatically report the hours to Virginia’s Department of Professional and Occupational Regulations per their requirements. At the conclusion of the conference the top, white sheet of the Proof of Attendance form is collected for database entry. This is used to keep the hours for each participant.

If you are licensed in another state, please use the yellow copy to send off to that state and keep the pink copy for yourself.

Educational certificates will be produced and emailed out to the company representative.

2024 Proof of Attendance Sheet

COVID-19 RELEASE & HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT: By registering and attending a Virginia Water Well Association (VWWA) event/meeting you acknowledge that there is an unknown risk of exposure to COVID-19 through exposure to contaminated objects, as well as through personal contact. Such exposure carries with it a certain degree of risk that could result in illness, disability or death. You agree to release and hold harmless VWWA, its employees, officers, and vendors from and against all claims of damages and liability resulting from exposure to COVID-19. Registrants/Attendees also warrant they are abiding by their state/locality laws regarding COVID-19 restrictions.

• CROWD RELEASE: By registering and attending a Virginia Water Well Association (VWWA) event/meeting you grant VWWA full rights in perpetuity to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming taken at the event/meeting, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for publicity or other purposes to help achieve VWWA’s mission. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in VWWA’s printed publications and in online publicity, social media, and press releases.