Friday, November 17, 2017 from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM PST
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Pierce County Environmental Services Building 
9850 64th Street West
University Place, WA 98467

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Mike Pleasants 
South Sound Subsection PNWS-AWWA 

Corrosion Control class 

The PNWS-AWWA South Sound Subsection is hosting a Corrosion Control Workshop. This workshop covers fundamental corrosion control concepts, various corrosion control methods, monitoring & control, maintenance and replacements, issues faced, and lessons learned from in and out of the field. CEU's: 0.6 (pending)

Full Day Corrosion Control Class

Time and Date:      Friday, November 17, 2017, 7:30AM – 4:00PM

                                  (Beverages, snacks, and lunch will be provided)

Cost:                        $95 (AWWA member) or $120 (non-member) 

Location:                Pierce County ESB (9850 64th St W. University Place, WA 98467)

Corrosion attacks potable water systems in a variety of ways, from the leaching of substances into the water system to the corrosion of the physical assets.

Internal Corrosion in Water Distribution Systems  

The Challenge:  Release of dissolved and particulate lead and copper corrosion products in potable water piping has been a concern in the U.S for several decades.  Lead can cause damage to the brain and kidneys and can interfere with the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen to all parts of the body.  Copper is an essential nutrient but elevated levels in drinking water have been shown to cause stomach and intestinal distress.

The Focus:  Since the promulgation of the Lead and Copper Rule, and initial optimization of corrosion control, systems have faced the ongoing challenge of continuing to maintain optimal corrosion control while making necessary adjustments to treatment processes or system operations to comply with other regulatory requirements.

Corrosion of Physical Assets
The Challenge:  ACE International, a leader in the field of corrosion, estimates that the annual direct cost of metallic corrosion in the water and waste water industry is approximately $58.5 billion nationwide. Corrosion is a natural process, which converts a refined metal to a more stable form, such as its oxide, hydroxide, or sulfide. It is the gradual destruction of materials (usually metals) by chemical reaction with their environment. As immortalized by Neil Young, “Rust Never Sleeps”.

The Focus:  Although the science and application of metallic corrosion management has improved over the past several decades, there remains a significant opportunity to mitigate corrosion damage by increasing corrosion awareness amongst decision makers; identifying and avoiding the potential for corrosion during project design; actively monitoring for corrosion during asset life, and repairing assets and mitigating against further damage when corrosion is discovered.


7:30AM – 8:00AM            Registration, Coffee and Pastries

8:00AM - 8:15AM             Announcements & Introductions

8:15AM - 9:15AM             Fundamentals of Cathodic Protection - Presented by Jake Sowders, Farwest Corrosion Control Company 
  • What is corrosion?

  • Effects, economic impact of corrosion

  • Cathodic protection: what it is, how does it work?

  • Types of systems – Galvanic (SACP) and Impressed Current (ICCP)

    • Pros/cons, sacrificial, applications, design considerations of each

9:15AM – 9:30AM            Break

9:30AM – 11:00AM          Chemical and Nonchemical Corrosion Control Treatment:  Design & Operation Considerations - Presented by Milt Larsen, PE, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants
  • Aeration for carbon dioxide removal & pH adjustment

  • Chemicals, chemical properties and chemical delivery & storage

  • Metering pumps& piping

  • Monitoring & control

  • Safety & Fire/Building Code issues

  • Startup & distribution issues

11:00AM -11:15AM         Break

11:15AM – 12:15PM          Corrosion Control Treatment: Lessons Learned From the Field – Presented by Milt Larsen, PE, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants
  • Changes in treatment can affect lead & copper corrosion

  • Source changes require re-evaluation of corrosion treatment

  • Just because the system is “optimized” does not mean there are no corrosion issues

  • All plumbers are not created equal

  • Scale deposition in chemical feed piping and chemical injection points

12:15PM – 1:30PM          Lunch & Networking

1:30PM - 2:30PM              Coating Systems – Presented by Lance Stevens, PE, Gray and Osborne

  • Common forms of corrosion found in steel and concrete

  • Coating systems application and utilization - steel and concrete

  • Proper balance between maintenance and replacement

  • Optimal point approach for maintaining and monitoring

  • Capital improvement planning for coating system replacement

  • Issues to be considered during design and construction 

2:30PM – 2:45PM             Break

2:45PM – 3:45PM             Coating Systems (Cont’d) – Presented by Lance Stevens, PE, Gray and Osborne

3:45PM – 4:00PM             Closing Summary, Questions, Comments